New spatial & transport planning tools to enable a
sustainable transition to a new mobility era
Harmony is a European project funded by the European Commission within the
programme Horizon 2020. Its name stands for “Holistic Approach for Providing Spatial &
Transport Planning Tools and Evidence to Metropolitan and Regional Authorities to Lead
a Sustainable Transition to a New Mobility Era”. Its consortium gathers 21 members
from 9 different European countries that will be working together for the three and a
half years to come.
Against the background of expanding urbanisation and evolving transport
challenges, Harmony will support public authorities and service providers in transport
and spatial planning. It will elaborate a model suite, i.e. a platform bringing together
not only transport and spatial planning models but also regional community growth
models. For example, it will address challenges related to land use, passenger and
freight transport, multimodal mobility and so on.
Consequently, these models will inform suitable recommendations to be implemented
in different urban scenarios. Harmony will test its solutions in 6 different cities and
metropolitan areas, namely Rotterdam - NL, Oxfordshire - UK, Athens - GR, Turin - IT,
Trikala - GR, Katowice - POL. Real-life testing will include demonstrations with drones
and autonomous vehicles at the service of citizens needs.
In addition, Harmony will provide a platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships and
appropriate training for public officials in order to close the gap between understanding
and planning the mobility of the future.
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