October update

During the month of October, the Project Management Office has been busy analysing and consolidating the important inputs we have gathered over the last 9 months.

We have summarised it into a couple of concrete but scalable cases that showcase: the challenge ‘overshooting’, our mission ‘designing the irresistible circular society’ and the three ‘angles of action’. As soon as the three cases have been decided, we will let you know.

Additionally, we have renamed the three ‘angles of action’ that were defined during the co-creation process in Denmark. This has been done to secure precision and proper focus.

The three ‘angles of action’, each refer to a specific area of intervention and represent key elements supporting the European ambition of 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2050.

All three ‘angles of actions’ are about renovation and transformation with the potential of cross-fertilisation.

I – Social housing (social values and communities)

Social housing or affordable housing is a European phenomenon in transformation. In cities across Europe, buildings from the 60s and 70s need renovation. They represent an opportunity for transforming affordable housing into new places to live with respect for social values, sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics and with a real impact on climate-neutrality through volume and scale

II - Symbiotic transformation of city areas and neighbourhoods (resource loops and zero waste)

To prevent overshooting, we, as a society, need to make the best use of the material flows created. Large industrial ecosystems with a systemic and symbiotic approach to resource loops and waste management can inspire urban development relating to constructing new buildings and rethinking the urban landscape in cities. Co-creation with a multidisciplinary and multilevel approach involving local citizens, for instance, the youth, when it concerns urban development with an educational perspective, can open up towards new, more sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetic solutions.

III - Reconciling cities with nature (city nature)

Nature is diverse, rich and complex. When treated in its full complexity and with respect for the variety of species, nature can enrich and regenerate cities and restore the balance between what we take from and bring back to nature. At the same time, we must urgently stop the loss of biodiversity and instead regenerate and expand natural habitats to accommodate and stimulate biodiversity. Reconciling cities with nature is about designing liveable habitats and functional ecosystems from a multispecies perspective while rebalancing 'land use' to accommodate resource generation and biodiversity from a local to a global scale.