Refreshing Perspectives on Job Creation

“With most European countries experiencing a sustained period of slow growth, it’s clear that the scarring effects of the global crisis have left their deepest mark on the young. In Mediterranean countries in particular, it is reported that youth unemployment rates exceed 50%. There is talk of a ‘lost generation’ of jobless people – lacking [...]

By URBACT, on July 3rd, 2015

From Spaces To Places: Valueing Public Spaces In URBACT Cities

A handful of cities belonging to four URBACT networks (1) addressed from different angles the public and urban space issue, one of the more important topics for nowadays cities. It is true that some of these projects were beyond the public space theme. Anyway, we should point out that through these networks different dimensions and [...]

By Fernando Barreiro Cavestany, on June 24th, 2015

Generating Jobs for the Jobless Generation – from Nyíregyháza to Europe and Back

Over the last year, a number of URBACT experts and practitionners have been involved in four workstreams. This work ended with the presentation of the workstream results in Riga, with master-classes and workshop. We interviewed Béla Kézy, national URBACT expert, a member of the “JOB GENERATION for a Jobless Generation” workstream about his experiences in [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on June 18th, 2015

Growing Free-range Civil Servants

Public employees can innovate. This was lesson number one for the Innova.to project, which our contributor Eddy Adams followed and reported on for us. The great thing, one might add, is that once you have innovative public employees or civil servants, cooperation with citizens is likely to improve as a result: citizen-led innovation won’t represent [...]

By URBACT, on June 10th, 2015

The URBACT City Festival – Seen By Its Participants

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By URBACT, on May 26th, 2015

Inside India’s Smart Cities

Of all the bars in the world…. This story starts in a bar. But not just any old bar. It’s a rooftop open-air number, straddling an uber-modern glass and steel business conglomeration. It’s a bar with a boxing ring, where two teenage Thai boxers are knocking seven bells out of one another, cheered on by [...]

By Eddy Adams, on May 22nd, 2015

#URBACTFest : What We’re Taking Home from the City Festival

We were promised to get inspired – and certainly did not get disappointed! Three days filled with numerous ‘aha moments’, insightful on-site visits, good practices and experiences as well as plenty of face-to-face and group exchanges left us rather tired but with a lot of stimuli, food for thought and exciting ideas to take back [...]

By Tom Becker, on May 11th, 2015

#URBACTfest, Walking from Experience Towards Insight

After a very inspiring starting day and a merry cocktail party at the municipality in the evening (we had to sing in Latvian!), we met on thursday morning at the Conference Centre for the second day of the Festival. And it started well… After a networking coffee that provided a place to meet, to chat [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on May 7th, 2015

#SeenInRiga: The URBACT City Festival Has Started!

Today, the URBACT City Festival finally started in Riga, Latvia. This is a crucially important event, highlighting the experience from URBACT II and linking it to the new URBACT III programme. In the upcoming three days, over 450 participants will share, get inspired and discover innovative solutions to transform cities over a wide range of [...]

By Bertil Nilsson, on May 6th, 2015

Re-Block: Lessons on Improving Quality of Life in European Block Real Estates

By today it is more or less clear that constructing large-scale housing estates was one of the dead-end pathways of urbanism 30-60 years ago. The architects of such estates believed “… in the role of architecture as a weapon of social reform … when everyone would live in cheap prefabricated flat-roofed multiple dwellings – heaven [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on April 22nd, 2015