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Urban regeneration wheel: A practical tool for creating sustainable, thriving communities
The paper proposes a five-step effective method for creating sustainable, thriving urban communities, from sky-is-the-limit creative mapping to polished final execution. The underlying belief is that although every urban area is different, the use of the proposed method enables, under certain circumstances, the creation of favourable conditions for sustainable and shared prosperity. Drawing from the author’s two decades of high-profile experience as an urban regeneration expert, the paper offers comments and thoughts on each step, sharing some key lessons learned from real-life project examples. It shows how to identify a community’s unique strengths and competitive advantages, as well as the needs, motivations, inequalities and weaknesses that can be fundamental ingredients for crafting a strong vision for its future. It also proposes how to ensure communities have real purpose and how a collaborative approach can deliver lasting tangible benefits in all contexts — physical, social and economic — and generate places where people are happy to build their lives. Finally, it touches on how to break silos, dissipate political resistance, and disrupt unproductive decision-making structures and traditionally inefficient procedures, for creating sustainable shared value. One of the crucial aspects highlighted is that the proposed method must be intended not as a process with a beginning and an end, but rather a continuous iterative long-term effort aimed at achieving and maintaining a virtuous condition. The implication is that, as the context continues to change over time, it is necessary to create the conditions for ‘strategic urban agility’. This requires the adoption of a culture of flexibility in all regulatory, planning, design, construction and operational dimensions of an urban regeneration initiative.
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Marco Dall’Orso is highly experienced in navigating complex, multi-stakeholder environments, forging public–private alliances, designing and executing urban regeneration strategies for sustainable socio-economic progress. Marco has worked on multiple regeneration initiatives including urban waterfronts, major international event sites, disused movie studios and shopping malls, abandoned industrial sites and related infrastructure. His most recent book, Urban Regeneration and Real Estate Development – Turning Real Estate Assets into Engines for Sustainable Social Economic Progress, was published by Springer in 2021.
CitationDall’Orso, Marco (2023, March 1). Urban regeneration wheel: A practical tool for creating sustainable, thriving communities. In the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Volume 16, Issue 3.