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Read up on transition insights and Alliance case studies from industrial legacy cities.

The knowledge is captured from the Urban Transitions Alliance exchanges
and reflects the cities’ joint thematic priorities.

Infrastructure Transition

Social Transition

Energy Transition

Mobility Transition

ICM Bottrop Case Study

InnovationCity Ruhr | Model City Bottrop: A Blueprint for a Future-Proof City

Bottrop, a midsize city in Western Germany, is a typical city of the Ruhr region. It is strongly influenced by coal mining and heavy industries. Its industrial character is, however, a thing of the past: Bottrop’s last coal mine will shut down at the end of 2018. Bottrop started in 2010 to get ready for the challenges of climate change. The corresponding change in energy supply, from coal to renewables, has turned out to be a good opportunity to futureproof the city. A lot can be learnt from Bottrop’s efforts to transform from an industrial center into a climate-resilient and sustainable city.

Published on 27 November 2018

Urban Transition Briefing Sheets

Urban Transition Insights from Industrial Legacy Cities

The Urban Transitions Alliance has grown into a strong network and knowledge-exchange hub of innovative urban transitions policies and projects. It supports industrial legacy cities from China, Europe and the US to identify common challenges, share knowledge and develop solutions according to their most pressing needs and interests. The knowledge captured from the initial Alliance exchanges in the fields of infrastructure, social, energy and mobility transition has been summarized in these transition briefing sheets.

Published on 15 June 2018

Infrastructure Transition

Historically developed around extractive and manufacturing economies, deindustrialization has left many industrial legacy cities with an urban fabric no longer suitable for the 21st century. Vacant industrial land, idle factory buildings, and derelict railway tracks constitute examples of infrastructure systems in need of redevelopment. Urban Transitions Alliance cities have come a long way in transforming their outdated infrastructure and brownfields in an effort to re-invent themselves and meet their current and future needs.

Featured Cities

Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Beijing Huairou, China

Katowice, Poland

Mobility Transition

An eco-friendly and less car-dependent mobility system is a key element of industrial legacy cities’ transition towards a more sustainable future. Urban Transition Alliance cities promote a modal shift towards local public transport and non-motorized transport like cycling and walking in order to improve air quality, reduce congestion and contribute to the well-being of their citizens and increase mobility services in previously disadvantaged city districts. Opportunities to repurpose existing infrastructure like industrial-era rail ways or highways that run through urban centres are among the specific advantages of industrial legacy cities.

Featured Cities

Pittsburgh, USA

Dortmund, Germany

Shijiazhuang Yuhua, China

Energy Transition

Leading energy transitions can be complex and investment-heavy, especially for industrial legacy cities due to their historical reliance on carbon-based and extractive industries. However, these cities recognize that their pathway to a more sustainable future will be powered by clean energy. To ensure that the shift to low-carbon and renewable energy takes place, local governments need to comprehend the challenges and historical barriers they face. At the same time, by collectively using policy levers and innovative actions – industrial-legacy cities are already building momentum and support for their energy transition visions.

Featured Cities

Beijing E-Town, China

Cincinnati, USA

Katowice, Poland

Social Transition

The social transition is about people. When industrial legacy cities restructure their social and economic systems, a key concern is that no person or social group is excluded or left behind in the transition to a more sustainable future. Instead of playing environmental, social and economic aspects of the transition off against each other, local governments can leverage their synergies to increase social inclusion and equity. Cities across the Urban Transitions Alliance are continually exploring new ways to engage their citizens and create opportunities for them to thrive.

Featured Cities

Baltimore, USA

Essen, Germany

Buffalo, USA

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