Workshops in Wrocław
22 nd of February 2019
Can revitalization be resource- and energy-efficient? How is it to be done? How to improve the quality of life in cities? How to ensure sustainable development of the local economy?
These questions inspired experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations and local authorities from Poland and Germany who participated in the innovative REVIPOWER workshops which took place between 12th and 14th February 2019 in the NGO meeting space Przed Pokój H13 created by Wrocław Revitalization. The event was organised by the independent research institute adelphi in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” and Wrocław Revitalization. The workshops were held within the REVIPOWER project aimed at reducing the adverse impact cities have on the environment and their inhabitants’ health through resource- and energy-efficient revitalization.
The analyses made by adelphi and the Institute of Public Affairs and presented in the discussion paper Enhancing the quality of life in Polish cities with energy and resource efficient revitalization show that given the challenges related to climate change, air pollution and growing urbanization, a radical change is necessary as regards the way cities are built and revitalized, also in Poland. Revitalization projects which are now under way in numerous Polish cities can prepare them to face these challenges as long as they are carried out in a sustainable and energy-efficient way.
On the first day of the workshops, experts from Poland and Germany shared their vast revitalization experience. Grażyna Adamczyk-Arns, the president of Wrocław Revitalization, provided a summary of her many years of working on revitalization projects carried out in Wrocław districts such as Nadodrze and Przedmieście Oławskie. Pia von Zadow, a landscape architect who was involved in a long-term process of energy-efficient revitalization of the Potsdam district Drewitz, presented a model example of an integrated revitalization project which was carried out in this large-panel prefabricated housing estate, focused on energy efficiency and brought measurable benefits by reducing CO2 emissions through modernizing buildings and limiting the car traffic.
On the second day of the workshops, the experts’ presentations and the participants’ discussions focused on the quality of life in cities and the contribution to its improvement which can be made by revitalization involving aspects such as spatial planning and low carbon mobility. Maciej Mycielski, an architect and urban planner, presented examples of sustainable urban solutions from all over the world. Camille Serre of adelphi talked about sustainable mobility as a very important element of resource- and energy-efficient revitalization and provided examples of good practices from Germany. A study walk in the Wrocław district Przedmieście Oławskie, organized for the workshop participants by Wrocław Revitalization’s staff, offered a unique opportunity to see the effects of Wrocław’s revitalization efforts.
The last day of the workshops was dedicated to civic participation and project management in revitalization processes. The participants were inspired by examples of good practices from Słupsk, where a building belonging to St. Brother Albert's Aid Society underwent energy-efficient revitalization, and Bielsko-Biała, where the annual Beskids Good Energy Festival has been held for a number of years.
As always, the participants of the REVIPOWER workshops were deeply interested in the German Stromspar-Check programme presented by a representative of Caritas Frankfurt. This programme is successful at fighting energy poverty at the local level by hiring energy consultants to visit private households. Since 2008, they have visited almost 320,000 households, which now save on average EUR 253 per year and prevent the emission of a total of over 500,000 tonnes of CO2. The Stromspar-Check programme also helps municipalities to save heat energy and water. The representatives of Polish municipalities who took part in the workshops all agreed that a similar programme should be launched in Poland.
Workshop in the Warsaw City Hall
15th of November 2018
How to improve the quality of life in cities? How to make the local economy grow in a sustainable way? Can revitalization be effective in terms of resource and energy use? How to carry out such revitalization? These questions became an inspiration for experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations and municipal authorities from Poland and Germany participating in the innovative REVIPOWER workshops that took place on November 6-8, 2018, in the City Hall of Warsaw. The meeting was organized by adelphi, in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities Polish Network Energy Cites. The workshop was a part of the REVIPOWER project, which aims to reduce the negative impact of cities on the natural environment and health of residents through the effective resource and energy revitalization.
The analyzes conducted by adelphi and the Institute of Public Affairs presented in the publication entitled: Enhancing the quality of life in Polish cities by energy and resource efficient revitalization, show that in the face of challenges related to climate change, air pollution and progressing urbanization, a radical change in urban renewal is needed, also in Poland. Revitalizations currently conducted in many cities in Poland can prepare cities for these challenges if they are carried out in a sustainable and energy-efficient manner.
The subject of the workshop was introduced to the participants by Leszek Drogosz, the director of the Department of Infrastructure of the City of Warsaw, where the workshops took place, presenting some inspirational examples of projects implemented as part of the Integrated Revitalization Program of Warsaw. An expert from Germany, Pia von Zadow, who was involved as a landscape architect in the long-term process of energy-efficient revitalization of the Potsdam-Drewitz district showed the current model example of integrated revitalization of a large-panel housing estate with an emphasis on energy efficiency that brought tangible benefits in the form of reducing the amount of emitted CO2 through the modernization of buildings, but also the reduction of car traffic.
On the second day of the workshop, expert presentations and participant discussions focused on the quality of city life and the role that revitalization can play in enhancing this quality, under the condition of being sustainable in terms of urban planning and mobility. Examples of sustainable solutions in urban planning from around the world, were shown by Maciej Mycielski, an architect and urban planner. Marcin Korolec, the President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles, talked about electromobility as an opportunity for a low-emission transformation of Polish cities.
The last day of the workshop was devoted to civic participation and project management in revitalization processes. The German Stromspar-chek program, presented by the representative of Caritas in Frankfurt, aroused great interest of the participants. It is a program that effectively fights energy poverty at the local level, thanks to visits of energy advisors in private homes.
Trial workshop with project participants
1st of July 2018
On the 3rd and 4th of July 2018 project partners adelphi and Polish Network Energy Cites organized in Warsaw the REVIPOWER’s trial workshop. The meeting gathered specialists’ from REVIPOWER’s working group as well as Polish and German external experts.
During the workshop the project team, structured in a participatory manner, the overall two-and-a-half day training for local government and non-governmental organizations’ representatives, dedicated to the resource and energy efficient revitalization in Polish cities.
Gathered knowledge was presented and discussed by participants and finally divided into five thematic areas (Modules).
Module 1. Revitalisation: the multidimensional perspective
Module 2. Lively cities, lively districts: revitaliaation as a strategic intervention into the city structure
Module 3. Better housing: heathier, more efficient and citizen friendly buildings and districts
Module 4. Civic participation
Module 5. Process management
Each Module had a dedicated session summarized by adelphi’s ‘toolification’ process. In consequence each REVIPOWERs’ training module will consists of a full set of education materials such as: i) Energizers, ii) Input Presentations iii) Exercises
Additionally, the trial workshop created a unique opportunity for REVIPOWER’s multiplicators to gain a first-hand understanding and "live experience" of interactive training tools designed and used within adelphi’s workshop practice.
1st of June 2018
In June 2018, during the Central and Eastern European Energy Forum held in Poland, adelphi presented its research conducted in partnership with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) dedicated tothe benefits of resource and energy efficient urban reveals.
The Discussion Paper entitled: Enhancing the quality of life in Polish cities with energy- and resource-efficient revitalisation aims to support the overall upgrading of citizens’ quality of life in Polish cities and to infuse energy efficiency and resource efficiency into the heart of Polish revitalisation practice. The document:
- introduces the legal and conceptual framework for revitalization in Poland and on the European level,
- gives an overview of the social, economic and environmental benefits of a holistic approach to revitaliaation processes, focusing on energy and resource efficiency,
- features selected good practices of successful revitaliaations from Poland and Germany
In this document, adelphi and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) examine the added value of resource-efficient revitalization with the aim of placing the topic at the heart of the debate in Poland and reshaping Polish cities into attractive, healthy and economically vital communities. By presenting global, European and national data, the paper highlights the negative consequences of inefficient urban development patterns with respect to land use, mobility and built substance.
It also outlines tools and measures supporting resource and energy efficiency in urban planning and management and summarises the health and economic benefits from energy-efficient revitalization that await neighbourhoods, districts and cities. Last but not least, the discussion paper presents best practice examples for policy frameworks and concrete revitalisation measures.
Call for experts: members of the REVIPOWER’s working group
25th of October 2018
The innovative training model is being developed by the working group initiated by adelphi through the open call for participants that was published on the 26th of October and has been promoted through various channels, including the Ministry of Development website, the adelphi website and LinkedIn profile, and the Polish Network „Energie Cités” website, as well as having been shared among a variety of networks.
Based on a specific set of criteria, the adelphi internal committee evaluated applications and chose expert practitioners ready to support the REVIPOWER Model Training development within the project framework between September 2017 and December 2018.
The working group consists of eight Polish experts, including the representatives of local and regional government, as well as experts from non-governmental organizations.