Posts Tagged ‘#URBACTpilots’

Give space! A “Placemaking” Project in Hungary in 4 questions

In january 2014, URBACT kick-started 6 pilot transfer network. We’ve introduced the Placemaking Fo(u)r Cities project on this blog only a few weeks ago, presenting how the network approaches Placemaking and the challenge of transfering a practice. How does it work on the receiving side of the transfer? How does the Placemaking practice translate, not […]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on June 30th, 2014 at 20:17

Rotterdam Links Creative Sector to Local Economy

In the past decades, urban gurus such as Richard Florida and Charles Landry enthusiastically pointed at the many benefits of the creative sector, and of having a creative class. Therefore, cities tried to attract more creative knowledge workers for a long time. Nowadays, the hype of Florida and Landry seems to have passed. The creative […]

By Simone Pekelsma, on June 24th, 2014 at 18:34

Italian Students and the Suburbs: Tackling Urban Issues at School

Urbanism is rarely at the core of the public opinion’s debate in Italy but the presence among the final high-school exam essays of an article written by the italian-born architect Renzo Piano on the “mending of suburbs” to be commented by the students, represents an important signal on how urban policies can be interesting if […]

By Simone D'Antonio, on June 20th, 2014 at 16:09

Placemaking: Kick-starting a Social Process

Placemaking connects communities, engenders public debate, promotes social inclusion and enhances the quality of life. The growing interest in placemaking as a social process calls for new approaches to urban design, planning and governance. URBACT’s Placemaking Four Cities (P4C) project focuses on the engagement of communities and the empowerment of citizens to take the lead […]

By Hans Schlappa, on June 13th, 2014 at 13:52

For Healthy Ageing In European Cities

In the cult movie, Logan’s Run, citizens are terminated at the age of 30. The plot focuses on the efforts of the eponymous hero as he makes his attempt to escape the city and prolong his life into middle age. Nowadays, applying the Logan’s Run rule would empty many of Europe’s cities. Across Europe, the […]

By Eddy Adams, on March 28th, 2014 at 17:04

Engaging Roma, Getting it Right

Being part of the large local authority, very often we are told that one of our weaknesses is communicating with the community. We do a lot of hard work, with dedicated officers going above and beyond to deliver for the most vulnerable in our community. However when we are met with blank looks of “I […]

By URBACT, on March 5th, 2014 at 14:47

Paradiso del Cibo (Food Paradise)

As kids, coming home from school, my sister and I used to have a joke: “If you can’t smell burning in the kitchen, then we’re having salad for dinner.” My Mother has many talents, but cooking isn’t one of them, so it was routine for us to see black smoke billowing out of the kitchen, […]

By Eddy Adams, on February 5th, 2014 at 13:08