Location: Nantes 

Country: France 

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  • Project Details:  

On June 8, 2016, the global Nantes Nord project was launched to respond to the difficulties of the district – high unemployment rate, lack of dialogue between residential areas and collective housing, threat to public tranquillity – by relying on its strength major: its green spaces. Beyond the heritage and urban planning aspect, the issues of social cohesion, economic development and the environment were discussed with the inhabitants in a co-construction approach: 15% of the 5,000 inhabitants of Bout-des-Pavés Chêne-des-Anglais people got involved in the consultation. A multidisciplinary team was formed to run two citizen dialogue workshops and “build” a guide plan, led by an urban architect, urban programming, and landscape expertise. At the heart of the district, real “urban parks” are to be created to make them living spaces with benches, planters, new games, green loops to connect them to natural spaces. With Nantes Nord, Nantes is one of the 7 pilot cities to join the Urbinat experiment, conducted on a European scale. Its purpose is to defend the urban model of “nature in the city. 

Thematic Area: Healthy public space 

Thematic Sub-category: Buildings & environment, Smart city domains for the citizens in green cities, Smart city solutions and tools, Green Urbanism related to improving social relations. 

Type of Actor/Agent: Local Council 

Typology of Green Urban Site: Street and residential project. 

  • Green City Elements used – Green Urbanism, Energy Efficiency in Urban Planning, Green areas and Heat Island Effect, Heatwaves, Smart People, Smart Environment, Smart Living, Citizen Engagement, Co-creation in Urban Planning. 
  • Engagement and Consultation 

Target Group – Citizens. 

Public Engagement – YES. 

Consultation Tools Used – Proper public engagement. 

E-tools: –  

  • Innovation and Impact 

Level of Scale of Innovation: 5 

Abstract of Elements of Innovation – Teenagers were involved in public consultations by testing a citizen dialogue application called Super Barrio, which helped them to imagine the green face of their neighbourhood. During the workshops, the inhabitants of Nantes Nord had the opportunity to survey their neighbourhood and to imagine future infrastructures and developments, in order to reappropriate green spaces and give them uses. 

Expected Impact High. 

  • Analysis: – Needs Analysis conducted. 
  • Benefits (B) and Challenges (C) 

(B) Temperature & Climate control, Improved Air Quality, Improved environmental resilience, Limiting impact of heatwaves by reducing urban temperatures, Well-being benefits (such as people’s perception of increased biodiversity and improved visual quality of the environment), Creation of green jobs and business opportunities, Improved visual quality of the environment, Recreational opportunities, Aesthetic enjoyment, Adjusting psychological well-being and physical health, Enhancing social ties.  

(C) N/A. 

  • Resources and Transferability 

Teaching Materials/Resources: N/A 

Personal Skills Required: Medium 

Non-discriminatory Principles N/A 

Transferability Potential Medium