GENERation Nature

Areas where cities meet natural parks often exhibit environmental degradation. Yet, these border zones hold great potential for reconnecting citizens with nature. Similarly, the needs of people at transitional stages of life, such as the young and elderly, are often underrepresented in the public realm. GENERation Nature aims to bridge these challenges by integrating and enhancing the previous Elderly on Track and OPEN NATURE New European Bauhaus projects to remediate a new boundary site in the Collserola Natural Park, close to the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Three newly-combined target communities will be engaged and benefit from the project: young public school students, elderly persons from surrounding neighbourhoods and architectural master’s students. The Col·legi Montserrat school gardens will be improved based on: insights from a foraging walk with the elderly and youths, co-design with all target groups and advanced biobased installations by the master’s students.

CoolCo’s – Cooling corners and corridors

Europe’s rapidly rising temperatures change our cities to boiling and unliveable spaces in which vulnerable communities suffer more with devastating consequences; heat-related deaths are higher among these populations. Additionally, as most public spaces are overly dedicated to recreational or hospitality uses that target primarily wealthier groups, vulnerable social groups’ use of public space is mostly limited. The ‘cooling corner and corridor’ (referred to as CoolCo’s) project aims to open public spaces, build community and share knowledge related to heat adaptation. The project provides a unique approach of small-scale and low-cost urban design interventions and the modular, easily implemented heat adaptation solution, aims to target the most vulnerable groups: elderly people, children, pregnant women, non-native speakers of the local language and low-income households. By involving disproportionately affected communities in the design process, we are able to provide information and knowledge about their community and individual adaptation opportunities. Moreover, they contribute valuable local insights that enable positive changes to shape public space.

H2CargoBike

CTS H2 and One Less Van aim to develop and commercialise H2CargoBike. H2CargoBike will be the first cargo bike powered by a fuel cell hydrogen stack with swappable cylinder. The biggest competitive advantage of H2CargoBike will be its lightweight carbon fibre frame, allowing it to carry a payload of up to 300 kilograms. Additionally, the bike will be able to operate 8-10 hours aday, without the necessity of charging stops, due to the patented swappable cylinder technology. The project will demonstrate the advantages of adopting swappable H2 cylinders to reduce refuelling/recharging operation time and to assure a reliable and safe green hydrogen provision even in cities, such as Modena, Italy and San Sebastián, Spain; that do not yet offer a dedicated hydrogen refuelling station.

SCREEN

The SCREEN project is focused on making biking safer and more enjoyable for everyone. By using smart technology SCREEN analyses bike paths and roads, to pinpoint areas that need improvement. The project integrates various technological tools such as pre-processed images, artificial intelligence, and vision technology to gather great amounts of data to see issues and offer solutions.

The goals of the project are simple: make biking safer, improve how cities plan bike routes, and give riders the information that they need in order to bike safely and efficiently. The project is being piloted in numerous cities to ensure that their solutions work everywhere.

By implementing necessary changes to bicycle infrastructure to improve safety and user experience, more people will choose to cycle instead of drive private vehicles. This behavioural change is good for individual health while also having positive environmental impact. SCREEN aims to realise a future where biking is easier, safer, and more fun for everyone. Let’s ride towards a better tomorrow, together!