CANVAS is a ground-breaking project for reducing crime and feelings of insecurity. Responding to the Safer Cities framework and focusing on youths, it takes a holistic place-based approach to crime and social exclusion that combines spatiality and sociality. Fomenting local partnerships in neighbourhoods in three Portuguese cities, CANVAS builds on developments in crime modelling and prevention through urban planning to create a pioneering decision support tool that will generate important knowledge on the socio-urban causes that lead to insecurity hotspots. Concomitantly, youth-centered prevention-in-action initiatives supported by local artists will capitalize on the potential of art as a cathartic outlet for social inclusion. By combining geo-social sciences, culture-led social regeneration and smart tools, CANVAS will develop local planning, design and artistic solutions to counter social stigmatization, feelings of insecurity and boost sense-of-place and neighbourhood attractiveness.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP)
Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT)
2018 - 2021
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the COMPETE 2020 – Operational Programme ‘Competitiveness and Internationalization’ and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)