The WeGenerate journey starts with the four Demos, which are the core of the project and were purposefully selected to represent distinct characteristics, including geographical location, climatic condition, physical sizes, land use and demographic of the population.

The Demos also present different challenges in the local context that trigger the needs for urban regeneration and different transformation paths. By drawing similarities and finding discrepancies between these Demos in terms of what solutions (technological, social and digital) work, where, for whom, how and why, WeGenerate aims to identify the key ingredients and recipes for sustainable and people-centric urban regeneration, which can be generalised, transferred and reinvented in other European neighbourhoods.



Re-Activating Urban Space from City Gateway to Neighbourhood

Railway station as a city gateway has become a key anchor of urban regeneration in many cities across Europe. This Demo in Cesena aims to utilise the redevelopment of the railway station as a unique opportunity to revitalise a residential neighbourhood in the vicinity. Instead of focusing on merely space creation, the Demo seeks to create new social values for the area and by doing so, stimulates local growth. It will make the process an ‘Active City Experiment’ with the local communities and together co-create a more dynamic, vibrant, inclusive and climate-resilient neighbourhood


CASCAIS, Portugal

Social Neighbourhood as an Active Energy Community

This Demo in Cascais aims to turn a disadvantaged social housing neighbourhood into an active citizen energy community. Existing energy communities around Europe involve mostly moderate to higher income households. By extending the opportunities and lowering the barriers for socially vulnerable households to participate in energy communities, this Demo aims to open up a new energy transition pathway for deprived neighbourhoods in Cascais and the wider Lisbon metropolitan area.



Open Campus for Neighbourhood and Climate

Bucharest is a melting pot of cultural, social and urban stories. As with many big cities around the world, green open spaces are scarce in the dense urban environment. It is widely recognised that urban parks and green spaces do not only serve recreational needs but they also encourage positive social interactions, which cultivate social cohesion in ways that enhance well-being as well as increased social engagement. The challenge is how to create pockets of green spaces in dense urban neighbourhoods that bring about these positive healthy lifestyle and social changes.


TAMPERE, Finland

Human-Centric Walkable City

Tampere is the third biggest city in Finland and the most populated inland city in the Nordics. As with many city centres across Europe, the Tampere city centre is facing the threat of decline. The Tampere Sense of Safety survey (2021) revealed that residents felt least safe in the city centre area and in general, they found the place unattractive for pedestrians. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem and the recent energy crisis and inflation hamper the recovery. This Demo aims to revitalise the Tampere city centre to make it walking-friendly in order to bring back people and businesses while encouraging a healthy low-carbon lifestyle of citizens and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.