18/12/2018 - Smart Cities 2019: The Future is Now
18/12/2018 - Smart to Future Cities 2019: Delegate brochure now available!
18/12/2018 - Why More Cities Aren't Prioritizing Your Parking Troubles
18/12/2018 - Luxembourg to make public transport free

17/12/2018 - Transport Research Arena 2020 in Helsinki

17/12/2018 - XV International Congress of Educating Cities

17/12/2018 - Design for flooding: how cities can make room for water

17/12/2018 - The Future Is Urban, Global, and Unequal

13/12/2018 - Record number of participants for 2018 Polis Conference

13/12/2018 - World Forum on Urban Violence calls on cities

13/12/2018 - City managers commend greater financial autonomy

13/12/2018 - Cities need strong support for digital transition

12/12/2018 - Invitation JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference 2019

12/12/2018 - Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit 2018 Report

12/12/2018 - Local Opportunities for Digital Parking

12/12/2018 - Bucheon: A people-friendly vision

11/12/2018 - Creative, competitive cities: outcomes from EUROCITIES 2018

11/12/2018 - Smart Urban Mobility Solutions

11/12/2018 - Cycling could double in London with shared e-bike systems

11/12/2018 - Turning Point in How Cities Treat the Homeless

10/12/2018 - Africities 2018 Review
10/12/2018 - MORE launch event: Streets are Ecosystems
10/12/2018 - Nature in the Urban Century
10/12/2018 - How can we boost the health of our cities?

7/12/2018 - Barcelona Resilience Week: The smartest cities are the resilient ones
7/12/2018 - 2nd Annual Smart Cities - Save the Date
7/12/2018 - The unprecedented plan to move an Arctic city
7/12/2018 - Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety

6/12/2018 - International Forum on Urbanism Congress 2018
6/12/2018 - Invitation to discuss the role of local authorities for a 'Vision Zero' in road safety
6/12/2018 - How to Create Safer Public Housing Projects
6/12/2018 - Climate change: 1st global report on actions undertaken by cities

5/12/2018 - Bogotá hosted the largest Walk21 conference
5/12/2018 - Oslo – where CityChangers meet
5/12/2018 - Redefining the Smart City: Culture, Metabolism and Governance
5/12/2018 - Towns are the winners from Britain’s great urban exodus

4/12/2018 - European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM)
4/12/2018 - How to advance smart and green mobility for harbor cities
4/12/2018 - What Should Cities Be Doing About Scooters?
4/12/2018 - MaaS: The Challenge Isn’t the Technology – It’s the People

3/12/2018 - Cities and researchers discuss how to improve safety of city streets
3/12/2018 - CIVITAS Forum highlights
3/12/2018 - Cities for Adequate Housing 
3/12/2018 - Why are cities so unaffordable? A crowdfunded film finds out

 

 

Smart Cities 2019: The Future is Now

The technologies of tomorrow are here today. In our cities, we’re carving a path for impactful solutions right now. People are powering technology that is transforming urban living in radical ways. Cities are no longer emerging - they have already become the test beds for new and disruptive technologies: incorporating automation, blockchain, big data, A.I., and robotics into their communities to streamline processes and create more a more sustainable lifestyle. Cities are upending outdated models and legacy infrastructure to become “futureproof”- bringing efficiency and transparency to citizens and adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We welcome you to Smart Cities New York 2019! Let’s celebrate how much we’ve changed our cities already and gear up for the possibilities of the future.

https://smartcitiesny.com/

Smart to Future Cities 2019: Delegate brochure now available!

We're excited to bring you the Smart to Future Cities 2019 official event brochure. Entering its 8th year, Smart to Future Cities will return on the 10-11 April at the ILEC Centre London with new content and features designed to bring together the smart city community around key issues of funding, scalability & citizen engagement.

Our new key themes for 2019 bring an added emphasis on energy, utilities, infrastructure, healthcare and emerging technologies such as AI and IoT to deliver the full smart city value chain.

https://tmt.knect365.com/smart-future-cities/

Why More Cities Aren't Prioritizing Your Parking Troubles

Cities are eliminating requirements for new buildings to have parking.

Over-the-Rhine has been one of the biggest urban success stories of recent years. The neighborhood, which is just north of downtown Cincinnati, was in deep disrepair two decades ago, with thousands of residential units sitting vacant, turning into what amounted to an open-air drug market. Since then, however, city officials, corporations and developers have all taken an interest, sprucing up a historic district slightly larger than the French Quarter in New Orleans and filling it with condos, offices and restaurants.

http://www.governing.com/topics/urban/gov-parking-requirements-economic-development.html

Luxembourg to make public transport free

Luxembourg is planning to make all modes of public transport free to use. Xavier Bettel, leader of the country’s recently re-elected government, has pledged to remove fares on buses, trains and trams from the beginning of the summer of 2019. This follows Estonia's decision to make it possible for its counties to make public transport free to use.

Currently, public transport users in Luxembourg only pay €2 for up to two hours of travelling. This fare will be abolished next summer, although the government is yet to set out how it plans to differentiate between first and second class train carriages.

http://www.eltis.org/discover/news/luxembourg-make-public-transport-free

Transport Research Arena 2020 in Helsinki

27 April 2020 - 30 April 2020 Helsinki, Finland

The Transport Research Arena conference will take place in Helsinki on 27–30 April 2020 under the theme “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility”.

The event provides an ample forum for the representatives from research, industry, public administration and policy-making to discuss major challenges and opportunities we are facing in transport and mobility.

https://traconference.eu/

XV International Congress of Educating Cities

From 13 to 16 of November, the International Association of Educating Cities (AICE), a member organization of UCLG, celebrated its 15th International Congress in Cascais (Portugal). The Congress was an opportunity to share experiences and good practices on education.

Mayor of Rosario Mónica Fein, Vice-President of UCLG, participated on the opening ceremony, highlighting that “cities have opened learning spaces for a more participative, inclusive and sustainable world”. During the same occasion, Carlos Carreira, Mayor of Cascais, also emphasized the “strategic role of educating cities towards a free future and a democratic world order”.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/uclg-participates-xv-international-congress-educating-cities

Design for flooding: how cities can make room for water

Science is clearly showing that the world is shifting towards a more unstable climate. Weather events like the flash floods in Sydney last week will be more frequent and extreme, while the intervals between them will become shorter. With rising sea levels and frequent floods, water landscapes will become part of our urban routine.

Most Australian cities are already located along coastlines or within river catchments. Whether or not we are able to keep global warming below 1.5°C, the majority of the Australian population will soon live in a flood zone.

https://theconversation.com/design-for-flooding-how-cities-can-make-room-for-water-105844

The Future Is Urban, Global, and Unequal

Cities occupy a special place in our popular imagination. Think of any number of movies set, evocatively, in some of the world’s most prominent cities. London, New York City, and Tokyo may come to mind as the backdrop of many a romantic or action film. Cities are exciting, dynamic places, populated with a broad range of humanity, where many languages are spoken and food from all over the world is readily available.

https://www.bu.edu/sph/2018/11/27/the-future-is-urban-global-and-unequal/

Record number of participants for 2018 Polis Conference

Let me thank all of you for making this year’s Annual Polis Conference a great success! With a record number of 550 participants, the 2018 Polis Conference in Manchester was the most popular edition ever. The presentations, photos, and press releases of the conference are available online.

Hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester at the Old Trafford Stadium, the conference staged two days of intense discussions on the latest transport innovations in cities and regions. Polis closed its 2018 Conference with a plenary session on the management of urban space, titled ‘Get out of my space!’.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/2018conference

World Forum on Urban Violence calls on cities

The Second edition of the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace was held in Madrid, at the invitation of Mayor Manuela Carmena. United Cities and Local Governments was part of the organizing committee of the event, which gathered over 5000 participants from which around 400 were local and regional government officials from more than 35 different countries, as well as Nobel Peace laureates, and experts on peacebuilding from all the world, and served as a frame of action to prevent and transform conflicts and reduce urban violence.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/world-forum-urban-violence-calls-cities-grow-their-role-peacekeepers

City managers commend greater financial autonomy

Finance and executive directors of metropolises from Europe and the Americas met in Barcelona this November to discuss and learn from on-the-ground experiences about how to finance metropolitan services and infrastructures. Among the different perspectives debated, city managers and invited experts agreed that metropolitan areas should have greater fiscal autonomy than other urban or rural areas, in accordance with their greater responsibility for the delivery of public services and with their greater ability to levy taxes.

https://www.metropolis.org/news/city-managers-commend-greater-financial-autonomy-metropolitan-areas

Cities need strong support for digital transition

From digital education to technological investments, towns and regions are in strong need of support for the digital transition. And very soon, the next long-term EU budget will begin. That’s why the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Digital Transition Partnership, EUROCITIES and OASC have decided to join forces. Read our joint statement for the details:

http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3811

Invitation JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference 2019

This conference welcomes all actors interested in sustainable urban transitions such as policy-makers, mayors, city administration, urban practitioners, urban experts and researchers, representatives from Member States, Brussels-based urban networks and European institutions.

https://delegia.com/app/netattm/attendee/page/80993

Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit 2018 Report

Fresh from the oven! Last October, the Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit 2018 took place in Paris, gathering top-level speakers, companies and city delegates from

across the urban mobility spectrum. What happened?

https://www.autonomy.paris/en/download-report-autonomy-2018/

Local Opportunities for Digital Parking

The new Polis parking paper outlines concepts and discusses policy ideas to exploit the full potential of new technology, while mitigating their negative effects.

The mobility world talks about how MaaS sets out to revolutionise public transport. But another digital revolution is just around the corner. Digital parking technology is already rolling-out, improving the process of finding parking, paying and managing, but also parking enforcement. These technologies bear great potential, but also challenges. Car manufacturers and technology providers such as Google or HERE will be able to largely detach from local governments for parking spot detection and will be able to unlock additional parking spots to the public, today hidden in private parking garages.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/uploads/Modules/PublicDocuments/parking-paper-2018---web.pdf

Bucheon: A people-friendly vision

Bucheon City, South Korea, received the 2019 Sustainable Transport Award honorable mention for its people-centered transport model. The city prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, with the goal of improving walkability, creating green networks and urban forest, expanding cycling paths, and increasing the use of public transportation.

https://www.itdp.org/2018/11/05/bucheon-people-friendly-vision/

Creative, competitive cities: outcomes from EUROCITIES 2018

The EUROCITIES Conference 2018 focussed on the place of culture in driving successful, inclusive and prosperous cities and enriching the quality of life of our citizens.

Creativity and social innovation is an essential tool to help stimulate new solutions to common challenges cities face, such as unemployment, climate change and political alienation.

http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/news/Creative-competitive-cities-outcomes-from-EUROCITIES-2018-WSPO-B74G38

Smart Urban Mobility Solutions

Transport is changing dramatically with the advent of new technologies, changing demand patterns and the challenges of addressing climate change. Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) 2019 comprises an exhibition and 2-day conference programme that will take place at the SEC, Glasgow on 15-16 May 2019.

https://www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com/en/Conference/

Cycling could double in London with shared e-bike systems

Shared e-bikes, implemented at scale, could double the number of bicycle trips in London, increasing their modal share and reducing congestion and pollution. A recent report by Steer suggests that 813 000 daily trips in Greater London could switch to shared e-bikes. This would lead to 21 000 fewer hours spent in traffic and 184 fewer metric tons of CO2 emissions every day.

http://www.eltis.org/discover/news/cycling-could-double-london-shared-e-bike-systems

Turning Point in How Cities Treat the Homeless

A federal ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in September is already having an effect on how communities treat homeless people.

Martin v. Boise has been making its way through the courts since 2009. At issue is whether Boise, Idaho's ban against sleeping on the streets -- a so-called anti-camping ordinance that exists in many places across the country -- violates homeless people's Eighth Amendment rights, which protect against cruel and unusual punishment.

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-martin-boise-homeless-ruling.html

Africities 2018 Review

Bringing local Africa and Europe ever closer to a sustainable future

8,000 participants. 53 countries. 8 editions. 1 goal: the transition to sustainable cities and territories. We’re talking about Africities 2018, which took place in Marrakesh (Morocco) from 20 to 24 November.

While the transition to a sustainable future may be the overarching goal, that goal hangs onto many different strands. CEMR organised several sessions at Africities, focusing on different fundamental aspects of a sustainable and just transition. Here’s what happened.

http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3809

MORE launch event: Streets are Ecosystems

The MORE project publicly launched yesterday with a one-day event in London. The project coordinator Peter Jones (UCL) explained the novel approach of streets as ecosystems. Later, the industry and public stakeholders discussed this approach and the tools and design proposals for the digital street.

For the universities of the project consortium, one thing is evident on the urban stretches of the TEN-T corridor roads: In terms of space usage, the function of moving dominates. For roads to become streets and thereby places in the urban environment, other functions will require a redistribution of space.

Nature in the Urban Century

This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the equivalent of building a city the population of New York City every six weeks. Humanity will have urbanized an area of 1.2 million km2, larger than the nation of Colombia.

http://thecityfix.com/blog/nature-urban-century-cities-can-offer-solutions-biodiversity-loss-act-now-robert-mcdonald/

How can we boost the health of our cities?

Fast growing cities need viable solutions for rapid urbanization and population growth.

Cities occupy 2% of total land but account for 54% of the world population. A  UN report projects that by 2030, the urban population of developing countries will double and 90% of that increase is expected to be concentrated in Asia and Africa.

These numbers assume greater significance when we consider the environmental impact of cities – they represent 60% of global energy consumption, 70% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of global waste.

https://www.basf.com/in/en/company/sustainability/future-perfect/stories/How-can-we-boost-the-health-of-our-cities-.html

Barcelona Resilience Week: The smartest cities are the resilient ones

The Barcelona Resilience Week took place in Barcelona from the 11th to the 16th of November and brought together local and regional governments, partners and stakeholders working on resilience with the focus to advance awareness raising and take knowledge to action.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/barcelona-resilience-week-smartest-cities-are-resilient-ones

2nd Annual Smart Cities - Save the Date

This annual event will bring together global and local smart city leaders to discuss "how-to" strategies and visions for smart, connected cities. Expect an innovative, interactive and cutting edge format including keynotes, panels and roundtable discussions on products, services, platforms and solutions in creating sustainable smart cities.

https://managementevents.com/conferences/smart-cities-kuala-lumpur-2019/

The unprecedented plan to move an Arctic city

The world’s biggest iron ore mine is about to swallow the Swedish city of Kiruna. The company’s answer? Move the city

The crack appeared a few years ago, and has been creeping towards the town of Kiruna ever since.

“The mines are underneath us,” says Göran Cars. It’s early afternoon but the sun is already setting behind the mountain, colouring the clouds and outlining the town’s most prominent feature: two huge smokestacks. “And you can see the direction of the cracks – coming from the mine, and going straight up to the city centre.”

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/02/kiruna-swedish-arctic-town-had-to-move-reindeer-herders-in-the-way

Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety

Safer City Streets, the worldwide traffic safety network for liveable cities recently published its first global benchmark of urban road safety. The data, collected from 31 cities in 20 countries reveals striking differences in road safety performance between cities.

The purpose of the benchmarking document is to support cities in establishing road safety targets and to monitor urban road safety improvement progress. With cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists representing approximately 80 % of urban traffic fatalities, cities are being encouraged to enhance efforts to improve vulnerable road user safety.

http://www.eltis.org/discover/news/itf-releases-safer-city-streets-global-benchmarking-urban-road-safety

International Forum on Urbanism Congress 2018

Research on urban resilience is partly responsible for the urban resilience implementation gap. This is partly because of a lack of agreed and integrated multidisciplinary perspectives, frameworks and metrics to support design and governance for urban resilience. Because of this, the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), in partnership with UIC Barcelona, the Urban Resilience research Network (URNet) and the UN Habitat City Resilience profiling Program, will dedicate its 11th annual conference to help bridging this gap between research and practice, and moving towards more integrated perspectives on urban resilience implementation.

https://2018reframingurbanresilience.org/

Invitation to discuss the role of local authorities for a 'Vision Zero' in road safety

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) invite local authorities to join a PIN Talk on road safety and a “vision zero” on 11 December in Rome and on 14 December 2018 in Paris.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1846/45/Invitation-to-discuss-the-role-of-local-authorities-for-a-39-Vision-Zero-39-in-road-safety

How to Create Safer Public Housing Projects

Despite their fearsome reputation, a new study finds most low-income housing projects aren't magnets for crime. What makes some more dangerous?

Ask lifelong San Antonio resident and activist Jason Mata about crime in low-income housing and he becomes animated. Several public housing projects sit in Prospect Hills, his West Side neighborhood, and safety there is a daily concern. “Every day I wake up, and half a block or maybe a block away, there’s 20 to 30 people congregating, drinking, selling drugs, prostitution,” said Mata, who is also president of his neighborhood association. “That’s what we see every day here.”

https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/11/affordable-public-housing-design-crime-safety-research/577009/

Climate change: 1st global report on actions undertaken by cities

Carbon taxes, cycle paths, electric transport system or auctioning of carbon emission rights. Cities and regions around the world are leading the fight against global warming.

This is one of the main conclusions highlighted by the 1st annual report of the Global Observatory of Non-State Climate Action, published by Climate Chance.

Its aim? To become a key toolkit to encourage local and national decision-makers around the world to pool local and national policies when carrying out measures to limit the consequences of climate change.

http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3810

Bogotá hosted the largest Walk21 conference

Throughout Walk21 Bogotá one common thread really began to emerge: Walking has become a mainstream issue and creating walkable urban environments is slowly but steadily taking center stage in the urban discourse.

https://www.walk21.com/bogota

Oslo – where CityChangers meet

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is back! From 22-24 May, 3,000 passionate urban changemakers will gather in one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities to exchange their innovative ideas and experiences.

What are the most innovative and effective measures to make cities greener and more liveable?

This is the place to connect with the most active change agents who are shaping the future of our cities.

https://www.urban-future.org/

Redefining the Smart City: Culture, Metabolism and Governance

This paper reviews the literature about the Smart City paradigm in terms of culture, metabolism and governance and proposes a theoretical framework around it. This framework adopts a citizen-centered and outcome-oriented approach rather than a technology-based, corporate-driven solution. This approach applies smart infrastructure to each of the three fundamental values of a city in order to show how smart culture, smart metabolism, and smart governance can be created.

https://www.urenio.org/2018/12/03/redefining-smart-city-culture-metabolism-governance/

Towns are the winners from Britain’s great urban exodus

You may not notice it unless you or your offspring are university-bound, but every autumn brings with it a vast movement of people around the country as the university term begins. More specifically, it triggers an exodus of young people from the UK’s towns and countryside, as they flock to fill university campuses, most of which are based in cities.

https://www.citymetric.com/horizons/towns-are-winners-britain-s-great-urban-exodus-4343

European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM)

The 23rd edition of the European Conference on Mobility Management will be held in Edinburgh between 29th - 31st May 2019.

The ECOMM has developed as THE meeting place for Mobility Management practitioners and experts all over Europe. ECOMM is a three day event with excursions, keynote speeches, an exhibition, 50-80 presentations and workshops and lots of opportunities for making new contacts. It takes place every year in May in a European city selected by EPOMM and attracts 300-400 delegates.

http://www.epomm.eu/index.php?id=2632

How to advance smart and green mobility for harbor cities

Harbor cities face more challenges as it has to handle freight and passenger mobility. How do they integrate sustainable logistics into their sustainable urban mobility policies and actions? How do they leverage technologies to support the transition to sustainable mobility?

https://ecomobility.org/how-to-advance-smart-and-green-mobility-for-harbor-cities/

What Should Cities Be Doing About Scooters?

There's been an explosion of new urban transportation options in recent years. With car-sharing companies like Zipcar and Maven, public bike-share programs, and privately owned dockless bicycles -- not to mention emerging options like electric-assist bikes and even moped-sharing -- it can be hard to keep up.

Perhaps there’s no better example of the rapid proliferation of these options than electric scooters. Companies offering short-term dockless rentals of e-scooters have barely been around for a year, but they've already become a fixture in some cities.

http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-electric-scooters-bird.html

MaaS: The Challenge Isn’t the Technology – It’s the People

It feels like we are all mad for MaaS right now – and it appears that the excitement is well-founded, given the benefits that we expect to create. New technology is delivering new travel options like never before, options that promise to be faster, cheaper, more convenient … but we need the smarts in order to make things happen. What looks like a simple app interface to the average person, represents many, many hours of complicated development to build a complete, connected series of multimodal travel options, payment options with an intuitive app interface. Then they need to work perfectly together – all the time.

https://newcities.org/the-big-picture-maas-the-challenge-isnt-the-technology-its-the-people/

Cities and researchers discuss how to improve safety of city streets


The 3rd joint workhop between Polis and the International Transport Forum's (ITF) 'Safer City Streets' initiative concluded today in Manchester in which cities, reseachers and thought leaders exchanged how urban streets can beoome safer. The workhop took place ahead of the 2018 Polis Conference, with its first day hosted by Transport for London and day two by Polis president Transport for Greater Manchester.
https://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/1849/45/Cities-and-researchers-discuss-how-to-improve-safety-of-city-streets

CIVITAS Forum highlights


This year's CIVITAS Forum Conference, which was held in Umeå, Sweden, came to an end on Friday 21 September and gathered the CIVITAS community from across Europe and beyond.
Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners came together to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
http://civitas.eu/forum2018

Cities for Adequate Housing 


Our constituency lived a historical turning point last 15 and 16 July, when a group of major global cities brought to the UN a firm pledge for the Right to Housing in the form of the Declaration “Cities for Adequate Housing”. This global call to action builds on the #MakeTheShift campaign, launched by the UN Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. 
https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/cities-adequate-housing-call-action-ensure-right-housing

Why are cities so unaffordable? A crowdfunded film finds out


For filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, it is fitting that he is crowdfunding part of the money needed for his new documentary that explores why housing in most major cities is becoming unaffordable for residents.
In the film "Push", Gertten follows Leilani Farha, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, as she meets with people from Barcelona to Toronto, who have been evicted or forced to move from their homes and neighbourhoods.
http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=b77d677f-f02e-4475-b9a2-b235434bf162

 

 

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