ReNewTown Steering Committee Meeting in Karlsruhe, 18th of October 2013


ReNewTown Steering Committee Meeting in Karlsruhe, 18th of October 2013

The ReNewTown meeting was organized by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe.

The meeting was opened by the presentation of the project “District Future – Urban Lab”. An inspiration for all our cities?! The District Future – Urban Lab project is focused on developing and testing sustainable living space in Karlsruhe. The project idea is transdisciplinary and oriented towards the principles of sustainability, integrating ecological, social, economic, cultural, and institutional concerns (project website

The important part of the agenda was dedicated to the key ReNewTown project outputs:

1. Handbook of models “Post-Socialist City: A Role Model for Urban Revitalisation in the 21st Century.”

2. Transnational Manual for Urban Revitalisation “ENGAGE. Brighter Future in Your Hands.”

3. Transnational Development Strategy “What to do with post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe?

The above documents are in the final stage of preparation and belong to the main dissemination tools of ReNewTown project knowledge and achievements. The documents will be available online in the coming months on the project webpage

Another theme of discussion was the ReNewTown closing conference. The conference will be held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, February 11th and 12th, 2014.

The conference aims to provide broader perspective on the competitiveness and attractiveness of post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe by creating a forum for exchange between academic researchers, urban planners and decision-makers dealing with these issues. The main themes of discusion are:

1. New economic and social functions of post-socialist buildings, public spaces, estates

and/or districts

2. Identity of, and differentiation among, post-socialist urban settlements

3. Values, well-being and sustainability challenge in post-socialist urban settlements

Both, scholars and practitioners are welcome to take a part. There is no registration fee,  and the Organizing Committee is not covering any cost of travel & accomodation.


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