17/7/2019 - Micromobility Europe
17/7/2019 - Program online, registration open - Urban Transformations: Housing under Pressure
17/7/2019 - Call for candidates: climate proofing for urban development
17/7/2019 - 11 companies propose guiding principles for self-driving vehicles

16/7/2019 - SGN Webinar on Wed. July 17: Coding for Communities
16/7/2019 - Freight in the City 2019
16/7/2019 - Vienna to introduce smart traffic lights
16/7/2019 - What the Romans Knew About Infrastructure

15/7/2019 - 2019 Polis Conference: Registrations open & Programme online!
15/7/2019 - The e-Future of Cities
15/7/2019 - Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?
15/7/2019 - Green remote energy for Finnish apartment buildings

12/7/2019 - Join the ITS4Climate Community in Bordeaux
12/7/2019 - Smart City approaches need to match with concrete urban challenges
12/7/2019 - New issue of Thinking Cities released: “Finding balance in the thinking city”
12/7/2019 - Energy Cities new website

11/7/2019 - Smart and Sustainable City Planning event
11/7/2019 - Registration officially open for International Security Expo 2019
11/7/2019 - Energy efficiency: adding architectural value to prefab solutions
11/7/2019 - Building renovations: social aid to accept the change

10/7/2019 - Smart to Future Cities - post show report live
10/7/2019 - See the Initial Speaker List for the CTBUH 10th World Congress!
10/7/2019 - ERANET Smart Urban Futures Call projects halfway through 
10/7/2019 - Public Transit, Go MaaS Yourself!

9/7/2019 - Cities of Making final event with a focus on urban manufacturing
9/7/2019 - Metropolitan indicators revealed at international seminar
9/7/2019 - Citizen-Led Urban Regeneration Policy in Seoul 
9/7/2019 - Cities publish guidance on irregular migrants

8/7/2019 - Autonomy 2019 Passes are on sale! 
8/7/2019 - CITIES 4.0: Unlocking functional and sustainable cities
8/7/2019 - The Future of Sustainable Mobility: a Three Pillar Approach
8/7/2019 - Know your market, save more energy

5/7/2019 - CEMR Congress - Innsbruck 2020

5/7/2019 - Join Get Our Cities Moving at AUTONOMY 2019

5/7/2019 - Cities Are Surprisingly Fragile

5/7/2019 - Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses

4/7/2019 - C40 World Mayors Summit

4/7/2019 - Making the most of the night time economy in cities

4/7/2019 - EU capital city mayors call for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis

4/7/2019 - Technology Can Do Much More than Optimize Cities

3/7/2019 - European Days of Local Solidarity
3/7/2019 - Moscow Urban Form 2019
3/7/2019 - Free tool helps cities mainstream nature into urban planning
3/7/2019 - The 8 Ways Urban Demographics are Changing

 

 

 

Micromobility Europe


Berlin October 1st
The Micromobility Europe conference will present a full-day agenda jam packed with talks, workshops, and networking opportunities with the most influential people in the micromobility revolution.
Join hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and policymakers in Berlin on October 1 and become part of the largest movement in the world to unbundle the car with lightweight electric vehicles.
http://tickets.micromobility.io/

Program online, registration open - Urban Transformations: Housing under Pressure


From November 4th to 6th, 2019, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences, Vienna, will host the interdisciplinary conference "Housing under Pressure. Dynamics between Centers and Peripheries".
From over 155 international submissions, we have selected 115 scientific contributions, projects, excursions and initiatives from urban practice. Please find the conference program here. Registration for conference participation is now open. Get your early bird ticket now!
Focus of the conference:
Rapid urban growth is associated not only with economic prosperity, the development of new fields of knowledge and technological innovation, but also with economic inequality, social polarization and environmental costs. Against this background, complex dynamics are taking place between centers and peripheral urban areas, in which urban functions and urban usage are shifting, new patterns of suburbanization are emerging, and places of living and dwelling are changing rapidly. In the context of this transformation of housing, a multitude of transdisciplinary and applied questions arise in order to secure the accessibility, supply and living conditions of urban populations and to be able to design alternatives for the sustainable development of residential areas.
https://www.inuas.org/konferenz-2019/

Call for candidates: climate proofing for urban development


INTA is supporting Connective Cities for its next dialogue event that will focus on climate proofing urban development at a practical level. The participants will discuss in particular cross-departemental coordination, land-management, and the integration of climate adaptation mesures on the urban built environment. If you are willing to apply, contact the INTA secretariat.
https://www.connective-cities.net/en/event-details/news/climate-proofing-urban-development/

11 companies propose guiding principles for self-driving vehicles


This morning, a coalition of 11 companies — Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Here, Infineon, Intel, and Volkswagen — published a whitepaper (“Safety First For Automated Driving”) describing a framework for the development, testing, and validation of “safe” autonomous vehicles. The members claim it’s the broadest representation across the industry to date, and they say that the report — which runs 146 pages — is the largest to offer “clear traceability” proving autonomous vehicles to be “safer than the average driver.”
https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/02/self-driving-car-report-safety-first-for-automated-driving/

SGN Webinar on Wed. July 17: Coding for Communities


Cities and towns across America are running into obstacles to their placemaking and revitalization strategies. Often a municipality's zoning codes and ordinances make it illegal to create the type of vibrant communities that support jobs, foster economic development and are attractive places for people to live, work and play.
Every unit of local government could benefit from changes to their code, if only these were scaled and adaptable to their resources and capacity.
Join the Smart Growth Network and Congress for the New Urbanism at 1 p.m. July 17 for a webinar highlighting CNU's Project for Code Reform, which seeks to streamline the code reform process by providing local governments with place-specific incremental coding changes that address the most problematic barriers first, build political will, and ultimately create more walkable, prosperous, and equitable places.
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/135521805265644811

Freight in the City 2019


The next Freight in the City Expo will take place on 6 November 2019 at Alexandra Palace, London.
Last year’s Freight in the City Expo attracted around 1,000 visitors who came to see over 60 exhibitors showcasing the very latest vehicles, technology and equipment to enable urban deliveries to be made cleanly, safely, quietly and efficiently.
https://expo.freightinthecity.com/2019/en/page/home

Vienna to introduce smart traffic lights


After several years of testing, Vienna will roll-out smart traffic lights from autumn 2019, when the first tranche of crossings will be equipped with a camera and the corresponding software. The new smart traffic lights will gradually replace approximately 200 existing push-button lights in Vienna. Using a small camera, smart traffic lights detect when a pedestrian is approaching and then observes pedestrians’ direction and behaviour to predict whether the person really wants to cross the road or is just walking past the traffic light.
https://www.eltis.org/discover/news/vienna-introduce-smart-traffic-lights

What the Romans Knew About Infrastructure


The first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar, thought good roads so essential that he retained the title of Curator Viarum or ‘Commissioner of Roads.’ For Caesar Augustus, maintaining roads was elemental to a vibrant economy and a strong defense. Road maintenance was a prime duty of government and regular road inspection was a critical aspect of it. In that day a chariot driver, accompanied by one or two Lictors, or ‘Road Inspectors,’ visually inspected the superficiem via and miliarium, (‘road way’ and ‘road signs’ respectively) for overall condition. Along the way, inspectors were careful to make notes about what maintenance was needed, where and when, then share it with the local road crews for fixing and upkeep.
https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/what-the-romans-knew-about-infrastructure/

2019 Polis Conference: Registrations open & Programme online!

We are glad to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions" and that the draft programme is online.

Early bird rates apply until 11 October 2019.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/2019conference

The e-Future of Cities

Economically, socially and technologically developed countries embed the concept of Smart City within their urban system with success and some problems (cyber-criminal, decreasing human dimension and appearance, etc). On the other hand, the less developed countries are faced with a growing number of queries: lack of technological know-how in local governance, lack of Smart City strategy, installing the old fashioned technologies with no argumented reason, growing number of people without proper knowledge, financial means and awareness to follow development of new technologies. Therefore, three questions will be analysed and discussed during the conference.

http://thefutureofcities.rs/

Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, very few local leaders are working to anticipate the effects of self-driving cars. And though the arrival of these vehicles en masse could still be decades away, cities have a rare window of opportunity to write policies that tackle both the unwanted effects of AVs and other big civic challenges.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/05/autonomous-vehicles-city-regulations-traffic-self-driving-car/590440/

Green remote energy for Finnish apartment buildings

The City of Tampere, partner of the European project STARDUST, will be home to a new residential area in the Ilokkaanpuisto district. The peculiarity of this area is that energy will be provided by a photovoltaic power plant located 25 km away and owned by the local residents themselves. This concept, based on the so-called “remote energy production”, is new to both Finland and the rest of Europe.

https://stardustproject.eu/news/green-remote-energy-for-finnish-apartment-buildings/

Join the ITS4Climate Community in Bordeaux

Come to the ITS4C 2019 Congress to see how smart mobility and ITS can be effective tools against climate change.

The ITS4C 2019 Congress will showcase how smart transport and mobility solutions can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer effective tools for governments to meet their emission targets.

Transport and climate experts, ITS suppliers and service providers, business and government executives and stakeholders from Europe and beyond will gather to assess the role of ITS in the global strategy towards decarbonised transport.

https://www.its4climate.eu/

Smart City approaches need to match with concrete urban challenges

This year’s EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research (17 May, Tianjin, PRC) focussed on exchanging and highlighting of current urban development in China and the requirements for sustainable and livable urbanization in the future.

https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/news/smart-city-approaches-need-to-match-with-concrete-urban-challenges/

New issue of Thinking Cities released: “Finding balance in the thinking city”

Polis and H3B Media launched the 12th issue of the magazine Thinking Cities at the SUMP conference in Groningen last week. The issue’s cover topic is: “Finding balance in the thinking city”.

The latest issue of the Thinking Cities magazine, Finding balance in the thinking city, explores the constant balancing act that cities have to perform when it comes to modal shift and multimodality: indeed, to achieve a more sustainable transport system, the human factor, in addition to infrastructure and technology, has to get increasing attention, and policy makers must take in consideration the needs of the individual users, as well as societal and economic needs and the urban environment.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/uploads/Modules/PublicDocuments/tc-june2019.pdf

Energy Cities new website

We are very proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

The Energy Cities team asked many of you beforehand to share your needs and expectations.

Thanks again for your feedback.

This new website is more intuitive, highlighting your local actions and the network’s political work in a much stronger way.

https://energy-cities.eu/

Smart and Sustainable City Planning event

By definition, smart and sustainable planning for cities and regions strives for digital innovation and the adoption of disruptive and clean technologies, while contributing to long-term environmental protection, developing new value propositions and adding to social justice.

The 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “SMART AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING FOR CITIES AND REGIONS – SSPCR 2019” specifically wants to support the ‘transposition’ of research into practice and visionary approaches into (planning) policies and tools, to be applied by local authorities and decision-makers in an urban and regional context. SSPCR 2019 explores the impact of academic research, the scaling-up and replicability opportunities of pilot projects, and the added value of local bottom-up initiatives, in relation to complex challenges posed by the smart city/region approach.

The Conference will be held in Bolzano (Italy) from 9 to 13 December 2019 in the brand new technology park of South Tyrol “NOI TECHPARK”.

http://www.sspcr.eurac.edu/

Registration officially open for International Security Expo 2019

Register free of charge today and SAVE £99+ VAT.

Claim your exclusive free pass today for International Security Expo. Join over 13,500 colleagues and register for the only flagship event bringing Government, Industry, Academia and the entire end-user community in charge of regulation & procurement together under one roof.

https://ise-2019.reg.buzz/step/1

Energy efficiency: adding architectural value to prefab solutions

Architects don’t usually like prefabricated solutions. But they concede there are upsides, and when time is of the essence, saving the planet becomes the priority

Practical or beautiful? The question doesn’t seem to be relevant when it comes to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency. Prefabricated solutions are considered to be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

http://www.buildheat.eu/energy-efficiency-adding-architectural-value-prefab-solutions/

Building renovations: social aid to accept the change

When energy-saving measures are planned in social housing buildings, the environmental aim is combined with the scope of reducing inequality. In Zaragoza, Spain, a team of social workers is helping the tenants of a multi-family building to accept a challenging refurbishment

http://www.buildheat.eu/building-renovations-social-aid-accept-change/

Smart to Future Cities - post show report live

For the first time in 2019, Smart to Future Cities and Smart Transportation & Mobility ran side by side at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

The conference was an incredibly successful 2 days of learning, open discussion, demonstrations, and networking. The events were attended by over 550 professionals from around the globe with 80% having the spending power to make buying decisions with cities, automakers, and mobility vendors.

Download the post-show report to get an in-depth analysis of attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and watch some of this year's leading keynote sessions.

https://get.knect365.com/stfc-stam-post-show-2019/

See the Initial Speaker List for the CTBUH 10th World Congress!

CTBUH is pleased to announce the initial speakers for the CTBUH 10th World Congress, 50 Forward | 50 Back: The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities. These speakers represent a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the conference theme, and other hot topics in the industry.

https://ctbuh2019.com/program/speakers/

ERANET Smart Urban Futures Call projects halfway through

In the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) Call, cities and civil society in Europe address urgent and long-term challenges by co-creating ideas and projects. On May 21, the 15 projects, funding agencies and stakeholders gathered at the Research Council of Norway, Oslo for a midterm event. The projects shared their first results in a speed presentation round followed by interactive workshops where they discussed ideas, common challenges and communication activities.

https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/news/midterm-event-for-the-ensuf-call/

Public Transit, Go MaaS Yourself!

Dear You, responsible for the public transit in your area, this is a letter for you.

You probably have had a long and prosperous career already and you think you have seen it all. Or you might be a young talent with your head full of fresh ideas and eagerness to put them into action. One thing I’m certain of in both cases: There must be something special in you because you have been put into a position with great responsibility. Responsibility of not only making people’s everyday mobility smooth, but also to meet the sustainability goals which are getting more and more urgent, as you know.

https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/public-transit-go-maas-yourself/

Cities of Making final event with a focus on urban manufacturing

Cities of Making is a European project exploring the topic of urban manufacturing and the question of what European cities should be making in the 21st century. On September 11, partners from Brussels, London and Rotterdam will showcase results of 2,5 years of work. Cities of Making is a project within the JPI Urban Europe's ERANET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) call. Additionally, the project is part of the Making Cities Work conference, a series of events aimed at contributing to new ways of thinking about the urban economy.

https://mailchi.mp/9626fef8a25f/makingcitieswork

Metropolitan indicators revealed at international seminar

The 38 metropolitan indicators result from a pioneering comparative research on 61 Metropolis members and unleash new empirical insights, comparable across jurisdictions, about metropolitan realities across the world. They were presented at the international seminar “Metropolitan policies and indicators of social cohesion”, which took place in Barcelona last Thursday, June 27th .

https://www.metropolis.org/news/filling-gap-international-databases-metropolitan-areas

Citizen-Led Urban Regeneration Policy in Seoul

Creating positive communities with sustainable urban growth.

In 2013, Seoul Metropolitan Government, in an effort to reshape the city with citizen participation, changed the direction of its urban policy from development to regeneration. The policy is designed to encourage active engagement and collaboration between the city administration and residents amid rapid socio-cultural change.

https://use.metropolis.org/case-studies/citizen-led-urban-regeneration-policy

Cities publish guidance on irregular migrants

The 11 cities in the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (CMISE) have, with the support of Oxford University, just published comprehensive Guidance for Municipalities on how to respond to the presence of migrants with irregular status

https://www.coe.int/en/web/interculturalcities/-/cities-publish-guidance-on-irregular-migrants

Autonomy 2019 Passes are on sale!

The only thing hotter than the temperature are Autonomy 2019 Passes, now 30% off!

Autonomy 2019 is back for it's 4th edition and is bigger and better, with more innovative mobility solutions than ever before! To celebrate the opening of ticket sales, Autonomy is offering a 30% discount on Exhibition Passes, but this deal won't last forever! Grab your Passes today to experience the mobility of tomorrow, 16 - 17 October in Paris!

https://www.mybadgeonline.com/Autonomy/Default.aspx

CITIES 4.0: Unlocking functional and sustainable cities

September 23-24, 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cities 4.0 Conference and Exhibition will be a platform for participants to gather and discuss on frameworks and strategies that help redesign businesses and cities as part of the USD 23 Trillion digital market, as well as to measure smart city and urban planning interrelation and identify the meeting points among them. This is an unparalleled platform to get inspired, learn, experience and get connected with the industry peers. Read more.

https://isocarp.org/events/cities-4-0-unlocking-functional-and-sustainable-cities/

The Future of Sustainable Mobility: a Three Pillar Approach

All indicators are trending towards continued growth in the global demand for mobility. The UN anticipates that the world population will increase from 7.8B to 9.7B in 2050. Urbanization is expected to reach 68% by 2050 vs. 55% today. The number of people who can afford a personal vehicle is constantly increasing. As a result, the global fleet of light vehicles is expected by some to grow from 1.2B today to 1.6B in 2040. Consequently, it is paramount to transform how we move people and goods in order to offer “more mobility with less impact,” as declared by Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin, at the Movin’On conference in early June in Montreal.

https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/the-future-of-sustainable-mobility-a-three-pillar-approach/

Know your market, save more energy

Homeowner or landlord? To convince people to have energy-saving renovations you need to know what they are really looking for

What would motivate you to renovate your house to make it more energy efficient? The cost? The legal framework? An environmental conscience? It also mostly depends on who you are, and if you actually live in your house or if you rent it.

http://www.bresaer.eu/know-market-save-energy/

CEMR Congress - Innsbruck 2020

1 congress and 17 goals to change the world

Imagine: governments, business, associations and citizens, all striving to achieve 17 global goals to transform society by 2030: “Sustainable Development Goals”. Is that a dream, utopia, or reality?

Probably all three at once. One thing is certain: since 2016, when the SDGs were adopted, mayors and local stakeholders have shown day after day how towns and regions are essential for the success of these goals. They  translate the aspirations of this global agenda into a model for local progress. However, although the implementation of the SDGs is advancing at a good pace, the clock is ticking.

https://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3904

Join Get Our Cities Moving at AUTONOMY 2019

The one-day event will take place at Autonomy in Paris on 17 October 2019 at the iconic Grande Halle de la Villette.

The one-day event Get Our Cities Moving, co-organised by Polis and Autonomy, will connect high-level decision-makers from local authorities with leading mobility innovators to reflect on cities’ mobility challenges and the innovative solutions that can help solve them.

https://www.autonomy.paris/en/get-our-cities-moving/

Cities Are Surprisingly Fragile

Congestion, rising housing prices, rising cost of living and increased homelessness are all stressors—but so-called social compacts can help

A recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit highlights the increasing fragility that urbanization can bring.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/cities-are-surprisingly-fragile/

Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses

There were about 425,000 electric buses in service in the world’s cities last year. Almost all—99 percent of them—were in China. The booming industrial city of Shenzhen, in particular, is one of only a few cities to have fully electrified its fleet. The rest of the globe, meanwhile, is racing to catch up, and falling further behind.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/06/electric-bus-china-grid-ev-charging-infrastructure-battery/591655/

C40 World Mayors Summit

The C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen will build a global coalition of leading cities, businesses and citizens that rallies around the radical and ambitious climate action our planet needs.

The Summit will showcase examples of how cities are already delivering on their strong commitments and accelerate the bold climate solutions needed for a sustainable, healthier, resilient and inclusive future.  

https://c40summit2019.org/

Making the most of the night time economy in cities

On 26 June Eurocities hosted an ‘Imagine the urban future’ event focusing on 24-hour cities and how cities plan and manage life at night.

In the same manner as the day time economy, the night time economy (NTE) requires management policies and structures. It is about those who like to go out as much as those who want to sleep. The NTE is a powerful tool to increase a city’s attractiveness, to develop its cultural offer and to create jobs. As it brings about cross-cutting challenges that are deeply relevant to major European cities, it is an urban policy that can only be addressed by adopting an integrated approach.

http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/news/How-to-make-the-most-of-the-night-time-economy-in-cities-WSPO-BDPNP2

EU capital city mayors call for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis

“We are calling on national governments and EU institutions to act with greater speed in tackling the climate emergency.” This is in substance what the mayors of the 28 EU capital cities - home to 40 million people - expressed in a joint declaration adopted in London, on 25 June 2019.

https://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3906

Technology Can Do Much More than Optimize Cities

A significant part of the field of urban innovation focuses on the potential of technology to solve city problems. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the world of smart cities.

A dominant smart city narrative goes something like this: Today we are lucky to live at a time when a number of game-changing new technologies have reached a state of maturity. We have smartphones, apps, cloud computing, big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and blockchain. If we can just get the right technologies embedded in our cities, we can make them better, more efficient and sustainable places to live, work, and visit.

https://meetingoftheminds.org/technology-can-do-much-more-than-optimize-cities-30647

European Days of Local Solidarity

A two-week campaign to promote international cooperation between cities and regions across the world.

PLATFORMA and its partners invite European local and regional elected officials to raise awareness about their international cooperation actions.

International cooperation between cities and regions creates a unique political, cultural and societal bond that stands as an example of solidarity and respect. It connects us with other communities in the world.

http://localsolidaritydays.eu/

Moscow Urban Form 2019

With the title ‘Quality of life. Projects for a better city’, the MUF2019 is dedicated to the presentations and discussion of the initiatives and megaprojects that are launched by city administrations, business, citizens and are aimed at balanced and sustainable urban development.

https://mosurbanforum.com/

Free tool helps cities mainstream nature into urban planning

In celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity, CitiesWithNature - a global knowledge sharing platform launched by ICLEI, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy - has a new tool to help integrate nature into cities. The Nature Pathway on CitiesWithNature is a collection of guidance, tools and inspirational examples that help local and regional governments to share their work on nature and learn about best practices and tools.

https://iclei.org/en/media/new-free-tool-helps-cities-mainstream-nature-into-urban-planning

The 8 Ways Urban Demographics are Changing

Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming.

Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers.

Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over time could end up having a significant ripple effect on the economy, and we should pay close attention to such trends.

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/8-ways-urban-demographics-changing/

 

 

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