Living Playground
in Portugal

9 January 2023

The RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP) ‘Living Playground’ explores physical and social environments in a multidisciplinary approach to improve understanding of ecosystems and humans’ health and well-being.

Jointly coordinated by the Polytechnic of Leiria (ESAD.CR) and the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), it provides the knowledge and enhancement of the social and environmental heritage of the chosen territory, and setting up proposals for intervention in the public space, promoting individual and collective well-being, creating dynamics of the living space that involves the community, encouraging their direct involvement in its development and preservation.

This programme’s strategic approach is based on the knowledge of the site’s identity, within its various dimensions (native flora and fauna, land conditions, current and past uses, sun exposure, hydrographic index, winds, e.g.), as the genesis of a plan, restoring and establishing ecosystems, from a micro to a macro scale.

From 24 February to 15 March 2023

Face-to-face week
From 6 to 10 March at the Polytechnic of Leiria (ESAD.CR, Portugal)

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

Academic recognition
To be defined by each home higher education institution.
Generally, most students will have this SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants
All RUN-EU degree students, primarily students in Design, Landscape and Built Environment.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand the relevance of knowledge and enhancement of the territory and local cultural identities
  • Create proposals for intervention in the public space that contribute to their environmental and cultural qualification, and the promotion of individual and collective well-being
  • Apply critical thinking to provide practical solutions to problem-based scenarios encountered in the field
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals
  • Discuss different cultural and social approaches to improve understanding of the health and well-being of ecosystems and humans.

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
31 January 2023

Selection criteria
Students will be selected based on the fulfilment of requirements, CV and information provided in a video and/or in a motivation letter. A minimum of 8 places will be reserved for each of the two host institutions (IPL / ESAD.CR and HAMK built environment).
The total number of students to be selected is 21.
After that, the remaining 5 places will be distributed to all applicants. Selection will always be based on requirements and submitted applications concerning motivation.
The selection team will also take steps toward ensuring diversity and representativity. 


IPLeiria, Portugal
HAMK, Finland

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