ISINNOVA is now in Beijing for the Project Steering Board meeting of the Horizon 2020-funded TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA project, on the transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China. Here the consortium will hear from Huang Yan (Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China), Chris Wood (Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to China), and other development experts, to find ways to move towards more sustainable and socially inclusive cities.
About the project
The Horizon 2020 project TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA will help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens create socially integrative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way.
TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA will 1) develop a systematic knowledge base comparing transition experiences in Europe and China; 2) advance tools and measures to support the transition in cooperation with local stakeholders and citizens, and test them in Living Labs located in Chinese cities; and 3) develop related recommendations to support the transition towards socially integrative cities, discussing them with representatives of Reference Cities and a wider stakeholder community, and then disseminating them through a variety of channels.
The project will focus on 1) community building and place-making in neighbourhoods; 2) bridging the planning implementation gap in eco- and smart cities; 3) land use planning and land management in new urban expansion and urban renewal areas; 4) transition pathways to sustainable urban planning and governance; as well as 5) Living Labs, exploitation and dissemination.
At least two Chinese Living Labs and sixty Reference Cities from Europe and China will formulate new insights, practices and role models in sustainable urban transitions in China and the EU. Moreover, eight European and six Chinese organisations with significant expertise in regional and urban planning, research and education will cooperate over the course of the project, providing a valuable contribution to shared EU-China knowledge on urbanisation processes.