European cities are constantly evolving by adjusting to new circumstances, such as socio-economic shift, new political agendas, new technological trends, public health concerns and the most challenging of all, climate change.

Over the last decades, the pace of change in urban Europe has been far more rapid than at any time in its recent history. Our urban areas, previously seen as a conglomerate of societal troubles, are now acknowledged as assets for transformative change.

Urban regeneration presents unique opportunities to revitalise underprivileged areas and turn them into vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable neighbourhoods where people want to live and put down roots. The process is not without criticism as urban interventions can sometimes bring about adverse consequences such as social exclusion and gentrification.

Urban regeneration is a place-based process, where effective strategies and actions are shaped by specific local context, strengths and weaknesses, and successful projects do share some key commonalities. However, there is a lack of large-scale and exportable experiments to provide sufficient evidence on the success factors and barriers.

WeGenerate is an Innovation Action designed to fully address the topic HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-02 ‘Solutions for the sustainable, resilient, inclusive and accessible regeneration of neighbourhoods enabling low carbon footprint lifestyles and businesses (Built4People)’.

The project seeks to infuse the elements of people and co-creation in the urban regeneration processes. It fully embraces the paradigm shift from building for the people to building with the people. We – cities, citizens, communities, businesses, researchers, and practitioners – take ownership of the urban regeneration processes and co-create together sustainable, resilient, people-centric, inclusive, accessible, and beautiful neighbourhoods.

The project is about the stories of four neighbourhoods and their communities located in different parts of Europe. Although they are at different stages of development and are facing different challenges but they share the same vision of positive change. WeGenerate will help them to reinvent themselves and in the process find new values and opportunities.


The overarching goal of the project is to tackle the following four challenges:

Challenge 1:
What are the right ingredients and recipes for sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration that can create long-lasting positive impacts within the neighbourhoods and beyond?

Challenge 2:
How to fully synthesise local needs for urban regeneration with national, EU and global decarbonisation agenda to ensure the creation of sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods that foster low carbon footprint lifestyles?

Challenge 3:
How to empower communities to take ownership of the urban regeneration process and co-create people-centre and affordable neighbourhoods that boost physical and social well- being as well as economic prosperity?

Challenge 4:
How to turn the success stories of individual urban regeneration projects to a strategic framework that facilitates scaling up and catalyses long-term systemic change?

This will be made through accomplishing the main objectives below:

1. Create an ‘Urban WeGeneration Model’ setting out a common methodological approach to guide sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration processes

2. Bolster the implementation of integrated climate-neutral transformation within the urban regeneration process

3. Mainstream participatory planning practice in the urban regeneration process by engaging all relevant stakeholders

4. Catalyse systemic change by scaling up innovations and stimulating structural reform






Project Management Handbook

December 2023


Quality Assurance Plan

January 2024


Data Management Plan

January 2024


Social Innovation Cookbook

February 2024


WeGenerate Solution Booklet

July 2027


Urban WeGenerate Action Plan and Implementation Roadmap - Cesena

January 2025


Storytelling of Urban WeGenerate Pathway - Cesena

July 2027


Long-Term Sustainability Plan - Cesena

September 2027


Urban WeGenerate Action Plan and Implementation Roadmap - Cascais

January 2025


Storytelling of Urban WeGenerate Pathway - Cascais

July 2027


Long-Term Sustainability Plan - Cascais

September 2027


Urban WeGenerate Action Plan and Implementation Roadmap - Bucharest

January 2025


Storytelling of Urban WeGenerate Pathway - Bucharest

July 2027


Long-Term Sustainability Plan - Bucharest

September 2027


Urban WeGenerate Action Plan and Implementation Roadmap - Tampere

January 2025


Storytelling of Urban WeGenerate Pathway - Tampere

July 2027


Long-Term Sustainability Plan - Tampere

September 2027


WeGenerate Impact Model for Sustainable Inclusive Neighbourhood (Initial)

July 2024


Standardised Data Measurement and Processing Protocol

July 2024


Report on the Cross-Demo Baseline Comparison

November 2024


WeGenerate Impact Model for Sustainable Inclusive Neighbourhood (Final)

August 2027


Overall Project and Cross-Demo Impact Assessment

September 2027


Replication Roadmaps for the 5 Fellow Cities

October 2026


Urban WeGenerate Guidance Package

September 2027


Project Website

January 2024


Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication Plan

April 2024


D9.3.1 Policy Paper

D9.3.2 Policy Paper

D9.3.3 Policy Paper

D9.3.4 Policy Paper

D9.3.5 Policy Paper

April 2025

November 2025

June 2026

January 2027

July 2027


D9.4.1 Thematic Case Study

D9.4.2 Thematic Case Study

D9.4.3 Thematic Case Study

D9.4.4 Thematic Case Study

May 2025

January 2026

October 2026

July 2027




This WeGenerate project is developed by 21 partners from 9 different countries