News Edit 14 September 2017

Stories from the project’s side - #2

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In this article, hear about the latest news from our UIA projects – and find out where they find their inspiration, how they get inhabitants on board and what innovative tools they have already developed over the last months!

What’s happening in the energy transition projects?

In Gothenburg, the project team of FED interviewed Erika, from Göteborg Energi, the project partner responsible for the development of the energy market place. She tells us how a high level of digitalisation will help capture the volatility of renewable energy to ensure the functioning of the energy marketplace, and about the importance of choosing the right business model.

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How to develop an innovative energy marketplace in Gothenburg with FED project?

‘Improving the way we distribute energy also implies bringing residents on board from the start to make them understand a complex energy renovation system and its benefits for them’. In order to launch the Vilawatt project in Viladecans, games were organised on the streets to help people understand how the project can improve the energy rehabilitation of their homes and reduce their energy bill. In his interview, Carles Ruiz, the Mayor of Viladecans, also speaks about their Public-Private-Citizens Partnership and how to improve the energy management habits of citizens.

On 31 May, a hundred people (real estate operators, developers, architects, energy experts, representatives of the French State and of the city of Paris) gathered in Clichy-Batignolles, Paris, to publicly launch the CoRDEES project. In the interview from Melanie, who oversees the urban and architectural design of the eco-district, read about their governance tool, the Urban Energy New Deal, an innovative contracting scheme for energy efficiency based on the principle of co-responsibility.


Fresh news from the UIA cities working on the integration of migrants and refugees

In Bologna, the S.A.L.U.S project involves migrants in the design if a new neighbourhood centre located in a former abandoned hospital. El Ishan, a migrant’s volunteer association, has started to prepare the Villa Salus, which hosted its open days on 4th July.

The team working for the CURANT project in Antwerp has already recruited 12 co-housing duos. These duos match one young refugee above 18 with a volunteer buddy in order to favor a one-to-one integration. But how do they recruit the duos and how do they make them work? In this article, Lise, who works for Vorminglplus partner, tells about the importance of having balanced expectations from both sides.

Building bridges between communities to favour integration is also one of the aspect of the U-RLP project in Utrecht, which combines community housing, learning activities and work spaces in an existing emergency shelter. In their latest piece of news, we learn about the 30 asylum seekers and 40 young adults who currently live in the building, who they are, how to bring them together and the importance of maintaining the presence of a professional third-party.

19 refugee peers have been recruited in Vienna in the context of the CoRE project. They have started their mentoring programme in order to become future mentors within their community. They all share the same motivation, as Ayesha, 18, states it: “I noticed that my friends lack a lot of information. So that’s why I would like to pass on the knowledge I learn in this training”.


Mentoring programme with refugee peers in Vienna, CoRE project


What are the urban poverty projects working on?

A successful working session was organised in Barcelona to review the social currency model to be implemented in early 2018 in the framework of the B-MINCOME project in the Besos district. Renowned experts on social currency discussed the model proposed and the conditions of its implementation.

In Nantes, the 5Bridges project team, composed of representatives from the different types of stakeholders taking part in the project, organised four study visits across Europe to learn more about similar social inclusion projects located in Paris, Madrid, Gothenburg and Lisbon. The main point of these visits was to discuss how they manage to involve beneficiaries as co-conceptors. 5Bridges’ team were inspired by their practices!


Study visit of the 5Bridges project (Nantes) in Gothenburg

In Lille, one of the partner of the TAST’in FIVEs project, Le Sens du Goût, organized two workshops on culinary heritage with inhabitants. The first workshop involved disabled people and the second involved young people. The TAST’IN FIVES kitchen will not open before 2019, but the project team has already started to work with architects on temporary buildings located on an industrial site.

UIA project MAC from Pozzuoli organised a meeting with high schools and work agencies in order to collect their feedback on the local training programme on permaculture and ethical production they will set up. This programme intends to deliver 80 scholarships in total and to train future professionals able to actively contribute to the local labour market.

At the beginning of June, the city of Turin launched a public Call to define how local residents and associations can collaborate with the city for the management of urban commons, one of the core elements of the Co-City project. A meeting was organized to discuss the content of this Call and participants visited the buildings made available for regeneration.


Jobs & skills in the local economy: UIA cities tell us the latest state of play

UIA project BRIDGE in Rotterdam is fighting youth unemployment and developed a Career-Start-Guarantee method to secure a first job experience for young people, in relation with employers from specific sectors in need. This way, employers guarantee young people their first working experience if they opt for a study option in the care, engineering or food sectors. The method was successfully presented during BRIDGE’s kick-off meeting in June. 

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Employers presenting themselves to young people in Rotterdam with the BRIDGE project

More than 220 people participated to the Competence labs organised by the MARES de Madrid project in June. Participants were asked to draft joint economic proposals and self-employment projects focusing on the areas covered by the projects: food, energy, mobility and recycling.

Finally, in Bilbao, AS-FABRIK project held its first Steering Committee. It was attended by city officials, AS-FABRIK being part of a long-term strategy of the city to create employment through Knowledge Intensive Business Services that will be spearheaded by the rehabilitation of an industrial brownfield in Zorrotzaurre.


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