TURAS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability)

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TURAS project re-examines how we build resilience in our cities, towns and neighbourhoods.


General introduction

Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS) is a European Union funded project that ran from 2011 to 2016. The TURAS project was designed to bring together academic researchers, local authorities, and SMEs in collaboration with urban communities-of-interest and neighbourhoods to research, develop, demonstrate and disseminate strategies and scenarios to enable European cities and their rural interfaces to transition towards vitally-needed resilience. To ensure maximum co-creation potential the project devised an innovative, though untested, multiple twinning approach bringing together decision-makers in local authorities with SMEs and academics to ensure meaningful results and real change are implemented over the duration of the project and after. Eleven local authorities or local development agencies were involved as key actors and partners in the project. They were central to a successful project like TURAS because they oriented all research and development from the outset towards the most significant sustainability and resilience challenges facing their cities. Nine leading academic research institutions and eight SMEs worked with these public sector bodies helping them to build resilience strategies through proposing new visions, feasibility strategies, spatial scenarios and guidance tools to help cities address complex, wicked challenges.

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