Archives for 2019

Mapping Urban Alternatives collaboratively

Hana Grgić of Political Critique reveals how the Urban Alternatives online mapping cooperation came into being. Cities are the scene of resistance, innovation and alternatives: the place where social protests erupt and mutual cooperation unfolds, where street mobilisations and cultural creation and productive innovations emerge. The online map Urban Alternatives emerged from the cooperation between […]

By Hana Grgic, on April 11th, 2019 at 11:09

The story behind Warsaw’s new LGBT+ declaration

Amy Labarriere meets activist Oktawiusz Chrzanowski, who prompted city officials to write a declaration supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights in the Polish capital. “Everyone is equal before the law. No form of discrimination is allowed, and Warsaw should be open to everybody.” This is how the City of Warsaw (PL) announced Mayor Rafał […]

By Amy Labarrière, on March 28th, 2019 at 11:48

Porto, the URBACT city par excellence!

The city of Porto (PT) is the URBACT city per excellence amongst Portuguese cities! And why? On the one hand, it is the city with the largest participation in URBACT networks over the last 10 years: six, in total. On the other hand, it is a city that registers a strong involvement of various departments […]

By ana resende, on March 21st, 2019 at 13:27

Meet Mitja Kolbl

In 20 years, we want Ljutomer (SLO) to be a city of “friendly traffic” Mitja Kolbl has been employed at the Municipality of Ljutomer for 15 years. In addition to the regular assignments he has as transport infrastructure manager – from investments and maintenance to winter service – he participates in three European projects. He […]

By Petra Očkerl, on February 28th, 2019 at 18:44

Online tools for urban practitioners – part I

Political journalist, Jamie Mackay, takes a look at URBACT’s choice of digital tools, a fundamental part of how we work today. Innovation in urban development is first and foremost about people, about how citizens imagine the future of their local communities, and how specialists realise this. It is, by extension, a question of organisations, of […]

By Jamie Mackay, on February 21st, 2019 at 13:51

The Women We See … and don’t see

Last year marked the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, extending to the right to vote for the first time to (some) women in the UK and Ireland (it would be another ten years until universal suffrage was introduced). To mark this anniversary, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched […]

By Siobhán McKenna, on February 14th, 2019 at 11:55

Fighting homelessness: the role of cities

Laura Colini, URBACT programme expert gives an overview of the Policy LAB and URBACT Knowledge Hub initiative’s collaboration with FEANTSA and the Mairie de Paris, following their December 2018 gathering to share information, exchange local practices and launch collaboration among small, medium and large administrations in Europe to combat homelessness. Inaccessible, inadequate, unaffordable, undignified, insecure […]

By Laura Colini, on February 7th, 2019 at 09:18

Common public space design in Estonian-Latvian twin town Valga-Valka

Johanna Holvandus and Kadri Leetmaa make a case for cross border city twinning, showcasing the story of Estonian-Latvian border towns Valga and Valka, the recent hosts of a regional URBACT seminar. On October 18, 2018 Estonian-Latvian border towns Valga (EE) and Valka (LV) hosted a regional URBACT seminar. The aim of the common event was […]

By Johanna Holvandus, on February 1st, 2019 at 10:57

New urban planning: long-lasting innovation or just a temporary illusion? [PART 2]

Iván Tosics, URBACT Programme Expert from the Metropolitan Research Institut in Budapest asks whether new urban planning methods will stand the test of time. In the first part of this article, Ivan introduced the process of development of new public policies accross Europe and  gave concrete examples of new urban policies and planning. The new […]

By Ivan Tosics, on January 24th, 2019 at 09:45

New urban planning: long-lasting innovation or just a temporary illusion? [PART 1]

Iván Tosics, URBACT Programme Expert from the Metropolitan Research Institut in Budapest asks whether new urban planning methods will stand the test of time. The Great Financial Crisis (economists talk about the crisis in capital letters) created a new situation: the severe changes in economic and financial conditions extorted the revision of existing public policies. […]

By Ivan Tosics, on January 17th, 2019 at 11:39