URBiNAT – Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS.
URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing urban developments through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for social cohesion. Interventions focus on the public space to co-create with citizens new urban, social and nature-based relations within and between different neighbourhoods. Taking the full physical, mental and social well-being of citizens as its main goal, URBiNAT aims to co-plan a healthy corridor as an innovative and flexible NBS, which itself integrates a large number of micro NBS emerging from community-driven design processes.
The URBiNAT Community of Cities is a clear expression of European diversity, in geographic, cultural, environmental, societal, political and economic terms. This community includes the capital cities of Sofia and Bruxelles, the major historic cities of Porto, Nantes, Sofia, and Siena, and the relatively young cities of Høje-Taastrup, east of Copenhagen and Nova Gorica on the border between Slovenia and Italy. This diversity of urban environments will allow URBiNAT to test its solutions in different contexts in order to achieve a good replication process.
NBS Solutions that each city will be able to choose according to its own reality, needs and ambitions.
Bringing to bear their diverse areas of expertise URBiNAT members have compiled an initial set of Nature Based Solutions to be available for application in URBiNAT cities. These solutions form the URBiNAT NBS Living Catalogue, a fundamental tool to  discuss with communities which are the solutions available through the project,  serve as a basis to inspire the development of new solutions during project implementation, and  feed the Observatory’s knowledge sharing task.