Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Transformation of neighbourhoods in a child-friendly way to increase the quality of life for all citizens.

Metamorphosis is a Research and Innovation Action aiming to transform the neighbourhoods staring from the children's perspective. The project aims to achieve creative break through innovations in the development, design, governance and planning procedures of urban districts and neighbourhoods, the central focus being put on the transformation of the car-oriented neighbourhoods into children-friendly neighbourhoods. Metamorphosis starts from the premise that when a neighbourhood has many children in its public spaces (e.g. streets and squares), this is a major indicator that it is well designed as a sustainable neighbourhood. The word sustainability itself is already inseparably combined with children as it implicates “designed for the next generations”. Therefore, Metamorphosis aims to transform neighbourhoods staring from the children's perspective. Transforming the car-oriented neighbourhoods into children-friendly neighbourhoods will be achieved by: • empowering the children to monitor and evaluate neighbourhood level activities – children are given a prominent role as investigators, facilitators, motivators and disseminators. • building at the neighbourhood level and amongst the relevant stakeholders the vision needed for such a transformation, and • testing and engaging creative breakthrough innovations for public spaces. Some of innovative/crate uses of the public space to be implemented are: o workplace on the street: e.g. hairstyling, bike repair, product exhibition o design innovation for resting, moving, lingering, playing, etc. o gamification e.g. through geocaching; usage of public space for training purposes o connecting urban gardening with community supported agriculture and new logistics solutions. The project includes eight trial implementation cities (Graz, Meran, Tilburg, Southampton, Zurich, Munich and Alba-Iulia), each city involving four different neighbourhoods varying in size, structure, density and diversity.

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01/06/2017 to 31/05/2020
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