Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens

With the EU at a cross roads, we need to seize the opportunity to change the way things are done in Europe. Europe’s cities and metropolitan areas offer the right scale to respond to the challenges Europe is facing. With the objective of co-creating societies where people come first, EUROCITIES is launching the ‘Cities4Europe – [...]

By Federico Guerrieri, on January 16th, 2018

Ljubljana: from revitalisation to gentrification

Gentrification is a highly debated topic not only in urban planning experts’ circles but way beyond. The processes labelled as ‘gentrification’ are very diverse. Each case is quite specific and depends heavily on the local context. The processes may differ between global cities and smaller cities, but the effects gentrification has in cities is quite [...]

By Aidan Cerar, on January 11th, 2018

Procurement is a Cycle

Procurement is the process utilised by municipalities and other institutions to buy goods and services and historically has been undertaken on the basis of price. By this we mean the cheapest product or service often wins the contract and not necessarily the best quality or most effective. Over the course of the last two years [...]

By Matthew Jackson, on January 3rd, 2018

“I believe that this experience has given me a new insight on the European idea”

The URBACT City Festival was an experience that I will never forget. I guess many articles begin with such a common phrase, but allow me to explain my reasoning more thoroughly and maybe, just maybe, you may find something unique in my experiences. I attended the URBACT City Festival with no prior experience with the [...]

By Lazaros Agapides, on December 28th, 2017

Umeå – Gender equality at the heart of the city

It is, or should be, in the interest of everyone to create more equal and inclusive cities, since that is how we generate long-term sustainability for European citizens – socially, financially and environmentally. The current development of urban infrastructure and the built environment needs to be redesigned to promote greater gender equality in the use [...]

By Linda Gustafsson, on December 21st, 2017

Brexit proofing Irish cities: buidling resilience through URBACT

As Phase 2 of Brexit talks look set to begin in early 2018, and as the UK strives to agree a new trade deal with the EU, it is timely to take stock of the challenges and risks which will confront Irish cities in the coming year and beyond as a result of the UKs [...]

By Mark Boyle, on December 14th, 2017

2017: URBACT Year of Good Practices

97 Good Practices to inspire urban policy making The Good Practices selection has been the big novelty for URBACT in 2017. URBACT is now proposing an in depth look at the experience of more than 90 European cities on topics as diverse as Gender Equality (Umea), Spring Clean Up Campaign (Tallinn) or Refugee Solidarity (Ghent). URBACT [...]

By URBACT, on December 13th, 2017

Brexit culture

One month after Five UK cities submitted their bids to become European Capital of Culture 2023, the announcement by the European Commission, on November 23, that UK cities cannot be eligible has created a small storm in the UK’s Brexit teacup. Here is why Peter Ramsden considers that UK cities risk being sidelined in European policy making. [...]

By Peter Ramsden, on December 11th, 2017

A postcard from the SS Rotterdam: Reflection on the 2017 Cities Forum

Memory’s a funny thing. Sometimes, after moderating big events, I remember almost nothing of the detailed discussions. It’s as if the intensity of the exchange is so much that nothing sticks. Or maybe inside my head it has nothing to stick to! But, just back from moderating the 2017 EU Cities Forum in Rotterdam, my [...]

By Eddy Adams, on December 4th, 2017

“From place-making to place-keeping?”

How to involve citizens in the long-term management of public spaces. Public spaces are thought to positively affect the wellbeing of their users in various ways. These associated benefits are reason enough for local authorities to invest in the creation of such high quality places through place-making processes. Place-making means the creation and shaping of [...]

By Maike Schmoch, on November 24th, 2017