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LUDA compendium

The LUDA Compendium, a web-based document, made up of six handbooks on the regeneration and sustainable development of large urban distressed areas throughout European cities.

The six handbooks include:
Handbook 1: LUDAs: The challenge they pose
Handbook 2: Understanding LUDAs
Handbook 3: A community-based approach to sustainable urban regeneration: the key role of participation and futures workshop
Handbook 4: Integrating Assessment into Sustainable Urban Regeneration
Handbook 5: The LUDA Assessment Decision Support System
Handbook 6: Good Practice Case Studies
Handbook 7: Monitoring Quality of Life in LUDA

The e-compendium is a summary of the scientific results of the LUDA Project in an integrated, cross-cutting strategy towards promoting sustainable urban regeneration.

The e-compendium provides:
- Framework for conceptualising LUDAs, defining their scale and quality of life they offer.
- Critique of previous policy initiatives on urban distress
- Presentation of alternative policy position on urban distress under the heading of a community-based approach to sustainable urban regeneration.
- Specification of this new approach. Grounding of new approach in collaborative platforms, consensus building and strategic alliances that coalesce around the use of more participative techniques and futures thinking - focusing in particular on the prospects of situational analysis, visioning, programming and implementation.
- A protocol for integrating assessment into such analysis, visioning and programming activities
- Set of assessment methods for evaluating the contribution of the above towards sustainable urban regeneration.
- A LUDA Assessment process supporting the policy shift towards sustainable urban regeneration.
- Good practice case studies of leading edge city authorities who are leading this shift towards sustainable urban regeneration
- A system for Monitoring Quality of Life in urban regeneration. This includes monitoring changes towards the alterations in quality of life for defined time periods and several spatial levels as well as monitoring the performance directed towards the results of implementation of programmes and projects - by using objective and subjective data

Main innovative features/benefits:
- The compendium is a web-based tool and takes the form of 7 electronic documents, with internal and external links, all cross-referenced to leading case studies. This is also supported with a glossary of terms employed used and search functions (key word and structured query language-based)
- The policy shift the compendium sets out in novel as it advocates a middling out strategy as the means to integrate top down and bottom up strategies previously employed.
- Focuses on how to make urban regeneration sustainable and what participative techniques coupled with futures thinking can contribute to the sustainability of the urban regeneration process at the take-off stage.
- Restructures many existing environmental assessment methods to support this in line with the requirements of Agenda 21 and terms of reference for the deployment of this agreement under the Aalborg principles.
- Supports technical experts in the used of these modified environmental assessment methods through the deployment of a decision support system.
- Shows middle managers and policy makers how this community-based approach is being developed by cities, what it can do and how it should be put into practice.

Current status and use:
Operational, been tried and tested by partner city authorities engaged in the LUDA project.

Potential application and End-users:
Potential for use by all cities embarking on urban regeneration and sustainable development of such programmes throughout Europe.

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