Archives for 2011

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

Poitiers is changing…

Inhabitants and guests of Poitiers are witnessing multiple alterations in their town’s heritage area. Poitiers is a historic town situated in the west central area of France which contains a large panel of cultural heritage. Its population reaches 83.500 inhabitants. Since Poitiers joined the URBACT HerO project, many transformations have been completed on the ground: […]

By URBACT, on April 27th, 2011 at 14:25

Cross-cutting 2.0 approaches to the sustainable city

This week, the overview of the favorite topics of urban practionners on the web 2.0 is completed by multisectoral websites which choose to deal with the sustainable city through a cross-cutting approach. Sustainable planning of cities is – at its name indicates – the main topic of , a database -that aim to inspire […]

By URBACT, on April 19th, 2011 at 15:26

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

Views on the International Roma Day…

ROMA-NET is an URBACT project led by Budapest which focuses on the integration of Roma populations. On the occasion of the International Roma Day, we asked some of our Roma-Net partner Local Support Group members about their views on this Roma Day. We thought – it was our personal prejudice – there would be pessimistic, […]

By URBACT, on April 8th, 2011 at 09:49

Discussion on EU Transport White Paper

Within the framework of the “Commentvisions” Sustainable Mobility theme (March) a debate was organised in the European Parliament (29th March, 2011) on the “EU white paper: a blueprint for smarter and greener transport”. Emphasising the fundamental tenet of the internal market – free transfer of people and goods – the importance of transport for economic […]

By URBACT, on March 31st, 2011 at 15:41

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

Co-Creation & Young Entrepreneurs

A funny thing happened in Rotterdam about a year ago. In the midst of an economic slowdown, and at a time when the banks weren’t lending, the city’s Chamber of Commerce noticed a sharp rise in the number of business start ups. In the Netherlands – like most EU states – new businesses are required […]

By URBACT, on March 14th, 2011 at 12:32

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

Why Gender Matters for Cities?

The 8th of March is the international women’s day. This should certainly not be the only moment to think about it, but it is the occasion to recall the unbalanced situation between women and men in most areas of life. The city embodies these unbalances; which means policies and actions at the local level can […]

By URBACT, on March 8th, 2011 at 11:17