In the beginning of June, the Ecodistr-ICT partners gathered in Warsaw, the location of the fourth case study, for work meetings and a field trip. Once again, it appeared how strongly the urban retrofit question can differ from one context to another. Warsaw’s Służewiec Przemysłowy district – no non-Polish will risk to pronounce its name – is proof. To escape the pronunciation issue, you can use its other name appointed by the locals: Mordor. This has everything to do with a poorly planned, ad hoc development and, consequently, phenomenal mobility problems. In particular, accessing the district and then parking your car is an ordeal. Being car based in turn is the outcome of a lack of other transport facilities, and this way the whole urban effect chain comes into the picture.
From the early 1920s till 20 years ago the district was one of the industrial areas of Warsaw. During the last six years most of the large factories were transformed into offices. But the area is now retrofitting into a mixed office-residential district with other complimentary services (shopping centre, cinema, medical facilities, etc).
Challenges are substantial: an outdated utilities network with insufficient capacity of energy and transport networks, unclear landownership status of some plots, no masterplans by the city authority while the development is going on, a stock of outdated residential buildings, and a fossil fuel based energy system.
With our Ecodistr-ICT case study work, we hope to bring to the local stakeholders a contribution that helps to structure problems and fine-tune potential solutions. We therefore developed a work plan with the following sequence of actions:
- Identification of main issues
- Determination of measures with a significant impact
- Coupling of stakeholders to measures
- Meeting with stakeholders
- Linking KPI’s to stakeholders
- Linking calculations to KPI’s
- Linking data to calculations
- Data mining
- Concept energy mapping
- Recalibration of approach
- Integration with IDDS (Integrated Decision Support System)
An interactive Ecodistr-ICT run, with local stakeholders, is foreseen for August 2016.