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Digitally enabled social district renovation processes for age-friendly environments driving social innovation and local economic development.

drOp in key words

Integrated renovation

Inclusive smart neighbourhoods


Local economic development


Cultural and creative industries

The core ambition of drOp, a Horizon Europe project, is the development of an integrated renovation methodology (IRM) aiming to transform social housing districts into inclusive smart neighbourhoods.

It mainly aims to promote social innovation and boost the local economy, and with that purpose drOp will adopt a human-centred approach, will integrate innovative technologies and will explore the growth creation potential of cultural and creative industries.

What is integrated renovation methodology (IRM) ?

An integrated approach looks for connections between different aspects: social, environmental, economic, accessibility, energy efficiency, and local renewable generation housing. All the actions and the results that developed through the project will contribute to the creation of an Integrated Renovation Methodology (IRM).

Social innovation

The lack of residents’ involvement was a barrier in many approaches. drOp wants to involve the neighbours and really co-create and co-design with them. The social fabric of the neighbourhood should be part of the whole renovation process.

Local economic development

Another main goal is to go further in the renovation process. This is to find out how can it foster and promote new business models and services, as well as opportunities for existing local actors, to ultimately improve the residents’ quality of life.

Peer-learning method

The two peer cities will each contribute with their expertise in implementing this method: Matera will introduce its experience around the cultural and creative industries, and Elva will bring the example of a digitally advanced city. The results will then enrich the IRM.

Key facts

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reflect those of the European Union or European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA).
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New European Bauhaus

drOp project  is proudly part of the New European Bauhaus

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences. The New European Bauhaus initiative calls on all of us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. 

drOp cities in Europe

The cities will have two important roles to play: serving as a source of inspiration for the creation of a new renovation methodology, and then acting as a test bed to certify the effectiveness of the results.  Each will provide its own contribution based on the local context and resources.

Improving social housing

Ermua, Spain

Inspiring through culture

Matera, Italy

Going digital

Elva, Estonia