Green Cities of Youth

How to transform small communities into green and sustainable communities? And how can young people be part of this transformation process? These are the guiding questions of the new ERASMUS + project “Green Cities of Youth” that is implemented by aiforia – ecoculture e.V. together with a youth organisation from central Spain and one from Romania.

To identify first ideas the Romanian and the Spanish team together with some youngsters visited Freiburg in July and had the opportunity to speak with respresentatives of several organisations (e.g. zusammen leben e.V., Bike Bridge, Solare Zukunft e.V., Über den Tellerrand kochen) and even take part in activities of current projects in Freiburg such as Forschungsraumwochen (a joint project of the Municipality of Freiburg together with local organisations such as Kommunikation und Medien e.V.).

Meanwhile the youngsters had to envision their ideal green municipality and develop a survey which is now conducted in their home countries to better understand their needs and integrate them in to our guidebook.

We are looking forward to our youth exchange event which will take place in July 2023 in Romania!

NABI – Coordination meeting in Florence

The consortium of the NABI project (Nature based Innovations for Urban Forest and Rainwater Management) met in Florence last week. During the third face-to-face meeting, the partners discussed the activities still open in this last phase of the project. The dissemination of the two guides produced in the past months was certainly one of the central points.
The focus of the two works is the circulation of good practices, already implemented in the different project countries, that have been able to use natural solutions to respond to the effects of climate change. The guides are addressed to administrations, as well as to all those stakeholders currently called upon to design more resilient cities. (You can find the first inventory here).

Thanks to Cospe, the Italian host partner, meetings with Italian entities working with NBS were also organised during the two days, bringing new perspectives in this field to the consortium.
Finally, the group had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Florence with a local expert, who explained the ancient relationship between the city and the Arno River and showed some interesting projects that reconciled nature and the urban environment.

Future Fashion Days 2022

Fast Fashion ist allgegenwärtig, auch in Freiburg, und die Alternativen erfahren immer noch zu wenig Beachtung. Das wollen wir ändern, mit der großen Vision eines Textilkollektivs für Freiburg und vielen kleinen Schritten in diese Richtung. Unter dem Titel „Future Fashion Days“ wollen wir von Mai bis September 2022 aufmerksam machen auf Möglichkeiten, Mode und Textilien zukunftsfähig zu produzieren und konsumieren. Mehr Infos dazu hier.

Pitch your business idea!

Emerging entrepreneurs, in particular those with an intercultural background, are warmly invited to join this webinar organised by INTERREG project SEE ME IN. Maurizio La Cava, Startup Pitch Strategist at Polihub, will coach you to successfully master the art of persuading an audience of investors.

The free webinar is held in 2 parts – we recommend to not miss either of them:

Pitching Strategy Webinar

16March
 16.00 pm – 18.00 pm (CET)

1to1 Interactive Pitch Coaching

31March 
11.00 pm – 13.00 pm (CET)

All you need to do is register for free at

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AyJ9D8fqQa6vOy0wE2hokw

and make sure you are online at the given times.   

Our handbook “INVENTORY OF NATURE-BASED INNOVATIONS” is finally here!

Our handbook “INVENTORY OF NATURE-BASED INNOVATIONS” is finally here!
As part of the NABI project, together with our international partners, we collected exemplary practices from municipalities that applied innovative solutions in the area of green space and rainwater in this online publication. The nature-based solutions presented focus on good examples of green space management, urban forests, rainwater collection, biodiversity enhancement, as well as blue and green infrastructure schemes and other examples from all over Europe.

NABI – Nature-based Innovations for Urban Green and Stormwater Management is an Erasmus + Project in cooperation with the partners: Reflex Environmental Association (Hungary), Cospe – Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti Onlus (Italy), Klimabündnis Österreich Gemeinnützige Förderungs- und Beratungs GmbH (Austria), FocusEco Center (Romania), Istarska Razvojna Agencija (Croatia).

Here you can find the handbook.

Milan Design Week 2021

The international Milan Furniture Fair “Salone del Mobile” is not limited to designers with world fame and paying audience in the exhibition halls, but also offers a stage for the new generation in the creative scene. During the “Milan Design Week” various districts of Milan are transformed for a week into a showcase for young creatives, craftsmen and designers, this year from 05 to 10 September 2021.

Also present this year was the Freiburg [p3] lab, which enables young people with a refugee and migrant background to enter the world of work as carpenters and at the same time makes a name for itself with innovative designs. One of the lighthouse projects, a mobile kitchen as a bicycle trailer had been selected as part of the exhibition of the cooperative exhibition “Multicultural Intelligence” organized by the Interreg project SEE ME IN. Through the coordination of the Municipality of Milan and the Fondazione Politecnico, the cultural center La Stecca 3.0. in the “Design District Isola” was chosen to host the exhibition.

Through our project SEE ME IN we had the opportunity to enable the participation of the [p3] lab. Four other companies were selected from the other project partners:

  • Ke Chic (Italy), an Italian-Sengali textile design collective based in Milan, which also decorated the exhibition space at Stecca 3.0 to become the “African House”
  • Puro Amor (Croatia), a Peruvian-born artist with a passion for Croatian wordplay
  • Multipraktik (Hungary), furniture and plywood creations from Serbian-Hungarian inspiration
  • Djeliso (Italy), workshop and courses for African musical instruments in cooperation between artists from Burkina Faso and Italy

On the evening of September 08, 2021 there was a public stage at La Stecca 3.0 for those involved in the exhibition “Multicultural Intelligence”. Under the moderation of Andrea Philipp individual ways and creative business concepts of the craftsmen and artists became clear, some hurdles that still have to be overcome, but also potentials. Some of these could already be tapped in the exchange among the temporary project design collective, others became visible in expert discussions with successful companies. Last but not least, the tours of the “Design Districts” accompanied by the Milan organizers and the visit to the official furniture fair “Salone del Mobile” provided further inspiration and contacts. The [p3] workshop also considered its participation in the Design Week a great success and will certainly turn some of the ideas, impulses and contacts into new innovations in its multicultural wood and metal workshop.

Workshop-Reihe “Der grüne Faden in der Mode”

Nichts berührt uns alle so sehr wie unsere Kleidung – verschiedenste Textilfasern, die unsere Haut jeden Tag rund um die Uhr schützend umgarnen, wärmen oder beschatten und uns dabei wohl und schön fühlen lassen. Manchmal jedoch juckt, kneift oder zwickt unsere Kleidung aber auch, und zwar nicht nur unsere Haut, sondern auch unser Gewissen. Erschreckende Meldungen über Anbau- und Produktionsbedingungen, von einstürzenden Nähfabriken und vergifteten Flüssen tragen dazu bei. Was steckt dahinter und was können wir tun, um uns wohl in unserer (zweiten) Haut zu fühlen? 

Mit dieser Workshop-Reihe wollen wir von aiforia GmbH & e.V., Lernort Kunzenhof e.V. und Doris Brose Schnittkonzept den Weg von den Rohstoffen zur Kleidung verfolgen – ganz praktisch und aktiv – und dabei die Entwicklungen der Textilindustrie und Modeszene beleuchten. 

Die geplanten Termine sind: 18. Juni, 25 .Juni, 09. Juli und 16. Juli (jeweils Freitag 13-18 Uhr) mit folgenden Themen:

18. Juni: Stroh zu Gold (Das Hemd aus dem eigenen Garten): In diesem Workshop lernen wir unsere einheimischen Natur-Textilfasern wieder kennen. (Ort: Kunzenhof)

25. Juni: Der Grüne Knopf an der Mode (Zubehör und Verarbeitung): In einem gemeinsamen Rundgang durch die Innenstadt treffen wir auf AkteurInnen, die sich mit  Verarbeitung und Handel von Mode auskennen, und explizit auch mit Nachhaltigkeitsfragen bei der  Textilproduktion. Wir erfahren, worauf wir beim Kauf von Kleidung achten können, wenn uns  ökologische Materialien und faire Arbeitsbedingungen am Herzen liegen. Was verbirgt sich hinter  den verschiedenen Gütesiegeln und „grünen“ Labels? (Ort: Innenstadt)

09. Juli: Von Farben und Fäden: In diesem Workshop werden wir ganz praktisch das atemberaubende Handwerk der Pflanzenfärberei kennenlernen. (Ort: Kunzenhof)

16. Juli: Kleidung nachhaltig nutzen (Re-/ Upcycling Workshop). (Ort: VHS im Colombi-Eck)

Der Kurs ist begrenzt auf 8 TeilnehmerInnen, damit der Gesundheit aller Sorge getragen werden kann. Wir würden die Termine nur verlegen wollen (Herbst 2021 oder Frühjahr 2022), falls die jeweils aktuellen Vorgaben es erfordern. 

Anmeldungen für die Workshop-Reihe nehmen wir am liebsten per eMail an info@aiforia.eu entgegen, sind aber auch telefonisch erreichbar unter 0761-45877832 (ggf. Name und Tel.Nr. hinterlassen, damit wir zurückrufen können).  

Das Projekt wird gefördert durch den BNE-Fonds der Stadt Freiburg.

 

Our new ERASMUS+ Project started!

Intrigued by the immense resiliency capacity of natural ecosystems, our team is delighted to join a new endeavour to explore “Nature-Based Innovations for Urban Forest and Rainwater Management” (short: NABI), as is the title of a 3-year project under ERASMUS+ programme. December 14 has seen the official, yet virtual kick-off meeting with 5 more organisations and institutions from all over Europe (Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Romania respectively): a great warm-up on the topic with partners sharing examples, discussing definitions and framing the context of Nature-Based Innovations to be focussed on. Schemes for water retention, increased biodiversity and sustainable forest management shall be amongst them.

In a first step, we will study good practice examples from all over Germany (and partners’ countries) and assess them for adaptability. Such Nature-Based Innovations case studies shall feed the development of a learning manual to support local decision-makers and experts, showcasing innovations in urban green space management and exemplary regulation of green space management.

Practicioners and experts in natural resource management, in particular forest and water management are very welcome to get in touch with us and share their experience.

In return, we will organise multiplier events for stakeholders in local communities to inform about the proceeedings an findings, so stay tuned for updates on NABI on our website and facebook!

Contact: info@aiforia.eu

The NABI project consortium joining virtually for the kick-off     

Example of urban rainwater management in Freiburg Vauban