Archives for 2012

TOGETHER: citizen engagement in councils across Europe

The sun shone brightly; the sky was blue. Good weather makes a difference to most towns and this was certainly the case with Braine l’Alleud, the Belgian municipality just 20 kilometres south of Brussels where the TOGETHER partnership held its 5th joint meeting at the end of March. The project is exploring new ways of […]

By URBACT, on April 3rd, 2012 at 10:22

The European urban fabric in the 21st century – Interesting discussions

Some 300 people came together in Copenhagen on 22-23 March at the Fifth European Summit of Regions and Cities. The Summit titled as “The European urban fabric in the 21st century” was organized by the Committee of the Regions (COR), partly for politicians (mayors and presidents of regions from EU countries), partly for leading architects, […]

By URBACT, on March 29th, 2012 at 14:24

Roma mass exclusion from the labour market

It is a combination of complex factors that are responsible for the very high and concentrated levels of Roma unemployment. Low education no qualifications; out of date skills; living in settlements with poor transport links; isolated communities with limited access to jobs or information about jobs. Individually each one is a real barrier and obstacle […]

By URBACT, on March 23rd, 2012 at 12:30

Cities can boost female entrepreneurship

Cities and Municipalities have a role to play when it comes to achieving gender equality, especially in the economic area. With well thought out policies, they can encourage more women to set up businesses, and provide support for female entrepreneurs. Today the International Women’s Day will be celebrated – statistics and numbers will once again […]

By URBACT, on March 8th, 2012 at 13:35

From creative industries to creative places

Small and medium size cities are also interested in the way they can foster local economic development through on innovation and the creation of creative places. Clusters have been a main theme of interest in regional and urban planning theory since the 80’s, with the attention paid to the region Emilia- Romagna for instance. The […]

By URBACT, on February 24th, 2012 at 14:53

Eltis – The Urban Mobility Portal gives you the knowledge to deliver new mobility solutions

“Interested in Know How on Urban Transport?” “Change urban transport” “Take action to make it more sustainable” “Find out what you need to really make a difference” “Inspire others – and be inspired by them” “Build your network to help you deliver” “Share your experience to build better urban transport” Just log on to […]

By URBACT, on February 20th, 2012 at 11:01

Are Electric vehicules sales falling flat?

Recent coverage in the UK media has questioned the viability of the electric cars with the observation that there are now more charging points than cars registered in the UK. Given the nascent state of the market, this is a point that is likely to be closely followed. Most research indicates the ‘chicken or egg’ […]

By URBACT, on February 13th, 2012 at 11:56

Architecture and Heritage in the Netherlands by Job Roos (TU Delft)

URBACT LINKS network is focused on the ways to conciliate cultural heritage and city development Job Roos is a rare example of Dutch architect dedicated to the retrofitting of existing buildings. His expertise has become highly requested now that it has become clear the urgency of adapting our cities for sustainable development and that the […]

By URBACT, on February 8th, 2012 at 12:02

Heritage values versus modern needs

How realistic is it, when restoring historic buildings, to manage a balance between the preservation of their values and the necessary alterations for their adaptation to modern needs? What are their values and what are modern needs? The literature in this field is quite rich, especially when referring to values. The debate goes back as […]

By URBACT, on January 31st, 2012 at 13:15

Deprived Urban Areas: RegGov Infographic

By URBACT, on January 9th, 2012 at 17:11