Archives for 2010

Creative Ceramics

Probably since the very beginnings of ceramic production there has been a duality of purpose, to make objects designed for daily (even construction or industrial) utility but also objects with a decorative or ornamental quality. This has, together with use of local materials and colour preferences, shaped the development of different decorative national or local […]

By URBACT, on August 26th, 2010 at 10:26

Creativity and Innovation in Europe

A few months after the presentation of the Green Paper on Cultural and Creative Industries the European debate has been more centred on innovation, rather than creativity. In a document produced for the European Commission Enterprise & Industry Directorate-General called “New Cluster Concepts Activities in Creative Industries” the core definition of creative industries is linked […]

By URBACT, on July 26th, 2010 at 10:40

NeT-TOPIC partners Haidari and Sacele start a twinning process

Sacele (Romania) and Haidari (Greece), two partner cities in the NeT-TOPIC project, are currently in the process of twinning their cities. After learning about each other’s features and specificities within the context of network collaboration, they discovered a series of common points between them. Some of the most important are: the fact of being a […]

By URBACT, on July 20th, 2010 at 10:32

Bilbao City Council, Spain receives Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize

Bilbao City Hall, partner in OPENCities URBACT project, has been named the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate in recognition of its integrated and holistic approach to urban transformation. Bilbao’s success is founded on visionary leadership, commitment to long-term planning, strong processes and supporting infrastructure. Jointly co-organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), […]

By URBACT, on July 15th, 2010 at 15:32

What makes a city buzz?

This is the question which will be addressed by the  social innovation exchange at its Summer School 2010 which takes place in Singapore in September.  The most dynamic cities in the world have always been immersed in the critical innovations of their time, but why do some do it better than others? What inhibits a […]

By URBACT, on July 9th, 2010 at 13:43

Gentrification versus Working Class Neighbourhoods

Darinka Czischke, Thematic Expert of the URBACT SUITE project gave the last of this season’s series of lectures sponsored by the European Housing Forum in Brussels on the 29th of June. It was in fact the 4th lecture organised under the theme “Changing Lifestyles, Changing Climate – The role of Housing in the EU”. The […]

By URBACT, on July 6th, 2010 at 10:27

4th RegGov Newsletter: Regional Governance of Sustainable Integrated Development of Deprived Urban Areas

The RegGov project has published its 4th-reggov-newsletter. The fourth issue of the RegGov newsletter focuses on the core work within the RegGov project. The first three of four cluster meetings with defined topics have already taken place. Therefore, RegGov partners involved in the accordant clusters contribute their impressions of the meetings and give a brief […]

By URBACT, on July 1st, 2010 at 16:38

Can Sofia be like Rome and Athens?

Sofia, capital city of Bulgaria, is a city with rich cultural and historical heritage. The new Bulgarian Government is planning to grant funds for the realization of a project which would breathe new life into Sofia’ s historical character.

By URBACT, on July 1st, 2010 at 15:34

Bruges, UNESCO World Heritage Site – Watchdog groups reactivate debate

The romanticism of John Ruskin apart, Bruges has long had a tradition of civic engagement around the question of conservation of its urban heritage. Particularly during the post war years the development of the city has been closely monitored by a series of motivated individuals, heritage pressure groups and politicians in opposition – who have […]

By URBACT, on June 23rd, 2010 at 16:00

Real Estate Transactions in Romania will soon require energy performance certificates

Romania must comply with the Energy Performance for Buildings Directive (EBPD), requiring energy audits for constructions. According to the national legislation on the energy performance of buildings, in the following months energy performance certificates will be mandatory and made available to potential buyers or tenants by the building’s owners, for all real estate transactions. These […]

By URBACT, on June 14th, 2010 at 16:29