Our Mission

VARCITIES project aims to create a vision for future cities with the citizen and the so-called human community at the centre. It will therefore implement innovative ideas and add value by creating sustainable models for improving the health and well-being of citizens facing diverse climatic conditions and challenges around Europe. This will be achieved through shared public spaces that make cities liveable and welcoming.


The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Design visionary nature-based solutions which contribute to the shaping of future cities and the well–being of citizens in seven European cities.
  • Monitor and assess the sustainability and the impact of interventions through advances KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for health and well-being.
  • Improve the sustainable transition to smart and future cities by creating a framework of locally adapted GBF (Governance, Business, Financing) models.
  • Include various stakeholders in the co-design process and inspire sustainable and resilient future smart cities.
  • Achieve knowledge exchange, maximum EU investments, and advancement beyond the state of art through clustering with other European initiatives and platforms.
  • Transfer, upscale and sustain best practices from VARCITIES through the development of a Healthy Cities Helix.

Project Details


Led by POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS in Greece, VARCITIES is comprised of partners from several EU countries including Ireland, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Slovenia, as well as Norway and the UK. 

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