2. Urban capacity building: New types of empowerment, a trans-educational approach.

The trans-educational urban capacity building is the collaboration between higher educational

institutions, local primary schools and other types of educational institutions such as vocational schools – carpentry, cooking etc. As such it directly and indirectly engages the whole urban network (including public, private and other important stakeholders) in concrete local projects and events that can involve a whole range of disciplines and levels of education, and introduce a number of “live learning” pedagogies that focus on collaboration, organization and innovation.


For students and researchers in universities the live learning is a chance to combine scientific and often abstract knowledge with a situated knowledge that can only be acquired when being on location. Urban capacity development, thus, is a way to combine social and organisational skills with physical presence on-site and concrete projects built in public spaces – a participatory urban design practice. Importantly, groups that seldom engage in political processes, such as youth and immigrants, are directly involved in 1:1 place making and hands-on urban change, each developing their own capacities.