30/4/2019 - Cities embrace circular development at UNEA-4
30/4/2019 - Registration for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019 open
30/4/2019 - Russia: From monotowns to pluritowns
30/4/2019 - Pooling urban commons: the Civic eState
29/4/2019 - 2019 Chicago Forum on Global Cities
25/4/2019 - Better Together Award
24/4/2019 - Back for 2019: Mad City
23/4/2019 - Urban 20 cities met in Milan to prepare for the Mayors Summit in Tokyo
18/4/2019 - Join us for Energy Cities’ annual conference
17/4/2019 - New Date - EFUS 2019 General Assembly meeting
16/4/2019 - Register now for the CIVITAS Forum 2019
15/4/2019 - ITS Europe Congress preview
12/4/2019 - ICLEI Announced as Official Knowledge Partner for IMPACT>MOBILITY
11/4/2019 - EUGIC 2019 London - Join the Greening Cities Conversation
10/4/2019 - Live Stream: Spaces and Places 2019
9/4/2019 - ICLEI World Congress 2021: Call for bids
8/4/2019 - UN Environment Assembly hosts inaugural Cities Summit
5/4/2019 - 2019 Invitation 40th Anniversary of Szeged Trolleybus Operation
4/4/2019 - 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
3/4/2019 - Local and Urban Governance: Trends, Challenges and Innovations in a Globalizing World
2/4/2019 - A Quick Guide to Getting the Green Light to Attend SCNY19
1/4/2019 - Save the date The Smart City Guidance Package: the way forward
Cities embrace circular development at UNEA-4
The linear model of consumption needs to go. That might just be the key takeaway from UNEA-4, or the United Nations Environment Assembly, which was held in Nairobi 11-15 March. Throughout the event, policymakers, scientists and stakeholders made continuous reference to the “linear model” and why addressing it should be a top priority for communities worldwide if they are to build healthy environments and protect natural resources.
UNEA-4 is the most important decision-making event of UN Environment, so the focus on sustainable consumption and production reflects a key priority for nations. From waste concrete out of a freshly demolished building to the millions of tons of biomass discarded from inefficient food systems every year, the linear model dominates current urban production and consumption patterns, presenting a challenge for policymakers working towards a sustainable future.
Registration for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019 open
Towns and cities across Europe and further afield can now register their participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019.
The annual campaign, which takes place from 16-22 September each year, is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and seeks to improve quality of life through promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport.
This year’s campaign puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, environment, and bank balance. The 2019 theme is represented by the slogan Walk with us!
Russia: From monotowns to pluritowns
The crisis in Detroit, America’s Motor City, was splashed all over the international press when the city filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, in July 2013. The stories about the fall and then, the renaissance of this once-great city, which had staked everything on the automobile industry, abounded. But we don’t hear as much about the monogoroda, Russia’s long-forgotten industrial towns, that share a similar fate. There are 319 of these single-factory towns, where a single industry or factory accounts for most of the local economy. How are they faring?
Pooling urban commons: the Civic eState
Naples’ Urban Civic Uses policy is characterised by the way artists, creatives, innovators and city inhabitants are entitled to organise themselves to establish forms of self-government for critical social infrastructure including urban commons such as abandoned, unused or underused city assets. Christian Iaione, URBACT Lead Expert, tells us how Naples’ Good Practice is being transferred to other European cities thanks to the Civic eState project.
2019 Chicago Forum on Global Cities
The Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, is a three-day international conference that raises provocative questions about the influence of global cities and how they can solve pressing global challenges. Participating thought leaders and decision makers create new connections and develop innovative solutions to advance in their own cities.
The 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn.
In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germanylaunched Resilient Cities, the first forum on cities and adaptation to climate change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation).
More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.
Why is Britain so Bad at Planning Cities?
Here is something you might try if you live in Britain. Go to your favourite urban place, whether it be the centre of a large city or a small market town. Close your eyes, turn around three times and walk in that direction for 15 minutes (or an hour if you’re in London). I can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence that the place where you end up will be crap.
The goal: A shift from private cars to shared electric mobility.
The EU project eHUBS, co-funded by European Commission’s Interreg North-West Europe Programme, kicked off its activities at a partner meeting on the 10th of April 2019 in Lille. This ambitious project wants to increase the uptake of shared electric mobility solutions by end-users, through the deployment and promotion of e-Mobility hubs.
The Better Together Award is an international competition seeking collaborative innovations solving local climate challenges.
This award makes successful examples of such collaborative innovations visible to the world. It aims to inspire other local decision-makers and to support the scaling of successful climate action across regions and cities.
Participate and get the international visibility, support and connections to take your local action global!
Early Bird Registration closing soon: CTBUH 10th World Congress
The Early Bird Registration Deadline is just a couple weeks away: 1 May 2019. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the premier gathering of professionals in the field of tall buildings and sustainable cities. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Council’s founding, the Congress will explore the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50 years, while inquiring into the future of our cities 50 years from now. Join us in Chicago!
Cars dominate cities today. Barcelona has set out to change that.
The city is creating a network of walkable, mixed-use “superblocks.”
Salvador Rueda is gripped by a vision for Barcelona.
In his mind’s eye, he sees a city no longer dominated by automobiles. Most streets once devoted to cars have been transformed into walkable, mixed-use public spaces, what he calls “superblocks,” where pedestrians, cyclists, and citizens mix in safety. Each resident has access to their own superblock and can traverse the city to visit the others without the need for, or fear of, motorized private vehicles.
Proposals for the Environment and the Future of Cities
“Disturbing”, given the grave assessments and the magnitude and nature of the anticipated climate events and their impact to the human condition and natural life of the earth. “Polarizing”, in that the report confronts virtually every individual who reads the 500-some page document, especially those in design-related disciplines, and environmental fields, to make a fundamental choice. One, change how one personally lives, works and the content and expertise they advocate through their work. Or two, ignore the report and go on with one’s life and business.
A two-day long international happening (a non-conference) dedicated to unusual ideas for the future development of cities will take place in two unique venues in Riga – Railway Museum (May 30th) and the floating venue NOASS (May 31st).
25 City and Public Transport Leaders Announced to Attend IMPACT>MOBILITY
London, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm & Helsinki amongst the first 25 City and Public Transport Leaders Announced to Attend IMPACT>MOBILITY Conference
The first 25 cities, public transport authorities and mobility policy makers that will attend the inaugural IMPACT>MOBILITY conference (June 24-25, Novotel) have just been announced. (https://events.impactconf.com/mobility-eu/ )
IMPACT>MOBILITY will unite 200+ cities, public transport authorities, automakers, mobility service providers and technology platforms to explore the data monetisation, scalability and customer experience challenges facing the development of Mobility as a Service in European cities.
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus.
SINGAPORE – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as“Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises.
Everything that causes gentrification, from A to Z
Gentrification: Here’s your all-purpose list, from artists to zoning, of who and what’s to blame
When bad things happen, we look around for someone to blame. And when it comes to gentrification, which is loosely defined as somebody not like you moving into your neighborhood, there’s no shortage of things to blame. We’ve compiled a long–but far from exhaustive–list of the things that people have blamed for causing gentrification. (This task has been made easier by the now seemingly inexhaustible editorial/journalistic appetite for stories pitched as exploring the gentrification of “X”.)
Urban 20 cities met in Milan to prepare for the Mayors Summit in Tokyo
After a successful first U20 Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires last October, U20 Sherpas met in Milan on 5-6 March to prepare this year’s Summit, which will be hosted by Tokyo as the 2019 U20 Chair. U20 Sherpas discussed the group’s policy priorities on climate action, social inclusion, and economic growth, and agreed on reinforcing the link between those and the Sustainable Development Goals.
WIE2019 registrations are open !
WssTP cordially informs you that the registrations for "Water Innovation Europe 2019 " organised on the 12th & 13th June 2019 are now open!
Join the WIE2019 discussions in Brussels and bring water into the centre of attention.
Due to BIG, the first cities are "calibrated for the most vulnerable tropical and sub-tropical regions around the globe"
Imagine you would create your own design draft of a sustainable floating city without limitations. You shouldn’t focus too much on affordability, feasibility or maintenance costs. Pay more attention to issues like sustainability, well-being, green space or ways how to make life on these floating city islands self-sufficient. Would it look like the latest design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)?
Spending on smart city technology to grow to $135 billion by 2021
Smart cities will deploy a network of interactive sensors to achieve efficiency and innovation. Findings of a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that spending on smart city technology is expected to grow to $135 billion by 2021. This was released in conjunction with Future Cities Show, which concluded recently. The show was held in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting, and ran under the theme 'Propelling Globalization through Digital Transformation’.
Join us for Energy Cities’ annual conference
Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg, ICCA aims at uniting cities, regions and governments on all levels to increase cooperation for boosting climate action.
In the midst of this spirit of collaboration and action for climate, Energy Cities holds its annual conference and provides several occasions to meet with peers and discuss the latest developments in local energy matters, such as planning, policies and trends. In addition to the varied programme offered within ICCA, Energy Cities provides further possibilities for you to connect and get inspired during some of our workshops.
Free registration for top sustainable urban mobility event
The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.
This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics will debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
Registration and the calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors are open. Attending the event is free.
Sao Paulo’s Strategy for Organic Waste Management
In Brazil, Latin America’s largest country in terms of population, the City of Sao Paulo is committed to recycle organics. In 2015, the City embarked on a journey towards separate collection of organics, thus enabling the production of high-quality compost.
Modern municipal solid waste (MSW) management aims to reduce the amounts of waste disposed to minimise environmental burden. Separate collection and recycling of organic waste can significantly contribute to achieve targets of mitigating short-lived climate pollutants (SLPC) like methane emissions and reducing leachate. In cities that send MSW mainly unsorted to landfills (or dumpsites), the reduction of organic waste through composting represents a key element in waste management, with the additional capability of producing organic fertilisers and renewable fuels
4 Ways Local Solar Projects Can Benefit Cities
When a city decides to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, headlines follow. But the work has only just begun. Cities have many options for generating and purchasing renewable electricity, each of which comes with distinct benefits and challenges.
Large, off-site projects tend to offer scale and help make a measurable difference towards locally-defined renewable energy goals. But they can be legally and financially complex and harder to sell to elected officials and residents. For this reason, the first renewable project that a city undertakes is often based in its own community. This might be an on-site solar project, which is installed at the same location where the electricity is consumed. Or it could be a community solar program, which allows residents to subscribe to a shared solar project within the community.
New Date - EFUS 2019 General Assembly meeting
The 2019 General Assembly meeting, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed to 25 and 26 June and will be held as planned in Augsburg, Germany. On this occasion, Efus, the German forum (DEFUS) and the City of Augsburg will organise a European colloquium on “The local dimension of European urban security policies: cities and regions for security and democracy”.
Making transport more accessible and inclusive for all event
The EU-funded INCLUSION project invites you to an interactive and lively event on 18 June 2019, in Groningen (The Netherlands).
The event is organised in conjunction with the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans taking place on 17-18 June 2019 in Groningen.
You are welcomed to join the event at 16:00 immediately after the SUMP conference!
Innovative solutions that are being tested in the project’s pilots in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the UK will be highlighted.
The Green Soul of the Concrete Jungle
On an increasingly urban planet, human society could face escalating mental health issues unless steps are taken to ensure greater access to nature and green spaces in our cities. The 21st century could be called the urban century, with 2.4 billion more people forecast to live in cities by 2050. In a recent essay in Sustainable Earth, my coauthors and I reviewed three different academic disciplines—urban economics, environmental health, and ecology—to quantify what role nature might play in this urban century. Trends in these three disciplines suggest that the urban century needs nature to succeed.
PACTESUR project started - website online!
The project Protect Allied Cities against TErrorism in Securing Urban aReas - PACTESUR has been officially launched.
The cities Nice, Torino, and Liège are joining forces to strengthen their cooperation and achieve convergent strategies on urban security. Further project partners include the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS), ANCI Piemonte, the Metropole Nice Côte d’Azur, and 11 partner cities.
Register now for the CIVITAS Forum 2019
Registration for this year's CIVITAS Forum Conference is now open! This edition of Europe's leading sustainable mobility event is taking place from 2-4 October in Graz, Austria.
This year marks a homecoming for CIVITAS - the very first Forum took place in Austria's second city in 2003. Yet mobility never stands still. The situation in Graz is very different compared to 16 years ago, like in many cities around Europe.
6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
The European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers, local authorities, urban transport planners, academics, NGOs and other mobility professionals.
Roundtable on floating cities at UNHQ calls for innovation to benefit all
UN-Habitat convened a roundtable discussion of architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs at UN Headquarters on how floating cities could be a viable solution to urban challenges such as climate change and lack of affordable housing.
The meeting was co-convened with Oceanix, a company looking to build the floating structures, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering and the USA-based Explorers Club.
Colouring London: a new way of city mapping
“Colouring London” is a a pioneering project by the Bartlett’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), aiming to gather information on every building in London through the contribution of citizens. By 2021, it aims to be the first port of call for open data on the characteristics of London’s buildings, reflecting the different data through colour changing of buildings.
The contribution of ITS to clean mobility will be covered in detail at the upcoming ITS European Congress in Brainport-Eindhoven on 3-6 June. The conference topic ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ will examine how ITS can be used to improve air quality and be integrated into the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Join in this important conversation: for information on registering to attend ITS European Congress, click here.
International Conference on Urban Health - call for abstracts closing
Abstract submission deadline: 19 April 2019
There are just two weeks left to submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations, pre-conference workshops and pre-formed panels (group presentations) at the 16th International Conference on Urban Health.
This is What We Need To Do To Build Healthy, Happy Cities
What does it take to be a happy and healthy city? In any city, myriad factors go into the mix – and of course we are not dealing with just one kind of city. But, due to the world history of colonisation, models are still too often European-centric. In particular, we need to adjust how we think about cities in the tropics.
Smart City, Smart Procurement Strategy
One of the most popular conversations at smart and sustainable city conferences, with good reason, is procurement. This dry but vitally important topic comes up again and again. For years, vendors and city practitioners have been on a quest to better understand and define how their interactions can be more successful and nimble. Tackling the procurement conundrum is key to enabling cities to achieve their environmental, economic development and equity goals using new tools.
ICLEI Announced as Official Knowledge Partner for IMPACT>MOBILITY
IMPACT>MOBILITY is delighted to announce ICLEI as its official Knowledge Partner for its Amsterdam conference this June (24-25).
IMPACT>MOBILITY is a brand-new type of conference connecting Europe’s leading decision makers across cities, automakers, public transport authorities, mobility service platforms and investors to create partnerships and financial models for the new smart mobility landscape (http://bit.ly/2HQbjcw )
IMPACT>MOBILITY Head of Content, Luke James said, “A fully defined ecosystem and commercial strategy between public and private parties has yet to emerge. Working closely with ICLEI the objective of the conference is to connect the leading stakeholders to tackle mobility data and monetisation challenges head-on.
Fira Barcelona Launches Smart City Expo Atlanta
Smart City Expo Atlanta is redefining what it means for a city to be “smart”. We are ensuring equity, prosperity, humanity, inclusion, and justice are on par with blockchain, A.I., IoT, big data, and automation.
Where Gentrification Is an Emergency, and Where It’s Not
Gentrification is geographically limited in cities, but a new study shows where it has become a crisis, particularly for low-income black households.
Ron Daniels, president of the Baltimore-based civil-rights network Institute of the Black World 21st Century, assembled a group of some of the foremost African-American social-justice advocates, thinkers, and influencers to Newark this weekend for an emergency summit on gentrification. The emergency is that too many white people have been moving back from wherever they fled to into inner-city neighborhoods that have been culturally and racially defined as black communities for the past few decades. This white invasion is an “insidious onslaught” to African-American life as we know it, as Daniels spelled out in a blog he penned last November, and so walls must be built, or rather, policies must be built to stop the occupation.
The Midwestern metropolis of Columbus, Ohio, is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Like leaders in much of urban America, officials in Columbus are looking for ways to handle the pressures that come with growth and demographic change. When Columbus applied in 2015 for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, the only iteration of the contest so far, its vision for what it might do with the $40 million grant involved, among other things, targeting an aging population; younger residents attracted to already dense neighborhoods; and access to transit and other forms of transportation.
EUGIC 2019 London - Join the Greening Cities Conversation
Working with nature for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities.
Knowledge and inspiration on governance, planning and design, water and health, finance and construction, landscape management and more.
Mark your calendar! FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference 2019 – Mexico City
It is with great pleasure that we cordially invite you to attend the next FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference in Mexico City from the 8th to the 10th of September 2019.
The FIDIC 2019 International Infrastructure Conference is the annual, must-attend meeting place for the most influential industry leaders and decision makers of the infrastructure industry.
This FIDIC Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity for organizations to raise their profile by meeting with a global audience of c-suite infrastructure decision-makers. It brings together the entire infrastructure ecosystem with peers, clients and prospects under one roof enabling deal making and business opportunities.
Eliminating Parking Spaces in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, wants to replace parking spaces with bike tracks, bike parking, and trees. It has announced its strategy to eliminate about 1,500 parking spaces from its city center every year. Due to Het Parool, it is even possible to reduce the number of parking spaces of at least 11,200 by December 2025. Although this may sound like a revolutionary step, there is an orderly plan that should ensure a relatively smooth transition.
MaaS Is About Sharing Customers (Not Just Data)
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is Netflix for mobility? Not. Building a server network, signing contracts with film studios and right owners, marketing in multiple countries is not easy, but it can’t match the complexity and diverse local conditions that characterises the mobility eco-system. First and foremost, MaaS is not a digital service. It consists of very physical services with high margin cost and low operating margin, or even negative in the case of public transport. The different types of services are very different – they are as diverse as the flight, hotel room, dinners and guided tours that make up an all-inclusive vacation trip when it comes to price models, liabilities, content and organisation.
Live Stream: Spaces and Places 2019
For the first time ever, Spaces and Places will be amplified to a national audience. This annual event directly addresses issues affecting communities of color — issues too often not fully recognized by professional urban planning and design communities. Until now, only conference attendees had been able to take part in the conversation.
Register to watch a live stream by Next City of “Spaces & Places 2019: People. Power. Justice.”
Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2000 - nominations extended
Initially scheduled until March 29, 2019, the nominations for Stage A of the prize have been extended until May 31st. There is still time to apply.
Highway planners use a deeply flawed “lemming” model of traffic that rationalizes highway widenings
The traffic projections made as part of the Environmental Assessment for the $500 million Rose Quarter I-5 widening project make an audacious claim that the project will reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gases, and completely unlike any other freeway expansion project, won’t induce any additional demand.
How do they know that? Because they have a model that says so.
Migrants want to live in the big cities, just like the rest of us
Migration is getting increasing attention in Australia, with the Morrison government recently putting the focus on settling migrants in regional areas to ease pressure on the capital cities. Newly released statistics show 79% of Australian population growth was in the capital cities in 2017-18. The population of these cities grew by 307,800, a 1.9% increase.
ICLEI World Congress 2021: Call for bids
Every three years, ICLEI convenes the ICLEI World Congress for its Members in order to give them the opportunity to share and discover the latest strategies for sustainable development. Additionally, the ICLEI World Congress serves as the network’s key event for both recognizing the achievements of its Members and for laying out the organization’s strategy for guiding local action across the globe. From the founding congress in 1990 in New York, to the recent ICLEI World Congress 2018 in Montréal, this event has given leaders and experts the opportunity to build new relationships, acquire new knowledge, and discover all of the resources that the ICLEI network has to offer in the organization’s mission for sustainable urban development.
Now, ICLEI is preparing for ICLEI World Congress 2021, and is calling for bids from Members interested in hosting the event.
The 2019 Ecocity World Summit brings together a diverse mix of researchers, policy makers, city-building professionals, business innovators, and civil society leaders who share a commitment to creating socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.
Smart city: enthusiasm but caution on new 5G technology
5G networks no doubt have the technological specs necessary to power smart cities, but without careful design and planning the complexity of integrating everything from traffic to health care could prove overwhelming
Long-touted advances of smart cities may finally become reality with the increases to wireless network speeds and bandwidths promised by the switch to 5G. Seamless integration of our homes, cities and utilities can change the way we interact with everything from grocery stores to doctors.
What's Holding Smart Cities Back?
With the global population set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, two thirds of which will be living in cities, according to United Nations projections, governments worldwide are already facing an array of challenges in ensuring the sustainability, security and success of an ever-more-crowded planet.
The urgency of these challenges underscores the importance of smart cities continuing to fuel growth, innovation and cultural dynamism amid this wave of continued urbanization. To do so, they’ll need to harness data analytics, smart infrastructure, sensing technologies and innovation networks to improve civic services, manage day-to-day operations and make cities attractive destinations for capital.
UN Environment Assembly hosts inaugural Cities Summit
UN-Habitat and UN Environment, together with ICLEI, UCLG and Cities Alliance, co-hosted the first Cities Summit during the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) in Nairobi. Held under the theme Innovation for Livable and sustainable Cities: Multi-level and Integrated Urban Systems, the Cities Summit provided a forum for high level dialogue between mayors, ministers, private sector leaders and civil society representatives.
Annual Polis Conference 2019: Call for speakers is open!
Submit your abstract and speak at Europe's leading event on sustainable mobility in cities and regions!
The parallel sessions at the 2019 Polis Conference will feature in-depth presentations showing innovation in policy and practice across the transport spectrum.
Each session will aim for a mix of current practice and future plans from cities and regions, with urban transport research and industry initiatives
Rethinking the future of cities
What word comes to mind when you think of “cities”? Busy? And when you think of “forests”? Peaceful? What if cities could be something different?
To date, cities have largely been problematic for the environment. They occupy just two percent of the world’s land. However, they account for over 60 percent of global energy consumption, 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 70 percent of global waste. Because of their historical impact on air quality, fresh water, natural resources and energy, the current growth of cities and megacities is a worrying trend.
Cycles for cigarettes: city gives bikes to children if a relative quits
The bicycles are given to children in the Turkish border city of Kilis if they also maintain strong grades and promise to ride for an hour a day
Standing on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small Turkish city on the border with Syria, a constant stream of noisy motorcycles, scooters and cars zoom past. It’s certainly not the most bicycle-friendly city, but local leaders are determined to change that with a new network of cycle lanes, and by giving away thousands of bikes to local children.
2019 Invitation 40th Anniversary of Szeged Trolleybus Operation
Szeged Transport Company cordially invites to participate at the conference commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Szeged Trolleybus Operation. The conference will be held jointly with the trolley:2.0 project in English.
Conference venue and date: Monday, 29th April 2019, 9:00-16:00; Szeged, Körtöltés utca 35. Participation is free.
Save the Date: 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns
The City of Mannheim, and ICLEI Europe are pleased to announce the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns. The conference will take place from 30 September - 2 October 2020 in Mannheim, Germany.
The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future.
To Avoid Climate Disaster, Urban Transportation Must Change, Now
Cities have a key role to play in confronting climate change, and it starts with shared mobility—and taking back the streets from the private car.
Smart Cities Are Going Green Because It Costs Less
Our cities are getting smarter. Look around any modern metropolis, and you'll see hundreds of smart devices. Devices that provide better convenience, increase our safety, enable connectivity anywhere, reduce our traffic jams, improve our economy - all with a view to improving the quality of life for all. But with this tech revolution comes a need to change how our cities are powered.
55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
With urbanisation continuing at pace and a globalising economy, metropolitan areas are morphing into megacities. How does scale become power and define new global roles for megacities? What can urban planning and development strategies do to promote liveability, well-being, sustainability, innovation and responsive governance for their dwellers?
Come to Jakarta, one of the largest and fastest sinking cities in the world, to explore contemporary challenges that megacities face and solutions that work on the ground.
Join us at the plenaries and discover your global community of urban professionals in the tracks.
Call for papers: The e-Future of Cities
The electronic future of cities, incarnated in the Smart City concept, is inevitable. A large number of cities have the title of Smart City both in developed and less developed countries all over the world. The quantity and quality of new technologies are exponentially growing almost daily.
Berlin will soon have one app to integrate mobility services
Berlin will soon have a single app to bring together various transport services within the city, thus taking an important step towards the provision of mobility as a service (MaaS).
Berlin is already home to a number of sustainable transport projects, many of which aim to deliver its ambitious cycling development goals. Berlin will soon add another aspect to its innovative sustainable transport portfolio: the German capital will see the full integration of public and private mobility services united in a single MaaS application.
Why California Is Suing Its Own Cities
In one of his first moves as governor, Gavin Newsom is taking some cities to court for failing to address the affordable housing crisis.
Not many governors decide to sue a city in their state within a few weeks of taking office. Gavin Newsom, the new Democratic governor of California, however, did just that, signaling his seriousness about addressing the state’s chronic but worsening housing shortage.
Local and Urban Governance: Trends, Challenges and Innovations in a Globalizing World
The International Conference on “Local and Urban Governance: trends, challenges and innovations in a globalizing world”, convened by the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) Commission on Geography of Governance and organised in collaboration with the University of Cape Verde (UNICV), will be held in Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, on September 4-7, 2019.
50 Free Tickets announced for IMPACT>MOBILITY
IMPACT>MOBILITY is offering 50 complimentary tickets for delegates from cities, public transport authorities and government organisations.
On June 24-25th the City of Amsterdam will host IMPACT>MOBILITY, a brand-new type of conference connecting Europe’s leading decision makers across cities, automakers, public transport authorities, mobility service platforms and investors to create partnerships and financial models for the new smart mobility landscape (https://events.impactconf.com/cities/ ).
The conference will host 200 senior leaders across mobility platform providers, OEMs, cities, public transport authorities, telecoms companies and investors, including a list of city representatives already including London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Lublin, Birmingham and many others
Smart Cities should focus on People, not Technology
While a lot of buzz in smart cities is about the impressive, cutting-edge technology, the crucial component which makes them smart should be the emphasis on their citizens. The technology should be invisible, seamlessly embedded in the environment to serve real human needs. If the sole focus of a smart city is the technology, then the project is doomed to fail.
Despite ‘Car-Free’ Hype, Millennials Drive a Lot
Despite the buzz around ride-hailing and bike lanes, car ownership among younger Americans looks a lot like that of older Americans.
Millennials, so famous for killing things, were poised to deliver the death blow to America’s auto addiction. We were supposed to put off our driver’s licenses, choose Lyfts over car loans, and settle in cities rather than suburbs, using mass transit and bike lanes instead of the traditional private car. We were supposed to make greener choices than our gas-guzzling older kin.
A Quick Guide to Getting the Green Light to Attend SCNY19
Getting the go-ahead to purchase a ticket to a conference you need to attend can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to convincing the powers that be. Luckily, we’re here to help get you one step closer to the 3rd annual Smart Cities New York conference, May 13 -15! Attending SCNY19 will open you and your organization up to a host of business opportunities, invaluable networking prospects, and insights into the latest trends and advances. Inspiration from the talks, exhibits, and tours will help you stay relevant in these rapidly changing times and provide a first glimpse at your competition’s latest urban innovations.
The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 is taking place from 2-4 October in Graz, Austria. The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond. Registration and more information Book your place at CIVITAS Forum 2019 now. Attendance is free! Visit the event's web page for more information, including a draft programme outline and travel and accommodation details. Follow #CIVITAS2019 on Twitter for the latest Forum news.
Key ingredients for a smart urban district
Smart city expert Ali Vasallo Belver shares the lesson learnt from an innovative integrated retrofitting strategy across Europe
As awareness grows about the need to live more sustainably, policy action towards "greening" our towns and cities is also more intense. Buildings for example consume up to 40% of all the energy used in the EU, so a lot is at stake. However, energy efficiency measures need to be integrated into "the bigger picture" of the urban environment, which includes ICT, mobility, citizen engagement and governance.
Social Design Offers a More Collaborative Vision of Urban Development
When we think of design in cities, it’s typically physical environments and infrastructure that come to mind: glass, steel and stone, skylines and main streets, museums, traffic jams, playgrounds and construction sites. But the designs that determine the health and resilience of a city are invisible: they are the relationships between the people and institutions living there, the connections to each other and to services that sustain or overlook them. They are the human circulatory system of a city.
Save the date The Smart City Guidance Package: the way forward
Objective of the event is to launch the Smart City Guidance Package (SCGP) by presenting the results of the work led by the Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulations Action Cluster of the EIP-SCC in order to provide public authorities of cities and communities, as well as non-governmental actors, with the necessary support for planning and managing smart city projects.
Webinar: Talent Growth in Cities
Join Next City for another event in our online seminar series, this time with guest presenter Deborah Diamond, Ph.D., president of Campus Philly, on Wednesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. eastern time.
Talent is driving growth in cities, and Philadelphia saw this was on the horizon in the late 1990s when city and higher education leaders created Campus Philly. Since its official founding in 2004, Campus Philly has made Philadelphia central to the experience of city and suburban college students in the region.
Cities have recently become so clogged up with people, buildings or cars that they hardly leave any room for the good old fashioned backyard. However, taking a look at these New York brownstone backyards will remind you of the necessity of having a green relaxing place around your home. Green spaces should prevail in urban centers and they should not be ‘something that you jam in there somewhere’, but a prerequisite of sustainable and satisfying urban living.
How Cities Can Ruin Relationships in Five Steps
It’s hard to make a relationship work, but it’s easy to ruin one. Particularly in the early stages before you really trust each other, forget too many birthdays or fail to communicate, things will fall apart in no time at all.
At Cities of Service, we often find ourselves playing the role of dating coach, cultivating budding romances between city governments and citizens in cities across the country. With trust in government at an all-time low all over the world, we have our work cut out for us.https://meetingoftheminds.org/how-cities-can-ruin-relationships-in-five-steps-30083
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