Unsustainable development has taken its toll on the urban fabric, bringing about a number of negative effects, such as congestion, low-stack pollution and urban sprawl. Considering the overall well-being of urban dwellers and their good health as well as current challenges presented by climate change, the environmental footprint of cities should be mitigated with new investments and redevelopments that are resource and energy-efficient.
Relevant concepts, planning tools, as well as policy frameworks and measures have been available at global, European and national level. To face global urban challenge current urban development and re-development needs to change towards more sustainable energy and resource efficient patterns.
The opening session of the REVIPOWER’s training (Module1. WS1.) delivers comprehensive, capacity building tools allowing for better understanding of the nexus between:
- current urbanization trends versus global and local challenges linked to climate change,
- urban quality of life together with the citizen’s health versus the environment quality in cities.
Further, materials (Module#1, WS2) reflect directly to the Polish revitalization challenges and practise building on three examples from Bielsko Biała: i) revitalization of city centre, ii) revitalization of post-industrial area, iii) revitalization of mixed-use community and deliver interactive tools to :
- overview good practises from already implemented projects, as well as
- conduct a gap analyses in relation to potential resource and energy efficiency measures.
The gap analyses developed and discussed in a participatory manner between the session lead and training participants build a bridge between the Module#1 Revitalisation- the multidimensional perspective, introduced in Day1 of the training and Module 2. Lively cities along with Module #3 Better healthy buildings, introduced in Day2.
Workshop session 1: Holistic approach towards revitalisation as a tool to tackle global and local challenges:
- Raise awareness around climate change related challenges, and put them in the local context
- Propose energy and resource efficient paradigm as a necessity for urban developments and re-developments.
- Showcase the nexus between quality of life in city and the urban environmental quality
Workshop session 2: Introducing energy and resource efficient approach into the Polish revitalisation effort:
- Introduce the concept of holistic approach towards revitalisation – social, environmental and economic components, establish a common definition of revitalization to further use as a basis for the training
- Present the REVIPOWERs’ energy and resource efficient approach towards district renewals i) efficient land use, efficient mobility, iii) efficient buildings and districts