Societies in European cities are faced with environmental problems related to air and water quality, biodiversity loss, and advancing climate change. At the same time cities need to tackle socio-economic issues such as social cohesion and justice or the transition to sustainable mobility systems. All these challenges place complex demands on the design, use and functionality of urban space and infrastructures. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are expected to play a major role in solving these issues through a redefinition and amplification of their multi-functionality in urban areas. i.e. the potential of vegetation to cool urban areas. Our Constructive Advanced Thinking network “reshape cities” combines knowledge from civil engineering, geography, architecture, landscape architecture and social sciences that needs to be combined for such complex challenges. Based on case studies, we will cross current knowledge frontiers regarding key issues of upscaling and mainstreaming of NbS and develop innovative ideas for improved multi-functionality, integral cost-benefit sharing and diverse stakeholder engagement. Our individual research’s foci are applied in an integrated manner to different case study cities at different spatial scales. By connecting our different schools of thought, we develop diverse kinds of knowledge required for socio-ecological transformations: technical knowledge (evidence base for NbS functionality / efficiency); policy knowledge (governance tools and strategies for upscaling green infrastructure); and transformative knowledge (leverage points, transformative actions and methods). The integration of these knowledge dimensions across case studies (e.g. with different climatological, political, social contexts) and spatial scales (building - neighborhood - city-wide-level) will be conceptually addressed and result in policy recommendations regarding the upscaling and mainstreaming of NbS in European cities.
Principal Investigator Prof. Maria Manso, Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Rieke Hansen, Geisenheim University, Germany
Andrea Nóblega Carriquiry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Manuel Beißler, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
11:00 - 11:10: Welcome and introduction
11:10 - 12:15: Project presentation
12:15 - 12:45: Q&A