The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities projects met for a joint mid-term and kick-off event in the Netherlands

In November, participants from the ERA-NET Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) calls, including the new Building Transformation Call (BTC), gathered in Delft in The Netherlands for inspiration and mutual exchange, onsite and online. Projects from the cofunded call met for a mid-term event, and the BTC projects recommended for funding kicked off. The participants mingled among creative poster panels presenting the projects’ ideas and work, in line with the new call's theme about art and design. This was also the theme for the following Agora dialogue in The Hague, where participants were to rethink urban sustainable development.

During the first day, the funding agencies met for an annual Consortium meeting in the Green village’s Co-creation center, nearby the TU Delft university. The following day was dedicated to the joint mid-term and kick-off event, and project partners from both calls were invited to participate both onsite, and online. The purpose of the event was to provide a forum for inspiration and mutual exchange for project coordinators, project partners, and a wider spectrum of stakeholders to discuss factors for delivering transformative urban change.

“It was beautiful to see the project participants and financiers being able to gather after the Pandemic. Our new projects in the BTC call got to learn from the cofunded calls’ experiences this far, while the new creative perspectives broadened the conversations in both Delft and The Hague. Further into the ENUTC programme, we believe that we will have important insights on how to build and strengthen capacities for a sustainable urban transformation.” said Kristina Laurell, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, Formas, and leading the ENUTC Coordination team.

The event was arranged as a hybrid event, with moderators onsite, and online. The participants brought posters of their ideas and work for the panels inside the Co-creation center, and the intensity was on a high when the 21 projects mingled, as well as performed “elevator pitches” from the stage, and also online. During lunch, the Green village hosted guided tours to show the extensive sustainable works in the neighborhood. Participants were split into groups, and exciting discussions about public infrastructure, social inclusion, and Urban living labs followed in the afternoon. The day ended with an inspirational keynote from Sophia Koistinen, Formas, about the potential of social media.

On Friday, the participants went by train to The Hague for a Strategic Agora dialogue at the Dutch Research Council NWO’s office. The creative projects Dramalabs (Contra), Susdesign, and Soundtrackcity showcased their ideas and work, before the participants got to brainstorm new ideas for urban transformation.

More information

>> Kick-off agenda, speakers, and parallel sessions
>> Cofunded call website
>> BTC call website




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