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Twin transition of Cities: Design Sprint on Prototyping Green & Digital Cities - Achieving 3-7-11

Katarzyna Wojda



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 16
Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw in cooperation with State of Green Denmark and Savills as Strategic Content Partner
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
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The Embassy in the first Q 2022has initiated this two-year long project called Twin Transition of Cities – Green & Digital. Within this project, we have an ambition to holistically address cities’ sustainable development - starting with buildings and going beyond them - focusing on creating inclusive, healthy, resilient and green cities that are built on circular economy principles. The Twin Transition training workshop will be rooted in the methodology of THE DESIGN SPRINT. The focus will be on designing a solution to overcome barriers in meeting the SDGs 3, 7 & 11 by the multispectral approach, via multi-stakeholders coordinated effort of city mayors / presidents, architects, urban planners and investors/developers, who will be the immediate beneficiaries of the training. The training will give participants 'seed' tools on how to combat climate & post pandemic challenges through buildings and the space between them. The training’s participants will gain insights into Danish know how on how to create healthy, energy efficient livable cities, with good air quality & green resilient spaces. All these supported by healing architecture (new built), renovate to recover investments (decarbonising and digitalising the existing stock) and resilient neighbourhoods, zero emission transportation, e-commerce procurement, & last but not least, innovative technologies related to the above. By combining climate adaptation measures with existing urban development, we can contribute to making cities not only more resilient to climate change, but also more attractive places to live, able to regenerate and recover. In Denmark, we have succeeded in solving more than one problem at the same time. Holistic solutions, however, require close cooperation between authorities, utilities, organisations, private companies and individuals. We are offering those partnerships within our Twin Transition project, and this particular training at WUF is an excellent opportunity to test it briefly.


1. identify the barriers in meeting the SDGs 3, 7 & 11 within the respective areas of all stakeholders listed as target group for the training, in 3 categories: a) barriers most often occurring in Poland vs Denmark - gather different perspectives b) barriers most challenging for Poland vs Denmark in the years to come (by 2024) c) easiest to overcome ('low hanging barrier') in Poland based on DK experience or inspired by one 2. discuss & work out 3 potential solutions to overcome those 3 categories of the barriers 3. work out / discuss the tools that could be used to overcome the barriers so that the cities could meet the SDG 3, 7 and 11 in the next 3 years perspective in the respective cities represented by the Mayors present at the training event. 'Seed Report' based on milestones from the workshop should be worked out at the end of the training in Katowice. Afterwards in 3 months time (by September 2022) the report based on the milestones should be drafted and presented at the September conference on Happy Cities planned with the Foundation of Olga Tokarczuk in Wroclaw (the conference will be organised in cooperation with the Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw as a part of the Twin Transition project).