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Best practice examples in Europe for co-creative and integrated urban development in Line with the New Leipzig Charter are Project of “Cities Fit for Future”.
They show how a "transformative power" can unfold on the local level.
The City of Aveiro, a former centre of the ceramics industry, has today transformed into a digital centre and tech industry hub. With its initiative “Aveiro Tech City”, it aims to use technology as a means to improve the quality of life for all citizens, supports the education of citizens based on STEAM approach and the digital transformation in the city.
‘Care and Living in Community (CALICO)’ is a housing project in Brussels, that provides affordable housing to vulnerable groups in the housing market. For example, older adults, women and people with a migratory background find an accommodation in CALICO. The aim is improving their quality of life, mutual care and empowerment.
In 2017 Ghent introduced a large car-free city centre. Since then the city centre is only accessible by car for those who really have a destination there. It was part of a larger circulation plan, which aims at a better city to live in, to work in and to visit.
The City of Mouans-Sartoux has managed to supply its school canteens with 100% organic food since 2012. For this purpose, the city has set up a municipal farm and educational actions to introduce a sustainable food policy in the city, which aims to preserve the health of the citizens and the environment.
Preston began to use procurement in 2013 to address its financial challenges following the financial crisis and a reduction in budgets. Central to this approach was an analysis of the city's spend. Through its activities, Preston was able to encourage smaller and / or local enterprises to bid for procurement opportunities, thereby helping to strengthen its economy.
Sustainable Ålidhem is a project for sustainable urban development which includes social, technical, environmental and economic aspects. It entails a district in the Swedish City of Umeå which combines 2650 square meters of photovoltaic-cells with 137 new sustainable apartments with high energy efficiency, 405 nearby renovated apartments, nearly fossil free district heating or individual metering.
synAthina is an online and offline public platform that brings together active citizens and City government to co-create solutions for the city’s pressing challenge. Through the development of digital tools but also using offline practices and methods it brings forward the voices of Athens community groups, connects them with Athens City Hall and works with them to develop a range of urban and social innovation prototypes that contribute to the policy making process of the municipality.
In Wrocław, located on the Oder River, up to 36% of the city is at risk of flooding despite extensive flood protection works. The city also experiences increasingly common heat waves and drought during summer, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect. Introducing nature-based solutions into the city’s strategic and spatial documents followed by investments is a part of the climate change adaptation process.