The current state of most planning-related courses is characterised by mono-dimensional approaches driven by the disciplinary inclination of their corresponding higher education schools. In this context, InPlanEd aims to contribute to achieving the goals of New Green Deal and New Urban Agenda, by utilising the vision of New European Bauhaus towards socially inclusive and climate-neutral places, and develops an innovative educational prototype which is currently missing from European educational ecosystems. Furthermore, InPlanEd is in line with other relevant policy reports, such as the topic guide about sustainable urban mobility planning in metropolitan regions (EC, 2019), the CIVITAS policy brief, the UITP and UN Habitat policy brief, underlining the importance of integrated urban and transport planning.
Since urban and transport actions for fighting climate change need to be considered in parallel and in combination, informed by evidence-based findings, and to be community-tailored through participatory planning to ensure the ownership of these measures by all stakeholders, and, ultimately their efficiency and long-term prospect. To this end, InPlanEd follows an innovative path of bridging this gap and adopts a holistic approach through developing a COIL course in which each field is addressed under a common framework respecting its relation with other similar disciplines. Especially, under the collaborative inter-cultural educational framework that COIL provides blending virtual and physical didactic process and collaboration. This ensures the innovation of InPlanEd, since there are no similar approaches in European education, even if the integrated rationale is constantly gaining ground in universities.
Therefore, InPlanEd main objective is to develop a transferable Collaborative Educational Prototype towards Integrated Approaches in the Planning of Inclusive, People-centric and Climate-resilient Cities.
More specifically, InPlanEd sets the following objectives:
Bridge the competency gaps in the multidisciplinary field of climate-resilient planning – Address any contradictory vocabulary, methods and tools of different planning disciplines to achieve a common "language" for reading, discussing and planning the contemporary climate-neutral city.
Development of didactic material and open educational resources for integrated approaches to utilise their complementarity on addressing the complex urban challenges.
Curriculum innovation to pilot a transferable collaborative, and international course targeting different learners in the multidisciplinary field of planning.
Document guidelines and pathways on creating and implementing a COIL course on integrated planning, following QF-EHEA and the EQF crediting systems.
Improve the transdisciplinary competences of educators and learners including green skills and digital skills, crucial for integrated planning approaches.
Push for collaborative and innovative international educational concepts towards integrated planning approaches.