Her City Toolbox included in academic curriculum at the Technical University of Crete
Since its launch earlier this year, the online and open source tool Her City has mobilised 700 users from 280 cities in 90 countries – all of them engaged in inclusive urban plannings from a girl’s perspective. As of this academic term, the Technical University of Crete (TUC) has, in partnership with UN-Habitat and Global Challenge (“Global Utmaning”, in Swedish) – co-created a curriculum on smart cities and inclusion highlighting the importance of gender-responsive public spaces. During the academic year 2021-2022, the students will assess the quality of the public spaces in Chania and formulate strategies for a better future, using the Her City Toolbox.
As part of the course “Planning of Smart and Digital Cities” at the School of Architecture, the students approach gender, and youth-sensitive public space through the Her City method. They will explore the open source digital tools to foster better management, exchange and access to data on public spaces, as means for active participation in urban planning and design processes.
Access to public spaces is the first step towards civic empowerment and greater access to institutional and political spaces.
By improving governance frameworks and the way data on public spaces is collected, analysed, used and shared, the project will increase the quality and the efficiency of the services provided by the city, with a positive impact also on health, including mental health, and on climate change mitigation, creating a network of green spaces and integrating nature-based solutions.
Follow the process in Chania and learn more on social media – @HerCity_Chania