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URBACT III - sub>urban.reinventing the fringe

Deutsche Version

As of May 2018, the sub>urban. Reinventing the fringe. URBACT network has completed its activities. Find more information at urbact.eu.

What is URBACT III ?

URBACT III is an European exchange program for the promotion of sustainable urban development. The program aims to help experts in sharing successful methods and innovative examples in the field of urban politics across Europe. New pragmatic solutions, which are sustainable, covering economical, social and ecological aspects will be developed.

URBACT III is funded by the European Union (European Fund for Regional Development) and Member States. The requested total funding for the whole network “sub>urban. reinventing the fringe” is around 700.000 €, which will be divided between the partners in the network.

Final Meeting in Barcelona

Barcelona 2018 - Final Meeting

The final transnational network meeting was hosted by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) from 25 to 28 April 2018 in the capital city of Catalonia: Barcelona. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. The total metropolitan area of Barcelona has a population of 3.2 million making it the most populous on the Mediterranean coast.

In Hospitalet de Llobregat, a city neighbouring Barcelona, the first part of the conference was dedicated to the achievements of the network sub>urban. Reinventing the fringe. Maarten van Tuijl, lead expert, reviewed our models for urban planning in the fringe and Iván Tosics, URBACT programme expert, introduced a new tool combining the results of 3 UBRACT networks: sub>urban, Refill and 2nd Chance. This online tool will soon go live on the URBACT website.

Field Trip in Brno, Photos: City of Düsseldorf

Brno 2018 – Transnational Meeting

The network sub>urban. Reinventing the fringe met in Brno from 31 January until 2 February 2018. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with many universities, a major trade fair and is an important transport hub. Brno is also the historic centre of Moravia with iconic architecture, such as, the villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe.

With the end of URBACT III coming up at the beginning of May 2018 we focused on the project’s implementation and finance. During lectures and panel discussions we learned a lot about different types of cooperation between public and private partners.

Filed Trip Marseille: Photos: City of Düsseldorf

Marseille 2017 - Field Trip

Marseille is the oldest and the second biggest city in France. In 2013, the region Marseille- Provence was European Capital of Culture for one year and in 2016, the metropolitan region (métropole Aix-Marseille Provence) was established. These two events are key parts of a decade-long redevelopment program that aims at revitalizing the whole city - the center and the fringe. Especially the northern fringe of Marseille urgently needs an urban promotion program. Pressing issues are deprived housing estates, neglected open space, unemployment, lack of social infrastructure and public transport and difficult topography. During the field trip we had the unique chance to meet Mr Nicolas Binet, director of the Urban Renewal Office, and Mr Vincent Schurch, urban renewal project manager. They explained the urban regeneration strategy in detail and showed us the current project sites. With a budget of 1.2 billion euros for 10 years, the city of Marseille is pursuing the following objectives:

  •  Strengthening social cohesion
  •  Improving living conditions
  •  Enabling social mobility
  •  Improving transport links
  •  Activating unused plots

Düsseldorf 2017 - Transforming for Social Inclusion

Düsseldorf hosted this transnational meeting with the support of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Guest expert, Daniel M. Legault from Montreal joined the meeting.

The main topic of the three-day meeting was "Transforming for Social Inclusion" and in order to bring this topic home to participants, the first two days were spent in the Social City areas of Garath (Day 1) and Rath (Day 2). On the third day, to provide an urban counterpoint, the group met at the Central Theatre, a former central post-office building, now the location of Düsseldorf’s Theatre.

Short Movie: Transnational Meeting Düsseldorf

  • Short movie about the transnational meeting on social inclusion in Düsseldorf

Tallinn 2017 - URBACT City Festival "Good practice - better cities"

The URBACT Festival takes place every two years to offer an exchange in the field of urban development in Europe. From the 3rd to the 5th of October the 97 newly labeled URBACT Good Practice Cities met in Tallinn. Over 450 participants worked various sessions with the good practice cities in the Telliskivi Creative City.

Most participants were representatives of local authorities or of private companies and universities which are working together with a municipality. Programme experts, members of the URBACT Secretariat and representatives of National URBACT Points completed the list of participants. A lot of cities gained more information about URBACT and met participants of current networks with different points of view.

Brussels 2017 – midterm conference

Our network has still one year to go and it is time for the mid-term review. That was the main reason for all partner cities to meet in Belgium’s capital from June 12 to June 14 and discuss the achievements and the goals for the next year.

During the midterm conference we collaborated with the EUROCITIES Edge-of-Center transformation project and the URBACT network 2nd Chance.

Ruth Orzessek-Kruppa at 11th Congress of National Urban Development Policy © Milena Schlösser
Ruth Orzessek-Kruppa (l.) at 11th Congress of National Urban Development Policy © Milena Schlösser, Barbara Wolf (r.) at Urbact information event @ Heike Mages

Hamburg 2017 – Congress of National Urban Development Policy

The urban planning office in Düsseldorf presented the URBACT project sub>urban. Reinventing the fringe as part of the federal Congress in June in Hamburg. The presentation, given by Barbara Wolf, covered the following: tasks and challenges, strategies for implementation and knowledge transfer about the coordination and development of suburban areas. The URBACT local action plan for integrated neighbourhood development in Düsseldorf illustrates quite tangible targets and results.

Oslo 2017 - Transforming for intensified use

The third transnational meeting of the sub>urban network was hosted by the City of Oslo. The meeting focused on the topic transforming for intensified use. The capital of Norway is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Due to the lack of land reserves the City of Oslo concentrates on new housing on built-up sites at the city’s edge.

Casoria 2016 - Transforming private space

The second transnational meeting of the sub>urban. reinventing the fringe network took place in Casoria in Italy. The main theme of the meeting was: How to transform private space? Casoria’s step by step lab and lead expert Maarten van Tuijl led through the program. Special guest was Dr. Iván Tosics a program expert of URBACT.

Antwerp 2016 - Transforming planning

The kick-off meeting in phase 2 took place in Antwerp from June 29 to July 1 in 2016. The transnational meeting focused on the topic transforming planning. During three intensive days packed with inspiring field trips, mind-opening discussions and productive workshops urban planners form nine European cities exchanged ideas and best-practice solutions. The meeting is documented in the book of ideas. The meeting covered the following main topics:
·       How to transform planning by using different methodologies and planning instruments?
·       What lessons can be learnt from two project areas in Antwerp?