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Antonio

Borghi

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Experience in integrated and sustainable urban development policies for some 15 years with a PhD in Urban Policies and Projects at Politecnico di Milano (2008), as Chairman of the Urban Issues Workgroup of the Architects' Council of Europe, advising municipalities in the framework of EU funded learning and exchange projects. Expert of the URBACT Programme since 2005: Thematic Expert in the URBACT Hous-Es network (2005-07) for the Regeneration and Management of Large Housing Estates, Lead Expert of the URBACT LINKS Network (2011-13) for Future Proof Historic Centres. In 2012 Coordinator of the capitalisation workstream Building Energy Efficiency of URBACT II Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today initiative. Expert Evaluator for the FP7 Call 2013-NMP-ENV-EeB (topic 6.3-4 "Energy efficient retrofitting and renewal of existing buildings for sustainable urban districts").
B1. Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of experience in sustainable urban development shown
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
My experience with transnational learning and exchange process originates from my transnational education as I started my studies in architecture in Florence, graduated in Darmstadt, Lecturer at the Townplanning Institute of the Stuttgart University and PhD in Urban Policies and Projects at the Politecnico di Milano. Since 20 years I practice my professional life across the borders of the EU member States. Being over ten years Chairman of the Urban Issues Workgroup of the Architects' Council of Europe I am used to coordinated the activities of an international group of professionals. At the same time I had the chance to develop my skills in a more focused way in the URBACT and URBACT II Programmes acting as thematic expert, lead expert and coordinator of the capitalisation process.
B2. Assessment: 
1. Participated in at least 1 transnational activity
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Professional proficiency English due to the above mentioned experience.
B3. Assessment: 
1. C2 according to CV

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I am not a native Englishspeaker, therefore I understand very well the difficulty of translating complex concepts into English and making them understandable to other non-native English speakers. English is the language I use the most in my professional life, with native speakers or not. For a couple of years I held also a well read blog in English language (www.welldesignedandbuilt.com) based on the outcome of my PhD research http://www.ibs.it/code/9788838744389/borghi-antonio/well-designed-and.html . On the basis of my experience I am used to communicate about urban and sustainable development issues in the English language. If English does not work I can try to express those complex items in German, Spanish, in Italian or with hands!
C3.1 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Helping partners express their point of view can be very challenging, as if they don’t it is mostly because they don’t want to, rather than not being able. Participating to an international learning and exchange network requires engagement and motivation, or it is useless. Recognising partners who misunderstand these fundamental assumptions and making it clear from the beginning of the partnership is a major task of the lead expert together with the lead partner. In order to be shared within the partnership and beyond the partners’ experiences must be expressed and presented in a coherent way, which the lead expert has to coordinate. To this extent taking meeting minutes is a fundamental exercise to structure meetings outputs and clarifying concepts. Minutesare a great excuse to come back to partners and ask them to confirm their statements and information before sharing with the network.
C3.2 Assessment: 
0. Provided less than two relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Learnings for partners are hidden everywhere during a network partners meeting, so that learning and exchange becomes a “treasure hunt”. As a longstanding advocate of integrated and sustainable urban development policies and transnational learning and exchange programmes I am very well trained to find those hidden treasures to make urban policies lively and engaging.
C3.3 Assessment: 
0. Provided less than two relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I practised this skill during all my professional life, both in URBACT or in the private sector, in my PhD training, in my blogging and social media activity etc. Over the years I became very confident and fluent in expressing and structuring learning from good practices, case studies and the principles informing the different kind of urban policies.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1. It is not clear from the non-specific examples what the good practices and case studies he mentions were about and how they were helpful. However, the applicant's CV shows that he provided thematic papers and case studies while working as a Coordinator and Lead Expert for URBACT II
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Generating a lively, stimulating and well-structured learning environment is one of the main tasks of an URBACT Expert. Managing the Network activities and attending a number of URBACT events and seminars I learned how to design and animate workshops, peer reviews, creative sessions, study tours etc. These tools are a perfect complement to a solid knowledge base in integrated and sustainable urban development policies. Every culture declines sustainable development in a different way. Establishing a common platform for exchange is the key objective of a lead expert and one of my main skills. Being a professional designer in the broad sense of the term my continuous effort is to focus on the essential to create a durable output, responding concrete demands. At the beginning of a partnership there always seems to be strong partners and weak partners, the one who are supposed to have more experience and knowledge to share and the ones who are more in need of support. In my experience roles can easily be switched by changing the point of view and formulation of tasks. Polarisation is needed to create flows of energy, knowledge and information. There is nothing as boring and sterile as generic consensus. I invite the partners to share responsibility and overtake tasks for the common success of the network. Doing good work and showing that it was feasible without extraordinary means or capacities convinced everyone to contribute his own way, creating a feeling of mutual learning.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored the minimum amount of points requires (3/3 on C1; 3/4 on C2; 2/4 on C3) and is therefore validated for section C

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have been studying and comparing a large number of urban regeneration and urban development policies throughout Europe over the last 15 years, starting from my teaching activities at the Town Planning Institute of the Stuttgart University. Since 2001 I started to investigate the urban dimension of European Urban policies, studying the implementation of the URBAN Programme in various cultural contexts. According to the subsidiarity principle local administration are competent for urban development policies, but often member States have provided general frameworks. In 1994 the EU started the URBAN programme, which was renewed in 1999 as URBAN II, a turning point in the European urban policies. Since the mainstreaming of urban policies into territorial cohesion policies (ERDF, ESF) the urban dimension of the European policies is less recognisable, but there is still a very lively debate about it. URBACT III is the most successful legacy of the URBAN program and is trying to work as a complementary planning tool.
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of relevant experience shown
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the transnational projects I have been involved in I drafted and finalised most of the texts: agendas, terms of references, discussion papers, questionnaires, reference frameworks, meeting minutes, newsletters, site visit reports, blog articles, final reports. At the same time I always strive for partners to contribute themselves as much as possible to the networks outputs, helping out with advice and editing.In order to prepare workshops and stimulate active participation it is always necessary to prepare discussion papers, prepare some desk research. Several examples can be found at http://urbact.eu/links and 3 articles on the Urbact blog http://www.blog.urbact.eu/author/antonio-borghi/
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided of stimulating a process of exchange and learning
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The ability to produce thematic outputs is proved by my PhD dissertation that has been published http://www.ibs.it/code/9788838744389/borghi-antonio/well-designed-and.html , contributions to URBACT networks final reports and a number of international publications. Most of my recent articles are linked from my blog www.welldesignedandbuilt.com and in my experience social media are a powerful tool to leverage the impact of a good article or findings from a network’s activity.
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples on communicating to a wider audience
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
A big challenge for an URBACT Network is to produce an action plan that gets relevance into the local political agenda and sponsors in the public administrations to get finally implemented. It is a long way to go in which a lead expert has some influence. First of all the networks outputs must be relevant, concise and fit for purpose. They must be prepared and communicated in a way that leaves a mark in the public administration, in civil society and become part of the political agenda. Linking the network’s outputs to existing policies is an effective way to ensure long life to an action plan. Media coverage can help. In May 2013 Urbact published a report on Energy Efficiency in the building sector that can be an example of an engaging text to mobilise public bodies to act. Together with prof. J. Owen Lewis and Sadhbh Ní Hógáin I was the author of the report in my capacity as Lead Expert of the URBACT LINKS Thematic Network and coordinator of the URBACT work stream ‘Building Energy Efficiency in European cities’. The report can be downloaded at the following web page: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/19765_Urbact_WS6_ENERGY_low_FINAL.pdf Another example of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design is the article “Sustainable Urban Regeneration” that was printed in the Urbanisation issue of New Europe in 2012 (p. 5) http://www.scribd.com/doc/110005612/Urbanisation-Print-Edition-2012
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example provided of desgining and producing a strategy
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have been studying and comparing a large number of urban regeneration and urban development policies throughout Europe over the last 15 years, starting from my teaching activities at the Town Planning Institute of the Stuttgart University. Since 2001 I started to investigate the urban dimension of European Urban policies, studying the implementation of the URBAN Programme in various cultural contexts. In the projects I have been involved in I drafted and finalised most of the texts: agendas, terms of references, discussion papers, questionnaires, reference frameworks, meeting minutes, site visit reports, blog articles, final reports. At the same time I always strive for partners to contribute themselves as much as possible to the networks outputs, helping out with advice and editing. Examples at http://urbact.eu/links and especially in my book http://www.ibs.it/code/9788838744389/borghi-antonio/well-designed-and.html . I developed the ability to produce thematic outputs preparing my PhD dissertation, contributing to URBACT networks final reports and a number of international publications. Most of my recent articles are linked from my blog www.welldesignedandbuilt.com . A big challenge for an URBACT Network is to produce an action plan that gets relevance into the local political agenda and sponsors in the public administrations to get finally implemented. Linking the network’s outputs to existing policies is an effective way to ensure long life to an action plan.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 points and is therefore validated for the theme of integrated urban renewal
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Environmental issues are key to integrated urban development policies and in professional practise. In particular I dealt with the environmental aspects as coordinator of the work stream Building energy efficiency in European Cities for the Urbact capitalisation process 2012. Together with prof. J. Owen Lewis and Sadhbh Ní Hógáin I was the author of the report with the same title. The report can be downloaded at the following web page: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/19765_Urbact_WS6_ENERGY_low_FINAL. for my knowledge in the manifold aspects of energy efficiency in the built environment I was selected by the EU Commission as Expert Evaluator for the FP7 Call 2013-NMP-ENV-EeB topic 6.3-4 "Energy efficient retrofitting and renewal of existing buildings for sustainable urban districts"
D1 Assessment: 
1. Unsure if the experiences provided are more than 2 years, but the publications mentioned throughout this application show understanding of the subject
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the projects I have been involved in I drafted and finalised most of the texts: agendas, terms of references, discussion papers, questionnaires, reference frameworks, meeting minutes, newsletters, site visit reports, blog articles, final reports. At the same time I always strive for partners to contribute themselves as much as possible to the networks outputs, helping out with advice and editing.In order to prepare workshops and stimulate active participation it is always necessary to prepare discussion papers, prepare some desk research. Examples for the field of environmental issues is the article I wrote together with Paul Ciniglio for the Urbact Tribune 2012 with the title “Retrofitting Our Way Out of Recession”. The article is at page 39-45 of the journal that can be downloaded at http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/URBACT_Tribune_2012.pdf I disseminated the results of this research in several conferences and articles like the Energy Cities Annual Conference in Vaxjo in April 2013. http://www.energy-cities.eu/Vaxjo-Sweden
D2 Assessment: 
0. Provided less than two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Every country, region and city has specific funding schemes for integrated and sustainable development policy actions. I understand and have wide experience of many and know how they work. For this reason I am regularly invited to speak about environmentally sensitive and integrated urban policies. As an example I may quote the annual publication of the EUKN in 2013 that was dedicated to environmental policies for the built environment http://www.eukn.eu/eukn-research/publications/eukn-publication-on-energy-efficient-cities-joint-action-for-the-built-environment/ and http://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/eukn-publication-on-energy-efficient-cities-joint-action-for-the-built-environment/ Another example of analytical work on the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level is provided by the article I wrote together with Paul Ciniglio for the Urbact Tribune 2012. The title of the article “Retrofitting Our Way Out of Recession” points out to the economic implications of environmental policies and in the article several funding schemes are mentioned and explained as success stories. The article is at page 39-45 of the journal that can be downloaded at http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/URBACT_Tribune_2012.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Good practises are an old but always valuable tool. Cities need to touch and feel success stories to maximise the impact of their integrated sustainable development policies. An example of my work in this field is the Urbact report on Energy Efficiency in the building sector published in May 2013. Together with prof. J. Owen Lewis and Sadhbh Ní Hógáin I was the author of the report in my capacity as Lead Expert of the URBACT LINKS Thematic Network and coordinator of the URBACT work stream ‘Building Energy Efficiency in European cities’. The report can be downloaded at the following web page: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/19765_Urbact_WS6_ENERGY_low_FINAL.pdf Another example of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising is the article “Sustainable Urban Regeneration” that was printed in the Urbanisation special report of the international magazine New Europe in October 2012 (page 5). The article can be viewed at http://www.scribd.com/doc/110005612/Urbanisation-Print-Edition-2012
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of producing and designing a strategy
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Integrated approach is the key to deliver sustainable urban development, even when the physical dimension seems to be predominant, like in case of Energy efficiency. Studying the various aspects of the matter for the report Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today the group of experts focused on aspects like fuel poverty and energy efficiency VS heritage conservation coming to the conclusion that an integrated approach is necessary to tackle energy efficiency at urban scale. This was a relevant output of the above mentioned report “Building Energy Efficiency in European Cities” I wrote together with prof. J. Owen Lewis and Sadhbh Ní Hógáin. The report can be downloaded at the following web page: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/19765_Urbact_WS6_ENERGY_low_FINAL.pdf This URBACT report argues that for cities to play a central role in the reduction of CO2 emissions and the fight against climate change, they must seriously address the topic of energy efficiency in buildings. In the report the main challenges and opportunities are highlighted, including the issues of fuel poverty and the opportunities of integrated urban strategies. The manifold environmental aspects of energy efficiency in the building sector was subject of my contribution to the annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Platform held in Oradea in November 2013 and dedicated to “Energy Efficient Cities” http://www.eukn.eu/events/upcoming-events/detail/energy-efficient-cities/
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 3 out of 4 points and is therefore validated for the theme of Environmental Issues

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
I have been in touch with several projects in which proactive outreach to stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests and community dialogue have been essentials tools to design public policy. For example in Almeria the Links network visited the local Roma community who lives together with immigrants from north Africa in a neighborhood which is historically terrain of social segregation. In this case proactive outreach to stakeholders is an essential prerequisite for the engagement and empowerment of different kind of minorities living together. From the experience of the local partner we heard how knocking on everyone’s door was a necessary step to kick-start any kind of action. In the blog www.welldesignedandbuilt.com I published 3 photo-articles with the unforgettable impressions gathered during the Urbact Links network workshop. My favorite one is about Barrio La Chanca http://welldesignedandbuilt.com/2011/03/03/barrio-la-chanca/
E.1 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example of designing participatory tools
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Integrated approach is the key to deliver sustainable urban development, even when the physical dimension seems to be predominant, like in case of Energy efficiency. Studying the various aspects of the matter for the report Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today the group of experts focused on aspects like fuel poverty and energy efficiency VS heritage conservation coming to the conclusion that an integrated approach is necessary to tackle energy efficiency at urban scale. Every partial and sectored intervention will never achieve sustainable results. This was a relevant output of the above mentioned report “Building Energy Efficiency in European Cities” I wrote together with prof. J. Owen Lewis and Sadhbh Ní Hógáin. The report can be downloaded at the following web page: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/19765_Urbact_WS6_ENERGY_low_FINAL.pdf This URBACT report argues that for cities to play a central role in the reduction of CO2 emissions and the fight against climate change, they must seriously address the topic of Energy Efficiency in Buildings. In the report the main challenges and opportunities regarding Energy Efficiency are highlighted, including the issues of fuel poverty and the opportunities of integrated urban strategies. The manifold environmental aspects of energy efficiency in the building sector was subject of my contribution to the annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Platform held in Oradea in November 2013 and dedicated to “Energy Efficient Cities” ( http://www.eukn.eu/events/upcoming-events/detail/energy-efficient-cities/ and http://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/highlights-of-the-2013-eukn-conference-quotenergy-efficient-citiesquot/ )
E.2 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example provided that shows knowledge of a integrated approach to urban strategies and policies
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Every country, region and city has specific funding schemes for integrated and sustainable development policy actions. I understand and have wide experience of many and know how they work. For this reason I am regularly invited to speak about environmentally sensitive and integrated urban policies. As an example I may quote the annual publication of the EUKN in 2013 that was dedicated to environmental policies for the built environment (http://www.eukn.eu/eukn-research/publications/eukn-publication-on-energy-efficient-cities-joint-action-for-the-built-environment/ and http://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/eukn-publication-on-energy-efficient-cities-joint-action-for-the-built-environment/ ) Another example of analytical work on the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level is provided by the article I wrote together with Paul Ciniglio for the Urbact Tribune 2012. The title of the article “Retrofitting Our Way Out of Recession” points out to the economic implications of environmental policies and in the article several funding schemes are mentioned and explained as success stories. The article is at page 39-45 of the journal that can be downloaded at http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/general_library/URBACT_Tribune_2012.pdf
E.3 Assessment: 
1. Awareness of policy and funding schemes shown
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Adapting tools to the local context is another recurrent topic in URBACT networks, also known as knowledge transfer of best practices. In this case the role of the expert is to select the tool/knowledge/practice, explain the principles and imagine how it could work in another context. The rest has to be done by the network partners. For example thanks to the excellent relationship between the Greek and the Dutch partners of the Links network the Municipality of Veria started a Foundation for renewable energies in an abandoned historic building, taking as an example the White Rose Foundation of Delft. This example and many others are compiled in the final report of the Links network http://urbact.eu/links-final-report , but also in the blog articles “How to Build the Energy Transition in European Cities: Lessons from URBACT“ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2013/05/how-to-build-the-energy-transition-in-european-cities-lessons-from-urbact/
E.4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 example provided of adapting tools in a transnational setting
Summary Expertise: 
I have been in touch with several projects in which proactive outreach to stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests and community dialogue have been essentials tools to design public policy. For example in Almeria the Links network visited the local Roma community who lives together with immigrants from north Africa in a neighborhood which is historically terrain of social segregation. In this case proactive outreach to stakeholders is an essential prerequisite for the engagement and empowerment of different kind of minorities living together. From the experience of the local partner we heard how knocking on everyone’s door was a necessary step to kick-start any kind of action. Integrated approach is the key to deliver sustainable urban development, even when the physical dimension seems to be predominant, like in case of energy efficiency. Studying the various aspects of the matter for the report Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today the group of experts focused on aspects like fuel poverty and energy efficiency VS heritage conservation coming to the conclusion that an integrated approach is necessary to tackle energy efficiency at urban scale. Every partial and sectored intervention will never achieve sustainable results.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 points and is therefore validated for section E.

Informations

Residence location:
Italy
Languages:
Italian - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
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Foreign languages: 
Email:
antonioborghi@gmail.com

Area of expertise