How can a design and creative approach help us re-discover and re-imagine the places we live in?
It has been just over a year since in 2020 Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO implemented a citizen science pilot project titled “In My Backyard”, supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 ACTION project.
This proved to be a unique opportunity to uncover the benefits that backyards can offer, from an environmental, social, well-being and/or economic perspective.
Fast-forward to 2021, Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO has become an official partner to the New European Bauhaus, a new program from the European Commission aiming to engage designers, architects, engineers and other creatives, to imagine how each European should connect to the Green Deal and “build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls”.
It is within this context that we now intend to promote a conversation, departing from the In My Backyard video documentary, to discuss how a design and creative approach can help us re-discover and re-imagine the places we live in.
And what a better way to have this conversation by teaming up again with ACTION, and all previous and on-going pilot projects.
Join the conversation!


18:00h – Opening remarks
18:10h – In My Backyard video documentary
18:45h – Conversation
19:30h – End
Conversation led by:
Kat Austen, ACTION (Moderator)
Clara Roberti (Designer and In My Backyard Documentary Director)
Heitor Alvelos (Professor of Design and New Media)

Rui Monteiro (Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO)

12th May 2021 | 18h CET

All participants are welcome to join for Q&A.


  • Citizen science and participation
  • Design, creative approaches and sustainability
  • Backyards, their benefits and their future
* Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link 24 hours before the event.
** Please note there is a limit to the number of participants and attendance will be offered by order of registration. If this limit is reached, the conversation will also be live-streamed.

*** The video documentary will be shared in the beggining of the event to all participants, as a separate link to ensure you can watch it with minimal internet disruptions.