Urban Design, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Jun  2018, Pages 12-22; DOI: 10.31058/j.ud.2017.11002 10.31058/j.ud.2017.11002

Urban Studies in Secondary Education - From Description to Participation

Urban Design, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Jun  2018, Pages 12-22.

DOI: 10.31058/j.ud.2017.11002

Friedrich Barnikel 1* , Sirpa Anttila-Muilu 2 , Hélder Pereira 3

1 Educational Coordinator for Geography, City of Munich, Germany

2 Geography Department, Oulun Lyseon Lukio, Oulu, Finland

3 Geography Department, Escola Secundária de Loulé, Loulé, Portugal

Received: 28 December 2017; Accepted: 12 January 2018; Published: 25 January 2018

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Conceptual work within the manifold fields of Urban Studies is of utmost importance for educating the next generation of decisionmakers for future challenges and chances with regards to society and environment. The paper aims at providing some proven examples of creative ideas and activities to heighten the students’ awareness in secondary education about these topics and to instigate their curiosity towards the different aspects of urban design in general. The authors strive to enable their students not only to describe their environment (positive and negative aspects of urban development and future planning), but also to take part in changing it and thus securing their own rightful position in the political and creative process. Most work was done at different secondary schools all across Europe connected by the international European programmes of Comenius/Erasmus+, supported by the European Union.


Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Urban Design, Environment, Geoscience information, GIS, Spatial Competence, Spatial Citizenship, Geography, Education


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