Posts Tagged ‘City’s Futures’

REPORT: Bridging the Urban Divide

Under the patronage of the EU Parliamentary Urban Intergroup (presided over by MEP Jan Olbrycht), this bi-annual UN “state of cities” report was launched today in Brussels by MR. Jean Bakole (Director of UN Human Settlements Programme) and one of the principal authors Mr. Eduardo López Moreno. Following up on the Urban Forum of Rio […]

By URBACT, on April 23rd, 2010 at 13:51

World Bank: “Safer Homes, Stronger Communities”.

Catalysed by events in Haiti and coinciding with new earthquake and tsunami incidence in Chile and the Pacific, the World Bank has just launched a new publication “Safer Homes, Stronger Communities – a Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters“. This is an interesting composite of structured guidelines, tapping into experience of agencies and stakeholders stretching […]

By URBACT, on March 22nd, 2010 at 18:54

Haiti, could the earthquake resuscitate a failed nation state.

At the beginning of June 2009, I reported for URBACT on the effects of the earthquake on the Italian city of L’Aquila “such a catastrophe represents the extreme challenge for urban regeneration in the broadest sense”. Today events in Haiti (earthquake 12th January) take the idea of “extreme challenge” to a totally different, almost unprecedented, […]

By URBACT, on January 26th, 2010 at 15:02

“Earth, Wind, Water, Fire” Proceedings of OWHC Regional Conference in Regensburg now published

The international conference “Earth, Wind, Water, Fire – Environmental Challenges to Urban World Heritage” that took place in the German World Heritage town Regensburg from 16th-18th September 2008 was a great success. Experts form more than fifteen European countries came to the medieval city in Southern Germany to attend the Northwest-European Regional Conference of the […]

By URBACT, on December 16th, 2009 at 11:55

Shrinking cities: A Dream or A Nightmare for Urban Planners?

A lot has been said about the city of Flint, Michigan (USA), whose population dropped by half in 40 years, going from 200,000 to 100,000 inhabitants, with the decline of the automobile industry. There are hundreds of empty houses, with peripheral neighbourhoods transformed into near ghost towns. Elected officials want to bulldoze these neighbourhoods, return […]

By URBACT, on October 8th, 2009 at 11:44