A NEW PARADIGM FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN-RURAL REGENERATION
ENHANCING SUSTAINABILITY BY INCORPORATING TERRITORIAL MILIEU INTO CURRENT URBAN REGENERATION TOOLS
The CLUDs project, funded by the European 7th Framework Programme - Marie Curie Actions - IRSES 2010, aimed at identifying which factors can play determinant roles in performing urban regeneration initiatives and which values can influence their success from an integrated perspective, according to sustainable development principles. In particular, the research intended to demonstrate how the enhancement of local commercial activities (for example, handcrafts and food) performs urban regeneration initiatives towards the reinforcement of local economy, as a way of securing more sustainable urban-rural policy arenas.
Starting from the area-based approach featuring urban regeneration initiatives, the research has connected the logic of urban districts and community area to the logic of the urban-rural network, operationalizing the territorial milieu concept, by including it in current urban management tools, and turning it into an additional asset to further increase sustainability for the competitive urban platform.
The intent was to use new urban management tools able to produce competitive returns supported by social, environmental and economic sustainable actions. In order to reach this objective, it was important to classify urban areas by considered the integration as a basic requirement for the implantation of new urban management tool. Moreover, the CLUDs project strengthened the international research network in the field of urban regeneration, sustainability, public- private participation on the operations of urban transformation and revitalization of smaller towns
Urban Management Tool - WP1
The construction of the conceptual framework necessary to develop the CLUDs model is aimed at:
1. integrating physical interventions, public- private management, localisation of enterprises and economic logistics.
2. Developing a key-feature to innovate the theoretical background of BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) defined and implemented in USA.
Despite a new vision of the European space perspective has emerged in literature, former and current European programmes and tools, built to manage financial resources at regional level, tended and still tend to keep urban and rural development as separated issues.
This gap can be filled by proposing an urban-rural integrated management tool, to be implemented within urban regeneration processes under the current and future programming period.
Territorial Milieu - WP2
The construction of the CLUDs model aimed at incorporating the territorial milieu (including urban-rural interactions) into local urban regeneration initiatives”:
1. incorporating urban-rural interactions into implement urban management tools.
2. exploiting the potential of grass-rooted community-driven initiatives into urban management tools.
How this territorial integration can generate value?
Clusters provide us with the supporting argument for building a marketable territorial network and operationalise the CLUD concept inside the territory as a whole.
The new urban management tool (CLUD) mediates between market and sustainable development, by joining together territorial milieu and clusters.
CLUDs’ Local Action Plan - WP3
The construction of the CLUDs Local Action Plan aims at:
1. Testing the CLUDs model
2. Designing the CLUDs’ Local Action Plan structure
The WP3 is characterized by the implementation of the CLUDs Action Plan to different urban areas with diverse peculiarities. This WP aims at producing and implementing Action Plans for some pilot areas, through the broader involvement of the local community and stakeholders, and at developing a toolkit of transferable good practices to orient urban development policies.
CLUDs – Commercial Local Urban Districts Funded by the 7th European Research Framework Program – MARIE CURIE IRSES ACTION 2010
Project No: 269142
Duration: 36 months
Project Coordinator Organisation: Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (IT)
Project Coordinator: Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua
Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, IT (Project Coordinator Organisation)
Università LaSapienza di Roma, IT (Beneficiary)
Salford University, Manchester, UK (Beneficiary)
Aalto University, Aalto, FI (Beneficiary)
Northeastern University of Boston, MA, USA (Partner Organisation)
San Diego State University, CA, USA (Partner Organisation)