Posts Tagged ‘Regeneration’

Re-Block: Lessons on Improving Quality of Life in European Block Real Estates

By today it is more or less clear that constructing large-scale housing estates was one of the dead-end pathways of urbanism 30-60 years ago. The architects of such estates believed “… in the role of architecture as a weapon of social reform … when everyone would live in cheap prefabricated flat-roofed multiple dwellings – heaven [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on April 22nd, 2015 at 15:49

Open! Community Utilisation of Vacant Retail Space

The signs of the 2008 crisis became visible within few months after its outbreak on the Grand Boulevard of Budapest, which was one of the most important retail locations of the city, and on many other streets as well: closed shops, business premises with lowered blinds to let. Like in many major European cities, the [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on November 7th, 2014 at 18:41

Tackling Brownfields and Land-Take in Europe

Brownfields are an inherent feature of most, if not all, cities around the globe.  They all have a potential contribution to make the long-term success of their city. However, if they are ignored, brownfield sites can become the focus of social and economic problems. The 4th International Conference on Managing Urban Land celebrated progress, almost [...]

By URBACT, on November 3rd, 2014 at 14:41

Deprived Urban Areas: RegGov Infographic

By URBACT, on January 9th, 2012 at 17:11

Poitiers is changing…

Inhabitants and guests of Poitiers are witnessing multiple alterations in their town’s heritage area. Poitiers is a historic town situated in the west central area of France which contains a large panel of cultural heritage. Its population reaches 83.500 inhabitants. Since Poitiers joined the URBACT HerO project, many transformations have been completed on the ground: [...]

By URBACT, on April 27th, 2011 at 14:25

International Syposium for the UNESCO – Sesto San Giovanni Application

Sesto San Giovanni, partner in NeT-TOPIC URBACT Project, is a city undergoing transformation: from the 20th century factory town to a new multi-functional city, with high quality housing, commercial space and offices, new green areas and public facilities. The new urban development plan, called Piano di Governo del Territorio (P.G.T.), is the framework for this [...]

By URBACT, on January 11th, 2011 at 15:40

“Behind the Front Door” – outreaching social support in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands there is one form of outreaching social support that has increasingly been applied in the past few years. It is generally addressed as the ‘behind the front door’ method. Professionals using this method actively and directly approach marginalised people to find and help them with their most important problems. This new method has been widely applied in the Dutch ‘neighbourhood approach’.

By URBACT, on May 27th, 2010 at 15:55

World Bank: “Safer Homes, Stronger Communities”.

Catalysed by events in Haiti and coinciding with new earthquake and tsunami incidence in Chile and the Pacific, the World Bank has just launched a new publication “Safer Homes, Stronger Communities – a Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters“. This is an interesting composite of structured guidelines, tapping into experience of agencies and stakeholders stretching [...]

By URBACT, on March 22nd, 2010 at 18:54

Haiti, could the earthquake resuscitate a failed nation state.

At the beginning of June 2009, I reported for URBACT on the effects of the earthquake on the Italian city of L’Aquila “such a catastrophe represents the extreme challenge for urban regeneration in the broadest sense”. Today events in Haiti (earthquake 12th January) take the idea of “extreme challenge” to a totally different, almost unprecedented, [...]

By URBACT, on January 26th, 2010 at 15:02