The project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments (acronym KLABS) is capacity building action in the field of higher education, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
KLABS is a pioneering educational platform that addresses two current and equally important challenges of urban and rural built environments in Western Balkans – sustainability and resilience to climate change. Within the 3-year period of project life (15.10.2015-14.10.2018), the Consortium consisted of five higher education institutions from the European Union and six higher education institutions from the Western Balkans produced various results with the common aim to catalyse the generation of innovative, interdisciplinary and highly specialized knowledge, by joining the areas of Engineering, Architecture, Construction and Environmental Protection.
Being the creators of functional built environment, engineers and architects bear significant responsibility and obligation in achieving sustainability and resilience at different spatial levels. By intervening in the field of knowledge development, which is recognized to be the first progress step, it is expected that the results of project KLABS will impact not just national higher education systems but as well the overall development of included Western Balkans areas, in the long term.