Five partners from three Member States are building upon their findings from an INTERREG IIC NWMA project, including its ‘lifestyle approach’ and ‘transformation principles’, to tackle the issues of urban impoverishment, revitalisation and renewal as well as the problems of urban sprawl and its threat to rural areas. The main objective of the Dutch-led Restructuring Urbanised Areas² (ReUrbA²) project is to improve and implement an innovative, sustainable and complementary transnational network of urban regeneration proposals, to cope with the needs of the emerging network economy, recognising how variations in housing needs are influenced by lifestyle patterns. Sub-objectives include clustering existing knowledge to make it more accessible and acquiring more in-depth knowledge, as well as applying and promoting it transnationally. The project in fact acts as an umbrella for ten sub-projects concerning the establishment of a series of flying experts, theme meetings, resource centres and international exhibitions, for the gathering, analysis and dissemination of information concerning transnational strategies and experiences in urban regeneration. To this effect, several pilot investments aimed at ‘recycling buildings’ include: the transformation of a church into a community centre, gallery and fitness centre; park landscaping inner city areas to improve its attractiveness for residential purposes; and the transformation of areas around train stations into differentiated living milieus.
The main objective of the ReUrbA²- project is to improve and implement an innovative, sustainable and complementary transnational network of urban regeneration proposals. It will cluster existing knowledge and make it more accessible, gain more in-depth knowledge, then apply and promote it.