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George Carey Primary School gets growing

Pupils have helped transform a neglected corner of their school grounds at Barking Riverside into a thriving garden for food and wildlife
Paula Vandergert
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An oasis of calm during car-free chaos in Brussels

Green Living Room comes to life as a platform for street theatre performers.
Siobhan McQuaid
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Impossible to collaborate with communities?

Convincing a crowd that there are meaningful and effective ways to involve communities in planning processes.
Roisin Byrne
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Belgrade – A Tale of Two Cities

TURAS team at the Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning, Belgrade.
Gerrit Knaap
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TURAS Scholars And Practitioners Address Sprawl In Sofia

Gerrit Knaap in Sophia - "In a recent visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, I had the pleasure to meet with Aleksandar Slaev, ..."
Gerrit Knaap
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Water Voles return to Barking Riverside

After a ‘holiday’ in Devon, 40 water voles were returned to their home next to the Thames in East London’s Barking Riverside.
Paula Vandergert
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Community co-design first Neighborhood Park in the Liberties for 100 years.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh presided over the sod-turning on the new Weaver park in the Liberties, Dublin 8, (24th June, 2016.)
Roisin Byrne
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Ed Miliband hears about TURAS - and why this matters

Reaching out to policy makers is essential if we want our research to cause a real life impact
Lucelia Rodrigues
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Resilience in Rio?

Spotlight on urban resilience and planning in Rio de Janeiro – host of the World Planning Schools Congress (WPSC) and the Olympics in 2016
Prof. Zorica Nedović Budić
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Urban green to combat heat and flooding

How can municipalities increase public support for green adaptation measures?
Marthe Derkzen
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Good reviews at the Mobile Green Living Room preview in Bonn

Strawberries from our Mobile Green Living Room were much appreciated at the Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn.
Jonathan Müller
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The Mobile Green Living Room is assembled and ready to Roll!

There’s a whole lot of gorgeous plants packed into one Living Room, coming to a city near you.
Jonathan Müller
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Suburban Ecosystem Payments

Urban sprawl is “sweet” open spaces, lush landscapes. Well, this option should be available to everyone, if they fairly pay for consuming!
Aleksandar Slaev
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9 steps to get a successful Community Project up and running

The TURAS ComPass solution identifies a 9 step process in building successful community projects from idea to execution…
Roisin Byrne
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Students get involved in community planning of Bridgefoot Park

Bridgefoot Park: a student perspective on community planning in action
Rayanna Mendonça
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TURAS EXHIBITION STAND AT THE CONFERENCE "CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN PRACTICE: RETHINKING OUR PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION MODELS" IN BRUSSELS ON THE 11TH OF MAY 2016

TURAS exhibition stand playing the Sustainable revitalization game at the conference "Circular Economy in practice" in Brussels - 12/05/2016
Patrick Van Den Abeele
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Dublin City Council Green Roof Author Dara O Daly (Landscape Architect DCC)

Dublin City Council leading in Small Steps in Green Infrastructure.
Roisin Byrne
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Green living room goes to school

The TURAS Green Living Room helps bring climate change to life for students in Germany
Silvia Weidenbacher
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Places: Brussels Crown Barracks (BE) (Authors Stephan Kampelmann & Adrian Vickery Hill)

Osmos engaging experts and stakeholders in workshop aims to bring a more “systemic” reading of the project site.
Stephan Kampelmann
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TURAS tests new multi-dimensional approach to urban regeneration

Osmos, from TURAS, uses a new multi-dimensional approach to build consensus on the regeneration of the Crown Barracks in Brussels.
Stephan Kampelmann
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Novel Ecosystems - a TEDxUCD talk by Dr. Marcus Collier

Dr. Marcus Collier puts light on the Anthropocene, through valuing novel ecosystems.
Roisin Byrne
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Green Living Room come 2nd in EUGIC 2015 Award (Authors Anja Dittmann and Roisin Byrne)

TURAS partner Helix Pflanzensysteme GmbH and Verband Region Stuttgart have won 2nd in the EUGIC 2015 Award for Green Living Room project.
Anja Dittmann
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Paris accord and TURAS

What are the connections between the meeting requirements of the Paris climate action agreement and TURAS solutions?
Roisin Byrne
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Biosolar - harnessing the multifunctional potential of roof space

TURAS biosolar research contributes to green roof ecology special edition.
Stuart Connop
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How Can Fairness And Inclusivity Be Embedded In Urban Resilience And Sustainability Strategies?

TURAS analyses ways to embed social and environmental equity into urban resilience and sustainability strategies.
Paula Vandergert
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Living at the margins of Bengaluru's lakes: Untold stories of change, loss and hope

Marthe Derkzen (WP4) brought TURAS to India with a photo exhibition on urban lakes and people’s resilience to local environmental change.
Marthe Derkzen
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West London gets a green makeover

TURAS brings its #turasGI green infrastructure monitoring expertise to support the @GroundworkLON housing estate retrofit in @LBHF
Stuart Connop
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UoN TURAS Meadows Community Focus Event, Nottingham

Meadows Community Focus Event and an Introduction to the Community Geo timeline!
Lorna Kiamba
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Ecological innovation: Green Noise barrier with added values – Urban Green Infrastructure

Multifunctional Green Noise Barrier pilot project in Sachsenheim. Daily carbon mitigation data available.
Anja Dittmann
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European Conference in Bonn focuses on “Nature-based-Solutions for adaption to climate change”

TURAS "nature based strategies" in London and Ludwigsburg, demonstrate multi benefits in urban climate action.
Silvia Weidenbacher
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Regeneration 2015: New Beginnings -the city and economic resilience

TURAS dynamic presentations among a day of city resilience presentations hosted in an regenerating Grangegorman Campus.
David Alemany
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German planning Experts recognize potential of TURAS green infrastructure solutions

Planning Experts discuss green solutions for adaption to climate change
Silvia Weidenbacher
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Tweet, tweet, tweet….

Twitter as a tool for increasing collaboration in green infrastructure research.
Aoife Corcoran
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Nottingham citizens engage in their energy future

UoN SENSIBLE + TURAS Public Talk at Em-Power Nottingham
Lorna Kiamba
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Open House Reusing Dublin walking tour

Reusing Dublin walking tour during on Open House Week 2015
Giulia Trombino
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Picasso inspiring TURAS partners in Malaga

TURAS partners surprised to bump into each other in an unplanned visit to the Picasso museum in Malaga following the close of the TURAS AGM
Roisin Byrne
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TURAS PARTNERS IN ROTTERDAM SUPPORT LJUBLJANA IN PREPARING FLOOD PROTECTION MEASURES

Integrated water and flood risk management strategies and to search for realistic action measures.
Gaja Trbižan
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TURAS demo sites – a demonstration of novel ecosystems theory?

Can good come from bad when it comes to human impact on the environment?
Roisin Byrne
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“Access to Space”, a Gathering of Activists and Experts on vacant space, in sight of Oscar Wilde statue on Merrion Square.

Connect the Dots bring activists and experts together again in an excellent informal atmosphere to reimagine underused space in the city.
David Alemany

Doing things differently: the TURAS approach to urban resilience & sustainability

After four years working together, on 7th Oct in Malaga, local authorities from across Europe present the first emerging results...
Siobhan McQuaid
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Re“Walking” Dublin… TURAS give Dubliner's a tour of vacant site in the city author Tatine Lima

Second event from ReusingDublin team, the Re"Walking" tour Dublin explores underused spaces in the north side of the city centre.
Aoife Corcoran
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The circus – and TURAS - comes to Barking Riverside

Hundreds of local residents gathered to enjoy the spectacle, learn circus skills in this new area London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Paula Vandergert
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TURAS team meets the Meadows Community.

The Meadows community signs up for being part of the community energy scheme
Travis O'Doherty
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Rubbish Sculpture Seen Floating down Royal Canal in Pelletstown!

TURAS community engagement activity attracts the attention of young and older in Pelletstown.
Loughran Glenn
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The Island Site: Testing TURAS Strategies

TURAS Integrated Transition Strategies to be tested in Nottingham
Lucelia Rodrigues
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Urban Agriculture: Closing the Loop in Nottingham

The TURAS team is exploring ways of closing the food loop in Nottingham
Lucelia Rodrigues
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Smart Energy Community at the Meadows

New European Horizon 2020 grant will help develop a smart energy community at the Meadows
Lucelia Rodrigues
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Trent Basin: A Catalyst for Change is on Site! Authors Nick Ebbs + Lucelia Rodrigues

Phase 1 of the Trent Basin development by Blueprint starts on site with 160 low-energy homes
Lucelia Rodrigues

TURAS at XIX Italian ASITA Conference

The TURAS outcomes about the Green Infrastructure at ASITA Conference 2015
Laura Berardi
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Cork Street Park community Engagement Workshops

A demonstration of community coproduction and cocreation with a successful outcome…
Roisin Byrne
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From Green to Pink - Green Living Room Bursts into Bloom

Welcoming atmosphere attracts passers-by to take a relaxing rest and enjoy this vertical garden
Silvia Weidenbacher
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Recycling Dublin Event - Report by Davi Lopes

Our Reusing Dublin team on our Re"cycling" Dublin event.
Aoife Corcoran
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Planning authorities in Ireland to start a vacant sites register from 01.01.17

Irish Government to introduce vacant sites levy to encourage housing and urban regeneration
Philip Crowe
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Opening up East London

The first call for ideas for the rolling programme Open Poplar has now been closed, the phase of reviewing what proposals have been received
Jutta Knapp
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Urban farming trials at the University of Nottingham

Team is researching the benefits, opportunities, risks and challenges of vertical farming / urban agriculture
Lucelia Rodrigues
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Nottingham City Council invests in Blueprint to boost city regeneration

Nottingham City Council has announced its purchase of a stake in Blueprint, our TURAS partner Nottingham based developers
Lucelia Rodrigues
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TURAS Observation sites in the Liberties Area Weaver Park and Bridgefoot Street

An observation site, to investigate if social resilience building can spread.
Roisin Byrne
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URBACT and ‘Connect the Dots’: Two Community Led workshops around ideas of activating place by community.

On March 5th 2015 we attend two stylistically different conferences/workshops on a common theme: Community-led placemaking endeavors.
Roisin Byrne
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TURAS, Toronto and the Burning Man… By Philip Crowe.

TURAS at Urban Ecologies 2015 at OCAD University, Toronto, and a vision of a future city by the City of Toronto Director of Urban Design.
Philip Crowe