Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration





In July we had the honour to be present at the URBiNAT Conference, a momentous event that brought together visionaries, experts, and urban enthusiasts at the esteemed Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.
The first day commenced with a series of captivating keynote speeches, setting the stage for discussions on Co-Governance of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and their role in driving inclusive urban regeneration. Esteemed speakers, including Cosimo Palazzo, Secretary General of the FGF, Marie Yeroyanni from the European Commission, Caterina Sarfatti, Director of C40’s Inclusive Climate Action programme, and Tomaso Gorini of the Green Europe Parity, offered thought-provoking insights into the future of sustainable cities.
Following the keynotes, roundtable discussions explored the various facets of Co-Governance of NBS and Nature, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts in shaping the urban landscape. Cities showcased their remarkable NBS-lined Healthy Corridors during the Cities Fair, sparking lively conversations among participants. We were inspired by the on-the-ground experiences shared by URBiNAT Frontrunner, Follower, and Observer cities from Nantes (France), Porto (Portugal), Sofia (Bulgaria), Brussels (Belgium), Høje-Taastrup (Denmark), Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Siena (Italy), and Khorramabad (Iran).
The second day, hosted at the picturesque IULM University campus, was dedicated to a deep exploration of concepts, methodologies, and practices for building sustainable cities. Experts from diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and experiences, spanning academic research, urban planning, design, and real-life on-the-ground endeavours.
As a studio deeply committed to sustainable urban development, we had the honour of presenting our work on fostering participation and citizen engagement during the conference. We shared our project in Faro and successful approaches to involving citizens in the decision-making process, empowering them to actively contribute to the development of their cities. The URBiNAT Conference was an empowering and enlightening experience, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all organizers, speakers, and participants for making it a resounding success.