SUPER-i Project

SUPERSHINE Lighthouse Districts : Pave the Way for Sustainable Urban Living

The SUPERSHINE project is spearheading a transformative initiative in urban development through its lighthouse districts, embracing a forward-looking approach that integrates smart neighborhood principles.

These districts, strategically located in Riga (Latvia), Herning Municipality (Denmark), and Trieste (Italy), are set to undergo comprehensive renovations, embodying principles of resource efficiency, circularity, renewable energy, modular construction, smart living, and eco-design.

The SUPERSHINE lighthouse districts represent a paradigm shift by involving various stakeholders at the forefront of decision-making, with a resident-centric focus aiming to catalyze social innovation and human-centered approaches. Co-design, co-development, and co-implementation are emphasized, ensuring the active participation of the communities in the renovation process.

In Riga, Latvia, the renovation plan focuses on enhancing insulation, reducing heat loss, and implementing renewable energy sources, aligning with the municipality’s commitment to revitalizing the region.

In Denmark’s Herning Municipality, Faelles BO’s lighthouse district encompasses four residential buildings ready for renovation. The proposed interventions include improving insulation, upgrading energy systems, and enhancing interior spaces. With a community characterized by low income, good access to education, and a need for social support, the renovation aims to enhance living conditions and energy efficiency.

In Trieste, Italy, the ATER lighthouse district plans to demolish and reconstruct eight buildings, addressing functional obsolescence and technological inadequacies. The redevelopment measures include upgrading utility networks, road infrastructure, creating green spaces, and constructing housing units with renewable energy sources. The focus is on establishing an energy community to reduce energy poverty among social housing residents.

The SUPERSHINE Engagement Framework, rooted in the NEB (Beautiful, Sustainability, Togetherness) compass, emphasizes participatory processes, multi-level engagement, and a transdisciplinary approach. This framework guides the renovation process, ensuring active and inclusive engagement of communities throughout the project lifecycle.

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