Posts Tagged ‘Urban planning’

Crash Course in Brazilian Urban Reality: thought after 6 days of co-creation workshop in Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro

Most urban planners (and many travellers too) know that Brazilian cities are an extreme example of vicinity within the city between poor and rich areas. Brazil is well known for its gated communities and favelas, which reality has been exposed through the years in literature and films as reported on by Christina Horwath in her [...]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 19th, 2018 at 11:58

Heritage of military sites in Szombathely (HU)

The URBACT MAPS (Military Assets as Public Spaces) project aims at enhancing former military heritage as key elements for sustainable urban strategies, combining both functional and social aspects. The goal of the project is reversing negative trends, highlighting the potentialities of this heritage, discussing, in broad circles, all potential uses. The Hungarian partner of the [...]

By Mátyás Sain, on April 6th, 2018 at 22:36

Child Friendly City – A City for All

Do you want to be a child-friendly city? Just take the children in your city seriously and think of their families, older friends, and neighbours while you are planning, designing, and organizing the maintenance of outdoor space for play – and you will get a city that is friendly to everyone. 1.     Remember, once we [...]

By Maja Simoneti, on January 26th, 2018 at 17:29

Ljubljana: from revitalisation to gentrification

Gentrification is a highly debated topic not only in urban planning experts’ circles but way beyond. The processes labelled as ‘gentrification’ are very diverse. Each case is quite specific and depends heavily on the local context. The processes may differ between global cities and smaller cities, but the effects gentrification has in cities is quite [...]

By Aidan Cerar, on January 11th, 2018 at 12:35

Umeå – Gender equality at the heart of the city

It is, or should be, in the interest of everyone to create more equal and inclusive cities, since that is how we generate long-term sustainability for European citizens – socially, financially and environmentally. The current development of urban infrastructure and the built environment needs to be redesigned to promote greater gender equality in the use [...]

By Linda Gustafsson, on December 21st, 2017 at 12:40

Governing Large Cities after the Financial Crisis

Growing democracy deficit and quickly shrinking public budgets : European cities react very differently on these circumstances. Many look for innovations and show more flexibility towards population claims, in some others progressive new mayors are elected, while some even strengthen authoritarian policies. With over 700 participants, plenary discussions and 19 parallel tracks the AESOP’2015 Congress [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on October 22nd, 2015 at 21:20

Measuring the URBACT Interference Effect

What does what we discussed  in last tuesday’s post: Indicators – Curse or Blessing? tell us about urban policies?  First, that framing the objective is the key to good implementation.  When we frame the objective in terms of being healthy we open up more options than when we focus on measuring losing weight. Second, that [...]

By Peter Ramsden, on June 6th, 2014 at 17:32

Urban Planning And The Multi-dimensional Communication Era

« Because urban planning has always been based on the gathering and exchange of information and – as a democratic process – on communication between different stakeholders, a change in the method of communication has a significant impact on decision-making throughout the process ». (Stefan Höffken and Chris Haller) By now, you probably have heard [...]

By URBACT, on March 25th, 2014 at 13:13

The Work and Role of Urban Planners in Local Development – Some Critical Remarks

Recently, I attended the joint congress of two large associations of planners, the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) took place on 15th-19th July at the University College Dublin. Of the approximately 1200 participants only 500 were European, the rest came mainly from the United States [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on August 5th, 2013 at 18:44

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