The Municipality of Chania (Greece) is developing two Visionary Solutions with the support of the VARCITIES project:

Visionary Solution 1: A mobile urban living room is a flexible, multifunctional structure that will be set up in different areas of the city. It aims to redefine citizens' relationship with public space and nature. As a meeting place, MULαR will encourage citizens to engage in various social and cultural activities, thus enhancing the value of green spaces.

Visionary Solution 2 will support the installation of sensor kits on both public and private bicycles. Public bike stations will also be equipped to measure pollutants (PMx, noise, humidity, etc.). The data will be combined with health measurements from the bike's smart handlebars (oxymeters) and enriched with data from weather stations, bike sharing system usage, questionnaires, apps, statistical services and observatories.

With the above visionary solutions, Chania aims to address the following 3 challenges:
1. Lack / low number of visitors to the city's public green spaces
2. Deteriorating air quality and high levels of noise pollution caused by car traffic, especially during the high season.
3. Lack of available and geo-tagged health data in the city

If your city is facing similar challenges and you are interested in discovering Chania's experience in VARCITIES, apply now to become Chania's partner city!
You will also have the opportunity to learn how to better track health-related data in your city using new IT technologies.
Applications are open at:

Chania's partner cities should have similar challenges and conditions (non-cumulative criteria) and be located in the EU:
The selection process for the four partner cities of the Municipality of Chania will last until October 2023. The City-to-City exchange is expected to start in the early months of 2024.

For any queries, please contact [email protected]

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the granting authority. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869505.

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