20/12/2018 - Integrating Cities VIII conference - Watch the video!
19/12/2018 - Five Cities Win Innovation Award in Guangzhou
18/12/2018 - Smart Cities 2019: The Future is Now
17/12/2018 - Transport Research Arena 2020 in Helsinki
17/12/2018 - XV International Congress of Educating Cities
17/12/2018 - The Future Is Urban, Global, and Unequal
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 - Smart Urban Mobility Solutions
11/12/2018 - Turning Point in How Cities Treat the Homeless
7/12/2018 - Barcelona Resilience Week: The smartest cities are the resilient ones
6/12/2018 - International Forum on Urbanism Congress 2018
5/12/2018 - Bogotá hosted the largest Walk21 conference
4/12/2018 - European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM)
3/12/2018 - Cities and researchers discuss how to improve safety of city streets
At the Integrating Cities conference VIII, 180 delegates representing cities and public authorities, European institutions, NGOs and think-tanks, international organisations and the academia, met in Milan to unlock the social and economic potential that migration holds. The video of the conference is now available with key messages from the city and European representatives.
The 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be held in Bucharest, will gather EU, national, local and regional leaders from across Europe to discuss the future of the European Union and how to involve the citizens more effectively in the European project through local and regional authorities.
The summit will be co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions, the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Association of Municipalities of Romania. During the event, a declaration by local and regional leaders on the future of Europe will adopted in order to share their voice ahead of the European elections and the next term of office of the EU institutions.
All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too
You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled their arrival with a piercing hiss, a rattle of engine and a plume of fumes are no more, replaced with the world’s first and largest 100% electric bus fleet.
To strengthen contemporary urban governance, decision-making within cities and the two-way communication between citizens, governments and stakeholders was the aspiration when SmartGov was initiated. By combining data from open sources and social media channels, information that previously have been used separately, a new framework has been established. Through combination of these data and usage of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM), stakeholders can visualise and analyse policy decisions in order to understand which decisions lead to which future, facilitating the decision-making process and ensuring the best result
Asia’s largest garbage dump once smoldered with trash fires and belched so much methane across Wuhan that nearby residents could not open their windows. Now, the reclaimed trash heap is a green oasis so verdant it has become a popular wedding venue; and the Chinese city of 11 million hosted an international garden expo on the site.
The 6th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be held on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands.
The theme of the conference is 'Planning for Sustainable and Active Cities'.
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. The event offers opportunities to network, debate key issues and to exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. Attendance is free of charge. The 2018 edition in Nicosia attracted over 500 participants.
Global tech players such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – the so-called Big 4, or GAFA – Airbnb and Tesla are redefining work, mobility, leisure and the everyday of how we live. Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations. Cities are expected to be home to nearly 70% of the world’s population by 2050, with 95% of urban population growth taking place in developing countries.
Compact pedestrian neighborhoods, urban forests and even carbon-sucking technologies must make the to-do list of more city mayors if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, scientists said at U.N. talks on Monday.
Governments at the climate negotiations in Poland are at loggerheads over how to respond to a U.N. scientific report that says temperatures could rise 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times as early as 2030.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!’.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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