Rightsizing, City Sustainability and The Growth Dilemma

You’ve got to hand it to the Americans; they have a way with words. I was reminded of this last Friday during a conversation with a politician from Cleveland Ohio. This was at the Focus 2015 event hosted by the French Embassy in Washington which brought U.S. and French city mayors together in advance of [...]

By Eddy Adams, on March 25th, 2015

Between Bottom-up Regeneration and Coworking

As described in a recent blog post, in Slovenia, collaborative spatial practices have been springing up like mushrooms after the rain. The publication Prostori sodelovanja (“Spaces of Collaboration”), published by IpoP, and a dedicated website deal with a wide variety of these practices within seven themes: co-mobility, housing communities, bottom-up regeneration, temporary use of space, [...]

By Petra Očkerl, on March 12th, 2015

Ecoquartier – A new Planning Tool for Sustainable Neighbourhoods in Luxembourg

At a conference on certification systems for urban neighbourhoods, I recently came across an innovative new instrument for sustainable urban development in Luxembourg called Ecoquartier. The term originates in a contraction from the french quartier écologique, “ecological district”. Conceived and designed according to the three main process stages used by the brain to assimilate information, [...]

By Tom Becker, on March 4th, 2015

Fab Labs: Potential for Sustainable Urban Development

According to the Fab Foundation, there are currently more than 400 Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories) worldwide. Most of them are located in Europe and in North America but their number is constantly rising on all continents. Since 2013, there is also a Fab Lab in Luxembourg , located within the Technoport business incubator and co-working [...]

By Michel Wilwert, on February 24th, 2015

The Rise of Alternative Practices in Urban Development

In many European countries, traditional planning approaches are facing various problems. In the more developed countries, spatial and urban planning is often characterised by over-formalised procedures, whereas in the less developed countries, the authorities responsible for spatial and urban planning are often unable to regulate private and other particular interests in favour of the common [...]

By Marko Peterlin, on February 19th, 2015

Capitalising, Gaining Influence – Why Communication Matters

The Roma-NeT II project  follows up on  the Roma-NeT URBACT  project that aimed to motivate cities to improve local service delivery towards Roma populations by making services more accessible, by motivating more active participation from Roma communities and by introducing new interventions. ROMA-NeT members learned a lot about the core themes of Roma inclusion and [...]

By URBACT, on February 10th, 2015

From Biking to Solidarity

The proportion of people using bicycle for everyday transport in Budapest has increased beyond all expectations after the political change. Along with this, a number of NGOs came to existence, aiming at improveming conditions for urban cycling, and later, striving for a new paradigm in the use of urban space. In 2011 one cyclist group [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on February 3rd, 2015

URBACT in Sweden: Cooperation Gives Results!

Since I have started to work with URBACT in 2003, the interest for URBACT in Sweden has increased dramatically, and it has never been as high as now. I think that the reasons for that are a combination of the facts that more people can speak about URBACT experiences in Sweden, that the interest for [...]

By Bertil Nilsson, on January 28th, 2015

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

When I Grow up I Want to Be… Do you remember being asked that question as a child? What was the answer you gave? I remember at various moments I wanted to be a tour guide, an air hostess and a judge. But mostly I wanted to be an international spy. The type that wears [...]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on January 23rd, 2015

Charlie Hebdo and The Challenge to Cohesive Cities

The worst start to a year? Has there ever been a worse start to a year? January has always been my least favourite month; long, cold and grey. The only glimmer is the prospect of a new start; the offer of renewal as the calendar page turns. But even that irrational flicker of optimism has [...]

By Eddy Adams, on January 19th, 2015