Urban Regeneration in Southern Europe: A recovery tool with a high social impact

Urban regeneration has -and will continue to have- a central role in European energy policies. And to guide them, it is necessary to draw on success stories, which serve as a guide and as proven experiences for subsequent projects.

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2021 (EUSEW) is being organised this October and Opengela will be part of the programme. It will participate in the conference ‘Urban Regeneration in Southern Europe: a recovery tool with a high social impact’.

The event will be held online on 19 October and is organised by Housing Europe (the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing). It aims to bring the multifaceted aspects of urban regeneration to the European landscape, with particular emphasis on the profound social impact that regeneration projects – currently supported by European funds from the Next Generation EU Programme – can have in the Southern European countries where the pandemic has had the most devastating effects.

In addition to representatives of Opengela, other European urban regeneration projects from Spain and Italy will be present to demonstrate, through these real and ongoing examples, how holistic interventions focused on the built environment and the transformation of neighbourhoods can catalyse a fair and inclusive energy transition.

Two experiences of urban rehabilitation and regeneration in the Basque Country will be presented: OPENGELA and AGREE, a project led by the Basque Government. The EuroPACE initiative from Catalonia and Regenerate from the Balearic Islands will also be present. Two other projects from Italy will also participate: Sharing Cities and Innovate.

Among the participants, Ignacio de la Puerta, Director of Territorial Planning and Urban Agenda of the Basque Government and coordinator of the Opengela project, will be a highlight. Other speakers will include Julien Dijol, deputy secretary general of Housing Europe; Adrian Joyce (Renovate Europe), Cecilia Hugony (Teicos Group), Patricia Molina, senior researcher at Tecnalia (on behalf of AGREE); Andoni Hidalgo (representative of Opengela), Sofia Salardi (Mantova City Council, member of Innovate), Mart Jacobs (GNE Finance, member of EuroPACE) and Eugenio Morello, professor of Urban Planning at the Politecnico di Milano.

DATE:  Oct. 19th at 10.30



Tuesday, October 19, 2021