Cooperation, cities & digital tools in the light of covid-19

I will confess. When I heard about the possibility of a lockdown in Paris one of the first thoughts was “I’ll finally have some time to write”. Of course that was superficial and inconsiderate of all those out there much more affected by the pandemic than I am, but that was that.    For the […]

By Simina Lazar, on March 30th, 2020

My takeaways from the World Urban Forum #10

It’s 5 AM on a Saturday and I cannot sleep. It is partly because of the time difference, partly because my head is buzzing from the last week in Abu Dhabi, at the 10th edition of the World Urban Forum. More than 13000 participants and 500 sessions, countless encounters and business cards exchanged, this is […]

By Simina Lazar, on February 17th, 2020

Taking URBACT networks’ experiences to China

This is the story of a tentative transfer from urban farming and community gardens experiences in Europe to Chinese megacities. Having previously supported URBACT “Sustainable food in Urban Communities” and “Biocanteens” networks I share here the experience of a community workshop I led at the Tsinghua University Academy of Art and Design over a weekend […]

By François Jegou, on February 17th, 2020

Transport & Kampala – the first stop on an African journey

How do you transfer a tried and tested city-to-city cooperation method from one continent to another? How do you make the cities you’re working with more resilient and sustainable in the process? These are only some of the questions that ASToN, a network of 12 African cities using digital tools to overcome local and global […]

By Simina Lazar, on January 31st, 2020

Making a city together

The first Wetopia Academy in Cape Town From 18 to 27th October 2019 we started the first Wetopia Academy during ‘Open Design Afrika’ in Cape Town (ZA). With interventions and workshops in the townships, inspiration days with local and international ‘Wetopians’ and a learning program for policy makers, we actively stimulate new ways to make […]

By Joke Quintens, on December 19th, 2019

Urban regeneration through cultural heritage: three cities’ stories

Cécile Houpert, Project Officer at EUROCITIES, takes a look at three cities taking part in the EU funded ROCK project. What have Bologna (IT), Lisbon (PT) and Skopje (MK) got in common? Apart from being major European metropolises and hotbeds of culture and heritage, the three cities are part of the EU funded ROCK project […]

By Cecile Houpert, on December 12th, 2019

Tackling the climate and ecological crisis in Liverpool city region

NEW: A report on the climate and ecological crisis in Liverpool City Region Few would disagree that not only was 2019 the year when Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg rose to international fame with her ‘school strike for climate’, it was also the year when city leaders came to appreciate more keenly the full extent […]

By Mark Boyle, on November 28th, 2019

Towards metropolitan collaboration in urban areas

After attending the Urban Futures Global Conference (UFGC) and the European Metropolitan Authorities (EMA) meeting, Iván Tosics reports cooperation at metropolitan level is key for the development of urban areas. Residents inside and outside the city are not generally interested in where the city border lies and how various services are organised. However, despite its “invisibility”, the […]

By Ivan Tosics, on October 10th, 2019

Unlocking Europe’s innovative potential by going local!

EUROCITIES member cities are well represented in the new Action Planning networks recently launched by URBACT, which group cities together to work on actions as diverse as climate adaptation, circular economy, gender equality, mobility systems, inclusive cultural policies and sustainable tourism. Giving cities and other partners a chance to exchange knowledge, provide inspiration and find […]

By Anna Lisa Boni, on September 26th, 2019

A guide to crowdfunding for local authorities

How do local authorities in Europe tackle growing economic and social challenges in their territories with an ever-shrinking budget? Many of them have started partnering with local and national crowdfunding platforms, ranging from civic and cultural projects, to entrepreneurial and “green” business ideas. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a relatively new form of raising funds […]

By Francesca Passeri, on September 5th, 2019