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CLEVER Cities - Co-designing Locally tailored Ecological solutions for Value added, socially inclusivE Regeneration in Cities

The city of Hamburg, together with Milan and London, and a team of other cities and organizations in Europe, South America and China the international European-funded CLEVER Cities project. Cities coordinate and lead the project and will use natural interventions, such as building new green spaces, to address social, economic and environmental problems. The cities will bring in local residents and businesses to collaboratively decide, design and build so-called ‘nature-based solutions’ in key districts affected by issues like high crime rates, social inequality, unemployment and child poverty. The green interventions will include a green corridor along a railway line in Milan, redevelopment of part of the Thamesmeade area of London and nature-based solutions in a district of Hamburg, where half of the inhabitants have an immigrant background and where major new housing developments are planned including refugee accommodation.

The co-creation design for the establishment of Clever Action Laboratories (CALs) is coordinated in Italy by the Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, in collaboration with Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Comune di Milano, and with the support of Eliante. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme; and the Milan’s funds is more than 2,5 € million. CLEVER Cities is started on June 2018 and will end in May 2023.

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CLEVER Cities is a project funded by Horizon 2020,
the European Union Framework Programme
for Research and Innovation 
(Grant agreement 776604)



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