URBAN-NET

  1. The objectives of this interdisciplinary and transnational research project are to:

    Study the potential impact of climate trends and extreme weather events (heat waves and cold spells) on outdoor thermal comfort in urban areas across Europe.

    - Produce quantitative information on spatial and temporal variation of outdoor thermal comfort in urban areas focusing on the significance of land use (green areas, water, imperious surfaces etc), urban morphology (street with and orientation, building heights) and street trees (type of vegetation, location and density)

    - Develop a set of design guidelines and policies on how to maintain health and well-being, optimise use of urban open space and decreased energy use under changed climate conditions and extreme weather events for European cities.

    The city of Göteborg in Sweden, Frankfurt in Germany and Porto in Portugal, representing a northern, a mid and a southern European city will be selected for case studies. Within each city different typical urban neighborhoods will be analyzed in more detail, i.e. a dense (city centre), open-set area and a residential area.

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  2. The aim of the project is to deepen the explorations of how to increase urban resilience through the integration of ecosystem services in urban spatial planning.

    The research is organized around seven subprojects of which three represents in-depth case studies from the Stockholm, Istanbul, and Wageningen regions, respectively, and with four studies representing integrated cross-city comparisons.

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  3. Shopping is almost an omnipresent feature of urban settings generated by and generating mobility.

    The aim of this project is to study the performance of consumer logistics at the intersection of practices of consumption, mobility, city planning and retailing in inner cities. The goal is; in close cooperation with stakeholders such as consumers, city planners and retailers, to contribute to the development of sustainable and people-friendly cities in the field of consumer logistics.

    With combined efforts by Swedish, French and British scholars on consumption and mobility the project will study the performance of consumer logistics at the intersection of practices of consumption, mobility, city planning and retailing in four European inner cities.

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  4. Time-Space Planning for Resilient Cities

    The aim of this project is to develop relevant planning tools and concepts that can facilitate the integration of spatial and temporal connections, especially when it comes to every day services. One of the main tasks here is to counter-act the growing divide between civil society and retail that seems to be following in the wake of the new consumption society.

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  5. Sustainability, democracy and planning in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

    The underlying hypotheses of our research is that an important cause of and reason for the problems associated with institutionalizing efficient, legitimate and sustainable structures for participative network planning has to do with different notions of democracy.

    Participatory network like planning, we argue, is not easily reconciled with representative democracy. From the normative idea of election- and party-centered representative democracy, horizontal modes of participation, deliberation and problem solving risk undermining the chains of democratic accountability. Participation in planning makes matters of responsibility hard to handle from such a perspective.

    Promoting participatory network planning, however, entails introducing new notions of accountability, democratic legitimacy and roles of politicians, planners and citizens. If successful, the introduction of such new ideas and institutional arrangements will change the de facto rules of (urban) politics.

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The URBAN-NET project addresses issues of urban sustainability in Europe. Its overall aim is to increase the cooperation and coordination between European Member and Associated States through networking and the collaboration on joint research activities.…


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The URBAN-NET project addresses issues of urban sustainability in Europe. Its overall aim is to increase the cooperation and coordination between European Member and Associated States through networking and the collaboration on joint research activities. URBAN-NET is funded by the European Commission’s Framework 6 Programme under the European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) initiative.

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