Urban Ecology Centre
Impact Hub Westminster
There are three case study cities, London, Brussels and Dortmund. In each city the project will work with local partner organisations to understand the current local policy, social and economic conditions. We have a bottom up approach, focusing on empowering and linking-up active groups and actors based on practical case studies and applications and showcasing best practice.
There is a realisation that industry needs to return to cities. The question is where and how. We aim to provide the knowledge and tools for local communities, organisations and entrepreneurs to grow a creative and resilient local economy based on production, making and creativity. Through understanding current conditions, actors and technologies the project builds capacity and knowledge by creating a Strategy Kit to share lessons learnt and develop joined up thinking.
Brussels, London, Dortmund
For a number of reasons European cities and policy makers want to re-industrialise cities including jobs, innovation, resource reuse. Change can start with small interventions, initiated by agile local individuals and organisations, who can test new approaches and respond to local needs and available resources. Existing policy approaches lead by government have been mostly fragmented with mixed results. Re-industrialisation must connect local actors and the context.
We aim to develop a Strategy Kit on an editable knowledge sharing platform which will reduce the complexity of bringing industry back into cities. The Kit has four themes: resources, technology, spaces and the motivation (such as jobs, technology innovation, resource recovery, sharing). Users will be able explore variations of these four themes. For example an organisation wanting to create new jobs will find the technology, resources and spaces that are most suited to creating employment.
1/ Scoping. We will bring together motivated actors in the three cities focusing on local conditions, constraints and opportunities. We’ll map existing initiatives while describing practical business models.
2/ Strategy Kit. We will compile a) available resources (focusing on waste), b) practical small-scale technologies and c) look at types of buildings and environments where making could occur. This will help set up the basic content of the Strategy Kit.
3/ Developing. Having access to knowledge will not create change. Change is triggered by bringing together people over shared problems. We will create a methodology based on transition planning that will help actors to get the ball rolling.
4/ Dissemination. Online, open source and social media - developed throughout the project.
We want to help individuals,local organisations, entrepreneurs and groups who want to get behind the re-industrialisation but find it too complex or don’t know where to start. We want to show how re-industrialisation is possible, cost effective, can create jobs and can stimulate urban innovation. Building capacity across groups and sectors to share best practice. Raising awareness of the benefits of local production in particular amongst local policy makers is also a significant outcome.
The Strategy Kit fills a gap through connecting resources (particularly waste), practical technology, available space while being problem focused. This approach is unique because it does not assume that people are approaching urban making with the same starting point. Furthermore, we aim to support local chapters so people can have a place to turn to. Finally, all knowledge is intended to be adaptable, dynamic and flexible to ensure learning is at the centre of the project.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
5000 Local workshops and presentations (three in each city) 4000 Films and documentation 5000 Travel / accommodation 15000 Strategy Kit and online web platform 1000 Office material 10000 Research 10000 Communications, outreach
Ideas about how this project could work in their city, views on the future of urban industries, current innovative practices, projects and policies.