Thursday March 5th, 2020 ARCO LAB

Regeneration of urban spaces and buildings, a new European publication!

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Cities play an essential role in the transition to the Circular Economy. Indeed, it is increasingly necessary to develop innovative policies for the reduction of energy consumption, emissions and waste and for their management. The Handbook on the Sustainable & Circular Re-Use of Spaces and Buildings, written by the members of the Partnership of the European Agenda on the Circular Economy, which includes the Municipality and the City of Prato with the scientific support of ARCO Researchers, and the Partnership of the European Agenda on Sustainable Land Use, is thought to be a stimulus to lay the foundations for a new integrated strategy for the management of urban areas.

The regeneration of urban spaces and abandoned and underused buildings, in fact, can become an opportunity to create new jobs and carry out positive actions of collaborative economy, social innovation and creation of start-ups.

In Europe, 75% of the population is concentrated in urban areas. Due to high mobility, production, trade and economic and social relations cities are the place where 75% of energy consumption and 80% of polluting emissions occur. Specific activities and policies can participate to raising consumers and businesses’ awareness on the different production models. For this reason, it is increasingly important to promote a model of “circular city” at urban and local level, by fostering policies that can effectively influence businesses and the lives of citizens.

The Handbook, whose edition was coordinated by Leonardo Borsacchi, Coordinator of the Circular Innovation & Sustainable Commodities Unit, collects the good practices and planning strategies analyzed by the Partnerships. The publication does not only want to be a useful tool for the regeneration of urban spaces and areas but is also intended to be strategic in terms of communication. By disseminating the regeneration process, it is possible to raise citizens’ awareness on issues of reuse and regeneration as a strategic model for sustainable development. Citizens can, therefore, become themselves active actors of sustainable change.

The Handbook has been presented to members of the 4th Cities Forum “Together we shape a sustainable urban future” held in Porto (Portugal) last 30th and 31st of Janauary 2020.

The Handbook is the result of the joint work of the Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union on Circular Economy and the Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union on Sustainable Land Use.

Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union on Circular Economy

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The Circular Economy Partnership aims to stimulate the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products to promote new growth and job opportunities. The focus will be on: waste management (turning waste into resources), the sharing economy, and resource efficiency.

Within the Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union on Circular Economy framework, ARCO Researchers in support of Prato Municipality participated to the legislative revision on the re-use of industrial waste water for agricultural purposes.

Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union on Sustainable Land Use 

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Green, compact and energy-efficient cities make a key contribution to sustainable growth. They play a crucial role in implementing various projects and initiatives at the European level. The fast urbanisation pace in Europe bring about a number of unprecedented challenges related inter alia to the prevention and management of urban sprawl, the promotion of sustainable land-use, the prioritisation of renewal, regeneration and retrofitting of urban areas and the redevelopment of brownfields, the provision of high-quality buildings, public space and mobility policies, and the protection of urban green areas and promotion of nature-based solutions.

The Partnership on Sustainable Use of Land aims to:

  • ♦ Review and understand the processes of suburbanisation and the role of nature-based solutions within the current development processes;
  • ♦ Identify best practices in innovative urban development across Europe;
  • ♦  Formulate specific concepts and modes of action regarding sustainable use of land and implementation of nature-based solutions within urban areas as well as concrete proposals for territorial instruments and funding

For further information
Leonardo Borsacchi
Circular innovation & sustainable CommoditiesCoordinator
leonardo.borsacchi[at]pin.unifi.it

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