URBAN-NEXUS was a coordination and support action funded by the European union under the 7th Framework Programme. It built on the work of the FP6 project URBAN-NET, which formulated the themes that URBAN-NEXUS continued working on. The URBAN-NEXUS Consortium was comprised of 13 core partners, supported by 25 Strategic Partners throughout Europe.
URBAN-NEXUS developed Strategic Dialogue & Partnership Framework to organise a long-term collaboration with stakeholders in relation to the key dimensions of sustainable urban development:
• Urban Climate Resilience
• Health and Quality of Life
• Integrated Urban Management
• Integrated Data and Monitoring
• Competing for Urban Land
Chalmers Architecture – through Mistra Urban Futures – took active part in the work package Competing for Urban Land, as authors of a Synthesis Paper and organizers of a Dialogue Café
Competing for Urban Land:
Cities can be used as leverage for responding to critical environmental challenges by being more resource efficient, while at the same time creating liveability. As cities cannot continue to sprawl out, smart densification is promoted as a key response to challenges at local and global levels. However, to understand how more liveable and effective cities can emerge, the more specific and localized benefits and detriments of densification need to be studied in relation to a variety of crucial urban qualities – resilience, quality of life, green structures, access to opportunity and cohesion.
Urban density is thus a matter of access to various kinds of urban qualities. Typically, such access is not justly distributed. Instead, the distribution of land use can be understood as a contest between diverse interests in a context of asymmetrical power relations. Through the theme Competing for Urban Land, it was explored how “quality” and “access” can be reconceptualised and concretized in support of more integrated approaches to density and urban morphology, how urban land use can be understood in a context of competing interests, and what civic, public and private sector actors need to be involved to co-produce liveable cities.
Participants in the theme Competing for Urban Land:
Britt Olofsdotter, project leader (Formas)
Kristina Björnberg (Formas)
Hsiao-Wei Chang (Mistra Urban Futures)
Jaan-Henrik Kain (Chalmers Architecture)
Erik Linn (Chalmers Architecture)
Babette Scurrell (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation )http://www.urban-nexus.eu/
Funded by: EU 7th Framework Program and Mistra Urban Futures