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

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

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

How interactive is your city?

Daniela Patti, Levente Polyak, Simone d’Antonio, Elisabetta Savino and Sabrina Bruzzone report on the festival’s Interactive Cities (IC) lab. The project is dedicated to finding out about how interactive European cities are and how they use social media tools to be interactive. The Interactive Cities Lab in Lisbon saw the participation of some of the […]

By Daniela Patti, on November 14th, 2018

Evidence based participative parking policy – a case of Idrija

By Aidan Cerar and Urban Jeriha. Cities everywhere are on a mission to reduce car traffic and promote sustainable mobility. Not only to improve air quality, but also to provide more space for citizens to enjoy the city outdoors and practice social life in public spaces. The usual steps towards a more sustainably mobile city […]

By Aidan Cerar, on November 9th, 2018

Buying a better future

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson was the Lead Expert for Procure and is currently the Network Expert for Making Spend Matter. He represents URBACT on the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement and believes the way cities buy goods and services can change for a better economic, social and environmental future. The ‘Buying a […]

By Matthew Jackson, on October 30th, 2018

People-powered services: big words versus reality?

The outcomes of the “European and US stories of CHANGE!” Breakout Session We often tend to speak about community engagement like a mantra, but it is indeed the core element of collaborative public policies. Before rejecting the idea to engage citizens into the service delivery, because it seems too hard, we need to think critically […]

By Ferenc Szigeti, on October 23rd, 2018

Crash Course in Brazilian Urban Reality: thought after 6 days of co-creation workshop in Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro

Most urban planners (and many travellers too) know that Brazilian cities are an extreme example of vicinity within the city between poor and rich areas. Brazil is well known for its gated communities and favelas, which reality has been exposed through the years in literature and films as reported on by Christina Horwath in her […]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 19th, 2018

Gender Equal Cities: a walk in the park?

‘Gender Equality’ has become one of the political zeitgeists of 2018, prompting institutions around the globe to take a closer look at how women and men interact in personal, professional and public spheres. But what does it mean for European cities? The new URBACT initiative, Gender Equal Cities, sought to provide some answers to this […]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on October 9th, 2018

Want to improve your health? MAKE YOU ACTIVE with friends and neighbours!

Ana Resende remembers meeting Hugo Nunes in Riga in 2015 and his role in transforming Loulé (PT) thanks to the VITAL CITIES network. By making sports facilities accessible to all, Loulé is a pioneering city offering an active, fit lifestyle to all its population, thanks to regular events and an accessible infrastructure. Loulé met partners […]

By Ana Resende, on October 2nd, 2018