The SYNCITY project explores possibilities of participation in urban renewal processes. The “case” is the Brussels district of Cureghem, a historic industrial quarter in the heart of the Belgian capital.

In three locations, different forms of citizen participation are applied and analysed: At Rue Dr de Meersman, a vivid street with a church in the middle, along Chaussee de Mons, a central shopping street and on the site of the Abattoir d’Anderlecht, the largest inner-city slaughterhouse in Europe, which is still in operation.

SYNCITY explores new ways to strengthen local communities, make gentrification processes dweller-friendly and use digital communication in the urban environment in an integrative and impactful way.

Consortium: OIKODROM – Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, OIKOPLUS, Abattoir SA, Strateco, Université libre de Bruxelles – IGEAT (GAG), Université libre de Bruxelles/LoUIsE, Infrastructure and Ecologies, Municipality of Anderlecht, Inter-environnement Bruxelles


EnergyMEASURES will identify and recruit energy poor households, who will be provided with low-cost energy measures and facilitated to change their energy-related behaviors and practices through an approach that takes account of the physcial nature of their housing units and is reflective of the lived experience of the household members. This work will be complemented by working with relevant actors to address structural issues surrounding energy poverty through the development of policy and practice measures.

Consortium: University College Cork (Coordinator), Energy Action CLG (IE), Duneworks BV (NL), Stichting PON (NL), and Gemeente Einhoven (NL); APB Kamp C (BE) Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerpen Provincie vzw (BE), Stowarzyszenie Gmin Polska Sieć Energie Cités (PL) Habidom residential buidling management company (MK) EcoEnergy Municipal Energy Network Association (BG), Tighean Innse Gall (UK), Oikoplus KG (AT)


The project main objective is to improve effectiveness of heritage sites management with focus on archaeological parks as innovative tools in the urban parts of the cities.

Cultural heritage in cities is rich and diverse, but under pressure due to lack common policies, know-how and resources. They are confronted with the same challenges: how to incorporate and present the archaeological heritage into the contemporary social environment, how to incorporate in the urban parts of the cities,how to integrate preserved remains within buildings and areas of the towns for presentations (example: integration of sustainable mobility), how to provide the sustainable development and how to achieve the economic impact and visibility beyond the local level (cultural tourism). The project will improve and intensify cooperation among relevant actors in DTP in order to preserve, support and valorize cultural heritage through archaeological parks as products in cities for development of archeotourism.