Project description:

JPI Urban Europe: Making Cities Work; Project Title: SYNCITY - Synergetic Cities for Europe

Joint Programming a process of the European Commission, which was established in 2008 with the aim to strengthen the cooperation in the field of research and innovation of the European countries by using national resources in a coordinated way. The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was founded in 2010 to expand cooperation in the field of urban research and development in order to create attractive, sustainable and economically strong cities.

SYNCITY - Synergetic Cities for Europe:
The city of tomorrow needs sustainable participatory processes involving all relevant stakeholders, pushing innovation competence and operating in a paradigm of sustainability. This is the starting point for the SYNCITY project.
How can processes and structures be established between the relevant stakeholders that enable synergies, creative sustainable solutions and positive changes for living together in an urban community? This question becomes all the more important when faced with conflicting interests and uncertainties typical of urban development processes.
In line with SDG 11 "Sustainable Cities and Towns", SYNCITY shows how urban transformation projects, especially in disadvantaged areas with very diverse communities, can achieve a high level of acceptance among residents and positive effects on urban society as such, the local economy and the whole life in the city.
Often, urban transformation plans with a potential for positive change lack a comprehensive and coordinated integration of stakeholders. The SYNCITY case study in the neighbourhood of Cureghem in the center of Brussels, Belgium, leads to a methodology for urban transformation processes, which leads to three feasible proposals for future larger scale urban transformation projects in Crureghem and a toolbox for European municipalities to better implement integrative urban transformation processes in the future.