BUSINESS

Overview

Business
Resilience planning and urban sustainable development need not be threats to businesses. Yes, the business-as-usual approach must change, but sustainability brings opportunities as well as challenges; and businesses that are open to innovation and lateral-thinking will thrive as society transitions.
TURAS is delighted to showcase in this section some of the activities undertaken by SMEs engaged in TURAS as partners and also to introduce some of the new spin-off ventures emerging from TURAS to provide public and local authorities with direct support in implementing many of the TURAS approaches.

TURAS SMEs Partners:

HELIX Pflanzen GmBH

is a German SME.

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Through TURAS, Helix has expanded their business to encompass the emerging field of providing nature-based solutions for building urban resilience. Helix has grown its business and changed its business model in the light of new orders and requests in different green infrastructure projects from cities across Europe as well as in Asia and the USA.  In addition to the scaling up of the SME, Helix also devised, in conjunction with several TURAS partners, the mobile green living room road show. This exhibition of a model of the Green Living Room in Ludwigsburg toured Europe in the summer of 2016, having been invited by 9 cites to be co-located with local sustainability events. Helix is planning an even larger tour in 2017 and first dates are already confirmed.  As a result of this roadshow, Helix have also received orders from some cities for a customised version of the Mobile Green Livingroom to highlight urban green infrastructure initiatives in these cities. Helix are involved as an SME partner in the ConnectingNature H2020 project to further promote take-up and scale-up of nature based solutions in cities of all sizes.

With their gardening and horticultural expertise, Helix stands for sustainable, modern and aesthetically pleasing plants and green solutions – project-based and customised. As a developer and provider of innovative and modern plant systems and technologies, Helix offer a quick ‘greening’ of buildings and landscapes, even in unusual places. With their integrated approach to irrigation and nutrient supply, Helix break new ground in greening even difficult terrain. Ecology is a special concern for Helix and together with collaboration partners at colleges, universities and institutes, we conduct research for a healthier and more liveable environment. HELIX Pflanzen solutions have been proven to help the environment. They filter air pollutants, improve the air quality, reduce noise, save energy and protect from wind or air-conditioned buildings.

BIOAZUL

is an engineering and technological consultancy

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focused on the environment with two main business lines: customized solutions for treatment of industrial and urban water based on technologies resulting from research, development and innovation work and secondly comprehensive consulting service, acting as a catalyst and promoter of R&D and innovation project of strategic interest and high market potential for our customers. Bioazul have scaled up their client offering by drawing on ideas and examples from TURAS and the use of nature-based solutions for wastewater management and they are involved as an SME partner in the Connecting H2020 project to further promote take-up and scale-up of nature based solutions in cities of all sizes.

Website: www.bioazul.com
BIOAZUL YouTube channel

Dermot Foley Landscape Architects

(DFLA) is an established SME that has been successful in international bids for new nature-based solutions and co-creation processes in the last few years. DFLA have drawn upon their experiences on working in TURAS on a project for Kingston University.

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Here they established, with the participation of the client, a full cradle-to-cradle approach to the demolishing of an existing building and its replacement with a new library with nature-based solutions and fully recycle materials as a core design concept. Dermot is now completing a PhD through creative design practice with the use of construction waste to create what he calls 'synthologies' a core stream of the research. He has also mentored Philip Doran during his employment-based masters which was funded by the IRC and SEAI. All of this research is central to DFLA innovating as an SME and bringing new and transferable knowledge to their clients as well as their colleagues in the profession.


TURAS spin-off Ventures

Space Engagers:

This new start-up is a spin-off built upon the success of the Reusing Dublin crowd sourced web mapping platform.

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Reusing Dublin stemmed from the integration of the research from work package 1 and work package 3 of TURAS.  This platform, which enables citizens to map underused and vacant spaces highlighted large numbers of vacant sites in addition to the official records. The platform facilitated the generation of crowd sourced data and citizen engagement on the issue of underutilised spaces. Reusing Dublin is currently being operated by the Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) – an NGO who assist homeless people with accommodation and support. They are using the platform to raise awareness of and gather data on vacant properties in private ownership with potential to address the housing crisis. 

Space Engagers has received support from the EU Common Booster programme and has just been awarded significant seed funding and technical mentoring from Social Innovation Fund Ireland, the Irish Government and Google.org (€100,000). It was also awarded funding by the Horizon 2020 project  Organicity (€45,000), to engage citizens in mapping underused spaces and instigating co-creation / co-design processes on those spaces in Aarhus, Denmark.  Space Engagers supports more informed and effective decisions for social and environmental change, by engaging citizens in building awareness of local issues and generating distributed knowledge through online mapping platforms. Currently it is an SME on two Horizon 2020 bids (SCC-02-2017, CULT-COOP-) and an Interreg proposal.

Website: http://spaceengagers.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Space-Engagers-765329000272039/posts/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/spaceengagers
Instagram: https://instagram.com/spaceengagers/

Osmos

is a new spin-off SME practicing tools, methods and processes that were devised and applied in TURAS in particular those created in WP3 and WP6.

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This SME provides meaningful stakeholder based vision creation services on the design and implementation of a range of themes such as nature-based solutions, the circular economy, transitional use of urban development and local economy.  Osmos uses a dialogue process that brings participants together in a constructive way. This SME has attracted interest from many cities, and has been instrumental in the establishment of new urban resilience projects in Brussels (BE), Manziana (IT), Rome (IT). Having received validation from clients, Osmos is now a full SME and a partner on the recently successful CONNECTING Horizon 2020 project (SCC-02-2016) where they will support more than 10 other cities in Europe and globally to use collaborative approaches (emerging from TURAS) to plan nature based strategies.