Implementing bottom-up measures, starting with children, to achieve lasting behavioural change to make neighbourhoods more inclusive, active, less car-dependent, and so, child-friendlier.
City planning schemes tended to adopt a top-down approach, with car accessibility being regarded as a sign of a developing economy.
These car-oriented planning practices, as opposed to people-oriented planning, led to unwanted results such as the dehumanisation of public places and reduced quality of life, especially for vulnerable citizens. Contrary, a focus on designing for people and sustainable, active mobility creates opportunities to cycle and walk, which makes cities more vibrant, accessible, safer and inclusive. METAMORPHOSIS embodies this approach and investigates behavioural change measures that foster active mobility. In three years, three universities, three commercial parties and seven cities are working together towards a common goal; to develop and implement bottom-up measures, starting with children, to achieve lasting behavioural change to make neighbourhoods more inclusive, active, less car-dependent, and so, child-friendlier. The ideas to morph cities into being more child-friendly are based on co-creation workshops. When designing for the most vulnerable group, the other users also thrive.
May 2017- October 2020
The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723375.
FGM Amor, Synergo, Okö institute, Technical University Dresden, University of Southampton
Southampton (UK), Tilburg (Netherlands), Dresden (Germany), Graz (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland), Meran (Italy), Alba Iulia (Romania).