Recovering life on the street in a world of climate change


Cartuja Qanat is an innovative urban transformation project which will encourage using the street as a social facilitator, and will boost it and involve the entire ecosystem of the city (public, private and citizen agents) in this transformation. This new model of urban governance will make it easier to introduce such models in their expansion through the city in order to change the appearance and functionality of the street concept and its future evolution over the next 15 years. It will develop a series of actions and elements that, once they are integrated, will act as social facilitators. They will all be used to improve universal accessibility and to ensure that surface interventions on existing urban developments succeed in reconfiguring the urbanism carried out. It is therefore an innovative experience of urban design that will improve environmental comfort, promote social exchange and promote sustainable models of urban growth.

Innovative solutions to fight climate change

This project will enable regeneration of a public space so it can be a laboratory for new companies to experiment with new micro climate systems. This space will be located in the Cartuja STP, which provides an environment under real operating conditions, where it will be possible to measure not only objective data, but also social impact data. As a solution showcase, it will be open to testing and demonstrating products and solutions of all kinds.

This project includes creating a working methodology on a website to allow optimal interaction, from the point of view of comfort, between designers, citizens, companies and other agents involved in the decision-making process.

Reproducibility in other areas that will make it possible to extend project solutions to the rest of the city or interested cities is another element to be worked on in this project.

The interest of the project is not limited just to its results in terms of climatology, but also to the fact that those efficient solutions will be analysed and evaluated to generate new business models. Public-private cooperation based on the transfer of knowledge from technology agents will be encouraged in order to introduce these solutions into the market.


  • Partly funded by European Union (ARTICLE 8 OF ERDF) Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)
  • Total Budget: €4,998,885
  • EU Contribution: € 3,999,108   
  • Implementation deadline: 11/2018 - 10/2021 (36-month project)
  • Headed by Seville City Council.
  • Participants: City Council of Seville, Municipal Management of Urbanism, EMASESA, University of Seville, Instituto Eduardo Torroja CSIC, Innovarcilla and the Cartuja STP.
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This project has been funded under the 2018 Urban Innovative Actions call for submissions.

What kind of projects fund Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiatives?

UIA supports innovative measures in the field of sustainable urban development. Within this framework, the European Commission has launched the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative with the aim of finding and testing new solutions for problems relating to sustainable urban development that are relevant to the whole of the European Union.

The main objective of the UIA Initiative is therefore to provide spaces and resources to cities across Europe to test bold ideas that have not yet been tried out, in order to address connected challenges and to study how those ideas respond to the complexity of real life. The projects that receive this aid are innovative, high-quality, designed and developed with the participation of key stakeholders, and are results-oriented and transferable. Learn more about other projects funded under this initiative.


Reference: UIA03-301 CartujaQanat

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