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The service-learning experience in the bioclimatic design of public spaces in Madrid

Classrooms are a space of opportunity for knowledge, debate and research on the problems and challenges currently facing many rural areas of our country. Hence the need to strengthen collaboration and cooperation between universities, local authorities and citizens. The chosen path is the participation and transfer of human and technical resources to increase their potential in terms of the identification, analysis and use of endogenous resources for the local development of these areas and the training of students. This is how this project was born: using the service-learning methodology, seeking to articulate and involve the students of the subject in a new context.  With this methodology, students get a first professional approach to urban planning, while interacting with the different agents involved in a municipality (mayor, councillors and neighbours) in all phases of the project, attending at all times to the needs of a real client, such as a City Council, or to the demands of citizens.

Further information: Link to the project publications

Country: Spain

Year: 2021-2022

Institution: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

# of students:450

Persons in charge: Emilia Román López / Rafael Córdoba Hernández / Ester Higueras García

Email; emilia.roman@upm.es

Interaction with beneficiaries: Mixed

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Urbanism and Architecture | Engineering and technology | Earth sciences

Community Service Area & ODS: Sustainable cities and communities | Good health and well-being | Climate action

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