[Research Paper] The innovative potential and social co-production in urban regeneration solutions

December 21, 2020


The demand for nature-based solutions (BSS) under the Horizon 2020 Community Framework Program is an example of how societal challenges are taking on the responsibility to reformulate the urban space, based on the relationship between citizens and their environment and on the rise of social inclusion, along with climate and water resilience and increased biodiversity. In response, the URBINAT project proposes a collaborative approach of co-production, co-design and co-implementation in the design of urban regeneration solutions based on two main axes: on the one hand art and culture, on the other hand, but in joint action, social and solidarity economy. If in the first axis the objective is to show how artistic tools can be used to co-create solutions in communities; in the second, the project seeks to highlight the potentialities that the innovative social economy brings to the regeneration and social and economic inclusion of communities. The present paperseeks to explore the socially innovative contributions of these two axes, in contexts of regeneration of mass urban areas. The URBINAT consortium is emerging as a candidate for funding to create a network of cities where multi-sector partnerships will foster social innovation to integrate marginalized neighbourhoods into differentiated urban development.