General planning divided in 6 phases
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Our project : an ideal city - "i-city"
We are a group of European schools, some already partners and 2 new to the group, with a common
concern for improving the daily lives and urban fabric for future generations.
Cities have been growing in a very traditional, organic way responding chaotically to fast-growing
populations, exponential urban migration and catastrophic industrialisation without taking into
account our changing needs and without considering the advantages of using ICT not only for
forecasting and planning, but also as an integral part of the functioning urban environment . On the
one hand, vulnerable people suffer from old facilities no longer useful for them; on the other hand,
resources have not been used efficiently so far. The waste of precious resources and the dissipation
of energy day after day lead to more pollution, more money spent to rectify deteriorating
environmental contexts and emergency plans to redirect and adapt malfunctioning obsolete designs.
We need a new city design which takes new targets into consideration: a cooperative economy, new
construction materials, ICT as a tool to boost efficiency both in design stages and in the
infrastructure, the use of renewable energies, the decentralisation of the production and use of
energy, stimulate the local production and distribution of food and protect the wider natural habitat.
We propose a radically different way of designing cities: students will study the negative impacts of
the linear, consumer society and instead develop a city planning system that considers the
appropriate size in a city, the services needed and how they can best be provided as well as the
resources required for that target; they will reduce to a minimum the waste of resources and energy.
Students will also be encouraged to consider housing design, energy, transport, communication
systems and facilities that meet the changing population profile needs eg health, education, jobs,
culture, leisure and economic activities. Each partner school is set in a very different environment and the participating students will bring very different experiences and expectations to the table, as well as each school having particular skills and facilities to offer to the project group.
The teachers and students will be engaged in an active learning environment where learning is
pushed forward by inquiry, research, creativity and practical application while developing key
The objectives we would like to achieve
Concrete Results and end products: The end-products of our two year project, i-City, will be
• e-plans for an imagined new city
• concrete proposals for local town planners to improve the local environment of each partner school
• promotional material for each project phase eg mugs, key-rings, pen-drives
By the end of their participation in the project students will be able to
• identify the elements that make up a functioning modern city
• take an innovative approach to layout and service provision
• plan the sustainable consumption of finite resources
• use state of the art technologies to aid design
• communicate clearly in formal/ informal settings and using a other languages
• work in a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit
• employ an acute awareness of changing physical, social and moral context(s).
• apply their new knowledge and engage in decision-making in order to suggest improvements to
their own real-life town / city
• cascade their learning and develop similar skills in younger students by running workshops in
feeder primary schools either as part of the preparation of each phase, as an activity during
international meetings or as part of the feedback process by pupils returning from international
Further entrepreneurial skills acquired in the course of the project will include
• designing and producing promotional material for distribution and sale
• formally presenting to the wider community on the recommendations for local environment
Objectives: Concurrently, the Project will allow students to develop as model local and European
citizens with the capacity to cope with new experiences and cultures as they travel to partner
schools, stay with their peers and work in cross-cultural teams. Through participation in these
enriching activities the students will have gained life skills that will be relevant throughout their adult
lives, and made lasting connections with other communities. The development of team-working skills,
the confidence to contribute ideas and to critically assess proposals will add to the academic
qualifications they take into the work place on leaving school.
To achieve this, the school staff involved in the project will be developing and sharing teaching
practice that makes full use of the knowledge, technologies and facilities available to us across 6
schools. The project will produce lesson plans, reflection and evaluation at each stage so that there
is a continuing professional development over the two year period and a legacy of materials,
resources and skills carried forward. The raised profiles of the schools and the wider dissemination
of the project will add to the professional status of our teachers.