Urban policies and projects that are expected to promote sustainability are often focused on the built environment and the technical infrastructure. Less attention is given to changing lifestyles and everyday practices, even though citizen and consumer behaviour have a tremendous impact on resource consumption in our cities.

As a part of the JPI Urban Europe Pilot Call I, the CASUAL Project was active between 2013-2016. The project produced a synthesis report and four policy briefs which were released mid 2016. As a final activity within the CASUAL project two sessions at the CORP 2016 conference in Hamburg were organised.

Synthesis report:

>> CASUAL – Co-creating Attractive and Sustainable Urban Areas and Lifestyles Synthesis Report

Policy briefs:

>> Urban policies for sustainable living and consumption

>> Transit-oriented development and sustainable urban planning

>> Experiments and innovations in ‘soft’ urban planning: urban living labs

>> Planning for sustainable lifestyles: political limitations and possibilities


CASUAL investigates how to promote sustainable living and consumption patterns by including citizen and consumer perspectives in the governance of urban areas. New forms of inclusive urban governance are explored by looking at collectively organised initiatives outside formal planning procedures as models for the future. In addition, planning for sustainable mobility is investigated through a focus on so called transit-oriented-development.

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CASUAL – Co-creating attractive and sustainable urban areas and lifestyle – exploring new forms of inclusive urban governance
Duration: 2013–2016
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Budget: 1.210.000 EUR
Partners: Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (OIR), Delft University of Technology, Nordregio – Nordic Centre for Spatial Development




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