ERA-NET Trustmaking: Young creators and responsibilities for the new green transition

About the project

The goal of the project is to enhance established Placemaking practices to build confidence of youth to co-create urban spaces through creatively working in and with green infrastructures in four European cities; Oslo (Norway), Panevėžys (Lithuania), Vienna (Austria), and Valkenswaard (The

«Trustmaking: Young creators and responsibilities for the new green transition» is a 3-years project (2022-2025) funded by the European Commission under the ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) Call.

Taking up TRUSTMAKING as an active and applicable response to the challenges of
living together in cities, this research project aims to empower urban youth and build
capacities of city governments for the new green transition. Establishing a trustful basis
is key for well-informed, intergenerational, and cross-sector collaboration with city
governments, entrepreneurs, and civil society organizations during urban development
processes. Through placemaking practices we aim at fostering confidence of youth to
co-create urban spaces, working in and with green infrastructures in four European
cities: Oslo (Norway), Panevėžys (Lithuania), Vienna (Austria), and Valkenswaard (The

Through Urban Living Labs, tools for youth co-creation of green infrastructure are identified and developed, and cross-section collaboration mechanisms are designed in summer/winter schools. Lastly, the development of TRUSTMAKING guidelines addresses capacity building in public service for integrating youth perspectives and competences that bridge short-term concerns and long-term objectives in urban transformation.

Project partners:

University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), “Xwhy / Agency of Understanding (MB “Homo eminens”)” (Lithuania), Nabolagshager (Norway), “forschen planen bauen DI Thomas Matthias Romm ZT” (Austria), Municipal Department for Parks and Gardens (MA42) (Austria), Grensoverschrijdend Openbaar Lichaam / Benelux Groepering voor Territoriale Samenwerking Natuurgrenspakr De Groote Heide (The Netherlands), OntwerpLab Gezonde Duurzame Leefomgeving Eindhoven, Waalre, Valkenswaard (Netherlands), Hersleb VGS (Norway), Panevėžys city municipality (Lithuania), treecycle gmbh (Austria), District of Gamle Oslo (Norway), Oslo Kommune Bydel 4 St. Hanshaugen (Norway), Placemaking Europe (The Netherlands), Apskritasis stalas (Roundtable) (Lithuania).

Nabolagshager Role

Nabolagshager work as workpackage leader and experts in:

  • establishing and managing the living lab in Oslo: co-create activities and events with youth, local partners and stakeholders to build trust between actors involved in the urban green transition, as well as engage and ensure participation of target audiences in the living lab.
  • developing connection with youth residences in the districts St. Hanshaugen and Gamle Oslo where the living lab will take place.
  • ensuring diverse participant base to create robust methodology that can be replicable across cities and countries in Europe.
  • developing, as workpackage leaders, a comprehensive communication and dissemination strategy to maximize reach and visibility of the project.


For questions about this project, contact:

Christina Wong – Project Coordinator