At its core, the Re-Value partnership is committed to a holistic approach to urban development, considering not only the physical infrastructure but also the well-being of communities while laying a path towards achieving climate neutrality in urban areas. Our work is inspired by the New European Bauhaus' aesthetic approach to sustainability, and undertaken to support the EU Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities. The efforts are focused in nine waterfront cities by all partners collectively seeking to understand, plan, develop and share a comprehensive perspective and approach to tackle the interconnected systemic challenges faced by cities today.

One of the key objectives of the Re-Value partnership is to promote transparent and participatory decision-making processes in urban design and planning. We recognize the importance of involving all stakeholders, local folks, and inhabitants in the planning and design of urban spaces. Through three different ‘Innovation Cycles’ - on 'Story Building', 'Data-driven Scenario Building', and 'Investment and Partnership Building' - partners will engage on the systemic challenges facing cities today. 

New buildings or installations is not in itself an end-goal for the partnership, but rather the integrated urban planning and design needed to make possible an urban environment - including new and existing structures - contributing to climate neutrality and increased quality of life. This includes embedding the holistic approach into all levels of urban planning ranging from the large strategic and political plans to the individual actions taking in the pilot areas and beyond.

In summary, the Re-Value partnership is a forward-thinking initiative that seeks to redefine the value of urban spaces by integrating social, economic, and environmental considerations. By promoting transparent decision-making, harnessing technology and data, empowering communities, and prioritising sustainability, the project aims to create cities that are not only climate neutral but also socially inclusive and economically prosperous.

Aligned with the Cities Mission, Re-Value focuses on six systemic challenges of urban planning and design

  • Systemic changes in governance, regulatory structures, advocacy
  • Societal and spatial quality
  • Financial and circular value chains
  • Data-driven co-creation, digital twins
  • Energy and mobility
  • Nature-based solutions

Re-Value is closely connected to the thoughts forming the reasoning for the New European Bauhaus. As the NEB movement, we strive to "imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls."

The New European Bauhaus defines as beautiful the places, practices, and experiences that are

  • Enriching, inspired by art and culture, responding to needs beyond functionality.
  • Sustainable, in harmony with nature, the environment, and our planet. 
  • Inclusive, encouraging a dialogue across cultures, disciplines, genders and ages. 

As the Re-Value partnership and cities across Europe are supporting the push for climate neutral cities, Re-Value puts special emphasis on the latter part of the Mission Statement underlining the Cities Mission "by and for the citizens". 

For the partnership, this means we not only seek not only to make the urban transition irresistible to all the people living in our waterfront cities, but also to do so by working with them, including them in sustainable transformation happening in their places of residence, of work and of living. We work closely with, and in support of, the Cities Mission in our day-to-day activities.


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