Archives for 2012

On board the Study Visit ‘Against Divided Cities in Europe’ : An insight into ‘The Albertslund Concept’!

On Wednesday 5th December, after the URBACT Annual Conference 2012 two-day meetings (3-4 December 2012), field Study Visits were organised for those who wished to get more insight into Copenhagen surroundings’ urban management. I hopped on board the study visit linked to the Against Divided Cities in Europe workshop, which would take me to Albertslund, [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on December 20th, 2012 at 20:23

A Success for URBACT Social Media Turn

URBACT has long been active on social media. Its Facebook profile is now well established and is now a meeting point for 1750 fans. As for twitter, URBACT has now 1 099 followers and the URBACT National Dissemination Points tweet from their own accounts about URBACT in national languages. But the great digital turn has [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on December 20th, 2012 at 12:20

URBACT Annual Conference: Providing Urban Practitioners with New Tools and Ideas to Improve Policy

The URBACT Annual Conference is coming up very soon! We are all excited about being there, to learn more about URBACT projects results and have the opportunity to exchange with other European urban practitioners. But the Annual Conference is not just as any other conference! First, it is thought to be as interactive as possible, [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on November 16th, 2012 at 15:51

European Cities meet in Eger for the final conference of the URBACT project SURE

Today in Eger, Hungary, took place the final conference of the project SURE (Socio Economic methods of Urban REhabilitation). The project was designed to develop the partners cities’ capacity to work more effectively with resident and business communities on the development of integrated and locally sustainable solutions. SURE also supported the partner cities in the [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on November 14th, 2012 at 18:41

International Conference : Urban Energies

What are the questions that will concern our cities in the future? Will a new balance be struck locally between civic involvement and political responsibility? Who must do what today to make sure our cities remain a success model for the future? These are some of the question addressed by the International Conference Städtische Energien/Urban [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 31st, 2012 at 12:36

Eight Cities in a Kitchen!

How can one gather eight cities in a kitchen and what would they cook? This sounds as a bizarre question, but it is the starting point for the final product of the URBACT ESIMeC project, which focused on boosting sustainable economic growth in small and medium size cities. ESIMeC gathers eight European cities: Albacete and [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 30th, 2012 at 13:12

Easy to Reach Resources on Urban Policy in Europe on the Web

For the person who has already searched for documents on urban sustainable development in Europe in the web’s jungle and has spent hours identifying which document was the most useful to their purposes, here is some good news! The URBACT Programme and the European Urban Knowledge Platform (EUKN) have commonly decided to facilitate the access [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 29th, 2012 at 10:25

Bikes and Soft Transportation: Small and Medium Size Cities Are Leading the Way Too!

Soft transportation means are meant to be a key for the future of European cities sustainability: they solve problems of road congestion and also improve the health of citizens. Of course, everyone knows the popular rental bikes systems in big European cities such as Copenhagen, Paris or now London: their set up, implementation and success [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 26th, 2012 at 09:46

National Urban Agenda in Italy: Back to the Future

25 years after the closure of the Ministry for the problems of urban areas (1987), Italy has a new institutional structure for the coordination of urban policies at national level, the CIPU (Comitato Interministeriale per le Politiche Urbane). Approved with a solid bi-partisan support, the creation of the CIPU is probably the most strategic act [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 25th, 2012 at 11:52

European Cities in an Urban World

What Will Be the Cities of Tomorrow? How Can Urban Planners Act Today for a Prosperous, Inclusive and Sustainable Future? These will be the key questions at the URBACT Annual Conference and the answers given during plenary sessions and workshops will be informed by the experience of URBACT projects and European Cities. But the debates [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 15th, 2012 at 10:21