Archives for 2018

Gender Equal Cities: a walk in the park?

By Jenna Norman and Sally Kneeshaw ‘Gender Equality’ has become one of the political zeitgeists of 2018, prompting institutions around the globe to take a closer look at how women and men interact in personal, professional and public spheres. But what does it mean for European cities? The new URBACT initiative, Gender Equal Cities, sought [...]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on October 9th, 2018 at 13:31

Want to improve your health? MAKE YOU ACTIVE with friends and neighbours!

Ana Resende remembers meeting Hugo Nunes in Riga in 2015 and his role in transforming Loulé (PT) thanks to the VITAL CITIES network. By making sports facilities accessible to all, Loulé is a pioneering city offering an active, fit lifestyle to all its population, thanks to regular events and an accessible infrastructure. Loulé met partners [...]

By ana resende, on October 2nd, 2018 at 17:57

Best social media posts and best photos from 2018 #URBACTFest!

On 13 and 14 September 2018 URBACT City Festival took place in the wonderful city of Lisbon (PT). More than 500 participants, from 200 European cities gathered to celebrate the rising influence of cities as actors of change. URBACT also took the opportunity to celebrate the 15 years of the URBACT Programme! With this post [...]

By URBACT, on September 21st, 2018 at 08:18

Love Your Block Unites Communities in Legacy Cities

We are all familiar with the narrative: A once-flourishing American city flush with middle-class jobs, a thriving industry, and vibrant neighborhoods experiences a protracted loss of jobs and residents. Cities like Detroit and Buffalo, often referred to as legacy cities and mostly scattered throughout the Midwest and Northeast, are characterized by abandoned steel mills and [...]

By Mauricio Garcia, on September 4th, 2018 at 15:11

How “Love Your Block” unites local leaders and residents to revitalize neighborhoods

Hubert Humphrey once said, “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.” But what happens when those hands link to achieve shared civic goals? Does government become less impersonal, and do neighbors help more effectively? These are among the questions explored by the Cities of Service Love Your Block [...]

By Mary Bogle, on August 28th, 2018 at 13:21

Learn or fall behind: Digital culture in the city of Nyíregyháza (HU) in the 21st century

One cannot shut eyes to people’s social needs, the demands associated with jobs and living environment, the issues of technological development, the spread of means and channels of info-communication. Digitalisation has growing influence on people’s everyday life. We have asked Béla Kézy and David Bartók, representatives of the URBACT TechTown project, how these issues are [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on August 21st, 2018 at 14:30

Send a Summer Postcard to Eurocities

It’s Time for Change At a time when Europe is striving to retain its legitimacy and relevance in the face of growing disillusionment and Euroscepticism, cities can provide a critical link with citizens. It’s time to change the way things are done in Europe. In a recent interview, Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES Secretary General, emphasised [...]

By Federico Guerrieri, on August 13th, 2018 at 10:35

Cascais (PT) bets on its young people and involves them in its governance

Young people have something to say about their school conditions and their environment but often lack access to governance structures that take them into account. That is why the Portuguese City of Cascais has chosen to invest in involving its young people (from 10 to 17) in its democratic governance (Good Practice – Bridging the [...]

By ana resende, on August 8th, 2018 at 10:21

5 Reads and a podcast on integrated urban planning to read over the summer

Is the office quieter than usual? Would you have some time to catch up with some food for thought on urban integrated development or are you looking for the best book to take with you for the holidays? From an interview with Renzo Piano to readings about how women will save the planet, here is [...]

By URBACT, on August 2nd, 2018 at 12:17

Share your City Story on the URBACT Blog

The URBACT Blog is open to contributions from city practitioners, academics, grassroots activists from all around Europe (and the world) who would like to share their practice, research and amazement on integrated urban development issues. The topics must be of interest to the community of URBACT Blog readers: international readers interested in sustainable integrated urban [...]

By URBACT, on July 24th, 2018 at 11:25