16/1/2019 - ECOMM 2019 in Edinburgh CANCELLED!
16/1/2019 - Medellin to host 4th International Conference on Learning Cities
16/1/2019 - When does electrifying shared mobility make economic sense?
16/1/2019 - The Leadership of Cities

15/1/2019 - Walk21 Conference in Rotterdam: call for contributions is open
15/1/2019 - Global Alliance for Urban Crises
15/1/2019 - 6 trends for Smart Cities in 2019
15/1/2019 - Cities Rethink Punishment for Transit Fare Evasion

14/1/2019 - First Urban Nodes Forum: save the date!
14/1/2019 - ETC 2019: Call for Papers
14/1/2019 - Breda wins 2019 Access City Award
14/1/2019 - Cities and Regions unlocking the potential of biogas for their energy transition

11/1/2019 - 55th ISOCARP Congress “Beyond the Metropolis"
11/1/2019 - Policy Conference 2019: Urban Transitioning - A Joint Adventure
11/1/2019 - Call to urban policymakers
11/1/2019 - EC's ITS plans likely to apply to cities and regions

10/1/2019 - The Nature of Cities Summit
10/1/2019 - Call for Papers: Urban Transformations: Housing / Resources / Public Spaces
10/1/2019 - How to Push Kid-Friendly Transit in a Rapidly Urbanizing City
10/1/2019 - Citizens Shaping The Thinking City

9/1/2019 - WeMakeThe.City
9/1/2019 - 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
9/1/2019 - Active Parks Healthy Cities
9/1/2019 - New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis

8/1/2019 - The official TUMI side event at COP24
8/1/2019 - UCLG World Congress 2019 - Dates announced
8/1/2019 - 2018 as a year of Smart City skepticism
8/1/2019 - 5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Really Looks Like

7/1/2019 - Lisbon will host Velo-City in 2021
7/1/2019 - World Urban Forum 2020
7/1/2019 - New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis
7/1/2019 - A New Summary for Urban Policymakers

 

 

 

ECOMM 2019 in Edinburgh CANCELLED!


Search for alternative host city ongoing
The EPOMM Board regrets to announce that due to the latest Brexit developments and the uncertainty deriving from it, the ECOMM 2019 was set on hold by the local organisers in Edinburgh. The EPOMM Board was only informed about this decision on 10 December and is now looking for alternatives to find a new host and venue for 2019.

http://www.epomm.eu/index.php?id=2814

Medellin to host 4th International Conference on Learning Cities


Medellín, Colombia’s second-largest city, will host the fourth International Conference on Learning Cities, scheduled to take place in 2019. More details on the conference will soon be available

http://uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/learning-cities/medellin-host-2019-international-conference-learning-cities

When does electrifying shared mobility make economic sense?


This working paper assesses the timing of cost-effectively electrifying shared mobility fleets in U.S. cities, with a focus on ride-hailing. We develop a total cost of operation metric for conventional, hybrid, and electric vehicles in eight U.S. cities. We incorporate regional variation in incentives, taxes, and energy costs and apply vehicle technology improvements to assess the changing purchase and operating costs through 2025. Within the analysis, we also assess the importance of driver access to home charging on electric vehicle operating costs. We track the shift in per-mile operating costs and the associated payback period for electric vehicles relative to conventional and hybrid vehicles under a variety of use cases.

https://www.theicct.org/publications/shared-mobility-economic-sense

The Leadership of Cities


To meet the complex challenges of the twenty-first century, the strengths and expertise of every level of government must be leveraged. That is why cities have emerged as leaders in the effort to tackle issues like climate change and migratio
n.
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/cities-marrakesh-migration-climate-by-georgios-kaminis-1-et-al-2018-12

Walk21 Conference in Rotterdam: call for contributions is open

The next Walk21 Conference will be held in Rotterdam from 7 to 11 October 2019.

Walk21 is the international charity dedicated to ensuring the right to walk and opportunity for everyone across the world. The call for contributions to Walk 21 is now open and closes on 22 February 2019. Please, cick on the following link to submit an abstract: https://www.callforcontributions.com/walk21-rotterdam

For more information, please visit the Walk21 Conference website to discover all the themes and much more:

https://www.walk21.com/rotterdam

Global Alliance for Urban Crises

On December 13, 2018, the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, UN-Habitat and Bureau Technique des Villes Libanaises hosted a consultation entitled “Adapting Humanitarian Response in Urban Contexts: Regional Consultation on Key Instruments – Middle East”. This joint consultative event brings together all Global Alliance constituencies providing the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge products currently being developed by the Global Alliance working groups. The overall aim of this event is to ensure the views of the different constituencies are properly reflected in the products and foster peer-to-peer exchange amongst humanitarian, development, academic, local authority representatives, and built environment specialists engaged in urban crises.

https://unhabitat.org/global-alliance-for-urban-crises/

6 trends for Smart Cities in 2019

As we enter 2019, Smart Cities Dive presents a list of trends that are expected to influence and shape the future of smart cities in 2019. From new mobility services to advanced payment options and the evolution towards 5G technologies, this year is expected to significantly transform cities.

https://www.urenio.org/2019/01/03/six-trends-smart-cities-2019/

Cities Rethink Punishment for Transit Fare Evasion

Should jumping the turnstile be treated as a crime or a civil violation akin to missing a toll?

When the city council in Washington, D.C., voted last week to reduce penalties for transit riders who skip paying their fares, the District joined a growing list of cities reconsidering how harsh their punishments should be for fare evaders.

Advocates often worry that fare crackdowns disproportionately target minority riders.

http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-fare-evaders-turnstile-jumpers-penalties.html

First Urban Nodes Forum: save the date!

For the first URBAN NODES FORUM in Budapest, we invite you as urban nodes representative, planners, infrastructure coordinators and operators, freight and logistic operators, or funding specialist in mobility, infrastructure, passenger transport and freight or logistics. At this first event of its kind, we want to bring all urban nodes of the TEN-T together. We want to find and exchange on solutions that improve the interface of long-distance freight transport and last-mile delivery.

https://vitalnodes.eu/events/urban-nodes-forum/

ETC 2019: Call for Papers

The Association of European Transport is delighted to kick off the preparations for the ETC 2019 at Dublin Castle with the Conference’s 2018 Call for Papers.

The European Transport Conference (ETC) attracts papers that address themes of relevance to the transport agenda in Europe and worldwide. The Conference provides a great opportunity for presenters to network and form career-spanning professional relationships.

The deadline for abstract submission is 05 February 2019.

https://aetransport.org/en-gb/etc/this-year-at-etc/submit-an-abstract

Breda wins 2019 Access City Award

The 2019 Access City Award goes to the city of Breda, in the Netherlands, for continuously making improvements to make life easier for people with disabilities.

The award was handed out at the Access City Award Ceremony, taking place in Brussels. Breda is a source of inspiration for cities in Europe and beyond, which encounter similar challenges.

http://www.eltis.org/discover/news/breda-wins-2019-access-city-award-making-city-more-accessible-citizens-disabilities

Cities and Regions unlocking the potential of biogas for their energy transition

biogasactionThe BiogasAction project has been supporting a number of EU regional governments in the development of  biogas and biomethane solutions.

BiogasAction has operated in French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (led by the Covenant Supporter AURA-EE), the North-West part of France, UK, Croatia, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Denmark, Latvia and South-East Sweden (led by the Covenant Supporter Energikontor Sydost).

The project has enabled the removal of the non-technical barriers to create better frameworks for the widespread use of biogas and biomethane. The efforts and success stories of BiogasAction have been summarised in the final booklet of the project disseminated at the conference in Brussels.

https://www.eumayors.eu/news-and-events/news/1632-biogasaction-%E2%80%93-cities-and-regions-unlocking-the-potential-of-biogas-for-their-energy-transition.html

55th ISOCARP Congress “Beyond the Metropolis"

2019 ISOCARP Congress will take place in Jakarta and Bogor, Indonesia 9-13 September 2019. The theme is “Beyond the Metropolis” and we will discuss the burning needs of finding a balance between megacities and rural areas, liveability and health, knowledge economies, culture and heritage, sustainability, governance and many more. There will also be continuation of this year’s “Cool Planning” Congress in Bodø tackling the issues of changing environment, risks and resilience. We expect a large turnout of experts on the theme, with workshops, keynote speeches and also the usual ISOCARP programme, including YPP workshop prior to the congress. There will be many opportunities for networking as well. Please mark your calendars and join us this autumn in Indonesia!The Congress is organised together with the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP). We are happy to be working together for a successful event. Please find out more practical information about Jakarta. There will be more exciting opportunities for pre- and post-congress tours, technical workshops and other possibilities to explore this amazing destination.

Soon more information will be provided and the Call for Contributions will be issued mid-January 2019. We will be welcoming not only scientific content and research papers but also case studies and examples from the practice. Deadline for abstracts will be the end of March 2019, while the final submissions of papers will be expected in June 2019. Save the date and please check here for more updates coming soon.

https://isocarp.org/2019congress/

Policy Conference 2019: Urban Transitioning - A Joint Adventure

Welcome to the fourth JPI Urban Europe policy conference with the main aim to launch the updated Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) and to provide an arena for discussions and exchange on urban transitions. Join urban practitioners & policymakers, researchers, European institutions & organisations and engage in discussions and networking. Listen to city leaders describing how experimentation, socio-technical innovation and stakeholder involvement can play an important role in local urban transition strategies. Together with other participants, apply your own knowledge and experience in interactive break-out sessions.

https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/event-calendar/save-the-date-policy-conference-in-brussels/

Call to urban policymakers

Build a secure future by aligning your climate strategies to the latest science

A group of sustainability-focused city-networks, associations and non-governmental organizations and international organizations have signed and released an open letter to urban policymakers, drawing their attention to a summary report that condenses the latest science published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

https://iclei.org/en/media/call-to-urban-policymakers-build-a-secure-future-by-aligning-your-climate-strategies-to-the-latest-science

EC's ITS plans likely to apply to cities and regions

The European Commission has adopted the 2018-2022 Work Programme of the ITS Directive. It covers a range of areas including legally-binding rules relating to the publication of transport data in a standardised form covering all roads in Europe.

Other activities in this work programme address interoperable payment/ticketing, information on charging/refuelling points, access to in-vehicle data, continuity of traffic management services, C-ITS and eCall. If these activities lead to new or revised EC legislation, the impact may be substantial for city and regional transport authorities, especially those organisations that have not yet established procedures to supply transport data to a national data point.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1881/45/EC-39-s-ITS-plans-likely-to-apply-to-cities-and-regions

The Nature of Cities Summit

A first-ever gathering of The Nature of Cities community where thought leaders from communities of practice, policy, and academia come together to discuss the nature of cities—green cities that are better for people and nature. The TNOC Summit will be a gathering unlike any before in its commitment to convening diverse voices and actors in support of propelling a movement for collaborative green cities.

https://www.tnoc-summit.org/

Call for Papers: Urban Transformations: Housing / Resources / Public Spaces

The international conference "Housing under Pressure. Dynamics between Centers and Peripheries" will focus on the topic of housing in growing cities, which will be discussed from different disciplinary and applied perspectives. The merging of diverse knowledge and the discussion of scientific and occupational expertise on the basis of current research results, innovative projects and urban interventions, will serve to discover and develop new perspectives on social housing and sustainable development. An attitude that respects the reality of life and the residents’ future plans "on site" is essential in order to define urgent challenges, identify innovation potentials, and discuss options of management on a societal level.

https://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/index.php?id=2147475

How to Push Kid-Friendly Transit in a Rapidly Urbanizing City

An advocate and mom in Dakar, Senegal, talks about elevating a child-focused policy agenda, in a city that’s still struggling with basic infrastructure.

As part of its recent series, Room to Grow, CityLab has covered a number of city governments, departments, and officials that are making policy tailored specifically to the needs of young kids. For most officials in Dakar, Senegal, consideration of children is not yet a part of the governing mentality, according to advocates.

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/01/kid-friendly-cities-family-travel-africa-dakar-senegal/579328/

Citizens Shaping The Thinking City

The second and final Thinking Cities of 2018 is online now! The theme of this issue is Citizens Shaping the Thinking City, with several articles focusing on people- and citizen-centric issues. Cities featured in this 112-page edition include Aarhus, Amsterdam, Brno, Leuven, Manchester, Madrid and San Francisco.

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62289205/thinking-cities-november-2018

WeMakeThe.City

The second edition of WeMakeThe.City will take place from June 17 to June 23, 2019 in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam.

https://wemakethe.city/en/

6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

The European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers, local authorities, urban transport planners, academics, NGOs and other mobility professionals. The event offers opportunities to network, debate key issues and to exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning.

The 6th edition will take place on 17 and 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

http://www.eltis.org/sump2019

Active Parks Healthy Cities

?The RAND Corporation and City Parks Alliance, with help from The Trust for Public Land, led a National Study of Neighborhood Parks to identify to what degree neighborhood parks in America’s cities encourage people to be physically active

https://www.cityparksalliance.org/storage/documents/active-parks-healthy-cities.pdf?mc_cid=61d75a1173&mc_eid=b8edc2e40f

New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis

Bill de Blasio and other city officials are heading for commuting calamity by failing to properly plan a coherent vision for subways, buses, e-bikes, and ride-hailing.

The story of e-bikes in New York City is like a transportation parable.

Until last spring, as subways were slowing, traffic from ride-hailing vehicles was thickening, and bike fatalities were on the rise, e-bikes were illegal to ride. That was in spite of the fact that these increasingly popular battery-boosted bicycles have long provided a vital means of transportation for thousands of working New Yorkers making below minimum wage, are energy and space efficient, cost-effective, quiet, and quick. And the fact that there’s growing evidence to suggest dockless e-bikes and e-scooter rides replace car trips, which could reduce traffic and cut down on fatal crashes.

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2018/12/new-york-city-electric-bikes-transit-crisis-de-blasio/577969/

The official TUMI side event at COP24

Brought together by Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at the German Pavillion on 8th December, this side event, Mobility transition in our cities: Prioritising people - decarbonising transport, presented examples from emerging and developing countries to showcase and discuss creative ways to bring about a mobility transition, including the use of urban planning, innovative vehicles, and the power of cooperation across city and national borders.

http://www.bmz.de/de/zentrales_downloadarchiv/cop24/181208_Mobility-transition-in-our-cities_17_30.pdf

UCLG World Congress 2019 - Dates announced

18-22 November 2019. eThekwini (Durban)

The 2019 Congress will provide the opportunity to present progress in the implementation of the SDGs and their impacts at local level. It should also be the occasion to show the evolution of our World Organization within the framework of its 15th anniversary.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/uclg-world-congress-and-world-council

2018 as a year of Smart City skepticism

Despite the rapid progress of Smart City solutions, 2018 was a year of Smart City skepticism, caused by a number of incidents with safety and data privacy. This, however, does not reduce the vast potential of the Smart City concept. It simply means that more care should be taken in 2019.

https://www.urenio.org/2018/12/31/2018-as-a-year-of-smart-city-skepticism/

5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Really Looks Like

Urbanization is changing the face of the planet – for better and for worse.

City populations, GDP and investment are increasing exponentially. At the same time, carbon emissions are rising, more and more people are living in slums, and air pollution is a growing threat. Experts point to the need for urban transformation, yet few people have a concrete sense of how to trigger and sustain such rapid change.

The WRI Ross Prize for Cities aims to spotlight exemplary real-world examples of urban transformation to help inspire better cities for all. Nearly 200 projects around the globe submitted applications for the inaugural $250,000 prize

http://thecityfix.com/blog/5-cities-show-urban-transformation-really-looks-like-anne-maassen-madeleine-galvin/

Lisbon will host Velo-City in 2021

Lisbon will be the host city of the 2021 edition of Velo-City, one of the world’s leading conference on planning for cycling-friendly cities. The Portuguese capital is the third Polis member to host one of the latest editions of the conference after Arnhem Nijmegen (2017) and Dublin (2019).

Lisbon stood out among the two other finalists, Ljubljana and Valencia, for its strong political commitment at the local and national level to promote urban cycling and to highlight the benefits associated with active mobility.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1876/45/Polis-member-Lisbon-will-host-Velo-City-in-2021

World Urban Forum 2020

The World Urban Forum, which is convened by UN-Habitat, is the world’s most important conference on cities. As a non-legislative forum open to all, it provides the opportunity for thousands of participants involved in all aspects of urbanization to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. Participants include national, regional and local government, NGOs, community based organizations, research institutions, the private sector, development finance institutions, the media, UN agencies and other stakeholders. The first WUF took place in 2002 in Kenya and eight other WUFs have taken place. The last Forum (WUF9) took place in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018.  In 2020, WUF will be hosted for the first time by an Arab nation – Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis

Bill de Blasio and other city officials are heading for commuting calamity by failing to properly plan a coherent vision for subways, buses, e-bikes, and ride-hailing.

The story of e-bikes in New York City is like a transportation parable.

Until last spring, as subways were slowing, traffic from ride-hailing vehicles was thickening, and bike fatalities were on the rise, e-bikes were illegal to ride. That was in spite of the fact that these increasingly popular battery-boosted bicycles have long provided a vital means of transportation for thousands of working New Yorkers making below minimum wage, are energy and space efficient, cost-effective, quiet, and quick. And the fact that there’s growing evidence to suggest dockless e-bikes and e-scooter rides replace car trips, which could reduce traffic and cut down on fatal crashes.

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2018/12/new-york-city-electric-bikes-transit-crisis-de-blasio/577969/

A New Summary for Urban Policymakers

The Summary for Urban Policymakers is a comprehensive summary for all those working on urban issues that makes it clear that the only pathways that cities and regions should aim for is to constrain global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/open-letter-summary-report-urban-policymakers-what-ipcc-special-report-global-warming

 

 

 

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