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Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration – NATiURB 2022: The Recap


June 22, 2022

URBiNAT’s first international conference on Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration (NATiURB) on 16 & 17 June in Milan is over and it’s time to recap! But before, a big Thank You to all the fantastic speakers, moderators and all those who attended either in person or online!

16 June

Keynotes & Roundtables

The first day took place at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. The conference was held in a hybrid format, with more than 100 in-person attendees.

The morning provided international roundtable disucussions on Co-Governance of NBS and Nature for Inclusive and Innovative Urban Regeneration framed by high level keynote speaches.

 

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URBiNAT Cities Fair

During the Cities Fair in the afternoon of the first conference day, URBiNAT partner cities shared their concrete experience with regards to the NBS and Healthy Corridor co-created in their specific intervention area.

Divided into small groups, the conference participants were guided through this cities’ exhibition by following the logic of the different stages of a community driven process, from co-diagnostic, over co-design to co-governance of NBS and Healthy Corridors.

There have been lively discussions at the exhibition stands of the participating cities Nantes (France), Porto (Portugal) and Sofia (Bulgaria), Bruxelles (Belgium), Høje-Taastrup (Denmark), Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Siena (Italy), and Khorramabad (Iran).

URBiNAT Frontrunner Cities, Followers Cities and Observers shared on-the-ground experience of co-creating NBS-lined Healthy Corridors.

The face-to-face conversations during the URBiNAT City Fair: A moment of direct exchange and sharing of experience and ideas that was much appreciated by both the audience and the cities.

 

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17 June

Scientific Conference

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The second day was held at IULM university campus. This Scientific Conference Day was dedicated to the discussion of concepts, methodologies and practices. Experts from accross the world shared their knowledge and experience from diverse perspectives — ranging from academic to urban planning and design to lived experience on the ground.

The Scientific Conference covered the follwing 5 main themes:

1: Co-creating NBS for Sustainable Cities
2: Innovating Public Space for Inclusive Cities
3: Transforming Governance for Innovative Cities
4: Engaging Citizens for Healthy Cities
5: Changing Economy for Equitable Cities

To share some figures of this very intense day:

Within 20 thematic sessions, experts from 31 countries (Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Germany, Norway, Cyprus, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, Belgium, Morocco, Hong Kong, Argentina, Bulgaria, South Korea, Netherlands, Taiwan, Switzerland, India, Ecuador, Thailand, France, Romania, Iran, Sweden, Malaysia, Russia, Oman, and Serbia) delivered 83 presentations (in-person and online).

The Scientific Committee monitored the gender responsiveness of the conference. Men and women and broader gender diversity were promoted and welcome. 37 of the session chairs were men and 49 were women – or, if we exclude overlaps, 27 of the session chairs were women and 26 were men.

If you want to know more about the topics addressed: Download the Book of Abstracts (Link to be added!!)

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Thank you for a successful and engaging conference!