Urban landscapes witness major transformations that affect urban landscape quality and the quality of life.

Some transformations are desirable, such as greener urban landscapes. Some are inevitable, such as changing consumer habits affecting downtown shopping areas. Urban landscape transformations come with conflicts involving many actors. Bottom-up initiatives, such as community gardens, introduce new forms of urban landscape management. Smart-U-Green will investigate these developments in urban regions in the Netherlands, Italy, and France with input from other countries. Together with local governments, local businesses, citizen initiatives and NGOs the project will develop new forms of governance.


SMART-U-GREEN – Governing conflicting perspectives on transformations in the urban rural continuum
Duration: 2017–2020
Contact: Dr. Matthijs Hisschemoller, DRIFT
Budget: 1.100.519 EUR
Partners: DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, SAAD, University of Camerino, IATEUR IRCS, Université de Reims, Regio Drechtsteden, Marche Region, Grand Reims, University of Guelph, University of Zagreb, Pskov State University, EKAPRAEKT, CIVILSCAPE




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.