17/1/2020 - The Wellbeing Cities Forum

17/1/2020 - Smart Cities and Mobility Forum

17/1/2020 - Urban Sanctuary Policies and Solidarity

17/1/2020 - Toulouse Metropole launches Urban Air Mobility Marketplace

16/1/2020 - E-mobility in public transport - IT-TRANS 2020

16/1/2020 - Register for WUF10 NOW

16/1/2020 - How we prevent vandalism of our $4,000 shared e-bikes

16/1/2020 - NYC Mayor Puts Scooters on Time-Out, Rightfully So

15/1/2020 - ETC 2020: Call for Papers

15/1/2020 - City Street4: Photo competition Streets’ Mobility Rock ‘n’ Roll

15/1/2020 - How will cities be impacted by the first wave of autonomous cars?

15/1/2020 - Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2019

14/1/2020 - CIVITAS SUMPs-Up Final Event

14/1/2020 - CoEXist Final Conference

14/1/2020 - How to Prepare our Cities For Autonomous Vehicles

14/1/2020 - BeSecure-FeelSecure

13/1/2020 - 5th edition of Nordic Smart Cities

13/1/2020 - Greenfield Cities Alliance Annual Convening

13/1/2020 - ICLEI’s Pioneers of Climate Action

13/1/2020 - Should we ban SUVs from our cities?

10/1/2020 - European Urban and Regional Planning Awards: call is OPEN

10/1/2020 - 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

10/1/2020 - Executive Course for Latin American Urban Leaders

10/1/2020 - Arrival Cities documentary

9/1/2020 - European Transport Conference 2020: Call for Papers

9/1/2020 - Celebrating a decade of reSITE

9/1/2020 - What MaaS looks like around the world

9/1/2020 - How Ride-Hail Companies Can Help, Not Hurt, Cities

8/1/2020 - 13th Metropolis World Congress

8/1/2020 - 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

8/1/2020 - Barcelona residents opt for public transport over cars

8/1/2020 - How the On-Demand Economy Reshaped Cities

7/1/2020 - Smart City Expo Atlanta: Join us at #SCATL20!

7/1/2020 - ECOMM 2020 – Call for Presentations extended

7/1/2020 - The climate agenda is the agenda of our communities

7/1/2020 - Cultural heritage and light management in Lyon

6/1/2020 - INTA43  - meet our speakers

6/1/2020 - SmartSuisse 2020

6/1/2020 - Financing Air Quality Plans - Guidance for cities

6/1/2020 - Urban traffic measurements - residents can now monitor  their area

 

 

The Wellbeing Cities Forum

A Global Conversation and Celebration of Wellbeing in Cities

The second edition of the Wellbeing Cities Forum will take place on June 16-17, 2020 in Montréal, QC.This 2-day global event brings together and rewards cities shaping urban wellbeing. A community of 300 international contributors will meet in Montreal, QC, to:celebrate the laureates of the Wellbeing Cities Award,showcase, discuss, and debate existing solutions to extend wellbeing in cities everywhere.

https://newcities.org/celebrating-urban-wellbeing-forum-award-ceremony/

Smart Cities and Mobility Forum

Cities and technology in the 21st century are moving faster than the old systems of governance and analysis can follow. New ways of communicating, moving and making business are constantly arising. The future of urban life is disruptive. The challenge before companies and local government is to make sense of these changes and use them to provide a better service and better quality of life for a rising number of citizens. The “smart city” is a collective of the innovative technologies that can make urban life better. “How” is a question with multiple answers that can only be found through dialogue, insight and collaboration between city builders, businesses and most important of all - the people who live in cities.

The annual SMART CITIES AND MOBILITY FORUM is already becoming the leading platform in SEE for new urban technology and the transformation of mobility and living. Now in its 3rd year, the event is a meetup of the policy, business and citizen sectors, where you can get up to date with and explore new trends, business models and policies in urban development and mobility technology.

https://events.economedia.bg/en/event/159

Urban Sanctuary Policies and Solidarity

Cities are  leading the way. A new report from  Harald Bauder and Timo Weisser explores innovative urban responses to service gaps and barriers experienced by people without full legal status. From Berlin’s anonymous health-insurance card to legal advice in Freiberg to Zurich's universal ID,  to name a few, a growing solidarity movement is advancing policy change for cities across Europe.  More  »

http://citiesofmigration.ca/ezine_stories/urban-sanctuary-policies-and-solidarity-practices-in-germany-and-switzerland/

Toulouse Metropole launches Urban Air Mobility Marketplace

During this year’s Amsterdam’s Drone Week, the Metropole of Toulouse has launched the creation of its “B612 Urban Air Mobility Marketplace”. By this initiative, the metropole aims to connect the urban air mobility actors and stakeholders to develop a wide collaborative approach to the role of urban air mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning and delivery.

https://www.eltis.org/in-brief/news/toulouse-metropole-launches-urban-air-mobility-marketplace

E-mobility in public transport - IT-TRANS 2020

One of the key factors for achieving climate protection targets is having a strong public transport system. As well as generally expanding public transport, it is of crucial importance to switch to emission-free modes of transport such as in bus fleets. In its Clean Vehicles Directive, the EU therefore requires public authorities to purchase a minimum quota of clean buses. This means that, as of 2021, at least 45 percent of buses must use alternative drives or run on natural gas or synthetic fuels. This quota will be increased to 65 percent as of 2026.

https://www.it-trans.org/en/register-plan/for-journalists/press-releases/e-mobility-in-public-transport.html

Register for WUF10 NOW

Don't leave it to the last minute book your place at the world's foremost meeting of leaders shaping the agenda of our urban future. The forum runs from 8-13 February 2020 at Abu Dhabi's National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

https://wuf.unhabitat.org/

How we prevent vandalism of our $4,000 shared e-bikes

Almost everyone has seen it: Scooters lying flat on the road. Shared bicycles in the river. Vandalism and reckless behaviour are not only a logistical nightmare for many sharing providers, they also represent a huge financial burden and have already driven some shared vehicle providers to ruin. Raoul Stöckle, founder and CEO of BOND Mobility, explains how his company succeeded in preventing vandalism and therefore is on its way to profitability.

https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/how-we-prevent-vandalism-of-our-4000-shared-e-bikes/

NYC Mayor Puts Scooters on Time-Out, Rightfully So

Before they can be allowed back into the Big Apple, legislation needs to properly address the many safety concerns that scooters present. Once the laws are in place, then maybe scooters can play in NYC again.

https://www.governing.com/next/NYC-Mayor-Puts-Scooters-on-Time-Out-Rightfully-So.html

ETC 2020: Call for Papers

The Association of European Transport is delighted to kick off the preparations for the ETC 2020 at its new venue - Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy - with the Conference’s 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 all delegates to network and form career-spanning professional relationships.

https://aetransport.org/

City Street4: Photo competition Streets’ Mobility Rock ‘n’ Roll

In reference to the general theme of the City Street4 Conference (CS4), the “Streets’ Mobility Rock ‘n’ Roll“ Street Photography Competition invites entries to document a street with one photograph and its caption depicting the variety of mobility modes that can be found on the streets of contemporary cities - a shot that captures the urban street occupants and their ongoing mobility habits. The author should aim to capture a scene where more than one (2 and up) mobility modes are present – showing the interwovenness of the mobility modes in everyday life of city streets. The more street occupants and their mobility modes, the better the Rock’n’Roll!

https://www.ndu.edu.lb/city-street-4/home

How will cities be impacted by the first wave of autonomous cars?

Imagine this scene: It’s the year 2040, and Tom’s home virtual personal assistant has summoned an autonomous car to his home in Edinburgh. He will be attending a meeting in London in a couple of hours. The autonomous car is taking him to a mobility hub, where he will board a pre-booked seat on a Hyperloop. Half an hour later he’ll arrive in London. Tom will walk the rest of the way, or he may even get into a shared shuttle to get to his ultimate destination.

https://www.citymetric.com/transport/how-will-cities-be-impacted-first-wave-autonomous-cars-4889

Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2019

Today’s post celebrates some of the highlights from TNOC writing in 2019. These contributions—originating around the world—were one or more of widely read, offering novel points of view, and/or somehow disruptive in a useful way. All 1000+ TNOC essays and roundtables are worthwhile reads, of course, but what follows will give you a taste of 2019’s key and diverse content.

https://www.thenatureofcities.com/2020/01/01/highlights-from-the-nature-of-cities-in-2019/

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up Final Event

After over three years of working with local authorities and policymakers across Europe to accelerate the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is slowly drawing to a close.

Before it does, it is organising a final event to share its wide-ranging results and multitude of SUMP tools and publications with Europe’s transport community.

Join the event on Wednesday 19 February, 09:30 – 13:00 CET, in Brussels (Belgium) to discover how the project has helped shape Europe’s SUMP landscape and hear decision-makers, experts and towns and cities discuss SUMPs from a variety of perspectives.  

https://civitas.eu/event/civitas-sumps-final-event

CoEXist Final Conference

The CoEXist Final Conference will take place in Milton Keynes (UK), on 25-26 March 2020.

After three years of intense work, the CoEXist partners will share their experience with the audience, during this two-day event. The project partners will present the final results of the project and will discuss with the audience various topics related to automation-readiness of local authorities. Site visits and a training session will complement the programme and help participants to better understand the achievements of the project.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/event/coexist-final-conference/

How to Prepare our Cities For Autonomous Vehicles

With the world rapidly urbanizing, and cities already choking on smog and facing nightmarish traffic caused by autos, what transportation options will get people into, out of, and around the world’s growing metros?

https://meetingoftheminds.org/how-to-prepare-our-cities-for-autonomous-vehicles-32935

BeSecure-FeelSecure

The BeSecure-FeelSecure (BSFS) project is an especially new type of project as it was selected in the framework of a specific “Call for Proposal” centred around the topic of ‘urban security and related innovative solutions’, under the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA).

The work carried out under the ‘Urban Agenda for the EU’ – under which Efus coordinates a thematic partnership on “Security in Public Spaces” – that has as one of its key objectives to “contribute to identifying, supporting, integrating, and improving traditional, innovative and user-friendly sources of funding for urban areas”, has contributed to this new type of funding.

https://efus.eu/en/topics/public/18326/

5th edition of Nordic Smart Cities

Cities in the Nordic region regularly top lists of the smartest cities in the world, the 5th edition of Nordic Smart Cities will be showcasing this and much more on 19 March at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen. Bringing together 60+ speakers from the smart cities across the globe the event will inspire an avalanche of new ideas for a smarter & more sustainable future, where, finally, the citizen is the main protagonist.

https://www.thesmartcityjournal.com/en/news/1909-welcome-to-the-north

Greenfield Cities Alliance Annual Convening

Building Citizen-centered Cities from Scratch

At The 10th World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

February 10-13 (Exact Date and Time TBD)The annual convening of our Greenfield Cities Alliance will be held as a side event at the World Urban Forum 10 to discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovations in new cities.The creation of new master-planned cities is not a new development strategy – from Alexandria, to Brasilia, to Tianjin Eco City, they have been prioritized by ambitious groups throughout history. New cities are proving grounds for experimenting with new technologies, planning approaches, and economic strategies. They represent the desire to design new ways of living.

https://newcities.org/greenfield-cities-alliance-annual-convening/

ICLEI’s Pioneers of Climate Action

Over 400 cities and regions around the world have committed to one or more forms of ambitious climate action, including declaring climate emergency, adopting carbon neutrality targets, divesting from fossil fuels and transforming to 100% renewable energy.

https://talkofthecities.iclei.org/pioneersofambition/

Should we ban SUVs from our cities?

Some campaign groups believe regulators should force car manufacturers to produce and sell zero-emission and suitably sized vehicles.

"SUV insanity” shouted the front page of German business newspaper Handelsblatt earlier this month, showcasing a weekend special questioning the aggressive marketing by carmakers of highly profitable 4x4 vehicles.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/07/a-deadly-problem-should-we-ban-suvs-from-our-cities

European Urban and Regional Planning Awards: call is OPEN

The European Urban and Regional Planning Awards, organized every two years by the ECTP-CEU since 1990, provide a common framework for planning practice and rewards examples of good planning all over Europe and allow the European Council of Spatial Planners to promote the concrete implementation of the Charter of European Planning approved in April 2013 in Barcelona.

http://www.ectp-ceu.eu/index.php/en/

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

This unique event, the premier shared mobility conference in North America, brings together sectors, disciplines, and industries to discuss the latest developments in shared mobility and how this impacts our cities, our economy, and our world.

https://summit.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/

Executive Course for Latin American Urban Leaders

After 60 years of experience providing trainings & capacity building programmes across the world, IHS is now partnering with 4MYCITY Opens externalconsulting, an urban innovation start-up, to start an Executive Program of Urban Leadership and Innovation. This program aims to train 1000 Latin American leaders and 5000 global leaders

https://www.ihs.nl/en/news/executive-course-latin-american-urban-leaders

Arrival Cities documentary

Good news! Our short film "New Towns Arrival Cities, Same Same but Different" is now available on our website! The film features six old and new generation pioneers in New Towns across Western Europe. Although the cities differ in many ways, they all experience challenges due to increasing migration of foreign workers, refugees or asylum seekers. The film depicts their quest to revive the spirit of urban and social innovation of the early days of their foundation. The film is made by Marit Geluk, with support from Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds) and Europe for Citizens. Watch the film here!

http://www.newtowninstitute.org/spip.php?article1336

European Transport Conference 2020: Call for Papers

The Association of European Transport is delighted to kick off the preparations for the ETC 2020 at its new venue - Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy - with the Conference’s 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 all delegates to network and form career-spanning professional relationships.

https://aetransport.org/

Celebrating a decade of reSITE

As we move into a whole new decade, we've reflected on some of the many ideas we've shared across reSITE events. Since 2012, reSITE has worked to create a platform to share the most innovative and inspiring ideas in urbanism and architecture and hold conversations to help improve our cities. Celebrate with us in our excitement, launching into a new decade of making our future cities brighter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awRCDcmtQ2c&feature=youtu.be

What MaaS looks like around the world

Heading into 2020, MaaS is poised to become not just the mobility story of the year, but of the new decade. Let Scott Shepard, Chief Business Officer of Iomob Technology Services,  bring you up to speed on this influential trend in his detailed overview covering  the challenges to MaaS, case studies from around the world and recommendations for cities looking to embrace MaaS.

https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/how-local-and-regional-transit-authorities-are-embracing-maas-a-global-review/

How Ride-Hail Companies Can Help, Not Hurt, Cities

A veteran of municipal transportation regulation advises ride-hail companies on how to make cities into friends, not foes.

For ride-hailing companies, this is a time of reflection and strategic realignment. The two biggest U.S. players, Uber and Lyft, have gone public and are facing pressure to become profitable. This is looking harder when not just New York City but also Seattle and Los Angeles have recognized the full extent of the hardships faced by your drivers and are working to ensure they make a fair wage. On top of that, human drivers aren’t disappearing in favor of driverless cars as soon as some thought they would a few years ago.

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/12/ride-hail-uber-lyft-policy-regulations-drivers-strike/603904/

13th Metropolis World Congress

Our Metropolis Congresses (triennial) and Metropolis Annual Meetings (MAM) act as a relevant stage to promote key political messages and declarations from the community of major cities, metropolitan political representatives worldwide and to showcase the diverse good practices coming from the ground of our Metropolis membership; enriching the debate across different levels and stakeholders of urban management.

Our congresses and annual meetings are jointly organized by Metropolis and the host city. A three to four day event, they offer a large array of sharing platforms: from political plenary sessions to thematic workshops, including on-site study visits and social programme.

https://guangzhou2020.metropolis.org/

56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

'Post-Oil City: Planning for an Urban Green New Deal'

Doha, Qatar, November 8-12, 2020

With the theme ‘Post-Oil City: Planning for an Urban Green New Deal’, the 56th World Planning Congress aims to explore how cities can drive the transition from a fossil-fuel dependent to a carbon-neutral economy and adopt climate-responsive planning practices in the Gulf States and in cities globally.

Organised in collaboration with the Urban Planning Department of the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the 2020 Congress will feature an exciting line-up of activities to be staged in Msheireb Downtown Doha – an area rebuilt upon a unique and ambitious regeneration project right at the heart of the capital city depicting modern trends, yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture.

Mark your calendar as we invite you and other urban planning professionals, researchers, and policy-makers to join us at the Congress, and look out for more announcements at the end of January!

For questions, please email at congress@isocarp.org.

https://isocarp.org/activities/isocarp-annual-world-congress-2/

Barcelona residents opt for public transport over cars

Coming into effect on 1 January 2020, many roads in the Catalan capital will be off limits to cars, unless drivers are willing to face charges of up to €1,800 for driving in the city during the peak times of between 7am and 8pm on weekdays.

According to Barcelona’s transport authority ATM (Autoritat Metropolitana del Transport), the implementation of this low emission zone in the Catalan capital will mean that 50,000 of the city’s most polluting cars and motorbikes will now be left at home.

It's a drastic measure, and lawmakers have known for some time that the move wouldn’t sit well with commuters who were being asked to ditch their cars without any financial compensation. Taking this factor into account, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau decided in 2017 that she would offer a three-year long free travel card, known as the T-verde card, to affected drivers who delivered their cars to the scrapyard.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/news/barcelona-residents-opt-for-public-transport-over-cars/

How the On-Demand Economy Reshaped Cities

Since 2010, a slew of on-demand companies and technologies have managed to use consumer data to transform the commercial significance of urban living.

In 1964, scientists in the Galápagos Islands fed radio transmitters wrapped in chunks of food to a bunch of giant tortoises. As the animals slept, wandered, and mated, their behaviors pinged back to the research team’s receivers in the form of radio signals.

This early use of telemetry, or the transmission of computer information over long ranges, proved that biologists could observe, make inferences about, and even influence their subjects remotely. In her 2019 tome The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, the Harvard scholar Shoshanna Zuboff writes that the tortoise experiment was also a prelude for the kind of data-collection technology that has become ubiquitous in human society. And in the 2010s, it began to transform the shape of modern cities.

https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/12/decade-in-review-data-trends-smart-cities-tech-surveillance/603679/

Smart City Expo Atlanta: Join us at #SCATL20!

Looking to create real change in 2020? As we look to a new decade, it is essential that we redefine the term "smart city" to advance social and economic mobility, cyber resiliency, sustainability, and equitable intelligent infrastructure.

Join leading government officials, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, venture capitalists, and innovators who are working to ensure that equity, prosperity, and humanity are at the center of AI, IoT, digital transformation, and big data at Smart City Expo Atlanta - the definitive conference for building inclusive 21st century economies - taking place June 10-11, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

https://smartcityexpoatlanta.com/

ECOMM 2020 – Call for Presentations extended

The deadline for submission of your presentations for ECOMM 2020 has been extended.

The call is still open until Friday, 10th January 2020, at 23:59 CET.

You can find all useful information on the ECOMM 2020 website. Submission is electronic via the submission site. Detailed information on the Call for Presentations is available on those sites

https://ecomm2020.com/

The climate agenda is the agenda of our communities

On the morning of December 12, a meeting was held to share experiences of how cities are innovating from a social and economic point of view in order to accelerate climate actions.

With this idea, Federico Buyolo, Director of the Office of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, who started the meeting by emphasizing that "communities are the fundamental part of Agenda 2030, because it is an agenda of citizenship. This is why Climate Action needs to start from the sphere closest to the citizens, from the local sphere” Miquel Rodríguez Planas, Commissioner of the 2030 Agenda of the Barcelona City Council used his participation to share ideas on how the public and private sectors should act together to implement sustainable local actions.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/climate-agenda-agenda-our-communities

Cultural heritage and light management in Lyon

In Lyon, urban lighting is closely embedded in the whole urban landscape and is part of the city’s heritage.

Since the early 1990s, Lyon has engaged in a deep reflection on urban lighting. The first lighting plan was released in 1989 and changed its image of a foggy and black city. Lyon’s second lighting plan (2003) overcame the traditional approach to lighting (like lighting buildings), considering the new challenges arising with new technologies such as LED lighting, and gave a larger place to human beings and human activities.The plan also engaged in a reflection on the place of light in the cultural heritage of a city. Light shows the reality of the city in its complexity and heterogeneity. Today, light is an integral part of Lyon’s cityscape and has been integrated in all urban planning projects.

http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/news/Let-there-be-light-cultural-heritage-and-light-management-in-Lyon-WSPO-BJZQC4

INTA43  - meet our speakers

Starting in a few weeks, INTA43 will have about 30 speakers, coming from a dozen countries including Denmark, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, ... You can learn more about them on INTA's website, on our page dedicated to the congress programme.

https://inta-aivn.org/en/activities/exchange/congress/inta43-en/programme

SmartSuisse 2020

SmartSuisse is a strategy congress with exhibitions presenting the most promising Smart City themes. The mix of strategy and concrete solutions is unique, as is the cross-industry approach aimed at creating stronger networks between the public sector and business and science. SmartSuisse is aimed at all actors who want to actively and sustainably shape the urban life of tomorrow.

https://www.smartsuisse.com/

Financing Air Quality Plans - Guidance for cities

Depending on the internal organisation of single Member States, regions or local authorities are responsible of the development, implementation and reporting of Air Quality Plans.

Given the localised nature of the drivers and consequences of air pollution on citizens’ health, municipal and local authorities are often best placed to implement effective measures to improve air quality, due to their knowledge of the territory, actors and policy levers (e.g. urban planning, infrastructure/traffic management, housing permits, parking policy, etc.).

https://www.eumayors.eu/news-and-events/news-and-events/news/1735-financing-air-quality-plans-guidance-for-cities-and-local-authorities.html

Urban traffic measurements - residents can now monitor  their area

For urban mobility planners and policymakers to influence changes in mobility patterns, they need to have a detailed knowledge of the existing situation. Traditionally, gathering information about mobility patterns and in particular, vehicular traffic has required costly traffic surveys which rarely distinguish between vehicle type – and only present a short snapshot of the situation.  

https://www.eltis.org/in-brief/news/urban-traffic-measurements-city-residents-can-now-monitor-traffic-their-area

 

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