B) Creating a comprehensive vision of change

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The ambition

Creating a comprehensive vision of change refers to two dimensions:

  1. It is about interventions being (part of) an approach that concerns the whole city, with integrated aspects from different sectors in a way that creates a comprehensive vision of change for the whole municipality towards justice and sustainability. This can e.g manifest itself in policies or laws.
  2. It is also about ways communities/bottom-up initiatives define their common goals and their vision for the future (e.g. What is a “sustainable” way of living - in Vauban neighborhood? What is desired for the neighborhood development - in Carnisse neighborhood?).

Check out examples

Addressing the dimension 1.

Superblocks, Barcelona

When creating and implementing so-called “Superblocks” in the city, Barcelona embedded them in multiple city-level policies. Very important for example was the “Citizen Commitment for Sustainability” which was first signed in 2002 by over 800 organisations (large and small enterprises, community groups, professional associations, political parties and educational institutions …). Superblocks are one of the several actions that are defined in the document and experience public support because of that. In general Superblocks are connected to different policies e.g the Municipal Action Plan, the Barcelona Mobility Pact (1998), the Urban Mobility Plan of Barcelona (2013-2018), the cities Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan (until 2020) or the Barcelona Commitment to Climate which creates synergies and gives the city a vision for comprehensive change, whereas Superblocks are one of the many means of reaching that change.

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Addressing the dimension 2.

Vauban neighborhood, Freibrug

Vauban’s prospective residents as well as project proponents developed a shared vision on how to live in a more sustainable way i.e. parking free areas, sustainable mobility, affordable and inclusive housing etc.

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Carnisse neighborhood, Rotterdam

In workshops organized by local organizations, residents were invited to develop a shared vision of the district redevelopment and establish an agenda for transformative and experimental actions e.g. create a community center, a shared garden etc.

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Brixton Energy, London

The problematization of energy poverty, and the desire for education, employment, and projects for estates came directly from listening to community needs. There was no formal vision development process with the community in this case, but their input (most likely) fed into Repowerings internal vision process.

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Relation to previous work in UrbanA

This enabling governance arrangement addresses the following driver of injustice:

  • Unfit institutional structures. It refers to those aspects or functions of organizations, public offices, administrations and authorities that deal with urban governance and stand in the way of achieving just outcomes in urban sustainability.