PREHealth investigates urban open space and how people’s affordances can be put into the center of planning in order to maximize their benefits for health and well-being. The main aim of the project is to encourage city dwellers to place green and blue infrastructures in open spaces more actively in their lives and daily routines. This includes changing attitudes and behaviors towards the role, shape, and maintenance of open spaces, through education at all levels: school, university, and adult learning. The project also aims to promote active citizenship, by establishing interactive mechanisms for public participation and co-design, allowing the citizens to take a more active role in creating environments that support healthy lifestyles.
- To raise awareness among the public regarding the contribution public open spaces can make to health and overall well-being.
- To devise formal and informal education tools and methodologies, based on Location Based Games (LBGs), Augmented Reality (AR) and related technologies, that provide learning opportunities in situ, in open spaces; and adapt these tools for use in higher education and secondary school curricula; and for adult learning.
- To pilot test the devised education tools and methodologies by integrating them in courses of higher education institutions, school curricula, and informal adult education.
- To introduce initiatives to enhance the engagement of citizens in the planning and monitoring of public open spaces, in cooperation with local authorities and the civil society; and encourage volunteering.
The project benefits greatly by its transnational character, which allows the national teams to compare data, benefit from the exchange of best practice, complement each other in terms of expertise and previous experience, and create education and awareness raising tools that would have a wide application across nations and cultures.
Seven partners are committed to the implementation of project activities: Four education/research organizations (Technische Universität Darmstadt – coordinating partner; Utrecht University; PRISMA-Planning and Research Consultants and Szechenyi Istvan University) and three local authorities (the Cities of Darmstadt, Athens, Gyor) and 4 associated partners including the municipality BrabantCity, and Darmstadt based not for profit organization “Kulturelle Mitte Darmstadt”.