Boston, October 2011
Department of Economics School of Urban Affairs, Boston, Massachusset
The First Midterm Meeting of Cluds Project took place on 25-27th of October 2011. The First Midterm Meeting pursued the objective to disseminate and share ongoing results and to evaluate them. The expected result was to bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of research team for the purpose of forming an excellent centre of synergy in research and innovation transfer in the field of Public Private Partnership applied to urban regeneration actions and policies. The midterm meeting among all partners defined a midterm evaluation report to upgrade the research projects and to define the guidelines for the final workshop will be held in EU.
Reggio Calabria, IT – 11 July 2011
The OPEN DAYs – 7FP MARIE CURIE IRSES “COMMERCIAL LOCAL URBAN DISTRICTS’ PROJECT (CLUDs) had the objective to present and promote the CLUDs project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of European Union Research within the specific IRSES Marie Curie Action. The implementation of the project was based on a network of four EU universities (Reggio Calabria, Salford, Uppsala, Rome) and two US universities (Northeastern University of Boston, San Diego State University). The research project succeeded to explore the potential of a new tool for renovating degraded public spaces and improving the attractiveness and accessibility of deprived urban areas by focusing on the high potential of local commercial activities. The exploration was oriented to the implementation of an innovative tool, CLUDs, aimed at emphasizing the strategic role of small retails (handcraft goods and typical food stores) in reinforcing the sense of community, reducing transportation costs and contributing to the creation of an attractive urban environment, thus producing the increase of private investments. As expected, the project brought together an international and interdisciplinary research team with the purpose of forming an excellent centre of synergy in research and innovation transfer in the field of PPP applied to urban regeneration actions and policies. The OPEN DAYs was finalized to involve local stakeholders in the initial stage of the research in order to capture the innovation demand as guideline for the research development.