The main, core concept that underpins REMOUBAN is the ability to learn and share between and across cities and in so doing, to devise the tools and experience to help optimise the performance and success of urban development.
Successful urban development usually consists of multi-faceted activities around capital build and interventions and REMOURBAN is no different in this respect. However, this report, to be read alongside the preceding report D1.13 and then the following report around integration of urban plans D1.15, accepts the obvious need for capital works and interventions but looks underneath these elements to the non-technical issues around development.
Regulations, directives and policies impact on the successful development of urban areas, in both negative and helpful ways. It also looks at the more difficult and sometimes, random, nature of behavioural issues that can impact on the achievement of proposed and desired outcomes. Sometimes technology has outpaced governance and this has a direct impact on perceptions around interventions, the integration of infrastructure and the use of technology by citizens.
This report considers how the known factors, the regulatory factors and policy drivers, impact on urban development and what we can learn from them. But it also considers how the less predictable behavioural factors of citizens and people within organisations have as significant an impact on the outcomes, albeit ones that is difficult to plan for.
The report also highlights that there is a need for an entrepreneurial mind-set in the public sector, particularly with procurement, in order to do things differently and to use the combined experience and skills of both the public and private sectors to realise new and innovative products and processes to help optimise and maximise impacts. This aligns to the growing appreciation of the need to factor in Green Procurement, Sustainability and Social Values into public procurement processes and values.
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