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

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

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

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

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

A Call for a European Fund for Municipalities to Welcome Refugees

Can cities become a space for a new European conception of transnational solidarity? In this interview by European Alternatives, German politician and professor Gesine Schwan, proposes the idea of a European Fund for municipalities to welcome refugees. This article is an extract from an article published on Politicalcritique.org on 21 June 2018. You have a [...]

By URBACT, on June 29th, 2018

11 Unusual places reviving thanks to URBACT and the 2nd Chance Network

Discover spaces and brownfields of the 11 partner cities of the 2nd Chance Network, as well as ideas and good practices for the sustainable reuse of emblematic places of urban development. All these were at the core of the Integrated Action Plans presented by partner cities in Naples (IT) during the Network’s final conference. Walking [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on June 21st, 2018

Welcoming Mayors Stand Up

International laws and conventions ignored After rescue procedures were arranged by the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome, the “Aquarius” boat (of SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders, with 629 people on board including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children and seven pregnant women) was prevented from disembarking in “a place of safety”. [...]

By Laura Colini, on June 14th, 2018

Community mapping: when an app boosts urban regeneration

The city of Longford (IE) has developed an application -  Longford Nua  – which seeks to engage all citizens in the town in gathering and sharing memories and stories of the city, what citizens value about their town for the present days and ideas for the place in the future. Longford Nua is a community [...]

By URBACT, on June 5th, 2018

Intelligent air pollution meters and smart cameras

 Take aways, inspirations and learning from URBACT by the city of Miskolc (HU) “Around 2010 an important paradigm-shift has taken place in the mind-set of city managers, policy makers and industry leaders. Cities realized that building sustainable systems needs to include industry and technology providers to a far greater extent than originally thought. At the [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on May 29th, 2018