Archives for 2011

Jugendbauhütte – Youth Masons’ Lodge: Voluntary Year in Monument Preservation for Young people between 18 and 26

The ‘Jugendbauhütte’ (Youth Mason’s Lodge) is a project of ‘Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz’ (German Foundation for Monument Preservation) organized by the International Youth Community Services (ijgd) that offers young people between 18 and 26 to do a voluntary year in monument preservation and care. The work places are museums and cultural institutions, archaeological institutions, organizations involved […]

By URBACT, on March 4th, 2011 at 17:01

Slow post-earthquake reconstruction in Abruzzo

After the Abruzzo earthquake, housing emergency experienced an innovative model of reconstruction in comparison with the last fifty years’ experience in Italy. After a first phase during which the population  experienced temporary housing solutions for five-six months, two programs of residential settlements have been launched: the C.A.S.E. Plan (Antiseismic Sustainable Eco-friendly Complex) and the M.A.P. […]

By URBACT, on February 24th, 2011 at 20:02

Earning money while saving the world, is that social entrepreneurship?

Although not new as a phenomenon, the term social entrepreneurship has increased its popularity during the last couple of years. The European Commission has launched the programme Innovative Union and in many countries, national and local projects aiming at social entrepreneurship have been launched. Earning money while saving the world, is that social entrepreneurship? According […]

By URBACT, on February 21st, 2011 at 18:51

What can we take away from the Cohesion forum?

The Cohesion Forum was held in Brussels from 31 January to 1 February 2011. It was organized by the European Commission and the main goal was closure the public consultation launched last November on the future, post-2013 Cohesion Policy. A number of European policy makers, ministers, regional presidents and heads of operational programmes participated in […]

By URBACT, on February 17th, 2011 at 13:34

How Cities from the Caribbean could turn into sustainable ones ?

The International Town-Planning Days are celebrated each November 8th, in 30 countries on 4 continents. Such celebration is the very occasion to discuss on the future of cities and territories. For the first time in France, these International Days occurred in French overseas territories, in Fort-de-France, Martinique, thanks notably to SFU (French Society of Town-planners), […]

By URBACT, on February 14th, 2011 at 14:37

Integrated urban development in German cities

Read more: Integrated urban development – URBACT website The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development URBACT NDP for Germany Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebeau und Raumordnung e.V.

By URBACT, on February 11th, 2011 at 18:42

Replacing regional competition by regional cooperation

The provincial government of Styria in Austria has implemented a programme called RegioNext which regulates new forms for municipal cooperation. The regions (in Styria) are divided into ‘great regions’ and ‘small regions’. The intention of the programme is: ● to promote cooperation between neighbouring municipalities ● to increase the efficiency of public administration ● to […]

By URBACT, on February 11th, 2011 at 12:52

Exhibition of the HerO Network in Regensburg’s New Town Hall

In cooperation with its Managing Authority of the ERDF Operational Programme, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, the Lead Partner Regensburg designed an exhibition on the HerO URBACT project:  twelve panels give information on the HerO network’s objectives and activities, the HerO partner cities as well as the Bavarian ERDF programme. […]

By URBACT, on January 31st, 2011 at 11:03

A controversy in the heart of Bucharest: the Parliament Palace

Right in the historical centre of Bucharest stands an impressive building that strikes the eye by its particular style. It is the Palace of the Romanian Parliament, a “giant” built during the “golden age” of the dictatorial regime. Constructed with great human and economic costs, the now-called Palace of the Parliament symbolized Ceausescu’s absolute rule, […]

By URBACT, on January 25th, 2011 at 19:12

What can we do to ensure cities are sustainable now?

Cities are responsible for nearly 80% of carbon dioxide emissions, and in the EU transport accounts for around 25% of those emissions. So it follows that de-carbonising urban mobility is a critical challenge to ensure sustainable cities. Many believe that electro mobility can play an important part in multi-modal strategies to green transport. This is […]

By URBACT, on January 19th, 2011 at 13:18