• European cities driving change through URBACT Action Planning Networks

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    Get to know the areas of action and the latest updates of these 30 URBACT networks. 

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    Networks in numbers


    From 1 June 2023 to 31 December 2025, 252 individual partners from 28 European countries have embarked on 30 Action Planning Networks (APN), under the URBACT IV programme. Within their URBACT journey, they aim to build their knowledge and skills to co-design and develop long-term Integrated Action Plans (IAP) to tackle their local challenges. These plans will define the actions to be implemented, covering timings, responsibilities, costings, funding sources, monitoring indicators and risk assessments. 

    Each network is composed of a Lead Partner and another 8-10 project partners. Among the 252 partners, half are newcomers to the programme while the other half already has experience with URBACT III (2014-2020).  

    Networks approved by the URBACT IV Monitoring Committee. Source: URBACT 

    Networks approved by the URBACT IV Monitoring Committee. Source: URBACT 

    All the approved URBACT Action Planning Networks (2023-2025) are aligned with the EU Cohesion Policy and will contribute to its five specific Policy Objectives (POs): PO1 A more competitive and smarter Europe; PO2 A greener Europe; PO3 A more connected Europe; PO4 A more social and inclusive Europe; and PO5 A Europe closer to citizens. 

    Beyond their geographic diversity, the 30 networks also stand out for their wide variety of topics. The URBACT method, which all networks follow, ensures that an integrated approach is applied; stated simply, regardless of the topic, the social, economic, environmental and territorial aspects are considered.  

    To help you navigate the list, we have clustered them here by their main thematic areas: Participative governance; Urban planning; Local development; Climate action; and Social cohesion. 



    Participative governance 


    Networks under the participative governance thematic focus on a wide variety of topics, including citizen engagement, health, localising the Sustainable Development Goals and much more. 

    Led by Genk (BE), Agents of Co-Existence fosters innovative approaches to societal challenges and strives for inclusive local policies with active community involvement by strengthening the skills and competences of civil servants and creating new organisational structures and cultures

    Developing locally-adapted governance processes is the main objective of Cities for Sustainability Governance, with Espoo (FI) as the Lead Partner, but specifically by using UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a strategic vehicle. 

    From the heart of Paris (FR), the European cities involved in CITIES@HEART work towards a balanced and inclusive city centre for all users, reversing the loss of attractiveness for cities of different sizes and backgrounds. 

    The One Health 4 Cities network, guided by Lyon (FR), aims to promote the integration of the One Health approach into urban strategies and projects, developing tools that empower decision-makers and operational teams to increase the positive impact of urban projects on the well-being and health of people, animals and the environment


    Urban planning 


    Urban planning networks address a range of hot topics such as mobility, accessibility, sustainability, public spaces, spatial linkages and territorial cohesion.  

    PUMA (Planning Urban Mobility Actions) helps cities such as Liepaja (LV), its Lead Partner, develop integrated mobility action plans in order to achieve climate-neutral and sustainable mobility in small and medium-sized cities. It is people-centric, prioritising the needs and well-being of individuals

    The S.M.ALL network is all about “Sharing urban solutions towards accessible, sustainable mobility for all.” Led by Ferrara (IT), they navigate the complexity of two URBACT mobility paradigms: inclusivity and sustainability. 

    Romagna Faentina (IT) is at the forefront of ECONNECTING - Greener & closer communities, a network that focuses on sustainable urban-rural mobility solutions within the 30-minute territory, designing and implementing proximity strategies for rural-urban functional areas. 

    SCHOOLHOODS puts children’s health and safety on the menu of a safe, green and happy way to school. Led by Rethymno (EL), the cities belonging to this URBACT network work hand-in-hand with pupils, parents and teachers to co-create solutions allowing pupils to actively go to school on their own.  

    From Balbriggan (IE) to the borders of Europe, the main goal of the EcoCore network is to accelerate the green transition especially in the work environments of the industrial areas of the partner cities, which are transitioning to low-carbon energy sources for transportation, heating and electricity. 

    In a mission to connect urban-rural communities, Creacció Agència d'Emprenedoria of Vic (ES) is currently leading the Beyond the Urban network, which promotes urban-rural mobility through the testing and implementation of sustainable, accessible and integrated mobility solutions, with a focus on intermodality, multi-level governance, inclusion, gender equality, and digital tools. 


    Local development 


    Local economy, territorial marketing and digital transformation are a few of the topics covered by the local development networks. 

    C4TALENT, whose Lead Partner is Nyíregyháza City with County Rights (HU), pursues the objective of building business & startup friendly environments in cities to lessen the effects of brain drain, attracting and retaining talented young professionals. 

    After the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transformation around how work is organised, Dubrovnik Development Agency (HR) initiated Remote-IT, a network that tackles the new challenges cities are experiencing connected to the future of work by facilitating the remote and hybrid work for thriving cities. 

    Another Croatian city is leading a local development action planning network. Sibenik (HR) is at the head of Residents of the future, which addresses the issue of urban depopulation within small and medium-sized cities.  

    With Fundão (PT) as a Lead Partner, METACITY’s main goal is to increase competitiveness of small and medium tech-aware cities, benefiting from the opportunity to enhance service efficiency and citizen satisfaction provided by the metaverse.  

    NextGen YouthWork, headed by Eindhoven (NL), is also contributing to the digital transformation, by going one step further and improving online youth work through innovative digital solutions at the city level.  

    Boosting no-tech and digital local communities, facing specific challenges in terms of diversity, gender equality and inclusion, is the objective of TechDiversity, a network composed of small and medium-sized European cities and guided by Trikala (EL). 

    Led by Mollet del Vallès (ES), DIGI-INCLUSION also promotes inclusion through digital tools, tackling social exclusion and boosting digital inclusion not only by granting access to technology but by enabling people to develop the necessary skills and to become sufficiently empowered to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital world. 

    Life in cities continues even after dark. This is the main statement of the network Cities After Dark. Led by Braga (PT), this network promotes the 'Night Economy', through activities that are essential for a city to function 24 hours a day and play a significant role in the global economy.  


    Climate action 


    Climate action networks tackle several concerns; green transition, circular economy, green funding and reconversion of spaces, among other subjects. 

    The COPE (Coherent Place-based Climate Action) network, driven by Copenhagen (DK), unlocks the green potentials of citizen action through a place-based approach, recognising citizens and local action groups as fundamental stakeholders working to accelerate the green transition. 

    Led by Munich (DE), LET'S GO CIRCULAR! cities focus on the circular transition of cities. This network addresses all issues relevant to a holistic strategy of circular city ecosystems, fostering innovative solutions. 

    The BiodiverCity partners, with the support of Dunaújváros (HU) as Lead Partner, support and enable communities to plan powerful, nature-based solutions, foster pro-environmental citizen behaviours and draft Urban Greening Plans, contributing to the achievement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. 

    In4Green is a collaborative network of industrial cities, headed by Avilés (ES), with a shared commitment: to implement the green transition in industrial areas/cities while remaining competitive and inclusive. 

    Restoring “forgotten” urban areas into valuable places for and with residents is the mission of GreenPlace. This Wroclaw-led (PL) network aims to restore urban spaces and make them friendly to both the residents and the environment, by optimising the use of existing resources in the context of ecological crisis, the financial and geopolitical situation. 


    Social cohesion 


    A variety of topics are addressed by the social cohesion thematic networks, from urban regeneration and place-making to gender, equality, diversity and inclusion. 

    Under the leadership of Clermont Auvergne Métropole (FR), the objective of FEMACT-Cities is to support the drafting of eight “Local Action Plans on Gender Equality” about the main challenges regarding women's liberty and empowerment, through protection, education, emancipation and economic autonomy

    GenProcure also addresses gender equality, focusing on Gender-Responsive Public Procurement, and it is headed by Vila Nova de Famalicão (PT). This network promotes gender equality through working purchases, supplies and services in the public sector.  

    Re-Gen is a European network of cities led by Verona (IT) that aims to support sustainable urban development and social inclusion thanks to the protagonism of secondary school students, aged between 10 and 18, from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

    The Cinisello Balsamo-led (IT) U.R. Impact prioritises social impact in urban regeneration, ensuring social inclusion and community development during urban renewal. They place citizens and their social, economic and environmental well-being at the centre of the processes. 

    The main goal of Breaking Isolation, a network driven by Agen (FR) that fights against isolation by creating social bonds and links between young and elderly and promoting social diversity. 

    In order to build more inclusive and resilient societies, WELDI empowers local authorities for a dignified integration of newly arrived migrants. In achieving this objective, cities of this network, led by Utrecht (NL), collaborate with migrants and other residents, as well as with local, national and international partners. 

    ARCHETHICS network brings together European cities that share the presence of heritage linked to a complex and controversial historical past (totalitarian regimes, contentious borders, etc), such as its Lead Partner Cesena (IT). Their goal is to transform the heritage into places for locals and visitors to share knowledge and come to multi-perspective understandings of the past and new visions for the future


    Follow the network journey


    This is just a snapshot of the URBACT Action Planning Networks, but stay tuned for more insights from the Lead Experts and partner cities, themselves! You can also follow the journey of these networks on their project pages and social media, benefit from the lessons learned and try them in your own city. 






  • Innovation Transfer Networks: the search is on for project ideas

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    URBACT’s call for Innovation Transfer Networks is open, and with it, the Partner Search Tool is ready to help cities develop European partnerships.  

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    URBACT’s call for Innovation Transfer Networks is open, and with it, the Partner Search Tool is updated and ready to help cities develop European partnerships. 

    Running until 20 March 2024, this call for networks is slightly different from other URBACT calls: the pool of available project ideas is based on Urban Innovative Actions projects carried out between 2016 and  2023 and only those cities can lead the transfer network. This is a unique opportunity to adapt a newly tested innovation to your city. 

    There are currently over 20 topics to choose from, covering urban poverty, migration, housing, security, renewable energy, land and air quality, culture and heritage, demographic change and digital transition. 

    We’ve taken a closer look at the pool of ideas, to help you identify the ones that could interest your city the most.




    Energy poverty is a priority topic in many European cities, particularly as energy prices spiked following Russia’s ongoing war of aggression in Ukraine. Getafe (ES) has developed a new, data-driven model to identify and prevent energy poverty, collaborating across departments to identify hidden poverty. Targeted actions can then be carried out at the level of the individual, building or neighbourhood. Getafe showed that the approach was effective in reducing energy vulnerability. Does this sound like a tool your city could use? 

    Building on the participatory approach to energy transition, Leidel (BE) has put a local energy community in place, to provide affordable, renewable, locally-produced and autonomously managed electricity for citizens. RE/SOURCED builds on the momentum for clean energy across Europe, in line with the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. Its results are highly relevant for other cities putting circularity and citizens and the centre of the energy transition.


    Air/soil quality


    Cities looking to make advances in the quality of the air or the soil should look at three innovative actions in particular. Baia Mare (RO) proposes a revolutionary approach for reclaiming heavy metal-polluted land using plants and returning the land to the community. An adaptable dynamic platform and toolkit can help you determine the best use for the land. Two Italian cities have developed citizen-centric and data-led models to improve air quality. Ferrara (IT) has set up low-cost sensors and mobile air quality stations to map high emission zones and transform them into urban green forests. Portici (IT) also developed a widespread monitoring system based on citizen science, combined with educational activities and events to promote behavioural change.


    Digital tools


    Digital tools have been put to use in cities to support policy and decision-making in different domains. Vienna (AT) has developed ICT solutions to set new standards in building applications and planning permissions. The tool can be adapted to other permit processes in cities – making bureaucracy more efficient, more transparent and more cost effective. Heerlen (NL) has created an innovative digital platform to enhance public space, foster community engagement and revitalise local areas. It crowdsources public maintenance tasks, which citizens can carry out in return for credit that can be used in local shops and bars. A digital approach was also taken by Ravenna (IT) for an urban regeneration process in one neighbourhood, Darsena. Combining collaborative data collection, the digital infrastructure supports decision-making, storytelling and promotion. It has shown increased engagement in Darsena’s evolution from an abandoned dockland to an attractive urban ecosystem. The network could focus on adapting both the technological and methodological processes to other cities. 

    Rennes (FR) has taken on the issue of e-government solutions directly, designing a portal for the use and re-use of data while guaranteeing privacy and public service interests. The Reusable Urban Data Interface is 100% open source and ready to scale up to cities seeking to harness local data. 


    Jobs & skills


    The emphasis on green and digital transitions means that the skill profiles of the workforce in a city must adapt and evolve to these transitions. Eindhoven (NL) faces a paradox that, despite high economic growth, there is a significant shortage of qualified personnel, particularly in low-carbon technology development. The Platform4Work redesigns the employment journey, developing a ‘skills passport’, restructuring educational programmes and bringing employers and jobseekers closer together. Aveiro (PT) positions itself as a territory of digital innovation, but has faced severe shortages of digital skills. The city set up the first Tech City Living Lab to attract and retain talent through STEAM education, training, technology and addressing local challenges. Cuenca (ES) uses its specific location within a forest region to build an innovative bio-economy sector, combining training, research, and the incubation and acceleration of forest-related businesses. The award-winning model can be transferred to other EU cities with a forest or other niche bio-economy sector. 




    Cities must use all of the resources available to them to improve citizens’ quality of life, whether digital, physical or cultural. In Újbuda (HU), culture and digital platforms were combined to create a bottom-up creative cultural resource management tool to strengthen social cohesion. Alongside the digital sphere, a physical cultural institution was created, integrating local cultural and technological initiatives, bringing together the local community, public and private sectors. Cities can explore low-budget interventions as well as major investments. Chalandri (EL) focused on an ancient monument – in their case, the Hadrian Aqueduct – as a vehicle for urban regeneration and revitalising community life. Using a cross-sectoral approach, it co-creates local projects and cultural events with communities, valorising local history and improving care of water and natural resources. It can be adapted to other cities with different types of local heritage, to build trust and nurture communities. In Tilburg (NL), the city uses culture as an agent for social transformation. Developing a cultural ecosystem in an ethnically mixed and disadvantaged area helps bridge the gap between those in the margins, and the public services they interact with. More than 3 000 young people were reached through 150 projects, with positive effects on health, behaviour and public safety. 


    Social inclusion


    Many cities are taking innovative and participatory approaches to tackling long-standing issues of social exclusion. Seraing (BE) takes on isolation and community-building through an experimental project to revitalise public spaces in the town centre. An inclusive urban planning process and training of local residents reinvented the spaces, resulting in ongoing civic projects. A more tailored approach was tested in Landshut (DE) to overcome the vicious cycle of single parents unable to work due to lack of childcare. Focusing on healthcare professions, which require long and flexible work hours, the city developed a new form of flexible childcare. Single parents receive training in childcare to look after the children of healthcare workers, in an interconnected building. This represents a novel approach to tackling the shortage of skilled workers in some professions that disproportionately affect women. 

    Verona (IT) is tackling loneliness, brought about by changing demographics and an erosion of family networks. By developing a ‘loneliness index’ and activating community resources in a combined approach, they aim to identify and reduce symptoms of loneliness for increased wellbeing.  

    Brussels (BE) is taking on the affordable housing headache that many citizens face through a co-housing project, developed within the framework of a Community Land Trust. By separating the ownership of the land from the ownership of the housing built on it, speculation is removed, and focus is put on ensuring accessible housing for those often neglected: low-income families, older people, homeless people, and single mothers. 

    Utrecht (NL) is proposing to share its innovative approach to the reception and integration of newcomers in the city, particularly asylum seekers. By revising completely how newcomers are housed, integrated and trained, they create meaningful encounters beyond the labels of ‘refugee’ or ‘local’. The flexibility and focus on the local immediate surroundings of reception centres will enable any city that joins the network to develop their own version which connects their locals and newcomers.  


    Urban security


    Making urban spaces safer at night is an issue for many European cities. We want to look at two cities offering new approaches to community-based urban security. Piraeus (EL) has developed an holistic model, establishing local collaboration for crime prevention, an online platform to assess physical and cyber threats, and spatial interventions to secure and beautify vulnerable buildings. Turin (IT) focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to manage public spaces and improve residents’ perception of safety at night. Actions to boost the territorial potential, involving local communities, made neighbourhoods more liveable in the evening. 



    Which one is for you?


    These cities are looking for partners to transfer these practices and concrete innovation outputs. You can use the partner search tool to get in touch with any of the cities to find out more and develop your network together. 

    The Get Involved page has all you need to apply for the URBACT Innovation Transfer Networks!





  • S.T.E.P.S.

    The current demographic scenario of a decreasing birth rate/ageing population, characteristic of many cities, is particularly evident in Verona (Italy) which, since the 1980s, has been affected by a constant negative trend in the birth-death ratio. Over-65s have increased while the percentage of minors from 0-14 has fallen. We are witnessing an erosion of the family/relational networks associated with demographic/social/economic factors that have disruptive but rarely addressed effects, such as loneliness.


    The challenge of the project was therefore to detect/qualify loneliness and tackle it in a systemic way by acting on the causes with regard to various need-related aspects of life. This has been done through an index (LoLix-Levels of Loneliness Index) and a remedy, a "territorial system" tested in the city's 3rd District, which activates local community resources and creates an offer of opportunities that impact living dimensions and supports the conventional welfare structure.


    This system brought together existing and new territorial experiences, adopting a cross sectoral, synergic and eco-systemic approach to the problem, which is more often addressed in individual target groups or individual causes. Loneliness takes centre stage in institutional policies: the index generated was intended to provide an opportunity to monitor the state of well-being of its citizens. The expected change was an improvement in the quality of life in a way that adapts to demographic trends.  




    What SOLUTIONS did the Urban Innovative Action project offer?


    The project has tested a social/territorial model of informal support services promoted by various stakeholders, that touches key aspects of life in economic/psycho-physical/socio-relational dimensions. These services were provided in physical spaces (STEPSpoints) and in an ‘itinerant’ manner (especially condominium complexes from average size onwards). They aim to prevent/treat negative symptomatic features that cause loneliness, in the belief that a welcoming/inclusive/caring environment helps to prevent degenerative states of wellbeing/health and of people's quality of life in general, as well as worse developments.  


    Starting from an analysis of the causes triggering loneliness and its characteristic features, the dimensions of loneliness were defined in a wider framework of three levels of vulnerability/thresholds (economic/psycho-physical/socio-relational). In-depth questionnaires have been used to provide evidence of the existing experience of loneliness/vulnerability.  


    What DIFFERENCE has it made at local level?

    The project will close in June 2024. The difference made at the local level will be included in the final and post-project evaluation for UIA. The LoLix causal investigation will provide some insights into the impact of project actions on the evolution of quality of life for people, for those included in the social/territorial model (treatment group) and those who are excluded (control group).


    The data collected on the 3rd District will contribute, for statistical inference, to a pool of information on the characteristics of the urban population and its phenomenal evolutions, to be used for decision-making processes and the provision of services/opportunities.


    What PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES have been put in place for the project?


    In addition to traditional communication methods, the focus was on having face-to-face interactions with citizens/stakeholders (interviews, public meetings, participatory labs). 


    The Municipality has implemented 8 calls for proposals to provide small contributions to local stakeholders to implement initiatives in urban regeneration, social and relational and circular-economy areas. A STEPS-circuit was initiated among citizens, and profit and non-profit stakeholders, to promote existing and new informal micro-initiatives to curb loneliness and foster connections and sociality among people. Initiatives, stakeholders, formal and informal connections, were mapped digitally.


    The project supported the idea of community as a welfare provider. Relationships were the essence of the project (between peers/intergenerational/good neighbourly relations/key figures/...). The underlying theme of the project is to empower the community to combat loneliness: it takes action/care, promotes practices of solidarity, economic, welfare, neighbourliness, it is a key player in project governance, both in terms of the spaces and the services provided.  


    How does the project tackle different aspects with an INTEGRATED APPROACH?


    The project activates social, economic, environmental "mending" processes in response to a demographic change that tends towards the fragmentation of households, the increase of the “single" dimension (single-member household/single parents) and an older population:  


    Society: favouring neighbourhood relations, dynamics of mutual help, cohabitation, social interaction, intergenerationality, cohesiveness, exchange, creating life/work conciliation services, reducing conflicts and increasing community spaces.  


    Economic: by generating economic support models characterised by social responsibility/sustainability (management of needs based on available resources, a sustainable lifestyle, and the use of community resources).  


    Environmental: through the recovery of urban spaces (environments that accommodate/connect the urban fabric); use of sustainable materials (self-construction); practices of exchange/reuse/saving for responsible living; education regarding dysfunctional behaviours/habits.  


    This all stimulates a cultural change in social/economic relationships and the inhabited space.  


    Why should other European cities use the solution the project explored?


    The transfer paradigm will be 'some STEPS forward' with the following advantages: 


    - Partners: to use the LoLix to explore the quality of life of their citizens, investigating moods/personality/use of time/health status/positive-negative loneliness/economic situation/consumer habits/urban decay/sustainable life-style habits; to use the STEPSpoint concept as a model for informal welfare. 


    - Verona: to uphold the best practices while enhancing both quality/quantity including the entire urban area; to reinforce the idea of community centres providing informal support services; to evolve the STEPS-circuit. 


    - All network: to explore practical applications of the LoLix in urban policies, as a decision-making tool, as an opportunity to adapt regulations and improve services; to further explore/develop the idea of informal welfare services provided at the doorstep of beneficiaries in a flexible/mobile manner across the local territories; to create a STEPSpoint network in the EU to exchange practices. 


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  • Can Urban Sports Hubs transform youths communities and regenerate urban public spaces? Follow the Re-Gen URBACT cities pioneering sport-based solutions engaging teens for a Better Future.

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    Contemporary cities face challenges in providing adequate spaces for youth socialization and recreational healthy activities. The Re-Gen Project tackles these issues by leveraging abandoned public spaces for planning and testing innovative models for urban regeneration. Engaging youngsters, schools, cultural and sport associations in co-creating new Urban Sport Hubs redefines urban participative process, fosters sense of a shared responsibility for common goods and promotes multifunctional spaces. These hubs, centered on street sports, symbolize a progressive shift in policy towards inclusive community development and vibrant urban spaces reconnecting also aesthetics with ethics.

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    Verona The multifaceted challenge of youth discomfort and abandoned public spaces.

    In today's ever-evolving urban landscapes, adolescents, particularly -but not only- those living in the outskirts of cities or in degraded social districts, are confronted with a multitude of personal challenges, spanning from educational poverty and mental health diseases to a lack of secure and quality public spaces for socializing and engaging in recreational activities. This inadequacy in educational opportunities and limited access to leisure facilities can exacerbate the feelings of disengagement and discontent among the youth. Amidst urban challenges lie also the presence of neglected and desolate public spaces, which significantly mar the physical landscape and directly impact the well-being and quality of life of the resident communities, particularly young people. However, there exists a transformative perspective that views these neglected areas not merely as derelict spaces in need of revitalization, but as experimental canvases for innovative urban regeneration. Central to this transformative approach is the active involvement and collaboration of diverse stakeholders, ranging from youth organizations and cultural associations to sports groups, schools, and most importantly, the active participation of the youth themselves. This collective engagement goes beyond consultation; it encompasses active participation in the co-designing, co-creating, and co-managing of public spaces, fostering a sense of shared ownership, leading to a collective responsibility in managing public spaces as common goods belonging to the urban communities.

    The Re-Gen anticipated solutions

    Verona South AreaIn this prospect, the nine cities of the Re-Gen Network are going to plan and test Sport-Based Solutions for an innovative approach to urban regeneration. The abandoned public spaces are figured out as Urban Sport Hubs, multifunctional inclusive places for street sport, cultural and recreational activities directedly promoted and managed by youngsters. Such anticipated solution to the multifaceted challenge of youths’ discomfort, presence of degraded areas in the contemporary cities, as well as of the lack of places for young people, represents a paradigm shift in the sphere of urban regeneration, where final users are called to be protagonist of urban scenes transformation. Beyond conventional sports arenas, the urban sport hubs are conceived as dynamic community places, promoting not only street sports but also cultural events, interactive forums, and active civic engagement. Hubs are abandoned spaces given back as vibrant renovated places to the communities of young people that had contributed to their regeneration and that will take care of them in the future. the Urban Sport Hubs are characterized by being multifunctional places that are catalysts for healthy lifestyles and opportunities for creative and active street education; they are catalysts for young people and for the entire neighborhood community, they are designed and managed to be accessible to all without gender or disability discrimination. They are envisioned as inclusive beautiful places where young individuals find an outlet for healthy recreation while fostering community connections. Beyond their function as sporting venues, these hubs aspire to become an attractive place where the community converges, interacts, and thrives. The transformative potential of the Urban Sport Hubs transcends physical spaces; they symbolize a revitalized community spirit. Through the engagement of youth and diverse stakeholders, these hubs instill a sense of collective responsibility and communal ownership. They embody a vision for urban communities characterized by active involvement, pride, and a promising future. These transformative Re-Gen perspectives offer a beacon of hope, redefining the narrative of neglected urban spaces from blighted areas to platforms for regeneration and rejuvenation. By harnessing the collective energy, innovative ideas, and enthusiasm of the youth and various stakeholders, these initiatives pave the way for a reimagined urban landscape—a landscape that thrives on inclusivity, creativity, and community cohesion.

    The Re-Gen networkMaps

    The transformative potential of sports-based solutions will be explored in nine cities within the Re-Gen Urbact Network: Verona (IT) leading the network, Albacete (ES), Corfu (GR), Daugavpils (LT), Dobrich (BG), Milan (IT), Pula (HR), Vila Do Conte (P), and Lezha (AL). Each city will define specific priorities based on its unique starting point while consistently integrating the issues faced by young individuals aged 10 to 18. By emphasizing the rejuvenation of public spaces through sports and the creation of multifunctional areas, these cities are dedicated to fostering vibrant, inclusive communities. Follow the Re-Gen Network to disconver how these cities are spearheading change, leveraging the potential of youth and innovative urban approaches to shape a brighter future for everyone.

    Looking ahead

    Looking ahead, the Re-Gen Urban Sport Hubs echo the principles of the New European Bauhaus, placing emphasis on sustainability and inclusivity while prioritizing aesthetics and ethics. Collaborating with local stakeholders and young individuals, Re-Gen cities will work together to strategize and reimagine abandoned spaces by integrating eco-friendly and gender-sensitive design elements. This comprehensive approach not only encourages physical activity but also fosters cultural events and communal gatherings. Through co- design initiatives, these efforts instill a sense of ownership and responsibility among youth, providing avenues for self-expression and community involvement.

    The Urban Sport Hubs epitomize an innovative vision for urban regeneration, transcending mere physical spaces to become lively arenas for social interaction and community empowerment. By transforming neglected spaces into hubs for inclusive sports and cultural engagement, they represent a beacon of hope for marginalized urban communities. These hubs exemplify the potential of collective action, youth engagement, and innovative urban planning in revitalizing overlooked areas into thriving centers of community life. As cities progress, the legacy of Urban Sport Hubs stands as a testament to the transformative influence of inclusivity, creativity, and community engagement in urban regeneration endeavors.

  • Re-Gen

    LEAD PARTNER : Verona - Italy
    • Business Innovation Centre Albacete - Spain
    • Daugavpils - Latvia
    • Vila Do Conde - Portugal
    • Kapodistriaki Development S.A. - Greece
    • Pula - Croatia
    • Dobrich - Bulgaria
    • Milan - Italy
    • Lezha - Albania


    • 18/19/20 September – Daugavpils, Latvia: study visit
    • 25/26/27 September – Dobrich, Bulgaria: study visit.
    • 16/17/18 October – Albacete, Spain: study visit.
    • 24/25/26 October – Corfu, Greece: study visit.
    • 01/02 November – Lezha, Albania: study visit.
    • 20/21 November – Pula, Croatia: study visit.
    • 23/24 November – Milan, Italy: study visit.
    • 28/29 November – Verona, Italy: first transnational meeting.
    • 06/07/08 December – Vila do Conde, Portugal: study visit.


    • 06 March – First Online Meeting.
    • 15 March – Verona, Italy: Local Event, ULG Launch Local Experiment.
    • 31 May / 01 June –  Daugavpils, Latvia: Second Core Meeting. 


    Lead Expert



    Re-Gen is a European network of cities that aims to support sustainable urban development and social inclusion thanks to the protagonism of secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Young people, aged between 10 and 18, will be involved in the transformation of abandoned public areas into urban sports hubs, with the approach of tactical urbanism and inclusion of green and gender criteria in architecture.

    Youth and urban regeneration: let's take back public spaces!