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Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China

Objective

Cities are places of social innovation and engines of economic growth. They attract dynamic groups of society, they provide vast opportunities of inter-action, communication and exchange of knowledge, and they thereby lay the foundation for attracting large shares of R&D investment and an innovative service sector. Thus, social integration is directly linked with economic prosperity of cities. This is true for European and Chinese urban development but especially relevant for China as, promoted by vari-ous levels of governments, the country is transitioning from a less urban to a more urbanized society with increasingly intensified land use and higher quality of life.

One of the greatest challenges facing Chinese urbanisation is how to best design and turn cities into intelligent, socially integrative and sustainable environments. TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA addresses this key challenge. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20120), China will “redouble” its “ef-forts to improve urban planning, development, and management” and to “improve living environments so that people can enjoy a more secure, relaxing, and satisfying city life”. The (Chinese) National New Urbanisation Plan (2014-2020) provides strong policy support for strategic decision-making and implementation of sustainable development approaches, aiming to be innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared. Good practices and methods from Europe in terms of social inclusiveness, cultural dynamics and eco-nomic viability have proven to be very significant to China, but Chinese cities need new insights to implement, scale up and transfer these practices in their own operational realities. This can also pro-duce positive learning effects on the European side, and will influence the European research agenda on sustainable urbanisation.

On this background, the key objective of TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA is to help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens in China to create socially inte-grative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way. Moreover, it will help urban stakeholders in Europe to reflect and eventually reconsider their approaches towards sustainable ur-banisation. In order to achieve the main objective, the project will

• Develop a systematic knowledge base on transition experiences in Europe and China in a com-parative way, and make key results publicly available as a book addressing practitioners, the scien-tific community and students;
• Advance tools and measures to support transition in cooperation with local stakeholders and citi-zens, and test them in two Living Labs located in Chinese cities with the purpose to derive opera-tional and evidence-based knowledge about urban transformative capacity;
• Elaborate related recommendations to support transition towards socially integrative cities, discuss them with representatives of 60 Reference Cities and a wider stakeholder community, and dissem-inate them through a variety of channels, including a web-based compendium of tested tools and measures adapted to local socio-economic, cultural and political specificities; the compendium will include policy briefs, guidelines, methods, and good practice examples for the development of so-cially integrative cities and for strengthening transformative capacities of local stakeholders.

The project focuses on: (a) community building and place-making in neighbourhoods; (b) bridging the planning-implementation gap in eco and smart cities; (c) land use planning and land management in new urban expansion and urban renewal areas, and (d) transition pathways to sustainable urban plan-ning and governance.
With 8 European and 6 Chinese expert organisations on socially integrative cities, TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA will combine the best of both worlds to create new insights, practices and role models in sustainable urban transitions in China. The Chinese team of partners from governmen
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Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/smart city
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOBALLY-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OKOLOGISCHE RAUMENTWICKLUNG EV
Address
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 384 775

Participants (13)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 260 211,25
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROCITIES ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 055
Address
Square De Meeus 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
ISRAEL SMART CITIES INSTITUTE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 154 912,50
Address
Pasher Residence 35 Hamachtarot Street
6937254 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Other
ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (I.S.I.S) - SOCIETA'COOPERATIVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 143,75
Address
Via Sistina 42
00187 Roma
Activity type
Other
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 318 606,25
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 148 950
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 808,75
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHINA ACADEMY OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
China
EU contribution
€ 192 031,25
Address
Sanlihe Road 9 Haidian District
100037 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 157 591,25
Address
11A, Datun Road, Anwai
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT*CASTED
China
EU contribution
€ 22 193,75
Address
Yu Yuan Tan Nan Lu Rd 8Yu 8
100038 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
CHINA CENTER FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
China
EU contribution
€ 81 281,25
Address
No 5 Sanlinhe East Rd Xicheng District
100045 Beijing
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
TONGJI UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 78 790
Address
Siping Road 1239
200092 Shangai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 81 643,75
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
100084 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments