Existing results providing the basis of the Smart U Green project
The ARTS project studies the scaling mechanisms of sustainability initiatives and their interaction with policy. Smart U Green use the scaling framework as well as the key lessons for transition governance at the regional level to facilitate the participatory assessment envisaged.
As lead expert, DRIFT provides academic and policy support to a network of cities developing green spaces and urban ecosystem services, testing the analytical and process approach developed in URBES (ERA-Net BiodivERsa 2). The lessons help Smart U Green to understand the dynamics of local policy regimes, possibilities for co-creation between policy and society and different ways to value ecosystem services and biodiversity. Smart U Green anticipates direct interactions with URBACT.
Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Sensitive Areas of the Alps and the Carpathians. The most relevant project result for the proposed project Smart U Green is a decision support system for the design of infrastructures in rural and mountain landscapes overlapped with relevant urban fringes. Lessons on the relationship between formal surveys and those related to the subjective interpretations of local people about their landscape also provide a starting point for the proposed project.
Quality of Landscape and Quality of Life in Adriatic Sustainable City. The project develops a decision-support tool for the optimization of the design of urban environments, using synthetic indicators for the evaluation of policies oriented at the improvement of the quality of life. Smart U Green uses indicators and the tool. Furthermore, the QLand/Qlife project highlights the need to comprehensively address empirical research and subjective interpretations of local communities.
Beyond the mirror
This project determines the conditions and types of peri-urban transitions to sustainability, within an urban region including 6 mid-size and small-size cities in Champagne and Picardie (France). The results and lessons are the following: (1) for sustainability, periurbanization should keep track of the morphology, typology and networks that were there before periurbanization, and be inclusive of former land uses and local practices; (2) at the same time, a sustainable periurbanization induces specific forms of spatial organization and sociality in public areas, which were categorized.
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