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Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS (URBiNAT)


The URBiNAT project focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing districts and promotes inclusive and innovative nature in cities. The Healthy Corridor concept takes nature based solutions (NBS) further than just adapting to climate change and improving the quality of living environments. A healthy corridor is also a co-created social and cultural infrastructure  that promotes the well-being of the community and impacts positively on health.

The project has three main objectives:

  • to promote social cohesion locally through living labs and engagement of citizens and stakeholders
  • to achieve new models of urban regeneration through the creation of innovative public space
  • to disseminate the knowledge produced and demonstrated in the city labs  

The URBiNAT solutions are tested in 7 European cities: Porto, Sofia and Nantes act as 'frontrunners', while Siena, Nova Gorica, Brussels and Høje-Taastrup are 'followers' replicating and adapting the NBS's tested in front runner cities to their own urban contexts.

Recently, a Handbook on workflow and standard quality procedures has been published.

Project information


Centro de Estudos Sociais


Centro de Estudos Sociais, Portugal

Iceta Instituto De Ciencias, Tecnologias E Agroambiente Da Universidade Do Porto, Portugal 

Municipio Do Porto, Portugal 

Cmph - Domussocial - Empresa De Habitacao E Manutencao Do Municipio Do Porto, Portugal

Items International Sarl, France

Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique Cnrs, France

Nantes Metropole, France

Universitet Po Architektura Stroitelstvo I Geodezija, Bulgaria

Stolichna Obshtina, Bulgaria

Libera Universita Di Lingue E Comunicazione, Italy

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Italy

Comune Di Siena, Italy

Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Ville De Bruxelles, Belgium

Univerza V Novi Gorici, Slovenia

Mestna Obcina Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Teknologisk Institut, Denmark

Hoje-Taastrup Kommune, Denmark

Sla As, Denmark

City Facilitators Ivs, Denmark

Foreningen Iked, Sweden

Institut D'arquitectura Avancada De Catalunya, Spain

Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany

Give U Design Art Lda, Portugal

Universidade De Coimbra, Portugal

New Growing Systems Sl, Spain

Iran Chamber Of Commerce, Industries, Mines And Agriculture, Iran

China Smart City Planning & Design Research Institute Co, China

Source of funding


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Published in Climate-ADAPT Nov 23 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Apr 04 2024

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