- Integrated Urban Development
Cities in the network of are searching for a solution to the following challenge: how can we make existing 20th century urban tissue attractive and qualitative again? How can we add a different urban layer? For the past two decades, urban development and planning practice in European cities and regions have focussed on the renewal of metropolitan cores and historic inner cities. This has resulted in numerous success stories, but the wave of urban renewal in inner cities has generally coincided with strong population growth and demographic changes. Many inner cities have reached their peak in terms of density, population and mobility. At the same time most of the housing in 20th century (sub)urban areas are in need of renovation. The next logical step is a combined solution to these issues by reconverting the 20th century neighbourhoods, to create a more sustainable and attractive environment.
Sub>urban network focuses on solving the challenge in a very particular context of:
- increasing population densities within city borders instead expanding urban territory
- uncovering new planning practices, processes, instruments and partnerships to achieve the best possible local outcome
- regional coordination between historic inner cities, suburbs and greater metropolitan areas
- parallel development of an experimental setting as well as an action plan for tangible areas
The network partners vary greatly in size and context. Though they are all united through the pressure on urban tissue due to rapid growth today or uncontrolled growth in the past that resulted in high densities or mono-functional areas. The City of Antwerp is Lead Partner. The partners of the network are the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Casoria, Dusseldorf, Solin, Brno, Oslo, Baia Mare and Vienna.