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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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Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOBALLY-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOBALLY-2017

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Net EU contribution
€ 392 427,50
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Germany

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (14)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 260 211,25
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EUROCITIES ASBL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 153 055,00
Address
Square De Meeus 1
1000 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ISRAEL SMART CITIES INSTITUTE
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 154 912,50
Address
Pasher Residence 35 Hamachtarot Street
6937254 Tel Aviv

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Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (I.S.I.S) - SOCIETA'COOPERATIVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 210 143,75
Address
Via Sistina 42
00187 Roma

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 318 606,25
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 109 475,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MACERATA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 41 975,00
Address
Via Crescimbeni 30-32
62100 Macerata

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Region
Centro (IT) Marche Macerata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OKOLOGISCHE RAUMENTWICKLUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 245 656,25
Address
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHINA ACADEMY OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
China
Net EU contribution
€ 192 031,25
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Net EU contribution
€ 157 591,25
Address
11a, Datun Road, Anwai
100101 Beijing

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT*CASTED
China
Net EU contribution
€ 22 193,75
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHINA CENTER FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
China
Net EU contribution
€ 81 281,25
Address
No 5 Sanlinhe East Rd Xicheng District
100045 Beijing

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TONGJI UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 78 790,00
Address
Siping Road 1239
200092 Shangai

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 81 643,75
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
100084 Beijing

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00