Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Cities’

How good are the energy certification “good guys”

While many member states have introduced energy standards to be respected for new (particularly residential) construction in recent years, since 2003 the EU has added an extra stimulus to this process promoting adoption of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).  Recast in 2009 to strengthen commitment on this issue, the Directive incites the adoption […]

By URBACT, on November 9th, 2010 at 14:40

“Hyper-active” travel in London

Following developments in Paris, Brussels and other EU cities, London introduced a Cycle Hire scheme on the 30th of July 2010. After 10 weeks of operation the system has already welcomed its millionth passenger and while the scale of the operation cannot yet match the Parisian experience (20,600 bikes available) up until now it has […]

By URBACT, on October 15th, 2010 at 09:49

Bilbao City Council, Spain receives Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize

Bilbao City Hall, partner in OPENCities URBACT project, has been named the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate in recognition of its integrated and holistic approach to urban transformation. Bilbao’s success is founded on visionary leadership, commitment to long-term planning, strong processes and supporting infrastructure. Jointly co-organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), […]

By URBACT, on July 15th, 2010 at 15:32

The Untapped potential of cultural heritage – a Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development and an Internationally Competitive Europe

URBACT has its HERO.  A clever name for an ambitious URBACT Project which  has published a strategy paper entitled “The Untapped potential of cultural heritage – a Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development and an Internationally Competitive Europe”. The document makes the case for a strong urban dimension as part of EU Cohesion Policy with a […]

By URBACT, on February 23rd, 2010 at 12:57

2nd RegGov Newsletter

The RegGov project has published its second RegGov Newsletter ( 2nd-reggov-newsletter1 ). This Newsletter  informs briefly on two implemented network seminars – the 2nd Thematic Seminar in Nijmegen (Netherlands) and the Joint Seminar for Managing Authorities and the European Commission in Budapest (Hungary). Afterwards an article about the project “NRW Fit for Europe” presents as a […]

By URBACT, on January 20th, 2010 at 15:43

Debate on the future of cohesion policy: distributive vs allocative policy?

Whithin the framework of the current debate on the future of the European Cohesion policy it is important to look at the goals that cohesion policy should pursue to meet the challenges of the 21st century. One of the difficult policy issues is whether relatively richer regions should be eligible for expenditure from the Structural […]

By URBACT, on January 13th, 2010 at 16:10

Belgium prepares for the electric car – already a complement for new URBACT project EVUE?

With a comment which might suggest history is repeating itself, “Electricity is the fuel of the future”, the Belgian Secretary of State for Mobility inaugurated the first charging post for electric cars in the country on the 17th of December, 2009. This first infrastructure access point was installed perhaps not surprisingly in the premises of […]

By URBACT, on January 6th, 2010 at 11:08

“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

Stockholm, first European Green Capital : a model for other cities ?

The 2009 URBACT Annual Conference was held in Stockholm. Let us take the opportunity to look at this City which is often seen as a green model for other European cities. In 2010 the capital of Sweden will be the first European city to celebrate its status as European Green Capital. The new European Green Capital Award […]

By URBACT, on November 30th, 2009 at 18:38

The Urban NOSE response to the crisis: cities as “garden engines”

The impact of the recent crisis has inducted many experts to revising the vision of cities seen like ‘engines of growth and jobs’ and to easily join the disbelieving attitude of so many citizens, by exploring and evolving towards more fundamental shifts in production and consumption that make cities more like “gardens”. The ‘Urban NOSE’ […]

By URBACT, on September 22nd, 2009 at 09:55