Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

Cities and Globalisation

This week the economist, Harvard professor and author of Triumph of the City, Ed Glaeser, gave a fast paced and inspiring lecture at the London School of Economics on cities and globalization. Many of his comments resonated with the experiences of European cities and knowledge from URBACT networks. His optimism about the positive effects of […]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on January 24th, 2014 at 16:46

Best Of URBACT Blog 2013

The URBACT Blog is a space for several contributors to share experiences on and insights in the diversity of issues they encounter in and around their activities in URBACT. Here is a selection of articles which we particularly enjoyed reading in 2013: Change and social Innovation, Shrinking Cities, Soft Mobility, Urban Struggles, Stakeholder’s involvement. There […]

By Eddy Adams, on January 21st, 2014 at 19:46

URBACT Expert Eddy Adams Looks Back At His Best Reads Of 2013

December is a time for looking backward and forward. It’s also a time of tradition and sharing, so as 2013 draws to a close I’d like to share one of my family traditions with you. Ever since my kids were small, we have got together at this time to share our favourite things of the […]

By URBACT, on December 13th, 2013 at 13:14

Cities Can Grow Their Health Economy

How can cities boost their economies and improve the health of their population? By investing in innovation and the knowledge economy in the health field! Investigating this area is of the main objectives of the 4D Cities URBACT project, which first transnational meeting took place in Igualada (Spain) on the 18th and 19 th of March.

By Segolene Pruvot, on April 4th, 2013 at 13:14

URBACT Markets Project : Stakeholder inclusion pays off for Torino with 100,000 € web investment

URBACT Local Support Group (ULSG) is paying off handsomely for Torino. Thanks to active ULSG measures, the Chamber of Commerce of Torino has announced it will fund a 100,000 € investment to create a web platform that will promote local markets and test innovative new market services. Engaging the different stakeholders involved in URBACT projects, […]

By URBACT, on March 27th, 2013 at 17:26

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

It’s more fun in a group!

Guess what? It’s true! We learned and felt another powerful experience in Barnsley during our last URBACT Creative Clusters project thematic workshop. At the same time that our network is reaching the end, we feel that our team building is improving its abilities to share and learn. The latest edition of the creative brief planted […]

By URBACT, on May 6th, 2011 at 11:07

Seeking for the sustainable city on the web

Today Urban practionners – architects, urban planners, developers, civil servants – are like everyone else, big users of the web as source of information, exchange, discussion and even maybe knowledge production. URBACT, in the framework of its communication strategy, has been active in these discussions that deal about real urban issues in the virtual world! Commenting on articles, proposing content emerging from URBACT projects, reflecting interesting ideas and issues in the URBACT blog, or establishing an editorial partnership, we have discovered a large number of websites and blogs dedicated to urban issues.

Here, we have decided to highlight about ten of them: because the topics they deal with are close to that cities work on in URBACT projects and because they are particularly dynamic and interesting. All these websites and blogs have one point in common: they are seeking for a sustainable city for tomorrow.

By URBACT, on April 11th, 2011 at 18:31

Jyväskyla: Designing Human Solutions

In the recent increase for demand of technology we often forget the main reason why we invest and develop new technological solutions. The social dimension, the problem-solving dimension, takes a back seat when facing the enthusiasm of the recent creations. The “gadget lifestyle” could improve the economy, but doesn’t solve any of the major challenges […]

By URBACT, on March 28th, 2011 at 12:31

Sevilla, a Ceramic City reinventing its image

Sevilla (Andalucia-Spain) is partner in the URBACT UNIC project working on how cities can encourage and develop new policies and actions which help their territory and industries, on this case focused on the ceramic sector, in a time of change and economic transition. One of these new actions should certainly be linked to the re-invented […]

By URBACT, on March 11th, 2011 at 11:42