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

Three Parisian feminist public spaces: a guided tour with FéminiCités.

How can gender and urbanism connect? How can we make a truly gender equal public space? Which tools do you need to reach that goal? On 13 July 2019 FéminiCités organised a workshop to visit three public spaces where an architect, an urban anthropologist, an urbanist and a skateboarder explained how to integrate the gender […]

By Anais de Muret, on August 22nd, 2019

Siena: civic engagement for a resilient city

In the face of adversity, Siena (IT) turned to new actors for its urban development. Elisa Filippi, National URBACT Point Italy says its citizens and the municipality stepped up, with projects including new community hub, regenerating the “Green Valleys” and turning Siena into one of the first carbon free provinces in Europe in 2013. Between […]

By Elisa Filippi, on August 14th, 2019

12 reads and listens for urbanists to enjoy this summer

If you have the chance to slow down and savour a good book this summer, have a look through our selection of 12 urban-themed reads and listens. With picks from URBACT’s Simina Lazar, Laura Colini, Ania Rok, Sally Kneeshaw, Ségolène Pruvot and Amy Labarrière, it’s an eclectic mix of titles with one thing in common: […]

By URBACT, on July 31st, 2019

6 inspiring city stories

Looking for a quick dose of urban inspiration? From Helsinki (FI) to Belgrade (RS), Vancouver (CA) to Cape Town (ZA), here’s your fix of city stories packed with ideas, images and can-do attitude! 1. Urban inequality in pictures These aerial photos by Johnny Miller offer a stark visual reminder of the economic, social – and […]

By Amy Labarrière, on July 18th, 2019

A sinking city: the case of Berezniki in Russia

Have you already seen the pictures Berezniki (RU), being swallowed by the sinkholes? If you have not, here they are in the following post. Sinking city How come Berezniki is literally being swallowed by sinkholes? To answer this question, we have to take a quick look at the history of the city. Berezniki was formed […]

By Olga Suslova, on June 30th, 2019

Amarante: improving the city with pioneering actions

How can a small city like Amarante (PT), located less than one hour from medium-sized urban centres such as Braga (PT) or Guimarães (PT), or even from the metropolitan area of Porto (PT), become a competitive economic centre with the well-being for its citizens at its heart? Thanks to a number of innovative actions, Amarante […]

By Ana Resende, on May 23rd, 2019