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EU Project Horizon 2020: CUTLER - Coastal Urban developmenT through the LEnses of Resiliency

Coastal urban development incorporates a wide range of development activities that are taking place as a result of the water element existing in the fabric of the city. This element may have different forms (i.e. a bay, a river, or a brook) but in almost all cases the surrounding area constitutes what maybe considered as the heart of the city. Every city that incorporates the water-element in its fabric is confronted with the fundamental requirement of developing policies for driving development in the surrounding area, while balancing between: a) economic growth, b) protection of the environmental, and c) safeguarding social cohesion. This requirement is tightly connected with the concept of Urban Resilience, which is the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. In developing policies that add value to the resilience of a city, we shift the existing paradigm of policy making, which is largely based on intuition, towards an evidence-driven approach enabled by big data. Our attention is placed on policies related to the water element. Our basis is the sensing infrastructures installed in the cities offering demographic data, statistical information, sensor readings and user contributed content forming the big data layer. Methods for big data analytics are used to measure the economic activity, assess the environmental impact and evaluate the social consequences. The extracted pieces of evidence are used to inform, advice, monitor, evaluate and revise the decisions made by policy planners. Finally, effective policies are developed dealing with: a) the economic and urban development of Thermaikos Bay, Thessaloniki, b) the transformation of Düden Brook into a recreation and park area, Antalya, c) the development of a Storm Water Plan, Antwerp, and d) the review of the Country Development Plan in the River Lee territory, City of Cork.

Operational time

  • Jan 2018 - Dec 2020

Source of funding

  • Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme


  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis
  • Draxis Environmental S.A.
  • Eurosoc Digital GmbH
  • Sampas Bilisim Ve iletisim Sistemleri Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.
  • Katholieke Univesiteit Leuven
  • Oulun Yliopisto
  • Democritus University of Thrace
  • Emc Information Systems International
  • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronicacentrum
  • Byrne Looby Partners Water Services Ltd
  • Dimos Thessalinikis
  • Antalya Büyüksehir Bekediyesi
  • Stad Antwerpen
  • Cork County Council

Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab

Dr. Chandan Kumar

Jun Sun