Archives for 2011

More about URBACT Infodays !

URBACT Infodays will take place in most European Union member or partner states between December and the end of January. Their aims are to draw lessons from past cities’ participation in URBACT in each country and to prepare the future by presenting the third Call for proposals for URBACT projects. on Monday 19th of December- [...]

By URBACT, on December 21st, 2011 at 10:26

Who should be happier: people or cars?

A As Slovenia’s capital and regional centre, Ljubljana has the typical problems of a large and attractive city. Predictably, it is constantly overcrowded with cars and therefore just getting around town, is a constant problem, especially during the rush hours,when, given the extreme congestion, using either a car or public transport is nearly impossible. Cycling, [...]

By URBACT, on December 16th, 2011 at 15:51

Do you know URBACT National Dissemination Points ?

The main role of the National Dissemination Points (NDP) is to present information about the URBACT program and projects in national languages and thereby to make available to non- English speaking audience, information about integrated urban development. It thereby reaches a larger scale of urban practitioners around Europe. The National Dissemination Points have not been [...]

By URBACT, on December 9th, 2011 at 16:25

Addressing Climate Change at Local Level…

With the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban this last week, it has got me wondering how we can seek to address its issues at a local level. After all, if all politics is local, with the challenge of climate change and global warming that is facing us all, isn’t this [...]

By URBACT, on December 5th, 2011 at 13:22

Doing more with less : Cities in the financial crisis

Across Europe the economic crisis dominates headlines.  Public funding is under enormous pressure with budget cuts taking place across the EU’s public sector so cities have to address their challenges with fewer resources than before. In this climate of austerity local leaders need to work smart to make sure that policies and local initiatives are [...]

By URBACT, on November 17th, 2011 at 12:36

URBACT projects: Building on past experiences

URBACT enables European cities to work together in projects to share and capitalise on experience. It enables the development of solutions to urban challenges that other cities can then adapt to their own context. It also has the role of analysing and capitalising on learning. And when we speak of learning, it is both the [...]

By URBACT, on November 3rd, 2011 at 16:13

Helsinki: World Design Capital 2012

Helsinki, partner city in the URBACT CTUR project,  has been designated “World Design Capital” in 2012: as Pekka Timonen, Director of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 foundation, said, it is a ‘dynamic’ designation and not a ‘prize’. Helsinki has been selected by the world design community. Focus is on the use of design for [...]

By URBACT, on October 26th, 2011 at 15:50

Comments on URBACT Summer University on the web

First published on: Well designed and Built blog I have been involved in Urbact Networks between 2005 and 2007 with the Hous-es project (about Regeneration of large housing estates in old and new member States) and since the beginning of 2011 in the Links project (about Future Proof Historical City Centers). My point of view [...]

By URBACT, on October 3rd, 2011 at 19:28

Openness and the Competitive Advantage of Diversity – OPENCities Infographic

By URBACT, on September 30th, 2011 at 09:47

Incubating New Ideas in Krakow

“But I’m desperate…how can you help me?” “Don’t worry; we have all sorts of options to help you. For example you could go to our incubator unit” “No, please don’t send me to Cuba!!” This humorous exchange – between “Dmitri” a young Russian job seeker and a local support worker – was part of a [...]

By URBACT, on September 27th, 2011 at 10:11