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drOp newsletter – Summer edition 2023

Dear reader,

Welcome to the first newsletter of the drOp project!

We want this channel to be your way to receive updates with our latest activities, spotlights and news related to district renovations, social housing and social innovation. Since the project’s kick-off in October 2022 our team has completed the analysis and diagnosis of the demo case district (Santa Ana in Ermua, Spain) identifying the strengths and opportunities of the neighbourhood. A comprehensive study of the city and the district has been conducted covering the general local conditions, urban mobility and accessibility, the energy consumption and needs or the economic ecosystem among other relevant fields.

This information is taken as the basis for designing the steps of the co-creation process that will involve the citizens and local actors with the objective of identifying jointly the main areas for intervention and selecting and prioritising the key projects. We organized a local first co-creation workshop with citizens and local stakeholders in May 2023.

In addition to this, we are conducting an analysis of social contexts and districts at EU level aiming at understanding the different needs with the final objective of maximizing the replication potential of the renovation methodology.  For that we are deeply studying the social housing stock size, typology of buildings, energy performance and energy labels, regulations and strategies, obstacles, and challenges in different EU countries. This report will be finished in autumn.

In the framework of the peer learning activities a first study visit took place in Matera in May 2023 where all the consortium members had the opportunity to learn about different social and cultural initiatives carried out in the municipality and how they have contributed to foster social engagement. In October we will visit Elva to see in place how digital tools are used to promote citizen’s participation.

We are also very happy to have established contact with our sister projects ProLight and Supershine and other initiatives such as agree or Affordable Housing Initiative . We have already jointly participated in EUSEW 2023 and ISHF 2023 and we are really excited about the possibilities of a very fruitful collaboration ahead of us!

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☀️Wishing you a very happy summer,

Naia Merino, Coordinator of drOp project.

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