SINERGI will provide a structure to foster the urban knowledge exchange among city administration, research groups and citizens organizations, to interlink colaborative activities with the process of sustainable development of institution and citizens’ organizations and groups, and to embed planning processes in the social, cultural and economic environments. A joint effort of city administration, Universities and NGO’s followed by enhanced research and participatory activities will support the exchange of knowledge across the different stakeholders represented in the network. The activities of the project encompass three different areas:

Partner Cities Activities (Politics) Integrated urban development and city management Management of the cities in transition has grown beyond mere political or financial management and requires complex and multilayered analysis of the processes and influences that are shaping our cities. The public interest has to be integrated and evaluated at the same scale and range as the interest of the corporations and individual citizens. This network is dedicated to identify, analyze and reflect upon the issues of integrated urban development with high level of social inclusion in a transition troubled cities, to explore the development of new planning approaches and tools for urban planning with enhanced citizens’ participation and sustainability. The network of twin cities will meet four times (twice a year) in Skopje, Turin, Zagreb and Lisbon and will be an active part of the other two areas of activities.

Academic and Research activities (Science) New Urban Knowledge The planning process and the approaches to managing urban growth has to become efficient enough to respond to the pace of dynamic changes that are taking place in the contemporary urban environments. Therefore, the application of advanced theoretical knowledge and innovative approaches to guiding urban development should prevail over the old routines and patterns of practicing planning and management of cities. It will involve researchers from different fields addressing the issue of urban development of cities in transition and after transition, discussing new models of urban planning, digital tools for visualization and evaluation of the urban changes and new interactive communication tools for better citizens’ participation. The network of academic and research partners will meet eight times (four times a year) in Skopje, Turin, Zagreb and Lisbon acting as an essential part of the other two areas of activities providing tools and knowledge for integrated and inclusive urban development.

Citizens and NGO organizations activities (Society) Community participation It should provide a platform for meaningful and comprehensive involvement of public and citizens in the process of development, planning and especially implementation of policies of urban development. It includes involvement of public in all the phases of planning, including the establishment of visions and goals, the identification of alternatives, plan development and implementation. Public participation in the planning process and city management will be utilized through use of sophisticated but comprehensive digital tools for building different scenarios of urban development of parts of the city with direct involvement of citizens that will be able to define goals and targets, to alter and to manage different urban parameters and to see and explore the result of their decisions and involvement in real-time.