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Stories from the project’s side - #3

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These are the latest news from all UIA projects – find out how they are progressing and what they are working on at the moment!

What’s happening on the Energy Transition’s side?

In Gothenburg, the project partner Akademia Hus is testing the FED solution in the university campus of Chalmers. A group of researchers have done simulations and analysis during the spring and summer to build the models that will make the energy system and the marketplace work. The first version of the energy marketplace is expected to be launched in December 2017.

In Viladecans, 60 dwellings out of the 8000 dwellings of the Vilawatt project area will undergo deep renovation to achieve high energy saving potential. After a thorough analysis of the building stock in the Montserratina District to identify the most relevant types of dwellings to be targeted, the project has just launched a public Call for dwelling owners and tenants to apply for renovation.

In Paris the Cordees project has seen a major milestone reached in October with the first General Assembly meeting held. This General Assembly meeting was also a great step forward to present to Stakeholders the first results of negotiation on the Urban Energy New Deal. The innovative dimension and expected impact of the project has also led to the formal recognition by the French ministry of Ecology and Housing as “Industrial Demonstrator for the Sustainable City”. The CoRDEES project will now benefit from technical and legal support from the French government for 5 years.

 

Fresh news from the UIA cities working on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees

Over the summer, the team of the CURANT project in Antwerp invited their 12 co-housing duos for their very first community event, and  project partners ATLAS and Jes vzw organised summer courses to help them choose their career  orientation.  The project team also presented CURANT at IMISCOE, the European academic network for migration and integration in Rotterdam.

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CURANT family picture during their Community Event

In Bologna, the old Villa SALUS, an abandoned hospital to be refurbished and converted into a neighbourhood centre for refugees, will be demolished by the end of the year, and the Municipality has been co-designing the future space and its activities with all partners of the SALUS W Space project. The final architectural project was presented by all the partners to 100 citizens on 25 October.

In Utrecht, at the occasion of the National Neighbourhood Day, the U-RLP project organised its Open Day in presence of the Deputy Mayor Kees Diepeveen, and the event was even broadcasted in one of the largest national news!

Over the last months, refugees have been actively involved in developing the graphic design for the CORE project in Vienna but also in adapting and equipping the CORE Centre. The first event at the centre took place at the end of August, with the official visit of City Councillors Sandra Frauenberger and Jürgen Czernohorszky, who were both  impressed by the strong participation of refugees.

 

What are the urban poverty projects working on?

A kick-off event on 30 September in a rehabilitated brownfield was organised by the Tast’in Fives project in Lille where thanks to the active participation of the neighbourhood the temporary shared kitchen used for the implementation of their innovative solution was almost fully equipped. A banquet was organised for 500 participants who could all contribute to bring gifts and tools for the project’s shared-kitchen. Many practical workshops were organised for children and their parents!

In Nantes, a call for applications has just been launched to identify the future operators of the urban farm and the solidarity restaurant for the 5Bridges project. The management and exploitation models are still to be invented, and co-construction between the successful candidates and the project partners and Stakeholders will be at the heart of every step of the design process.

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The 5Bridges urban farm on a rooftop in Nantes

At the beginning of June, the City of Turin  launched a public Call for collaboration on the management of urban commons for the CO-City project. They have received 50 proposals targeting mainly periphery and urban cultures, underused service platforms and taking care of public spaces. “This result testifies the willingness of Turin’s residents to be part of the City revival action” commented Marco Giusta, Deputy Mayor in charge of Suburbs and Urban Commons.

 

Jobs & Skills in the local economy: UIA cities tell us what they’ve been up to

After an initial tender phase of four months, the City of Milan will launch an Urban Agriculture Lab within the area of Cascina Nosedo Milan in January 2018. An essential part of the OpenAgri project, the Lab will explore innovative techniques in urban agriculture (production, logistic, Internet of Food, sharing economy) and is set to help entrepreneurs to develop new practices in peri-urban agriculture.

Hundreds of students from Rotterdam South gathered in early November for the Go for a Job! event organised by the BRIDGE project to raise awareness about their Career Start Guarantee, a programme that connects students and employers from specific sectors in need (food, construction, healthcare and engineering).  Fighting youth unemployment also implies to fight misconceptions about educational programmes and career prospects, that often drive students to choose careers in sectors failing to deliver enough job opportunities. 

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The Go for a Job! Event in Rotterdam for the BRIDGE project

Further project news will be published in the coming weeks. Keep up to date with the news from the projects by visiting the individual webpages on the UIA website here.