The concept of “urban health” and the role of urban design in the quality promotion of the cities’ living spaces has been present in the international debate for some decades, but only since the publication of the “New Urban Agenda” (WHO 2016), health has been defined as “one of the most effective markers of any city’s sustainable development”. These aspects are beginning to be highly debated on a scientific level, but have not yet been introduced into university education. Moreover, the pandemic emergency we are experiencing imposes even more compelling reflection on the relationship between health and the city, and on the role of university research and education to understand what the city of the future will and should be like. However, a gap between education, scientific research and professional practice hinders the achievement of a seamless collaboration among the different stakeholders involved in the urban regeneration of our cities.
Therefore, CliCCHE aims at overcoming these gaps by promoting a newer fully-integrated transdisciplinary educational methodology and adopting unconventional tools to deal with the effects of climate change on urban health and equity in teaching urban regeneration of European cities. Thanks to this project, EU universities and public administrations can train future experts able to plan interventions to limit climate change effects on health and equity in urban contexts. CliCCHE also aspires to implement a quintuple helix among educational institutions, research centres, public administrations, civil society and citizens. This will be powered by the active contribution of students who are the pivotal engine of the helix being – already or in the future – recipient of the educational offer, citizens, future professionals and/or public officers, and even researchers by participating and flanking professor/teachers during the CliCCHE project.
Experiences from the different countries (from the far east Cyprus to the far west Portugal, from small to large countries) will provide a wide range of differences in administrative, organizational and managerial systems. The partners of the consortium will hence represent a significant test bed for the development and testing of the solutions, which will result adaptable also to other European contexts. The CliCCHE consortium, composed by 5 European partners, covers different thematic areas (urban planning and urban design, environment, energy and climate change, urban health, public art, medical sciences) to build a network able to capitalize the work done independently by each partner and to work together on a shared Educational toolkit for health-oriented and climate-proof urban planning.