The 17th session of Europan has set the goal of pursuing the same theme than Europan 16, Living Cities, taking these changes in the content and methods of design further.

The aim is to explore the regenerative capacities of living milieus amidst new architectural, urban and landscape ecologies that attempt to overcome the opposition between nature and culture, as well as anthropocentrism, during times marked by natural disruptions and climate emergency.

The very possibility of living is now in doubt for all, given the excessive consumption of natural resources by certain human groups to the detriment of the needs for the global population, exceeding what planet earth can replace.

Reimagining architectures that are embodied in visions” and narratives” of the evolution of sites between present and future

In response to these territorial challenges, it is more than necessary to create complex and dynamic spatial reconfigurations in damaged inhabited milieus, in order to revitalise biological and human communities.

The care-based approach will lead to a necessary interplay of innovative and varied project processes: 

- Producing an active understanding of what is already in place, a situational intelligence; 

- Repairing mistreated territories/​spaces by subtraction and recreation;

- Engage in sober urban projects (reduced land consumption) and in architectural projects that are economical in terms of materials, technicality, energy, attentive to resources in their impact on the Earth; 

- Reinforcing, regenerating or creating qualities of hybridisation between nature and culture; 

- Linking the scale of strategic and dynamic reflection on territories (the large-scale structuring ecological challenges) with the scale of local spaces and their re-conception (everyday spaces and shared spaces); 

- Imagining / creating architectures with a view toward the connection between present and future and therefore their production and adaptability over time (sustainable development); 

- Tackling projects with a readiness for design and production processes that involve all actors with their diversity and their differing roles. 

In order to achieve this complexity, the situations chosen for the Europan 17 competition allow that the submitted projects can activate in different contexts and at different scales: 

- Symbiotic links between the living world and the cultural world, vital relations between human and nonhuman beings; 

- Spatial synergies, natural and cultural reconnections at different scales; 

- Taking into account temporalities (cycles and rhythms of the living world and the social world) in process-projects.