30/11/2018 - Cities4people: Migrating ideas, inspiring integration 
30/11/2018 - First-ever Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety 
30/11/2018 - Cities Of The Future: The Ultimate Design Challenge
30/11/2018 - How to design and co-create greener cities

29/11/2018 - The City of Your Choice! - Guangzhou Award 2018
29/11/2018 - 2018 Polis Conference discusses individual needs vs greater good
29/11/2018 - Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn't So Bad for Cities
29/11/2018 - Smart City of 2018 is Singapore

28/11/2018 - International New Town Day 2018
28/11/2018 - Urban Sound Symposium & Hackaton 2019
28/11/2018 - Balancing the Risks which come with becoming Smarter
28/11/2018 - The Future of Cities is Female

27/11/2018 - Porto will host the CITIES Forum 2019!
27/11/2018 - Upscaling Hydrogen Gensets in European Cities
27/11/2018 - Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?
27/11/2018 - A handbook on child-responsive urban planning

26/11/2018 - Invitation to discuss the crucial role of local authorities for a 'Vision Zero' in road safety
26/11/2018 - Smart and Healthy Transport in Cities
26/11/2018 - The Humanability of Smart Cities
26/11/2018 - What Would a Smog-Free City Look Like?

23/11/2018 - Workshop: Evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development
23/11/2018 - Top 6 Trends in the European Mobility Ecosystem
23/11/2018 - Brussels car-free day saw an 80 % decrease in black carbon
23/11/2018 - ‘Aging With Grace’: The Next Big Challenge For Urbanists

22/11/2018 - Save the date: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations
22/11/2018 - Sustainable Urban Mobility Congress
22/11/2018 - Are smart cities ready for Europe’s new privacy measures?
22/11/2018 - Why House Prices in Global Cities are Falling

21/11/2018 - The Autonomy 2018 Report
21/11/2018 - Closing the Gap between Projects and People
21/11/2018 - Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) two years on
21/11/2018 - Multi-sector effort needed to decarbonise urban passenger transport

19/11/2018 - Successful Intelligent Transport Conference
19/11/2018 - EUROCITIES Culture Forum: five take-aways
19/11/2018 - The Past and Future of City
19/11/2018 - Hong Kong’s Greenest School In a Sea of Skyscrapers

16/11/2018 - Apply by November 21st to be the next #WellbeingCity
16/11/2018 - 15th International Conference on Urban Health
16/11/2018 - How Does Bike-Sharing Really Impact Cities?
16/11/2018 - Making places where everyone can belong

15/11/2018 - Join the Transport Day 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland
15/11/2018 - Cities for Rights International Conference
15/11/2018 - Trees Play a Key Role in a Sustainable Urban Future
15/11/2018 - Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

14/11/2018 - NEMO, the new mobility design conference in Brussels
14/11/2018 - (Re)New Europe - 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities
14/11/2018 - The Future of Transport Is the Future of Cities
14/11/2018 - When Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing

13/11/2018 - Europe of the Metropolises
13/11/2018 - Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum
13/11/2018 - New World Health Organisation report: Air pollution and child health
13/11/2018 - Divisive Plan For a Cable Car in Jerusalem

9/11/2018 - Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges
9/11/2018 - 28th Breakfast at Sustainability's
9/11/2018 - 3rd Integrating Cities Report
9/11/2018 - Hunger stalks Asia's booming cities

8/11/2018 - Water and City - Activities City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2018
8/11/2018 - Energy Cities’ Annual conference
8/11/2018 - The 5 Biggest Challenges Cities Will Face in the Future
8/11/2018 - Madrid cuts speed limit and announces new rules on roads

7/11/2018 - Velo-city 2019
7/11/2018 - 39th Euroheat & Power Congress
7/11/2018 - The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch
7/11/2018 - Can cities outsmart the robots?

6/11/2018 - CEDR “Climate Change Summit”, November 19-20
6/11/2018 - Venice City Solutions 2018 - Financing the SDGs at local level
6/11/2018 - Innovations in Urban Water Reuse
6/11/2018 - This is what a smart city should do for its people

5/11/2018 - Resilient Cities congress 2019
5/11/2018 - ERTICO partners with Future Mobility Conference
5/11/2018 - Empty Stores Are Killing New York City. Is This the Fix?
5/11/2018 - SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities

1/11/2018 - Host Efus’ next “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference
1/11/2018 - Protecting Urban Spaces at International Security Expo
1/11/2018 - Nine Cities With Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation
1/11/2018 - Roads Can Be Greener With Driverless Vehicles



Cities4people: Migrating ideas, inspiring integration 

Migration is a fact in all of our cities, but how we react determines the rest. At the eighth Integrating Cities Conference (ICC VIII), 180 delegates met in Milan to unlock the social and economic potential that migration holds. Discussion ranged from the vital role of data, to how to secure funding, how cities can work with volunteers, sensitivity to gender, working with undocumented migrants and minors, and fighting the negative narrative around migration. Central strands that wove through all these topics were how the European and local level can cooperate to make integration successful, and how best to harness the economic potential that migrants bring to local labour markets.

First-ever Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety 

The International Transport Forum (ITF) has released today the Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety at the Polis-ITF Joint Workshop "From Safety Data to Safer City Streets" in London. This is the first-ever urban road safety benchmark gathering data from cities worldwide. Some Polis members contributed to the document.

Cities Of The Future: The Ultimate Design Challenge

With two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050 and with urban areas accounting for 70 per cent of the emissions that are propelling the planet into a climate unknown, the challenge is both clear and urgent: cities must be reimagined.
“We are at a tipping point,” says Martina Otto, head of the Cities Unit at UN Environment. “We have seen sub-national and local governments stepping up and taking forceful commitments, for example, at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. While it is increasingly recognized that urban planning is critical, in many places planning capacity is lacking.”

How to design and co-create greener cities

Building cities may be humans’ greatest achievement, but at the same time they pose great threats for the future of the planet. For hundreds of years, people have called cities their home. Settlers started to make use of land alongside of rivers, in coastal areas and on fertile soil, providing increasing prosperity and wealth. Cities became the centre of commerce, culture and livelihood. Today, we depend on these complex systems.

The City of Your Choice! - Guangzhou Award 2018

Engage with political leaders from 60+ cities in the framework of the Global Mayors’ Forum & 2018 Urban Innovation Conference and The 4th Edition of Guangzhou Award
The International Seminar on Learning from Urban Innovation will gather the 15 shortlisted cities of the 2018 Guangzhou Award for an intensive sharing session on the innovation in implementing the 2030 Agenda and New Urban Agenda.

2018 Polis Conference discusses individual needs vs greater good

Polis kicked off its 2018 Conference ‘Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions’ with a record number of 550 participants. The Opening Plenary session, titled ‘Citizens First?!’, discussed the challenge of reconciling individual user needs with the interests of society as a whole through transport policy.

Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn't So Bad for Cities

A new study points to evidence that luring a large corporation isn’t the best way to spur job growth.
After a yearlong and very public deliberation over the location of its second headquarters, Amazon this week disappointed some policymakers when it announced that it would split HQ2 into two locations, one in New York City and the other in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Smart City of 2018 is Singapore

The city of Singapore wins the Smart City of 2018 at the Smart City Expo World Congress recognizing the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry.

International New Town Day 2018

With a crowd of over 100 participants our venue was filled to the brim and so was our program. We were very happy to receive so many people and to play a role in starting new collaborations on the future of Dutch New Towns, urban planning in Africa, New Town labs, and heritage of the post 65 period.

Urban Sound Symposium & Hackaton 2019

You may be interested to learn that we are organizing the urban sound symposium integrating the urban soundscape hackaton from April 3rd till April 5th 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. This meeting will bring together experts and practitioners working in the area of urban sound. The symposium is organized around a single track of keynote talks on several topics of interest for urban sound planners. In addition, participants can present their own work in a poster session.
Register before December 1st 2018 at a reduced registration fee; abstracts can be submitted until December 31st.

Balancing the Risks which come with becoming Smarter

The rapid progress of intelligent urban innovation, reflected in the transformative impact of Smart Cities, a trend which is already immensely popular and becoming even more so, raises a number of questions. As the popularity of Smart Cities constantly rises and their implementation spreads, so do the opportunities for cybercriminal attacks.

The Future of Cities is Female

In March 2018, Marielle Franco, a Rio councillor who championed the rights of women, black people, LQBTIQ, and the poor, was assassinated along with her driver Anderson Gomes. Franco’s murder was symptomatic of all the worst aspects of urban violence that has permeated cities of the global South in recent years. She was gunned down in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, but she had been raised in the favela of Maré in the north of the city. There, she had worked as a community activist for many years. Her murder, along with the reactions to it, serve as a stark reminder of the fragilities for women’s lives in cities – yet also of their ability to confront them.

Porto will host the CITIES Forum 2019!

It is official: after an open call launched in summer 2018 and a selection process supervised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, DG REGIO, the host city of the 2019 CITIES Forum will be Porto (PT).

Upscaling Hydrogen Gensets in European Cities

ICLEI Europe, in cooperation with the EVERYWH2ERE project, is organising a city-oriented workshop on “Upscaling Hydrogen Genets in European Cities”. The event will highlight modern Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies as clean alternatives to fossil fuel generators in providing energy for construction sites, festivals and other temporary urban events.

Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?

Dadalas, donfos, matatus, trotros, car rapides, minibus-taxis – whatever you call the on-demand minivan services that are so ubiquitous in many African cities, you can’t argue with their dominance. Such paratransit systems, as they are known in the transport world, account for 50-98 percent of all passenger trips in sub-Saharan African cities. The colorful vehicles provide affordable and accessible mobility for millions of riders and have become an integral part of African urban culture, from Accra to Addis Ababa.

A handbook on child-responsive urban planning

Shaping urbanization for children is a free UNICEF handbook for child-responsive urban planning. The handbook demonstrates what is possible and attainable through child-responsive, area-based and community-led planning, in a local context. It presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning.

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

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) together with Association Prévention Routière and the French Road Safety Department at the Ministry of Interior invite local authorities to join a PIN Talk on road safety and a “vision zero” on 14 December 2018 in Paris.

The event title is: "Vision Zero: les collectivités locales au coeur du dispositif", which translates to "Local authorities: central to Vision Zero".

There will be simultaneous translation French-English available.

Association Prévention Routière has received the Road Safety Charter Award Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2018 last June for their new label Villes et villages prudents.


Smart and Healthy Transport in Cities

Registration for the 5th annual Smart and Healthy Transport in Cities international conference has begun! Take advantage of our discount and register now.


The Humanability of Smart Cities

I love that cities left and right are clamoring for bragging rights to be the smartest city in the world. I love that disruptive technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) are changing the way we all look at infrastructure planning. Autonomous vehicles today could do for mobility what the steel plow of the 1800s did for farming.

But what does all this new technology mean on the human level? How should we measure the successful deployment of a smart city? Is it the number of connected devices in an intersection? How many video cameras are installed along the streets? How fast the analytics are?


What Would a Smog-Free City Look Like?

Forget ‘solutions’ such as smog towers, air-filtering buses and pollution-eating paints. We need to prevent the air pollution in the first place

The persistent haze over many of our cities is a reminder of the polluted air that we breathe. Over 80% of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet World Health Organisation guidelines, and an estimated 4.5 million people died prematurely from outdoor air pollution in 2015.


Workshop: Evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development

You are invited to the workshop "Evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development in Europe and beyond", organized by the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management in collaboration with the European Committee of the Regions and UN-Habitat.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss the role of evidence in crafting sustainable housing and urban development policies in the European Union and the UNECE region. The discussion will focus especially on approaches to data collection and management in the context of the SDG11 in the EU and the UNECE region.


Top 6 Trends in the European Mobility Ecosystem

The main reason we attended the Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit in Paris was to participate in Funding the Movement. This track is a small offshoot of the main program that focused on matching the top mobility startups with the most active investors in the field. The full-day program featured pitches by these 20 startups selected by the investors us, (dynamics.vc), Groupe RATP, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, InMotion Ventures, Sente.link Accelerator, Urban.us, and European Startup Prize for Mobility:


Brussels car-free day saw an 80 % decrease in black carbon

The Brussels capital region is free of cars – well, it was for one day at least... The city took the opportunity of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK to have its car-free Sunday on 16 September 2018 and closed the entire Brussels region to individual motorised transport between with 9.30 am to 7.00 pm. There were exceptions, but only for taxis, buses, police, emergency vehicles and persons with a special permit – and these still had to respect a city-wide speed limit of 30 km/h.


‘Aging With Grace’: The Next Big Challenge For Urbanists

Designing and establishing systems for walkable communities that support aging residents are important planning and development tasks for the coming decades.

In late October, experts gathered in Seaside, Florida, to confront one of the greatest demographic issues of our times: the aging of the American population. With the Baby Boom soon to become the Elder Boom, Seaside founder Robert Davis concluded that New Urbanists should be figuring out how the country can best navigate the massive age shift now under way.


Save the date: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations

With cities responsible for around three-quarters of the world's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, local governments must play a pivotal role in enabling the energy transition. Moreover, a growing number of international bodies—including the IPCC, IEA, OECD and the Global Commission on Climate and Economy—have underscored the need for stronger collaborative governance. To successfully enable the clean energy transition, shared policy frameworks between local and senior levels of government are necessary.

From May 27–29, Canada will be host to the 2019 Clean Energy Ministerial, which will attract energy ministers, policy-makers and sectoral leaders from the world’s largest economies to Vancouver, British Columbia.


Sustainable Urban Mobility Congress

This is the first edition of an international event that aims to lead a global reflection on the future of mobility and its impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the cities of the 21st century.

There will be a range of attendees, including local governments, international bodies, companies and start-ups, and knowledge centre representatives.

The Congress will be held at Euskalduna Conference Centre from the 20th-21st February 2019.


Are smart cities ready for Europe’s new privacy measures?

By providing citizens with a bigger power and control over their personal information, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a challenge to smart cities, which use also personal data to offer intelligent services


Why House Prices in Global Cities are Falling

Housing in the posher parts of global cities has become a distinct asset class

Centre point, a tower that looms over central London, was empty for so long in the 1970s that it lent its name to a homelessness charity. Recently it was converted from offices to flats. Half are yet to find buyers. So the developer has taken them off the market pending a clearing of the political fog over Britain. Its boss complained to Estates Gazette, a trade paper, of bids that were “detached from reality”. One-bedroom flats were on sale for £1.8m ($2.4m).


The Autonomy 2018 Report

Autonomy's 2018 Report is ready! Read on to learn what this most recent edition achieved and the focus of Autonomy 2019 which is to bring you even more business and networking opportunities!


Closing the Gap between Projects and People

An immersive and interactive workshop at the Nordic Edge conference late September shone the spotlight on how European project teams can get their message across to citizens.

Entitled "How to make invisible projects visible", the workshop was not your average get-together around a table; it had delegates telling their project stories and seeing their thoughts materialise before their eyes in real time thanks to the wizardry of a graphic artist. The findings from this exercise were then "pitched" to the other delegates as a way to share insights and best practices in project communication.


Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) two years on

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) was established by the German Government, has just celebrated its second birthday. Since its launch in October 2016 at the Habitat III conference in Quito, TUMI has trained over 1,500 urban mobility decision-makers and provided seed funding to scale-up and replicate innovative pilot projects .

The Initiative aims to  support cities to transform their transport systems and move towards policy and investment decisions to support sustainable mobility.


Multi-sector effort needed to decarbonise urban passenger transport

Urban passenger transport should become autonomous, shared and electric in order to bring down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, says the International Transport Forum (ITF). But above all, multiple policy sectors need to be involved. The OECD-affiliated think tank asked 36 experts about their views on the decarbonisation of urban passenger transport. Their key points are listed in the report Policy priorities for decarbonising urban passenger transport.

Transport accounts for 23% of global CO2 emissions from combustion. Emissions from transport are increasing faster than in any other sector. Due to increased economic development and population growth this development is likely to continue without additional policy intervention.


Successful Intelligent Transport Conference

The Intelligent Transport Conference (ITC) took place on 1-2 November 2018 in London. According to the organisers, the 2018 Intelligent Transport Conference was bigger and better than ever. The programme had leading speakers from around the world and covered the biggest topics affecting the industry.

Among other things, Greener Journeys and Arup launch a bus infrastructure investment report at ITC2018.

The event investigated how technology will shape the future of transport; improve air quality, operations, improve performance and the customer experience. Polis will speak about the role of transport for the smart city.

More information: https://www.intelligenttransport.com/intelligent-transport-conference/

EUROCITIES Culture Forum: five take-aways

EUROCITIES Culture Forum met in Lisbon from 17-19 October to discuss how fast-changing cities can effectively support and benefit from collective projects on culture and heritage. Here are the five main messages the 25 attendees from 68 cities took away from the event.

The Culture Forum is a peer-learning initiative that shares knowledge on how to make smart investments in culture and focuses on cultural heritage, creative industries, culture for social inclusion, social innovation and inter-cultural dialogue. October's event concentrated on collective projects in fast-changing cities. Collective projects are grassroots projects that start from collective citizen actions or organisations through bottom-up decision-making. These projects aim to increase social inclusion, strengthen ties between participants, improve quality of life in specific areas and develop cultural activities. Through the (financial or non-financial) support of municipalities, such projects can be powerful tools for urban change and the development - and redevelopment - of neighbourhoods.


The Past and Future of City

“Old buildings don’t just connect us to our past. They are the cornerstone of a brighter future. The best part is: they are already right here, among us. And we are richer and stronger when they remain.”

This past-future connection, old-new nexus line of argument supports the idea of historic preservation which Stephanie Meeks and Kevin Murphy advocate in their book entitled “The Past and Future City.”

Grounded upon their decades of experience dealing with urban studies and drawn from robust data from the Preservation Green Lab, the book proves to be a perfect antithesis to the oft-quoted argument that preservationists are anti-change, anti-progress and agents of gentrification.


Hong Kong’s Greenest School In a Sea of Skyscrapers

When you think of Hong Kong you probably think of densely packed skyscrapers, a lot of glass, steel, and concrete. But what about urban green spaces? Now, the new French International School is set to provide, not only a green oasis in a city environment, but also an example of sustainability. 42 well-grown trees have been planted around the school grounds, and a 400-meter-long walk takes students on a tour of the native plant species that might occur within a natural South China forest environment.


Apply by November 21st to be the next #WellbeingCity

We believe humans should be at the heart of our thinking on the future of cities. By focusing on wellbeing, urban planners and leaders can build comprehensive and inclusive policies that improve life for urbanites. Those cities that have committed to promoting wellbeing deserve to be recognized and rewarded — and we must highlight them in order to inspire others.This Award was developed to recognize cities that place their citizens’ wellbeing at the center of urban policy.


15th International Conference on Urban Health

Programme information is now available for the 15th International Conference on Urban Health (26-30 November 2018, Kampala, Uganda).

Register to participate in this major international conference which comprises more than 25 plenary speakers who will lead discussion on the critical topics that must be addressed to maximise the positive impact of urbanisation and promote healthy cities, together with high-level panel sessions, contributed talks and posters.


How Does Bike-Sharing Really Impact Cities?

When high-tech bicycle rental scheme Mobike dropped hundreds of its distinctive orange and silver bikes across the northern British city of Manchester, it promised a cheap, flexible and low-carbon way to travel.

In September, the firm announced it was pulling out of the city, citing significant bike losses due to theft and vandalism and following complaints of anti-social use and street clutter.

It was just the latest growing pains of dockless bike and scooter schemes which have exploded across many world cities.


Making places where everyone can belong

Urban citizenship is not a new idea. Its root run deep in European history, when city states once held primacy. Only with the rise of nationhood did it fade from prominence but, in our new reality where global connectivity and mobility clash with exclusionary nativism, cities have been able to suggest strategies which satisfy both the moral and legal obligation to protect human rights, and address concerns about the impact of migration on communities.


Join the Transport Day 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland

In the framework of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) are jointly organizing the Transport Day 2018 “Urban mobility solutions to tackle climate change” that will take place on Thursday, 6 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The event is hosted and supported by the City of Katowice.


Cities for Rights International Conference

Human mobility, recognized as a right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago, is seriously threatened by criminal and discriminatory migration policies. The so-called ”refugee crisis” in Europe has led States to justify and to escalate a series of anti-rights practices, such as border control externalization and increasingly restrictive security and asylum policies.  In the United States, Trump’s coming to power has led to the imposition of arbitrary and discriminatory home country vetoes, and has jeopardized the position of thousands of “dreamers” – young migrants living under the permanent threat of deportation. In this context, cities have become fundamental actors of resistance to migration policies and a new global player of essential importance in ensuring social cohesion in an increasingly hostile environment.


Trees Play a Key Role in a Sustainable Urban Future

Though trees aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about city living, urban forests are integral to ensuring and enhancing the quality of life in densely populated areas. Trees and green spaces provide a range of environmental and social benefits that can address some of the most persistent issues facing our cities today, from health and well-being, to social and economic indicators and equity, to resilience and climate change. Indeed, with more than two-thirds of the world’s population projected to be living in urban environments by 2050, the future of urban forestry and the future of the very livability of our cities are inextricably intertwined. What’s more, innovative projects and organizations in cities across the country can show the way to other communities looking to harness the power of trees for a more sustainable future.


Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

To protect itself from a devastating flood, Boston was considering building a massive sea wall, cutting north to south through nearly 4 miles of Boston Harbor, taking $11 billion and at least 30 years to build. But a new plan unveiled in October represents a 180-degree turn: Instead of fighting to keep the water out, the city is letting it come in.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, a Democrat, announced the city would be scrapping the idea of a sea wall in favor of, among other things, a system of waterfront parks and elevation of some flood-prone areas. The city will add 67 new acres of green space along the water and restore 122 tidal acres.


NEMO, the new mobility design conference in Brussels

The conference  brings together the creative community with the mobility industry and policy makers in order to discuss the future of mobility and infrastructure in cities and regions.

Among the key topics that will be discussed are the role of design and urban planning to create user and environmentally friendly mobility solutions that could meet technical criteria, the urban culture as well as new lifestyles emerging in our cities. The conference will also explore the role played by designers and architects in this process.

The conference will showcases solutions and best practice examples to combine different approaches to mobility and planning.


(Re)New Europe - 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities

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.


The Future of Transport Is the Future of Cities

Migration from rural to urban areas is causing catastrophic pollution levels. That points to a bigger role for train networks.

The biggest problem facing the world’s transport planners and visionaries isn’t how to develop the most amazing new transport technologies — it’s how to fit our planet’s fast-growing population into the tight confines of its ever-growing megacities.


When Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing

The Baby Boomer/Millennial housing mismatch is well known: As Boomers age, an upcoming glut of suburban and exurban homes will stand empty and unwanted, leaving both generations at a loss. Downsizing empty-nesters won’t find buyers, because Millennials want smaller homes or condos in or nearer to the city, not big four-bedroom Colonials with yards. And younger adults won’t be able to afford such single-family abodes because urban housing has become too pricey.  


Europe of the Metropolises

Last October 25 and 26,  Rome hosted  the  European  Metropolitan  Authorities  (EMA)  forum,  an  initiative  led  by  the  Barcelona  Metropolitan  Area.  On its fourth edition, the yearly conference has consolidated itself as the space of reference for the metropolises of the region to share experiences, foster joint projects and position themselves towards the European Union and national states. This year, the debates revolved around new metropolitan challenges regarding the environment, sustainable mobility and the global economy and social policies.


Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.

Over 120 representatives from 40 cities agreed to make cities socially sustainable for the future to deliver social rights for all people by linking the European Pillar of Social Rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Stuttgart shared its experience as the first German city to implement the SDGs at local level and to assess how well it performs on sustainability. This was to inspire other cities to put SDGs at the core of their city’s strategy for development.


New World Health Organisation report: Air pollution and child health

The harmful effects of air pollution are widely acknowledged as they have detrimental consequences on an individual's health. Today a new World Health Organisation report denounces that every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk.


Divisive Plan For a Cable Car in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s ancient Old City is known for its narrow and slippery old stone roads that lead to awe inspiring historic and religious sites. It’s also known for headache-inducing traffic as eager tourists and buses crowd the holy places for pictures and prayer.

Consequently, the Israeli government is pushing a plan forward that would reduce foot and bus traffic by building a cable car to transport tourists and pilgrims between some of the most congested areas starting in 2021. But it’s eliciting strong opposition from architects, preservation experts, and tour guides who oppose the scheme’s visual impact, and Palestinian residents who say they’ve been entirely marginalized in the process.


Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

With the world becoming more urban than ever before, cities are at the core of the global development agenda. They play such a pivotal role in addressing global challenges and improving citizen’s lives that the battle against poverty and climate change to build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities will be won or lost in cities.

Yet, it is nations that have led the discussions around solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world, leaving the voices of cities to a secondary role. There is an urgent need to bring cities’ leadership, knowledge, and expertise to the center of global conversations on sustainable urban development.  

To highlight and share effective solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, over 30 mayors from around the world will gather at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 29-30, 2018. Together, they will provide concrete, experience-based recommendations to the leaders of the G20 countries on what it takes to achieve urban sustainability, inclusion, and prosperity.


28th Breakfast at Sustainability's

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project is hosting a breakfast event as part of the EU's Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Guidelines revision process. This also forms part of ICLEI's long-running Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) series.

For local, national and European level officials working on SUMPs, this represents a prime opportunity to make crucial contributions to improving the next generation of SUMP Guidelines.


3rd Integrating Cities Report

The sudden high arrivals of migrants and refugees in Europe in 2015 saw cities directly confronted with the challenge of reception and quick integration, in the context of a difficult political debate and lack of funding.

City authorities found themselves on the frontline of the refugee situation, and had to quickly adapt to strengthen their reception, social cohesion and integration policies.  To cope with this challenge, cities introduced innovative, practical and effective initiatives. The refugee situation affected and reshaped local integration policies, leading cities to focus on solutions for the early integration of refugees and asylum seekers.


Hunger stalks Asia's booming cities

Rapid urbanisation is a key factor in both, the rising levels of malnutrition and obesity, in Asia and the Pacific

Hundreds of millions of children and adults in Asia's rapidly expanding cities are undernourished, and will remain so without "inclusive, sustainable and nutrition-sensitive" urban planning, United Nations officials said on Friday.

The Asia-Pacific region has the world's highest rate of urbanisation, while also being home to more than half the world's 821 million undernourished people, four U.N. agencies said in a report released in Bangkok.


Water and City - Activities City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2018

Finding solutions to the great challenges posed by urban life is today a fundamental task for our future. For this reason, since 2008, the City to City Barcelona FAD Award aims to identify, connect and recognize initiatives from around the world that contribute to improving life in cities.

In 2018, the prize celebrates its seventh edition focusing on a fundamental binomial: «Water and city». Coming from around the world, on the 20th and 21st of November we will welcome winners of this edition of the prize among us and We will get to know the projects in depth from the perspective of those in charge of them.


Energy Cities’ Annual conference

Energy Cities’ next annual conference will take place in Heidelberg from 22 to 24 May 2019, back to back with the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA 2019). The host city is one of Germany’s leading cities on the Energytransition and climate action, with the objective of reducing 95% GHG by 2050. Moreover it is well-known for developing Bahnstadt, one of Europe’s largest passive neighbourhoods. Heidelberg signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2008, and is a committed member of Energy Cities for over 20 years, holding the Presidency of its Board of Directors since 2005.


The 5 Biggest Challenges Cities Will Face in the Future

The UN estimates that 55% of the global population lives in urban areas – a figure that is projected to rise to 68% by 2050. With few exceptions, cities are expected to become bigger and more numerous.

As urbanization speeds up, particularly in Asian and African countries, here are five of the biggest challenges confronting the future of cities:


Madrid cuts speed limit and announces new rules on roads

Last week the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance came into force in the City of Madrid, promoted by the City Council. The measure aims to regulate new forms of urban and shared mobility for the first time, simultaneously promoting public transport use and the safety of pedestrians and people with reduced mobility.

Among the most relevant measures implemented single lane streets are now limited to 30 kilometres per hour, bicycles can now turn right with the red light when expressly indicated, and electric scooters can no longer travel on pavements and must do so on designated bike lanes or streets limited to 30 kilometres per hour.


Velo-city 2019

European Cyclists’ Federation’s Velo-city series of conferences is widely considered as the global cycling summit, offering a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide. The conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. Velo-city has been hosted by cities such as Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona, Montreal, Nantes and Taipei. In 2019, delegates from across the globe will be welcomed to Dublin for a memorable 4 day congress.


39th Euroheat & Power Congress

The Euroheat & Power Congress focuses on topics related to District Energy. The congress provides a unique forum for discussing and enhancing knowledge on major issues of importance for European and Global District Energy sectors, including both technical and business approaches; from new developments in legislation, latest operational experiences, most recent technological developments, and fresh research results.

Our industry is moving forward and continuing to grow into 2019 and beyond. #19EHPcong is where the industry comes together to plan for the future and keep this success story going. Join hundreds of other District Energy leaders and likeminded professionals at the best DHC event in Europe.


The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch

Embedded in the cerebral folds of every city planner who’s ever lived, there’s a cluster of neurons that lights up like Las Vegas when confronted with the possibility of a blank slate. It started with Hippodamus, the man Aristotle claimed was the father of urban planning. When the Persians destroyed his hometown of Miletus, Hippodamus discovered a bright side to catastrophe: The attackers had erased all the regrettable improvisations that, over the centuries, had made a mess of the place. Tasked with rebuilding, he seized his chance to impose order upon chaos. And so the concept of the urban grid was born.


Can cities outsmart the robots?

As the robot industry develops and debates on the ‘rise of the robots’ increase at a global level, Centre for Cities explores how automation and artificial intelligence could transform UK cities. Their research shows that some cities will be more vulnerable than others and that, without concerted action, socio-economic divides across the country are likely to widen. Stressing the need to understand the deeper meaning of these changes, the authors explore how the skill system adapts  to respond to these changes.


CEDR “Climate Change Summit”, November 19-20

The Final Conference of CEDR “Call 2015 Climate Change: From Desk to Road” will take place on November 19-20 at the LEF Future Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The conference – the CEDR “Climate Change Summit” – will present the results of three research projects funded under this programme and review the implementation of all climate change research that CEDR has funded over the past ten years.


Venice City Solutions 2018 - Financing the SDGs at local level

Cities cannot be an opportunity for all in the absence of able, capable and accountable local governments. Local and regional governments all over the world are already committed to implement the SDGs at local level and their global networks have been very present in the design and first stages of implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This first edition of the Venice City Solutions wants to explore how to make SDGs a reality for all from the local level. The event wants to bring a multi-level contribution on existing solutions and challenges to finance the SDGs at local level.


Innovations in Urban Water Reuse

Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my!

Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in the face of numerous uncertainties. Droughts result in curtailments of surface water allocations that serve as drinking water lifelines to many cities. Just look at this year’s “day zero” warnings from Cape Town, or when California’s governor made a 2015 executive order requiring a 25 percent water use reduction by cities and towns.


This is what a smart city should do for its people

We are living through interesting times. As Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for most people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges facing humanity.

One thing is certain: we live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are the new engines of growth in the global economy, responsible for 80% of global GDP.


Resilient Cities congress 2019

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress 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.


ERTICO partners with Future Mobility Conference

ERTICO is delighted to announce its partnership with the 4th International Conference on Future Mobility which will be held on 7 – 8 November 2018 at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Global automotive, mobility and transportation experts will be gathering at the event to discuss and debate the future of transportation in smart cities, new developments in connected and autonomous driving, and the growth of electric mobility.

The conference is hosted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) in co-operation with the Department of Transport (DoT) Abu Dhabi.


Empty Stores Are Killing New York City. Is This the Fix?

The story of New York City in 2018 is a story of empty storefronts: Nearly every week, another longtime shop or eatery announces that they are closing, after years—if not decades—in business. (Latest addition: The much-loved 35-year-old Tex-Mex joint Tortilla Flats, in the West Village.) In my neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, it’s Steinway Street, a retail strip that’s now undergoing pedestrian-focused improvements to lure back visitors, because there are too many vacancies. And when new tenants do move in, their name is often Starbucks. Or Wells Fargo.


SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities

All towns and cities developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) deal with difficulties. Yet their nature differs: the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities are not the same as their larger counterparts.

A new podcast sheds from the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project sheds light on the SUMP situations in a series of such locations from across Europe.

Mobility practitioners from Hengelo (the Netherlands), Sligo County (Republic of Ireland), Ghimbav (Romania), Vercelli (Italy), and Greek islands discuss the realities they encounter and give insight into the unique hurdles that they have to overcome.


Host Efus’ next “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference

The success of Efus’ last “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference hosted in November 2017 by the city of Barcelona and the government of Catalonia, as well as the wish expressed by numerous participants to see it held more often, has led us to choose the autumn of 2020 as the date for our next international conference. Efus is therefore calling member cities and regions to express without delay their interest in being the venue for this major event.


Protecting Urban Spaces at International Security Expo

International Security Expo, formerly UK Security Expo is taking place at Olympia London, 28-29 November, presents to you the Protecting Urban Spaces Demonstrator (PUSD). A unique, purpose-built feature, designed exclusively for International Security Expo.

Visitors will see how technologies work through integrated demonstrations and scenarios carried out by Crisis Cast, a team of actors who will simulate various scenarios as they guide visitors through the immersive experience whilst providing explanations of the design features and subsequent challenges involved in protecting an urban space.

Visitors will be able to see to protect an urban area from a marauding gun-man attack or suicide bomber?

How to prevent a vehicle from being used as a weapon of mass destruction, or identify a terrorist conducting a reconnaissance prior to an attack?

Through the demonstrator you will see effective protective security in an environment that is appealing and attractive to live and work in.


Nine Cities With Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation

Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope with New York City’s subway crisis) and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public transportation efforts, U.S. cities face gridlock when it comes to transportation reform.

Hope tends to come from smaller-scale initiatives: In cities across the country, local politicians, transit advocates, and commute-weary citizens are responding to the need for more sustainable, equitable, street-level transit solutions, delivering on promises to make daily commutes more multimodal and connect more workers to jobs. In the year of dockless scooters and city-led climate summits, new tech is spreading rapidly, while electric vehiclesare ever more widely adopted.


Roads Can Be Greener With Driverless Vehicles

Urban design experts at the University of Minnesota are redrawing what city blocks could look like in a world of driverless vehicles.

Roads of the future will likely be narrower, greener and easier to share with pedestrians once autonomous vehicles evolve from the drawing boards and testing roads of automakers and tech firms to widespread use on city streets.





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