This case challenges the commonly held view that local experimentation is a 'bottom-up‘ process and suggests that local experimentation can be strongly conditioned and structured by a combination of priorities of national and urban tiers of governance and limited local capacity to achieve these priorities. Local experimentation, in this view, is a response to national and urban priorities rather than locally embedded priorities.
Transition case study database
There are many case studies on local and regional transitions. Until now, an overview of such case studies was missing. This database allows for sharing information of previously done European case studies in order to foster reuse of the knowledge gained in previous studies.Displaying 11 - 20 of 66
The project aims, through interdisciplinary action research, to develop, test and demonstrate ways in which various forms of cooperation between property owners, residents and others can work together to reduce energy and other resource use in a residential area. The projects aim is to create inspiring and repeatable examples for how resource efficiency can be achieved within a neighbourhood by involving and activating the people who live and/or work there.
Capital Growth began as a campaign to create 2,012 new food-growing spaces across London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and received direct support from the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, and the Big Lottery’s Local Food Programme. The initiative exceeded its target and managed to support almost 3,000 unique food-growing spaces. After reaching this peak level, however, the number has dwindled.
This case study illustrates how innovative forms of land management and agro-environment subsidies were developed and implemented in Castro Laboreiro, a small mountain community in Northern Portugal. We assess the innovative ways by which local communities, in cooperation with regional institutions (e.g. Peneda-Gerês National Park), organized themselves in order to access public funds (national and European) for reconciling biodiversity and rural livelihoods. Therefore, this case focus on both social (new forms of organizations) and economic innovations (new forms of getting funding).
This case study is about local community renewable energy in the UK, with particular focus on innovative individual initiatives and their link to a nascent community energy niche. Specifically, the case study focuses on the initiative Brixton Energy, which has been creating and managing “cooperatively owned renewable energy projects”, including the UK’s first inner-city renewable energy co-operatives.
WLD (Water, Land and Dikes) is an organisation of farmers that has started as an agricultural nature conservation organisation. Because the organisation was able to get funding for projects, a wide knowledge base was developed that is used for discussing the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the national government. WLD proposed to do a pilot. In total 4 pilots in 4 different regions were subsidised by the government, of which one pilot was done by WLD. In this pilot WLD practiced with being an ‘implementation organisation’ and developed new services.
Som Energia (We are Energy) is a renewable energy consumers’ cooperative founded in 2011 in Barcelona, Catalonia that has engaged 20,000 members in less than 5 years – in the State of Catalonia and throughout Spain. Even though the founders designed Som Energia as a local organization, many groups in Spain contacted them early on in order to learn about possible replication of the cooperative in their regions.
The community gardens of Can Masdeu (CMD) are located on the footsteps of Corserolla Natural Park, the low mountain range surrounding Barcelona. These are managed by a mixed group of elderly people living in the local neighbourhood and the residents of CMD. The implications of CMD go beyond their physical existence and mode of operation. Resource wise, this implies living within nature’s limits – using dry toilets, recycling materials, producing more than 30% of fruit and vegetables annually consumed, harvesting water and treatment of grey waters, using principles of ecological building amo
The Calafou collective defines itself as an industrial post-capitalist colony. It spreads over 28 thousand square meters of an abandoned textile colony. The project is an off-spring of the Cooperativa Integral Catalana, an autonomous alternative economic formation uniting hundreds of people for conducting economic exchanges and reciprocal actions and using its own currency. Calafou is located just outside the village of Valbona, Catalunya, and is a place for social, technological and political innovation and production, based on responsibility, cooperation, feminism and non-violence.
LaCol is a cooperative of young architects founded in 2009. They operate mainly in Barcelona, particularly in the neighborhood where they are located, Sants, a working-class neighborhood with a strong cooperativism tradition. The architects provide technical services in the field of architecture and urbanism and they also organize participatory processes to integrate citizens in the projects. LaCol believes in the use of architecture for social transformation, using it as a tool for developing critical interventions in the local environment.