"What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together." Mitchell Kapor
Over the 5 years of the TURAS FP7 project, communities and citizens have worked together with researchers and local authorities to design and develop new processes to make our cities more resilient and sustainable. The final results of this project and the resulting innovations will be presented at the EBN Congress 2016.
The final conference of TURaS project is one of the most significant forums this year in Sofia in regard to the actual urban development topics and a prestige part of the events related with the celebration of the Sofia city feast, which honor host will be Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality.
The event will promote to general public the consistent policy of Sofia Municipality in implementation of the urban resilience principles towards nature and environment conservation and cleanliness, saving energy and resources and improving the quality of citizens’ life in the context of Sofia candidature for the "European Green capital". The forum will give the opportunity to the professional society – to the national and international creative and professional organizations, universities, local authorities and governing bodies, responsible for elaboration of strategic documents for development of municipalities, and to the business to get acquainted with the final results of the project implementation and with the obtained experience to create a larger base for application of knowledge and increase the competitiveness and sustainability in the European Union.
During this exciting one day conference and workshop Dublin City Council and EU TURAS project share good local practice developed in the UK and beyond with representatives of local authorities and interested public.
Hear insights into Circular Economy (Brussels), Energy for Community (Nottingham), Flood Management (Rotterdam), Green Infrastructure (London) and Collaborative Tools (Dublin) and participate in a workshop to solve complex planning problems. The workshop is facilitated by Osmos, a TURAS spin off.
Collaborating Communities offers free 100 places! Please contact Roisin Byrne via firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place for yourself!
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and TURAS invite you to take part in the Sustainable and Healthy New Towns Conference and to celebrate the European Launch of the Green Living Room.The conference will discuss various issues around forging resilient cities arising from the TURAS work and how this can inform the work being undertaken as part of the Healthy New Town initiative for Barking Riverside.
The launch of the mobile version of the 'Green Living Room' will take place before the start of the conference and marks the beginning of its tour of European cities. The corresponding free community event will take place on 24th and 25th of August from 10.00 to 17.00 on Barking Town Square. Join us for free activities such as face painting, massages at the Bathhouse Barking and many more.
On Thursday 26 May the reconversion programme of the Crown Barracks in Brussels will be the object of a participative workshop. The objective of the reconversion programme is to be exemplary with respect to its social, environmental and economic impact – and also the unique process of its conception and creation will be exemplary. The reconversion programme will be the result of a co-creation that incorporates the wealth of knowledge held by the academics of multiple disciplines in both universities and tap into the experiences, needs and vision of their students, neighbours and other actors with whom the universities interact on a daily basis.
Prior to this workshop, the Brussels University Alliance has worked with OSMOS, a spin-off of the European FP7 TURaS project based at the University of Stuttgart, to disentangle the complexity of the planning process (www.turas-cities.org). They divided the reconversion of this site into four distinct themes: “intimacy”, “common space”, “circular flows” and “landscape”. Based on input from working groups, focus groups, in-depth interviews and desktop research, a short brief has been produced for each of the four themes. Using these briefs as a starting point, the objective of the workshop is to analyse the complementarities but also potential tensions between the technical, social and environmental elements of the programme related to the first phase of the site’s reconversion.
After a series of lectures regarding the reconversion programme in the morning of Thursday 26 May, the TURaS project will co-organise the participative workshop in the afternoon to test and disseminate WP6 and WP7 results regarding the governance of urban renovation initiatives. The TURaS partners that will participate in the workshop are the University of Stuttgart, Brussels Environment and Bioazul from Malaga, Spain.
The conference aims to highlight the importance of strategic and comprehensive planning of green areas and, at the same time, to emphasize the beneficial role of green spaces for the quality of living environment, for climate change mitigation and for the upgrading of urban resilience, as well as the role of green spaces in the creation of social, cultural and economic values of the urban environment. Results on this important topic from the TURAS project will be presented there.
Speaking at the conference: Stuart Connop, PhD (University of East London, UK (TURAS)), Ines Hrdalo, PhD (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Duarte Mata (City of Lisbon, PT), Hans Müller (Helix Pflanzen GmbH, DE (TURAS)), Matthias Lampert (City of Munich, DE), Jo Sinclair (London Borough of
Barking and Dagenham, UK (TURAS)), Ljiljana Tubić, MSc (Belgrade, Serbia), Professor Ivan Marušič, PhD (University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Landscape Architecture, SI), Maja Simoneti, MSc (Ljubljana Urban Institute - LUZ d.d. and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, SI), Ina Šuklje Erjavec, MSc (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, SI) and Tina Trampuš (Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, SI).
The conference is intended for wider professional audience and other interested public, particularly for municipal professional services and other administrative bodies planning and regulating green areas as well as leading decision-making processes concerning spatial development.
The conference will be held in the Slovenian and English languages with simultaneous translation into both languages.
Malaga strives to create a strategy for the redefinition of the economic and productive model of the city. This work started with the formation of a driving group integrated by Local Authorities and Public Institutions, that collaborated in the definition of an Integrated Strategy for the Local Transition of Malaga City Productive Model with the support of the Local Transition Incubator (LTI).
In addition, the working group decided to research at neighbourhood level; in order to achieve this, a series of workshops integrating the civil society were organised in order to let them propose new productive models.
Four new creative workshops will be organised for the neighbourhoods Palma-Palmilla, Churriana, Puerto de la Torre and Trinidad-Perchel in order to compile innovative practices, private-public cooperation proposals and new companies following the circular economy model.
Participants will be selected considering both public and private sector, as well as social agents and research centres, contacting at first stage the municipal districts’ responsible and their social and associative fabric.
Brussels Environment is pleased to invite you to its international conference “Circular Economy in practice: Rethinking our production and consumption models” This event will be held on 11 May 2016 in Brussels.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more and discuss about the role of citizens, businesses and reuse economy in finding solutions to meet consumers’ needs in a world of limited resources. One of the thematic focuses will be on reuse, recycling and function-oriented business models. Furthermore, specific examples of new production and consumption models will be presented.
TURAS will be taking to part to the event with an information stand presenting the Osmos spin-off experience created by the TURAS initiative (http://osmosnetwork.com/).
Further information on the agenda of the event will soon be available on the website of the conference.
The research undertaken in TURAS has been highly customised to local needs and the emphasis of the last two years of TURAS is firmly on how research results can be ‘operationalised’ or integrated into local authority planning strategies and operations.
On 7th October, in the framework of Green Cities in Malaga, Promalaga will organise a first showcase of the integrated transition strategies emerging from this work starting with a presentation of what has been happening locally in Malaga. The real-life experience of local authorities from Brussels, London and Rome will be presented in a local authority roundtable. This will be followed by an SME roundtable where a number of SMEs (both start ups emerging from TURAS and well established companies) will explain how they help to make TURAS results available outside of the TURAS partner cities.
Any local authority interested in finding out more about TURAS results is invited to come along to this meeting or organise a one to one meeting on the afternoon of 7th with any of the SMEs or local authorities involved.
Open free of charge to all Green Cities participants. Please register for the Green Cities event here and you will have automatic entrance to the TURAS showcase event.
It is shaping up to be a very exciting session!
The full-day seminar, which is aimed at planners , cities , builders and urban ecologists , conveys both works and vegetation technical basics , updates and Innovative for facade greening. TURAS partner Verband Region Stuttgart will participate at this event and contribute with results from the TURAS project. Seminar language is German.