22/5/2019 - Announcing the Pacific Urban Forum
20/5/2019 - CITYFOOD Webinar - May 21
20/5/2019 - Getting to Zero National Forum 2019
20/5/2019 - Key Ways IoT Is Shaping The Future of Cars
20/5/2019 - 2 Major Cities May Curb Politicians' Power
16/5/2019 - Floriade Almere 2022 at WeMakeTheCity 2019
16/5/2019 - Digital Solutions for Designing Livable Cities
14/5/2019 - 2019 Polis Conference: Last week to submit an abstract
13/5/2019 - Urban traffic management and vehicle automation
13/5/2019 - Are we living in a Suburban Planet
9/5/2019 - CIVITAS Forum 2019 opens calls
9/5/2019 - Integrated urban flood risk management
8/5/2019 - PED Programme Cities Workshop
8/5/2019 - MaaS is a solution. What’s the problem?
7/5/2019 - Call for Papers: 2019 International Conference on Learning Cities
6/5/2019 - Prague City Data Congress - new event!
6/5/2019 - Street smarts in Kinshasa
3/5/2019 - Nature-based Cities Workshop
3/5/2019 - Rail: A Key Component of the Mobility Mix
2/5/2019 - International Transport Forum 2019
2/5/2019 - The State of Smart Cities Down Under
2/5/2019 - New book: The Smart Enough City
1/5/2019 - Placemaking Week Europe 2019
1/5/2019 - What the Rise in Renting Means for Cities
This event, held one month after the European parliament elections, will gather representatives of Efus member cities as well as magistrates, security professionals, delegates from European institutions, newly elected MEPs, and representatives of civil society.
It will be open to the public and will include discussions on the role of European cities and regions in designing and implementing European security policies.
The Pacific Urban Forum is an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue towards a sustainable urban future for the Pacific region.
Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, PUF5 aims to develop action plans, provide recommendations for urbanization strategies and elicit voluntary commitments from different stakeholders in order to successfully anchor and implement the Pacific New Urban Agenda. Moreover, the forum strengthens the exchange and dialogue within the Pacific among various urban stakeholders such as policy makers from national and local governments, non-governmental and community-based organizations, relevant development partners, academia, private sector, professionals and individuals.
For more information please visit our website: www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/info/news/puf.html
A new international scientific report warns of grave impacts to come as nature declines at an unprecedented rate. The report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) estimated that one million species are threatened with extinction today and that extinction rates are accelerating.
It is the first global assessment on the state of biodiversity since 2005. Called “the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,” it finds that the current global response is insufficient and transformative change is needed.
Can technology solve cities? During economic booms, we tend to apply the philosophy of the zeitgeist too broadly. But what’s good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander.
The intersection of cities and technology is a perfect example. While well-applied technology and data analysis can vastly improve cities’ livability, relying on those tools to create a healthy, vibrant city is crazy. The tech sector’s focus on data collection and analysis locks them into a narrow definition of successful governance that focuses on the tactics of service provision while ignoring the bigger picture of community health. That messier, human side requires understanding a place’s values and personality, helping residents cope with change, and providing the infrastructure that supports the social fabric.
EUROCITIES is looking for candidate cities to host the 9th edition of the Integrating Cities Conference, expected to take place in the autumn 2020.
The conference will foster multi-level dialogue between EU and local government and civil society representatives, allowing time for presentations, promotion and discussion about the actions undertaken by cities, including the results of EUROCITIES project VALUES.
The Integrating Cities Conference will provide the opportunity to feed cities’ initiatives and their achievements into the continued fruitful dialogue with the European Commission and national governments on how to advance migrant inclusion.
Please note that the deadline for application is 8 July.
Working Group Urban Ageing is meeting in Ljubljana, on 12-14 June, to discuss about building accessible cities for all ages. The study visit is primarily intended for WG Urban Ageing members, but it is also open to WG Barrier Free Cities in the view of strengthening synergies between the two working groups.
ABCitiEs: Area Based Collaborative Entrepreneurship in Cities is a european project fostering urban regeneration at the level of local businesses. Promoting inclusive growth, cooperation and cohesion, the project aims to address the negative impacts of globalization such as economic restructuring, income inequality and the decline of urban areas.
After ten years of operation in Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Vélib Métropole replaced Vélib’ as the city’s new, self-service bike-share system on January 1st, 2018. The system and operator transition that comes with this new system, however, has been very complicated. The switch from JCDecaux to the new service provider, Smovengo, should have been completed by March 2018 but it will only be realised in June 2019. The different failures that led to this messy situation has driven the Paris City Council to order an audit by the General Inspectorate to learn lessons from this experience.
This webinar will give network members the first look at a new resource prepared by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), and RUAF: ‘A menu of actions to shape urban food environments for improved nutrition and food security’.
The menu has been developed for city policymakers as a guide to what city governments can do to improve urban nutrition.
The Getting to Zero National Forum is a solutions-focused event dedicated to zero energy and zero carbon buildings, attracting 550+ leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners, systems manufacturers, commercial real estate representatives and others working to define the future of the built environment. One year after the Global Climate Action Summit in California, the National Forum is the official follow-up event for the buildings industry.
The global connected car market is forecast to grow by 270% by 2022 according to findings from Counterpoint Research’s Internet of Things (IoT) tracker. In addition, almost all cars in the major European economies including Germany, UK and France are expected to be connected by 2020. Media attention mostly focuses on IoT devices in smart homes but in the last few years, IoT has been rapidly changing how our cars function.
There are always concerns that city councilmembers can become too parochial, obsessing about how projects will affect their own districts rather than the city as a whole. In two cities, recent scandals have shown that this way of thinking can become an avenue to crime.
In both Chicago and Philadelphia, members of the city council are facing criminal charges that stem from development decisions. Councilmembers in those cities are given unusual amounts of authority when it comes to matters such as selling government-owned land.
During WeMakeThe.City you can get a sneak preview of Floriade 2022. The City of Almere will be the stage for this international horticultural exhibition as from April 2022. For six months the city will be The Green City of the Future, with green attractions, entries from metropolises all over the world, a unique botanical collection and inspiring events. After the expo, the grounds of the Floriade will be developed into a green and sustainable neighbourhood. The expedition at the Floriade grounds will be taking place on June 22. Sign up here.
With the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans a little more than one month away, we explore the main reasons why you should attend.
Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000 and 2030.
Cities face an ever-increasing demand for land to accommodate their rising population. Meanwhile, cities have become responsible for providing more services to more people, but they often lack sufficient resources to do so. With an inadequate amount of serviced, transit-accessible land available within city boundaries, one billion urban residents already live in overpopulated slums to be close to economic activity and jobs.
In the city of Bandung, in Indonesia, municipal leaders are administering acupuncture. But their patients are not human. The patient is the city itself.
Through a series of small projects – such as carefully placed walkways and parks – they are undertaking a process called “urban acupuncture” that sees cities as living organisms that can be healed by strategically placed pin prick interventions.
As the MAVEN project enters its final straight, it will hold an event in Helmond on 6 June, taking advantage of the ITS congress, to share its main findings and conclusions.
There are many questions about which role cities and regions should play in Europe’s energy transition. Although their commitment is essential, strategies are needed to successfully involve local and regional players in the process.
Register now and take your part in “Making the energy transition happen locally” at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, on 12-14 June 2019.
The high-level conference “Making the energy happen locally” is co-organised by the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Committee of the Regions, with the support of the Romanian Municipalities Association and the Romanian Ministry of Energy.
In crowded cities, poorer neighbourhoods often experience the most noise pollution. But advances in architecture and sound engineering could offer solutions
The air on Mint Street is heavy with the clang and clatter of the 08:15 to Liverpool Street station. The east London estate is squeezed into a small space beside a curved train line, and the carriages squeal as they round the bend. All conversations freeze until the racket is over, then a few words are passed between neighbours before the next train comes.
This book focuses on the process that creates the global urban periphery, namely suburbanization, as well as the ways of life, suburbanisms, that are encountered there. Inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s demand not to give up urban theory when the city in its classical form disappears, this book is a challenge to urban thought more generally as it invites the reader to reconsider the city from the outside in. It is part of the Urban Futures series.
'Digital Cities Challenge: A strategy for EU cities in the 21st Century' is the high-level conference organised by the European Commission and the Digital Cities Challenge to showcase the trends that are shaping urban areas in Europe, strengthen the dialogue on the opportunities offered by advanced technologies to transform cities into catalysts of smart and sustainable growth and pave the way for the future strategy for Intelligent Cities in the 21st century.
The calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors are now open for this year's CIVITAS Forum.
The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field to debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
The population experiences homelessness at disproportionate rates.
Only 1 to 8 percent of Americans, depending on the age group, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Yet around 40 percent of the young people living on the streets or in shelters identify as LGBT, according to research by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s Law School. The primary reason they end up without stable housing is family abuse or rejection.
While LGBT youth have been more likely to experience homelessness for quite some time, cities are just starting to focus on this vulnerable population's needs.
In the summer of 1742, two typhoons swept across Japan in quick succession, bringing torrents of heavy rain and flooding major rivers. Records from a young monk who witnessed the floods describe a muddy wave destroying levees and sweeping through villages. As levees and rivers collapsed, floodwaters rose in Edo, Japan’s largest city and political capital, abating only days later, and resulting in fatalities of a reported 6,000 in the city.
While floods were not an uncommon occurrence in Japan, the Great Kanto Flood of 1742 was the worst flood in the country’s early modern era, and the first flood disaster in its largest urban area. It highlighted the river engineering changes that had facilitated the growth of Edo, but also increased the city’s vulnerability to floods.
TRA 2020 will facilitate a limited number of Invited Sessions, which can be proposed by any interested party. Deadline to submit session proposals is 30 September. TRA 2020 will take place on 27-30 April in 2020 in Helsinki, Finland.
Towards a European Positive Energy Cities Network
The Programme on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PED) has the ambition to develop pathways towards implementation of 100 Positive Energy Districts in urban neighbourhoods across Europe by 2025. This is seen as an important contribution to current policies on achieving the goals of reducing Europe’s carbon footprint, managing the energy transition and to cities ambitions towards sustainable urban development. Solid understanding and consideration of cities’ experiences and strategies serves as the base of developing the programme. This is why the PED Programme aims at a strong involvement of cities, R&I institutions, industry and citizens in the programme implementation.
I was presenting the MaaS concept for a group of city officials in a medium sized European city. It was fair to assume that the audience is well educated about the topic. The first question after the presentation was: What is the problem you are solving? That was a very good question and obviously also well deserved feedback for the speaker. Any startup CEO is always prepared to answer the question of the problem and the solution you are offering. I did have an answer, but I was not left confident that the person who made the question bought my answer. I think it is worthwhile to dig into this question. What is the problem?
Electric scooters are the latest “new mobility” tech to disrupt the transportation sector. Chances are you’ve seen someone passing by on one these small but nimble two-wheelers in a city near you. Following the explosive growth of bike-sharing and ride-hailing, scooters reached 38.5 million U.S. trips in 2018.
Scooters provide many of the same benefits as bike-sharing to riders—they offer quick and fun travel for short distances—while being even less intimidating to newbies. Like shared bikes, scooters have the potential to provide significant benefits to cities.https://thecityfix.com/blog/scooters-skyrocketing-cities-safe-look-evidence-alejandro-schwedhelm-anna-bray-sharpin-claudia-adriazola-steil/
Sustainable urban development has been in the forefront of the EU and global agenda since the legendary 1992 Rio Conference. More than a decade later ICT developments started to come into the picture and changing a level playing field of the cities aiming to achieve excellence in environmental and social sustainability.
Despite the best intentions of city planners and data analysts, new technologies have not always been used for the benefit of the population. Therefore, within this thematic focus of PCDC, we are addressing the issues of socio-technical mismatches and opening a discussion about transparent smart city solutions beneficial for the citizens.
Fresh off of getting the top award for Best Self-Produced Event of 2018, reSITE announces the theme of the next flagship global forum: reSITE 2019 REGENERATE, which will be held on the 19th and 20th of September at Forum Karlín in Prague. This year’s theme REGENERATE is a call to action for more sustainable living and growth of the happiness factor. The event called by The Atlantic Citylab “the most important conversation of our time,” will present 50+ international speakers, which will include thought leaders, urbanists, and most innovative urban and business leaders, surrounded by more than 1000 attendees. We will share collective ideas, collaborative actions and design solutions within new event formats – intensive round tables, networking breakfasts and a big party. The event will be hosted and curated by urbanist and reporter Greg Lindsay. A limited capacity of 2-for-1 registrations are available now.
In several countries, such as Canada, a digital revolution like the one that created smart cities, is affecting farms. Technology is starting to transform farms and farming. Not only the vast, industrial-scale factory farms, but also small and organic farms. As in the case of smart cities, this technology provides significant benefits, but also creates significant challenges.
How do you survive when you’re poor and caught up in an interminable series of social and economic crises? You learn how to get by! This is the motto of the inhabitants of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Showing great ingenuity, they never miss an opportunity to invent a new job. Romains, chargeurs, and other gaddafis swarm the markets and streets of the megacity, closing the gaps in the system.
We are now accepting speaker submissions for the Conference Theatres at International Security Expo 2019 which takes place on 3 - 4 December, Olympia London, UK.
International Security Expo is the only flagship event bringing Government, Industry, Academia and the entire end-user community in charge of regulation & procurement together under one roof to debate current challenges and to source the latest security technologies and services.
A Nature-based Solutions Peer-Learning Workshop for Cities
24 June 2019, 12:00 - 18:00
Bonn, Germany- Gustav-Stresemann-Institut
The ICLEI European Secretariat and the NATURVATION project invite European local governments to join us for an afternoon of peer-exchange around nature-based solutions.
In 1863, when people were getting around primarily with horse-pulled carriages, London introduced the first ever underground transportation system. This first metro, nicknamed the Tube, and its wooden cars were powered by coal-fired locomotives, replicating a solution already used above ground. Since then, rail transportation has become a significant component of the modal mix, at least in certain regions.
This reports benchmarks road safety performance for 72 urban areas, mostly in Europe.
On April 11 2019, the ITF, International Transport Forum, published a new report on “Road Safety in European Cities”, focusing mainly on performance indicators and governance solutions in 72 urban areas, mostly in Europe.
The report, written by Alexandre Santacreu and Tatiana Samsonova of ITF, illustrates how governments can improve urban road safety through solutions already implemented in case studies like Lisbon (Portugal) and Riga (Latvia).
The report proposes new road safety indicators to assess the level of risk for each mode of transport, while considering all the differences in fatality risk for road users between cities.
The Vital Nodes project aims to enable efficient, sustainable freight delivery across the TEN-T urban nodes (metropolitan areas). The first URBAN NODES FORUM took place on 3-4 April in Budapest.
The event gathered urban nodes representative, planners, infrastructure coordinators and operators, freight and logistic operators, or funding specialist in mobility, infrastructure, passenger transport and freight or logistics. Read more here.
Participants exchanged on solutions that improve the interface of long-distance freight and passenger transport, and the last-mile movements.
Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration
Around the globe, between countries, from city to city, or to the other side of town, good transport infrastructure and efficient mobility services bring people together and goods to their markets. The connectivity that transport provides widens horizons and opens up opportunities. It builds stronger communities and expands their reach. It strengthens our economies and helps our societies to prosper.
The development of Smart City strategies and initiatives is in full swing in Australia. Early on, the focus for cities was on next generation broadband rollouts, largely centred on the Australian National Broadband Network and 4G LTE, and digital economic strategies. Moving forward from there, the commencement of Smart City sensor network rollouts, connected infrastructure, and data driven transformation was kicked off by a number of leading Australian cities around 2015.
In this book “The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future”, Ben Green focus on how big data, AI and machine learning could promote more efficient and livable cities, without sacrificing civil liberties and social justice. Warning us against the exclusively technical view of urban life, he underlines the need to recognize the complexity of urban life rather than see the city as something to optimize. The book is part of the Strong Ideas series, published with the support of the MIT Libraries.
On 26 June, you are invited to imagine the urban future and discuss 24-hour cities and how cities can make the most of the night time economy.
City life starts at 6pm! The night time economy is a key cultural and economic driver in cities. It is a powerful tool to increase the city’s attractiveness, to develop its cultural offer and to create jobs.
Urban nights have become open platforms for innovation. The night time economy requires management policies and structures, just as the day time economy; front running cities are developing new strategies to connect the different urban policies linked to the night.
This year, the European Placemaking Network and STIPO in partnership with La Marina de Valencia, are hosting the second annual Placemaking Week Europe.
As a participant, you will have the opportunity to attend discussions with keynote speakers, site-specific workshops, regional site visits, thematic breakout sessions and toolbox development sessions. You will learn from inspiring examples from a number of European countries and work on the development of new tools and project proposals together. The event will also include presentations of results from projects on inclusive cities and child-friendly cities.
The event welcomes city officials, practitioners, researchers, developers and investors from all over Europe.
Participation in the conference will also include a year's membership to the European Placemaking Network.
Like many cities, Allentown, Pa., has experienced a slow but seismic shift in its housing market in recent decades. New apartment complexes keep popping up while developers convert vacant industrial facilities into rental housing. Meanwhile, construction of single-family homes has ground to a near halt. Since 2000, the city’s renter population has grown by 46 percent, while the number of residents in owner-occupied units has declined 12 percent.
New Yorkers have even more reasons to celebrate Earth Day this year with the establishment of the Climate Mobilization Act. The law addresses the carbon footprint of the structures in the Big Apple and has a goal to cut down the city’s pollution down to 40% by 2030, and as much as 80% or more by 2050.
Lowering down the GHG or greenhouse gas emissions of these buildings is a crucial move by the city as the buildings here produces a staggering 70% of its total GHG emissions. The law wants to put a stop on energy waste by requiring buildings that are more than 25,000 square feet to lower their pollution to 40% by 2030.
Further archived news available on request from: Kate More