Cities and culture: lessons from Italian cities

As the EU gears up for its 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage, Simone D’Antonio take us to three Italian towns to explore some of the diverse roles that culture can play in sustainable urban development. Walking through the streets of Mantova’s city centre or using the public library San Giorgio in Pistoia, it is easy [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on July 24th, 2017

4 lessons for driving digital growth: TechTown’s tales from Tallinn

In a hilltop meeting room overlooking stunning San Sebastian in early 2016, TechTown’s Lead Expert Alison Partridge and I told our new, fresh URBACT network of 11 European cities that we wanted them all to come on a study visit to Tallinn (Estonia) in 12 months time. Cue awkward silence… and only one or two [...]

By Tracey Johnson, on July 24th, 2017

Age-Appropriate neighbourhoods? Overcome competition and test new forms of cooperation!

In Europe, we are facing demographic change and the pleasing prospect of rising life expectancy. But as a consequence, the share of elderly people with a need of care will increase in the next two decades. According to Eurostat data, the share of people aged 65 and over is set to increase to approximately 29% [...]

By Jonas Scholze, on June 15th, 2017

Making URBACT crucial in the Italian urban policies debate

The URBACT programme currently runs 23 National URBACT Points covering 26 countries across the European Union. The number is expected to grow in the near future.  The National URBACT Points, represented by Ministries, Associations of Cities, Universities, or consultancies, are in charge of communicating on and supporting URBACT-related activities and integrated urban development in their [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on May 10th, 2017

Want to reduce traffic in cities? These parking policy tools will help

Parking policy in Europe has a long tradition of following parking demand, and many European cities have ended up giving a large part of their public spaces to parking, at a high cost. It is estimated that on average cars in cities are being used for only 1 hour per day, and that up to [...]

By Tatjana Marn, on April 28th, 2017

Why we need the urban dimension in future EU Cohesion Policy

By Jonas Scholze, German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development, National URBACT Point for Germany and Austria The urban dimension in the European Union’s Structural Funds policy became an intrinsic part of EU Cohesion Policy over the past two decades. Today, approximately 15bn euros are reserved within the EU Structural Funds for integrated and [...]

By Jonas Scholze, on April 19th, 2017

How fighting energy poverty helps reduce social and spatial exclusion in cities

Between 50 and 125 million EU citizens are estimated to be energy poor. The situation is even more severe in South East Europe, where in some areas 30% or more households are struggling with energy poverty. What is energy poverty and who suffers from it? Energy poverty happens when a household finds it difficult or [...]

By Lidija Živčić, on April 4th, 2017

Placing your city in the European context: the Urban Data Platform

A little background… One of the main aims of the Urban Agenda for the EU is to improve the knowledge base and the collection of comparable and reliable data on urban development issues – this would in turn facilitate the monitoring and benchmarking of European cities, and foster the engagement of citizens in urban related [...]

By Claudia Baranzelli, on March 28th, 2017

Internet of Things, from home to city

For years I had a secret. I didn’t really understand what the term ‘Internet of Things’ actually meant. I knew what the ‘Internet’ was. I even knew what a ‘thing’ was but somehow when put together this term baffled me. So a quick definition, ‘Internet of Things or IoT refers to the Internet working of physical devices, vehicles [...]

By Peter Ramsden, on March 21st, 2017

4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of [...]

By Petra Očkerl, on March 14th, 2017