Project in brief
IN-HABIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to foster inclusive health and wellbeing (IHW) in four peripheral small and medium-sized cities (SMSCs): Cordoba (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy) and Nitra (Slovakia). In each city, the project will mobilise existing undervalued resources (culture, food, human-animal bonds and environment) to increase IHW, with a focus on gender, diversity, equity and inclusion. The integrated approach will combine technological, digital, nature-based, cultural and social innovations in selected urban public spaces. These solutions will be co-designed, co-deployed and co-managed with and by local stakeholders.
HealthCities play a key role in addressing inequalities in access to health. IN-HABIT aims to boost inhabitants’ mental and physical health by nurturing healthier lifestyles, driving healthy mobility practices, providing access to health services and more.
WellbeingWellbeing is a specific urban dimension. Responding to COVID-19’s impact in this area, IN-HABIT will focus on boosting the wellbeing of inhabitants in neighbourhoods facing challenges, fostering mindset and behaviour changes to drive real impact.
InclusivenessPeople are at the heart of the project. IN-HABIT aims to make cities work for all their inhabitants, including making urban public spaces more inclusive and developing an urban planning framework focusing on gender, diversity, equity and inclusion.
ReplicationMeasuring the impact on health and wellbeing at a city level, IN-HABIT will share knowledge of solutions successfully deployed, spreading inclusion-oriented urban innovation and enabling other cities to replicate the actions and their positive results.
Located in southern Spain, Cordoba has a long history and cultural tradition. IN-HABIT will use this rich cultural heritage to explore its culture in the promotion of inclusive health and wellbeing, investigating social, cultural, digital, technological and nature-based innovations and developing green, sustainable and creative areas to drive inclusion in more deprived neighbourhoods.
A small city in Tuscany, central Italy, tourism and creativity are cornerstones of the Lucca economy. IN-HABIT will help Lucca become the first human-animal smart city in Europe, improving health and wellbeing through creating animal paths such as cycle paths accessible to all and setting up public spaces to bring animals and humans together.
Nitra is a small city in the Slovak Republic which has experienced an increase in foreign immigration. IN-HABIT will establish a multifunctional corridor along the 8 km cycle road linking the Industrial Park and Dražovce with the main city. A series of movable elements will provide a platform for social, cultural, educational and sport activities.
Latvia’s capital city and largest city, Riga, is also the most economically-developed and vibrant city in the country. IN-HABIT will set up a multifunctional food hub for sustainably produced and locally sourced food in the area of the Āgenskalns market. The hub will also serve as a recreational and educational space for all ages and social groups.
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