Block Renovation: a German-Lithuanian Exchange

The Lithuanian Government has made the energy-efficient refurbishment of existing real estate one of their top priorities. In the new financial period of 2014-2020, the plans include renovations on entire city blocks at once, moving towards a more holistic practice of the integrating renovation of the entire block, rather than simple one-off projects. It means [...]

By Gabriela Kuštan, on April 15th, 2015

Can Marshmallows Save Our Cities?

Spaghetti and Marshmallows…What could possibly go wrong? Ever tried balancing a marshmallow on the end of a stick of spaghetti? Neither had I until last week. Let me tell you that it’s harder than it looks – particularly when the spaghetti (spaghetto?) is balanced on top of a structure made up of other…spaghetti. By now [...]

By Eddy Adams, on April 9th, 2015

As Expo 2015 Nears, Milan Embraces the Sharing Economy

MILAN, Italy — Less than two months from now, a world’s fair will open here, temporarily but substantially boosting Milan’s population of 1.3 million. More than 20 million visitors are expected at Expo Milano 2015, which runs from May 1 through October 31. Since the dawn of the Uber era, there has never been a [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on March 31st, 2015

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