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REviving high-rise Blocks for cohesive and green neighborhoods. The main objective addressed by RE-Block is to foster efficient regeneration of these neighborhoods, making them more attractive and improving their environmental quality, whilst creating an integrated tailor-made approach to combat poverty.
  • Integrated Urban Development Integrated Urban Development

Housing is a vital component of improving the quality of the urban environment. The existing public housing estates and high rise block buildings are often dilapidated and their maintenance and current functioning (water, heating, air-conditioning) is not energy efficient.

This is especially true in new Member States where it is estimated that 40 percent of the population lives in housing built during the communist era. In addition, these blocks are typically inhabited by those with the lowest income within the society.

All over Europe, the majority of the population living in these urban areas is facing similar social problems and is generally sharing a similar socio-economic background (e.g., higher unemployment rate, low educational background, high level of aging population, broken families and people of different ethnic origins). The current economic and financial crisis is also affecting more severely the population in these parts of cities or big metropolitan areas, demanding specific and innovative measures from local authorities.

The main issue addressed by RE-Block is therefore how to foster efficient regeneration of these neighbourhoods, making them more attractive and improving their environmental quality, whilst creating an integrated tailor- made approach to combat poverty.

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Timeline

2013
Project launch
2015
Project completed

Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Budapest
  • Budapest 18th district
    18th district of Budapest
  • Region of East Macedonia
  • Iași
  • Vilnius
  • Södertälje
  • Magdeburg
  • Gelsenkirchen
  • Salford
  • Málaga
  • Rome