After several applications to participate in a research project, we were awarded the contract to participate in the proGIreg research project.
Green Infrastructure for Post-industrial Urban Regeneration (proGIreg) is the title of the project and it is part of Horizon 2020, the EU Research Framework Program, which aims to promote research projects worth € 75 billion between 2014 and 2020.
The industrial areas of industrial wastelands are to be transformed into “living laboratories” and will be equipped with fish farming and vegetable production. All of this in an urban environment, using aquaponic facilities and other urban farming cultures, where local citizens should also participate.
The project does not take place as usual in research projects often only in the university environment, but places the emphasis on the cooperation with the local citizens. The approach relies on low-tech implementation rather than implementation in clinically clean laboratories.
The project is coordinated by the Aachen Chair of Landscape Architecture by Axel Timpe. Under the direction of Professor Dr. Frank Lohrberg is also involved in six European universities, in addition to the three “Frontrunner cities”, seven municipalities to adapt the projects, eight small and medium-sized enterprises, including ourselves, and seven non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The aquaponik manufactory is involved as a realization partner in the implementation of various “Nature based Solutions” (NBS). These include, first of all, the passive-solar greenhouses (passive solar greenhouses), which are planned in such a way that they are optimized for energy recovery and thus largely independent of energy.
In addition, we will participate in other modules, here e.g. also insects as fish food will play a role. At the end of September there will be a big kick-off conference in the Alte Schmiede, Dortmund-Huckarde.
In addition to on-site work in the cities, teaching and learning modules are also part of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). The free access to knowledge generated within the framework of the project is also an integral part of the Horizon 2020 project.
In the course of the five-year project, we will continue to report on the work and also describe our subprojects in detail.