As part of the CITyFiED project 11 cities have become what is known as the CITyFiED City Cluster; cities that will frequently partake in all the new methods and discoveries that will come out of the demo sites in Lund, Soma and Laguna.
Through virtual modelling the cities will be first in line to see how the CITyFiED city district retrofitting approach could be applicable to their own cities and areas.
“We believe that this way of working, where cities which are facing the same renovation challenges as our demo sites can have speedy access to new methods and best practices, will benefit both the project and the cluster cities”, says Work package leader and IVL project manager Jeanette Green. “Since each cluster city also participates in the projects Board of Representatives we will have a natural flow of feedback and insights from them going right back into the project, and vice versa”, she continues.
In order to widen the replication potential further the secretariat is now in the process of creating a Community of Interest. About 40 cities, facing the same renovation challenges as the demo sites and the cluster cities will be offered to partake in several technical study tours, workshops and webinars and thus receive access to the projects full knowledge and expertise. Contacts are currently being taken in order to identify the cities that fit the replication potential of the project and that would be interested to be a part of the Community of Interest.
The new CITyFiED City Secretariat has been set up, with the sole purpose of keeping the city cluster coordinated and informed on the latest progresses and methods. Each city will be able to follow the process of the demo sites during the coming years through webinars, newsletters, ‘members’ city space online, LinkedIn, workshops, virtual models and study tours, and thus be able to use any new knowledge and apply it to their own cities and areas.
“The city set up, with three demo sites, eleven cluster cities and forty cities in the community of interest will require the secretariat to act as both organizer, communicator, central point of contact and match maker between cities. We are looking forward to this work and hope that we can contribute to the success of the program”, says Maria Kardborn, Secretariat Manager.
The cities belonging to the CITyFiED CityCluster are: Botkyrka and Värmdö (Sweden), Izmir (Turkey), Ludwigshafen (Germany), Málaga and Valladolid (Spain), Rovereto, Naples, Salerno, Udine, Florence (Italy).
More information about the CityCluster and the Community of Interest can be obtained at http://www.cityfied.eu/ or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org