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TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA Project to be launched: Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China
January 21-January 23
On the 21-23 January 2018 the H2020 TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA, a project closely linked to URBAN-EU-CHINA will be kicked-off in Dresden, Germany. The key objective of TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA is to help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens in China to create socially integrative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way. Moreover, it will help urban stakeholders in Europe to reflect and eventually reconsider their approaches towards sustainable urbanisation.
The project participants from 14 partner organizations (the full list is at the end of this article), Diego Sammaritano (Policy Officer – R&I Cooperation with China), Rodrigo Martín Galán (TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA Project Officer) from the European Commission and representatives from the Municipality of Dresden will participate at relevant activities.
Both URBAN-EU-CHINA (UEC) and TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA are funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program under the topic –“EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanization”. Combined the two projects will provide in-depth insights on EU-China cultural and socio-economic aspects on urbanisation highlighting the common challenges and possible solutions that may apply in both EU and China. Specific impacts are expected in the field of city planning, policy making, regulatory regime, governance and public services. Negative externalities (e.g. environment and public health) should be particularly addressed and exchange of best practices for citizen’s well-being should be encouraged. The two projects can draw many advantages from each other, where the UEC platform can serve the TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA very well, and UEC can benefit from TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA, especially when it comes to the connection between academia in the EU and China.
Cities are places of social innovation and engines of economic growth. They attract dynamic groups of society, they provide vast opportunities of interaction, communication and exchange of knowledge, and they thereby lay the foundation for attracting large shares of R&D investment and an innovative service sector. Thus, social integration is directly linked with economic prosperity of cities, and this is especially relevant for China as the country is transitioning from a less urban to a more urbanized society with increasingly intensified land use and higher quality of life.
One of the greatest challenges facing Chinese urbanisation is how to best design and turn cities into intelligent, socially integrative and sustainable environments. TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA addresses this key challenge. Good practices and methods from Europe in terms of social inclusiveness, cultural dynamics and economic viability have proven to be very significant to China, but Chinese cities need new insights to implement, scale up and transfer these practices in their own operational realities. This can also produce positive learning effects on the European side, and will influence the European research agenda on sustainable urbanisation.
The key objective of TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA is to help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens in China to create socially integrative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way. Moreover, it will help urban stakeholders in Europe to reflect and eventually reconsider their approaches towards sustainable urbanisation.
For more information visit: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/212380_en.html
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OKOLOGISCHE RAUMENTWICKLUNG EV (IOER)
List of participants:
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH (AIT)
EUROCITIES ASBL (EUR)
ISRAEL SMART CITIES INSTITUTE (ISCI)
ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L’INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (I.S.I.S) – SOCIETA’COOPERATIVA (ISINNOVA)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET (NTNU)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO (POLITO)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN (TUD)
CHINA ACADEMY OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN (CAUPD)
INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (CAS)
CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT *CASTED (CASTED)
CHINA CENTER FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT (CCUD)
TONGJI UNIVERSITY (CIUC)
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY (TSHA)