Water Areas Visions for Europe

WAVE is a cooperation of six universities and three NGO-partners. In addition, all universities will build up a collaboration with their local communities on water areas in the form of WAVE Living Labs.

The WAVE programme aims at involving an interdisciplinary audience of students as agents of transformative change for the benefits of the local water landscapes.

Disciplines involved are mainly geography, agriculture, ecology, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, architecture, social and urban studies.

The project addresses the pressing issue of sustainable development of water areas and floodplains in the urban and peri-urban environment. Sustainable development of water areas and floodplains is still not achieving its full potential, although relevant policy is already in place.

The WAVE project consortium is going to develop a new course focusing on the sustainable development of water areas and floodplains in urban and peri-urban contexts in Europe.

Our learning format will be the so-called WAVE Living Lab in combination with the international WAVE Online Seminar.

In order to address these profound sustainability challenges, we will set up a transformative educational programme with the following innovative elements:

  • Synthesizing interdisciplinary knowledge about water areas and floodplains
  • Active community involvement with a living lab approach
  • Linking universities with local communities in joint learning environments
  • Applying innovative methods for cross-sectoral assessment, strategy building and visioning for the sustainable development of water areas and floodplains
  • Bridging analysis, strategy building and design by innovative ICT approaches (Geodesign)
  • Foster the generation of innovative solutions by bridging disciplinary, sectoral and institutional boundaries under the common framework of water areas and floodplains