Urban Regeneration Festival

Celebrating Meanwhile Spaces and Temporary Uses across Europe and Asia to create Ecological and Inclusive Cities

Shanghai, November 27-30

城市再生节 (“T因子”计划上海路演)


The process of urban regeneration includes the hardware dimension of the city, composed of buildings and infrastructures, construction and investment, as well as the software dimension of the cities, including citizens and communities, culture, history, green spaces, and all the activities around them.

How do software and hardware interact in the city-making process?

Thanks to the research support of the Ministry of Science and Technology in China (MOST) and the European Research Funds for International Collaboration (Horizon2020), we launched the T-Factor project (https://www.t-factor.eu/) to study early-stage and advanced regeneration projects in different Chinese and European cities and to unlock the transformative potential of participatory meanwhile uses in urban regeneration. Throughout international collaboration and participatory actions, T-Factor is building a portfolio of interventions and experiments that show new models and tools for urban regeneration towards ecological, sustainable, inclusive, thriving cities.

In Shanghai, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the academic role of Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation, the project has established two chinese pilots of the project with NICE 2035 and Xinhua Community Design Center.  With this research activity of the “Urban Regeneration Festival”, we showcase the achievements of T-Factor in Europe, the roadmap of the Shanghai project and the meanwhile uses practices in China. T-Factor delegates, partners and friends will gather in Shanghai to enjoy academic exchange, public forums, exhibitions, workshops and fieldwork. We explore together the key issues, emerging values and practical approaches to urban regeneration, sharing the perspective of Europe and Asia in light of undeniable planetary challenges.


November 27th – 30th, 2023


Design Innovation Institute Shanghai

505 Dong Chang Zhi Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai

College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

Fuxin rd. 281, Yangpu District, Shanghai

_Day1 November 27th

Opening Lectures and Project Presentation
9am to 12pm (Beijing time)

  • Opening Remarks Presentation of T-Factor Roadshow concept and opening of the event
  • Academic and Institutions remarks
  • Introduction of the T-Factor project and the event

Prof. Francesca Valsecchi and her team from Tongji University will introduce the international collaboration project of T-Factor, the results achieved between Europe and China, and the current research activity ongoing in Shanghai in relation to urban regeneration and the role of communities and citizens in the city making. 

In this opening session we will celebrate the value of international collaboration in Science and Technology and offer the possibility to the European partners to showcase the project and to meet the China partners and delegates from the institutions.

  • Partners presentations
    European partners will present the details of the T-Factor project, the status of projects of urban regeneration in Europe, and the meaning of international collaboration. In particular, the concept of T-Factor will be explained and discussed: how to use the temporary use of the regeneration spaces as a driver of dynamic urbanization, experiment with social innovation projects, and the creation of values for the local communities. In T-Factor the role of temporary uses is crucial: they become an opportunity for experimenting and evaluating different forms of transformation of the city, which gives more possibility to citizens engagement and more stability to the investments of the public and private sectors. 
  • Exhibition opening and guided tour

_Day2 November 28th

Shanghai Temporary Spaces Fieldwork

We selected several places in Shanghai that represent interesting cases of temporary uses for urban regeneration and community building. This fieldwork is an internal activity for the T-Factor team to explore and know more about China and Shanghai related regeneration projects, therefore it is not open to the public. 

Places: NICE2035 Community, Anshan Rd., MeetU Lab, Jiangwan Stadium, LIU Yuelai’s Community Garden, Xián Xiàlái Cooperative, Xinhua Community Design Centre, The Nature Conservancy Habitat Garden, a walk through the neighborhood of Laoximen under demolition.

_Day3 November 29th

T-Factor Sharing Forum: Temporary Spaces, Community Engagement

1pm to 6pm (Beijing time)
for zoom access
room 94202429599, password 883879


Experiences of Community Engagement and Temporary Uses in China and Beyond

Speaker list:

  • RUI Guangye, Co-founder&CEO of Fanwuqi Community Building Centre, Lecturer of the School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology
  • XU Lingyi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, HOMELAND magazine
  • Jeremy Cheval, Artist, PhD of Tongji University & the School of Architecture of Paris Belleville
  • SONG Qun, Founder of LOCAL Culture and Art Organisation, Artist
  • Filippo Addarii, PlusValue Founding partner and CEO


Delegates from the pilots of Milano, Lisbon, Bilbao and Shanghai will share details about the portfolio of innovation developed in each cities and the best practices of temporary uses; they will discuss their insights about urban regeneration, the role of public and private support, and the importance of activate unused spaces in the city for fostering inclusive and sustainable practices of urban development.


A showcase of regeneration cases, temporary uses, and community engagement initiatives from all around Asia

_Day4 November 30th

T-Factor Sharing Forum: Temporary Spaces, Community Engagement

The last day of Urban Regeneration Festival is a workshop to engage professionals, practitioners, scholars, and citizens in a collaborative reflection about temporary uses in China and their role in the development of the urban spaces.

Participants reflect on the characteristics of community engagement projects and cases of temporary uses; they discuss across the cases from Europe and China, confronting strategies, challenges, and solutions. In the workshop we will explore how the T-Factor toolbox could support the creation of temporary uses inspired by the global challenges and in respect of the local unique characteristics. 

T-Factor Exhibition and Urban Ecology T-Factor Mission

T-Factor Rodshow includes an exhibition of the project’s methodology and results, with materials and updates from the six pilot cities (Amsterdam, Milano, Kaunas, Lisbon, Bilbao, London). The exhibition will showcase examples and actions of the work in the different cities and present the contents of the Shanghai pilot projects, happening in Xinhua CDC, NICE2035 community, and MeetU Lab. 

Each of the cities is working on different challenges and missions of urban regeneration, dealing with the topic of environment and ecology, enterpreurship, circularity, heritage, social inclusion, cultures and creativity, and more. The mission of city and ecology is very important in the Shanghai pilots, and the second part of the exhibition will focus particularly to showcase projects that address urban green, relationship with urban ecology, and the theme of biodiversity in cities. Shanghai is working in sinergy with the other T-Factor cities to experiment on how nature and environment can be included as a fundamental aspect of urban regeneration, and how the use of temporary spaces can inspire citizens to a stronger relationship with the eco-system.

The exhibition will be open from 27th November to December 10th. A digital version of the exhibition will be shared later, stay tuned!

Media Chinese news https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/wL-7z4151qme4ecBu23_oQ

Hosted by:

Tongji University


College of Design and Innovation


Organized by:

Ecology and Cultures Innovation Lab

Public Design Lab

Xinhua Community Design Centre



Tongji DESIS Lab


Supported by

Delegation of the European Union to China


Italian Embassy in Beijing

Design Innovation Institute Shanghai


Tongji University Sino-Italian Campus


Associazione degli Accademici Italiani In Cina (AAIIC)