EUREKA Impact Report

In recent years, European cities have been characterised by an extraordinary dynamism in the field of urban regeneration. Urban planners, peacemakers, community organisers. activists are all different ways to describe the same profession: someone who knows how to use social innovation tools to work in the urban regeneration field.

In the EUREKA project we tried to seize the opportunity and to create a training that could breach the gap between the reality and academia, and offers skills that urban innovators could use to address the social, environmental and economic challenges that cities are facing today.

In this report, we tried to evaluate the impact of the project, and the training we have developed during it in particular. We used qualitative and quantitative data to measure the impact, which we have summarised in this publication.

EUREKA Digital Resources

This publication is a summary and a quick overview of all digital resources produced within the EUREKA Urban Innovators Training, from podcasts to articles and webinars.

EUREKA Local Training Report

This publication offers a quick overview of the structure of the EUREKA Training and the themes that has been explored within the learning path. The summary is in five languages, including the national languages of the four Urban Living Labs that we organised.

EUREKA Webinar: Fab Labs and Urban Innovation

This webinar uses the Jetclay 3D printing ecosystem as a case study. Jetclay is an EU award winning project that has found in urban innovation environments the perfect scenario to flourish. This webinar will explain how the project grew from idea to ethical startup and ecosystem thanks to the Old Artiach Old Cookie Factory in Zorrotzaurre, Bilbao.

About the speakers: Japi Contonente, architect, Fab Academy Graduate and founder of Jetclay, and Julián Trotman, designer and founder of Godot Studio.

External Stakeholders/Guests in the Programme

This short publication will give you an overview of the external partners with whom we collaborated throughtout the Training. These encounters often happened in connection with the Urban Living Labs and offered our students a chance to get to know the local ‘players’.

Urban Living Lab Publication

This publication is a summary of four Urban Living Labs that we organised during our Training in Amsterdam, Timisoara, Venice and Bilbao. It offers a deeper look into each Lab and its challenge, approaches and methods that we explored with the students and their learnings.

It is a perfect guide and inspiration for anyone willing to apply Urban Living Lab approach as a teaching method in the future.

EUREKA Webinar: Use of GIS (Geographical Information System) in Urban Planning

The GIS is a well-recognised tool for a large-scale urban planning. It is used to design maps and generate databases. GIS is very simple to learn and allows anyone without any special training to produce maps and do an in-depth spacial analysis of urban areas.

About the speaker: Alexandra-Camelia Marian-Potra is PhD Assistant at the West University of Timișoara. Her main interest topics are regional geography, territorial planning, tourism and tourism development, digital mapping and GIS.

EUREKA Webinar: Le Serre dei Giardini – from Abandoned Greenhouses to a Community Hub

In the green heart of the Giardini Margherita (Bologna, Italy), Kilowatt, an innovative SME cooperative, has regenerated an abandoned public place – Le Serre dei Giardini, the former municipal greenhouses – transforming it into a community hub. It lives 7 days a week with social impact projects and cultural activities, a coworking space, a kindergarten, an organic bistro and a series of festivals dealing with breakthrough issues like climate change (Resilienze Festival), migration and diaspora (Spore), gender equality (Serre di un certo genere) always involving art and creativity to tackle them in their complexity.

About the speaker: Nicoletta Tranquillo has a Msc in sustainable development and environmental science at the Lund University (Sweden) and previously a degree in Business Economics at the Bocconi University (Italy). She is co-founder of Kilowatt, where she works to support the development and the empowerment of sustainable and impact oriented businesses.

EUREKA Webinar: Community Building in Multi-Stakeholder Urban Environment

Urban development projects always question the best and most efficient way to address various stakeholders’ collaboration. Balancing conflicting interests has always been a key topic in urban development management. With this being said, community building as an interactive form of design and planning is an influential tool for that. Together with researchers, practitioners, and designers, we will explore the best ways to build a community and guide better future urban developments.

About the speakers: Servaz van Berkum (Moderator), Tjeerd Haccou (Architect & Co-founder of Space&Matter), Ellen van Bueren (Professor of Urban Development Management at TU Delft), Gert Joost Peek (Lecturer in Area Development and Transition Management at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Jonel Nugteren (Project manager of Asmtel III at Amsterdam Zuidoost)

EUREKA Webinar: Urban Regeneration in Timisoara

The European urban planning agenda and especially the New European Bauhaus is very much focused on the potential and necessity of urban regeneration. The main focus of the webinar is on urban regeneration and the main tools that public administrations have to tackle these kinds of projects.

About the speakers: Roxana Pătrulescu is an architect and current of Historic Neighborhoods Rehabilitation Office in the Municipality of Timisoara.

Despina Ungureanu is Head of Participatory Governance and Neighborhood Management and works on improving the relationship between the city administration and local communities.

Roxana Canceal is an architect, born and raised in Timisoara. She first worked in various architectural offices, and since 2011 joined the Municipality of Timisoara to implement EU funded projects.