13/8/2020 - WeGO Smart City Driver Workshop I
13/8/2020 - Guangzhou Award - Early Bird Submission Deadline
13/8/2020 - UITP has published a study on mobility post-COVID-19
13/8/2020 - The WHO's tips for cities fighting COVID-19
12/8/2020 - Towards ENSUF Final Event 2020
12/8/2020 - CIVITAS Living Lab final online event
12/8/2020 - Gentrification in the Intercultural City
12/8/2020 - Participatory Incremental Urban Planning Toolbox
11/8/2020 - City Managers Days 2020 - Green Infrastructures
11/8/2020 - 2020 Smart City Mayors' Summit Online
11/8/2020 - To see how a city embraces remote work, look to Helsinki
11/8/2020 - Greener, Healthier Cities in the Post-Pandemic
10/8/2020 - Europe's Cities Fit for Future
10/8/2020 - Webinar: Greening our cities with district energy
10/8/2020 - 3 ways to beat the heat in European cities
10/8/2020 - The City Planners' Case for Defunding the Police
6/8/2020 - Greater & Greener 2021 Call for Speaker Presentations
6/8/2020 - MOVE 2021 Speaker Application
6/8/2020 - The Economics of Remote Work
6/8/2020 - Survey on cities' digital policies and initiatives in Europe
5/8/2020 - UITP Global Public Transport Summit date change
5/8/2020 - Green Cities Conference 2021 call for papers
5/8/2020 - Back to Normal? Cities Say, ‘No Thanks’
5/8/2020 - How Covid-19 is shifting 'smart city' priorities
4/8/2020 - Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures - online
4/8/2020 - City of Tomorrow - going online
4/8/2020 - Ghent and Milan win international car sharing awards
4/8/2020 - Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store
3/8/2020 - Intelligent Cities Summit - postponed to 2021
3/8/2020 - The Wellbeing Cities Forum - registration open
3/8/2020 - Strengthening resiliency in small tourist-led cities amid Covid-19
3/8/2020 - 100% renewable, your city toolkit
WeGO Smart City Driver Workshop I
WeGO launched the Smart City Driver, WeGO’s own project management framework, to help cities plan, finance and deploy their smart city projects through a range of customized smart solutions and by matchmaking with strategic partners that can assist in citywide implementation.
In the 1st workshop of the series, taking place on August 27 from 17:00 to 18:20 KST, the local government members from Cauayan City, Philippines and Kampala City, Uganda, will demonstrate hands-on how to submit projects for the Solution Finder and the Project Implementer, with a live walkthrough from the Secretariat.
Guangzhou Award - Early Bird Submission Deadline
The Guangzhou Award serves as a platform for the sharing and exchange of innovative practices in the local implementation of the SDGs and New Urban Agenda. The Guangzhou Award invites cities or regions to submit ongoing or recently completed innovative initiatives related to the themes highlighted by the SDGs and the commitments of NUA. Cities submitting their application by the early bird deadline have the opportunity to receive feedback and advice on how to improve their submission.
UITP has published a study on mobility post-COVID-19
UITP, together with consultancy Arthur D. Little, has published a study on the future development of mobility in the light of COVID 19.
The study called “The Future of Mobility Post-COVID-19 – Turning the crisis into an opportunity to accelerate towards more sustainable, resilient and human-centric urban mobility systems” is the result of a large engagement process involving 70 high-level staff. These people represent more than 30 organisations, including transport authorities, mass transit operators, mobility solution providers and other professional bodies.
The WHO's tips for cities fighting COVID-19
Cities are central to modern life, hosting a majority of the world's population today as well as crucial economic sectors. As densely populated areas and transport hubs, cities face particular challenges in containing epidemics. They also have assets, often holding considerable medical infrastructure and resources.
With this in mind, the World Health Organization has issued a short publication providing practical information to city governments fighting against the coronavirus, entitled Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings Interim Guidance for Local Authorities.
Towards ENSUF Final Event 2020
Now available: Result interviews with projects supported in the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF call) 2017-2020. In ENSUF, cities and civil society in Europe address urgent and long-term challenges by co-creating ideas and projects. The ENSUF projects are currently preparing for their final event on 29 September 2020. JPI Urban Europe contracted journalist Shafayet Choudhury to help the projects and their partners share their stories.
CIVITAS Living Lab final online event
Over the course of the past four years, the three CIVITAS Living Lab projects – CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and CIVITAS PORTIS – have been testing and demonstrating innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions.
As the projects near their end, the time has come for them to present the exciting results of their work. Join their joint final conference online from 6-20 October to discover what they have been up to.
The event will showcase 175 sustainable urban mobility measures implemented in 16 European cities.
Gentrification in the Intercultural City
– How to Manage and Prevent
The ICC is happy to share the updated Policy Study and the new Policy Brief on the topic of managing gentrification in the intercultural city. The research is based on information shared by member cities within the ICC network, as well as desk research by the ICC expert Mela Social Enterprise. The research is practical, raising the most common challenges faced by cities when it comes to gentrification as well as suggesting a range of policy solutions which have been applied by cities to manage these challenges.
Participatory Incremental Urban Planning Toolbox
The Participatory Incremental Urban Planning (PIUP) Toolbox by UN-Habitat is a step-by-step methodology to assess, design, operationalize and implement urban planning processes. A roadmap is proposed to facilitate the understanding and the accomplishment of all the steps.
City Managers Days 2020 - Green Infrastructures
The Metropolis City Managers Community is loaded with new and dynamic activities in 2020. This year, Metropolis is fostering the engagement of the top leaders from our membership who are in charge of the day-to-day management of green infrastructure - in the various forms, functions, scales, and impacts that "green" can have in major metropolises.
The 5th edition of the City Managers Community meeting will be celebrated with the City Managers Days 2020, from 17-19 November 2020, in the framework of Smart City Live 2020. On this occasion, representatives from the Metropolis membership engaged in a process initiated online in June will be granted the opportunity to showcase their flagship projects to wider audiences, and get to learn live from the ground of green metropolitan infrastructure projects developed by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
2020 Smart City Mayors' Summit Online
The pandemic of Covid-19 has greatly affected people’s daily lives, governmental operations, and most cities’ economies.
How can technology help the cities to recover?
To see how a city embraces remote work, look to Helsinki
When I speak to Anssi Salminen, an account manager who lives an hour outside Helsinki, he’s working from a wooden platform on the edge of a Finnish lake. With a blanket laid out and his laptop set up, the sun low in the sky, Anssi’s remote work arrangement seems blissful.
“I spend around half of my time working somewhere else other than the office,” he says. “I can work from home, or on the go, and I also travel to the Netherlands once a month and work from there.
Greener, Healthier Cities in the Post-Pandemic
The extensive societal changes brought about by COVID-19 restrictions have given pause for thought on how we can create healthier and more equitable cities as we transition to a new normal. Public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have meant that opportunities to go out and interact with others have been limited, with many of us spending large volumes of time indoors. Physical inactivity, stress and social isolation can have corrosive, persistent impacts on health, and are likely to persist to a greater or lesser extent for the foreseeable future. Urban green spaces provide a resource that can contribute in several important ways to the amelioration of these problems. We propose four recommendations for city planners and policymakers to achieve greener and healthier transitions towards the post COVID-19 era.
Europe's Cities Fit for Future
As the COVID-19 pandemic turned most local development strategies upside down in a drastic way, 2020 still holds the opportunity to influence an important strategic course in the field of European urban development policy.
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community invite you to take part in the web series “Europe’s Cities Fit for Future”.
Webinar: Greening our cities with district energy
Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) systems run at low temperature, allowing less heat loss through pipes, and the use of local heat sources. This means less CO2 emissions and the development of greener local economy.
Despite these advantages, the use of district energy remains low across European countries, especially in the North-West area. However, cities in collaboration with citizens, policy makers and companies can meet the challenge and overcome the policy and organizational barriers to the rollout of this innovative technology.
3 ways to beat the heat in European cities
At the height of summer, the air conditioner is your best friend. But what do you do when blistering hot summer days become more frequent and intense? That’s increasingly the case in many European and Central Asian cities.
The Urban Heat Island effect, or UHI, makes cities more vulnerable to heatwaves. Densely populated, built-up areas tend to be much warmer than their non-urban surroundings for several reasons. Cities have reduced air circulation and are often built with materials known to store heat easily. They also generally lack vegetation, and concentrate heat coming from buildings, factories, and vehicles.
The City Planners' Case for Defunding the Police
More than 650 urban planning professionals signed a letter connecting design decisions to criminal justice outcomes.
A group of several hundred urban planners is calling for the largest U.S. planning organization to support defunding the police.
While this kind of reform may seem in the purview of criminal justice policymakers, the planners lay out in a letter to the American Planning Association how neighborhoods that were racially segregated by a range of planning policies have become further denigrated by police violence and harassment of Black people — and that planners have done little historically to help change this dynamic.
Greater & Greener 2021 Call for Speaker Presentations
City Parks Alliance is pleased to announce a call for speaker presentations for Greater & Greener 2021. With the growing importance of urban parks, you have the opportunity to share your work with more than 1000+ park practitioners from around the world. We welcome your ideas and encourage your creativity in proposing presentations.
MOVE 2021 Speaker Application
We pride ourselves on putting the leading voices from all disciplines and modes on stage at our events. Our presenters are disruptors and visionary industry leaders selected for their relevance, dynamism and insight.
The Economics of Remote Work
As the pandemic leads more companies to embrace remote workers, new jobs data explores how a farther-flung workforce expands opportunity.
The pandemic has been a grand global experiment in the costs and benefits of a remote workforce. But long before the coronavirus hit, many people worked from outside offices. A new report that looks at pre-pandemic remote-work data found that allowing off-site work could be a way to direct wealth away from the 15 most expensive U.S. metros, where jobs and opportunity have been concentrated in recent years.
Survey on cities' digital policies and initiatives in Europe
To gain a better understanding of cities’ digital agendas for the coming years, the city of Barcelona has launched an online survey. The goal is to map digital policy priorities and identify common topics for cities to join efforts. Share your city’s vision by filling in the survey! The analysed results will be presented during an open session during our yearly Knowledge Society Forum in September.
UITP Global Public Transport Summit date change
With a proud history spanning 135 years, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s major platform for public transport professionals.
As we consider the changes happening around the world, we’ve made the joint decision with our local event host The Department of Transport Victoria to move the next edition of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit from 6-9 June 2021 to 14-17 December 2021 at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.
Green Cities Conference 2021 call for papers
Competitive papers or detailed abstracts and proposals for symposia, tutorials and workshops are invited for submission. The submission deadline is January 20, 2021
Back to Normal? Cities Say, ‘No Thanks’
Just a few months ago, cities around the world were grappling with traffic and transit congestion that appeared to be out of control. New mobility options like ridesharing, e-scooters, and bikeshares took cities by surprise and flooded already crowded urban centers with more vehicles. London implemented a congestion tax to discourage driving in the city center; New York approved a similar plan that is now pending implementation.
Then COVID-19 struck, and city streets were suddenly empty. While many people are pining for the day when we can get ‘back to normal,’ some municipal governments have no intention to do so, at least not in the area of transportation and congestion. Many cities have converted downtown streets to pedestrian- and cycle-only zones to allow people to move with appropriate social distance. Now they want to keep the change.
How Covid-19 is shifting 'smart city' priorities
From the super-connected urban sprawl of Tokyo to the futuristic skyline of Dubai, digital acceleration had fast become an aspiration for many city authorities long before the Covid-19 crisis hit. The United Nations estimates that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. The pandemic has highlighted the need for accelerated digital city planning and greater communication with citizens for such population levels to be sustainable.
Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures - online
This virtual conference is the first of two events organised in collaboration with the American University in Dubai. The second fully in-person conference will be held in November 2021 to coincide with the rescheduled Dubai EXPO.
City of Tomorrow - going online
What does the city of tomorrow look like in a post–covid world? How can we make a city like New York healthier? How can we build a more equitable and sustainable future through public policy, infrastructure, urban planning and design? What lessons can policy-makers, developers and designers learn from the crisis? Join us for the 4th annual city of tomorrow, the only B2C and B2b forum uniting key players from the worlds of architecture, real estate, and interior design. This year, for the first time, the summit will be hosted as a virtual program as we convene online the leading voices and visionaries to discuss the topics defining the future of the industry, the city and beyond at this watershed moment.
Ghent and Milan win international car sharing awards
POLIS members Ghent and Milan received international recognition for car-sharing promotion and support policies. The two cities won the CSA Carsharing City Award in the categories ‘regional cities’ (less than 750,000 inhabitants) and ‘metropolitan cities’ (more than 750,000 inhabitants).
Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store
The South Side neighborhood of Englewood puts a healthy food market at the center of a community-led “urban Marshall Plan” built to combat poverty.
When it’s completed, the corner grocery store at 63rd and Racine will look a lot different than the other carryouts and bodegas dotting this section of Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side.
Designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects and developed by local nonprofit Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the Go Green Fresh Market will essentially be a miniature supermarket across 3,000 square feet, with heaps of storage and two walk-in fridges. Floor-to-ceiling glass and will open up the store to the streetfront, putting the food on display, where its emphasis on fresh produce will be obvious — a rarity for corner stores in Englewood, or anywhere else.
Intelligent Cities Summit - postponed to 2021
A full 2-day conference with top international municipal leaders sharing what they are doing right now to offer better, more intelligent services to their residents.
From townships to some of the largest municipalities in the world, at this event you may meet, connect and discuss opportunities with people who share your goals.
The Wellbeing Cities Forum - registration open
The Wellbeing Cities Forum ordinarily takes place in Montreal, our host city. Due to the pandemic, however, we are thinking outside the box and going online! On September 15-17, 2020, participants from over 100 cities and 50 countries will be joining us for our three-day, all-virtual program.
Strengthening resiliency in small tourist-led cities amid Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the entirety of Europe – but realities have differed both between countries and between cities. In this article, we explore the experiences of two smaller URBACT cities – Dubrovnik (HR) and Grosseto (IT) – which are heavily reliant on tourism.
While large cities tend to have greater economic variety to fall back on, smaller European cities that rely on tourism, such as Dubrovnik and Grosseto, have suffered serious economic impacts as that tourism has been cut off. These cities are impacted even in situations where they have escaped the worst of the health
100% renewable, your city toolkit
Cities need to think and act beyond their borders, consider the social and technological aspects in urban planning, and harness the ideas and potential of their citizens. These are the main conclusions of the new toolkit 'How can your city become 100% renewable?' launched by the European Green Capital Network.
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