urban planning

The concept of ‘planning’ and ‘managing’ cities is not a new one. Local administrations have often tried to tackle the challenges associated with large population density through territorial-based policies.

Until recently, major urban planning strategies covered all aspects of urban planning, both aesthetic and practical: streets, building facades, parks, sewers and water works, facilities and public monuments.

Cities today face new challenges and urban planning has adapted to accommodate these. Administrations have to consider the future of our cities in a globalised and interconnected world, and deal with issues such as climate change mitigation, social inclusion and preserving cultural heritage.  

As described in ‘A practitioner’s guide to neighbourhood regeneration’, our working group on urban regeneration’s November 2011 report: “Urban regeneration is a social, economic, physical, sustainable, demographic, financial and collaborative issue”.

Urban regeneration is at the core of city planning. Urban regeneration can be defined as the integrated local redevelopment of deprived areas (neighbourhood, city, metropolitan area). It covers many aspects of city life: physical, social and environmental. Approaches depend on a city’s history, and therefore policies must be integrated and area-based.

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Join our webinar on regulating the urban commons

Through the ROCK EU-funded project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on Thursday 4 April at 11.00 CET. The webinar will be the opportunity to discuss ideas and practice around regulating urban commons, a practice in which Bologna has been a front-runner.

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publication date: 22-03-2019

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Our members scoop up mobility awards

The latest EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award has recognised the enormous efforts of our members in leading the way on sustainable mobility!

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publication date: 22-03-2019

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Regulating the urban commons: a ROCK webinar

Starting from the example of the regulation of collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons in Bologna, the webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the commons theories and principles and how they can be applied to urban governance. We will go into details of local examples inspired from the Bologna experience, such as the CO-CITY project supported by the Urban Innovative Actions programme in Turin and the Commons Transition Plan in Ghent.

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start date: 04-04-2019
end date: 04-04-2019

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WG Noise Meeting - Brighton - 26-27 March

Please find below the agenda for the WG Noise meeting that will take place on 26-27 March in Brighton. (To make sure you have access to the agenda, do not forget to log in to the member's area).

publication

publication date: 22-03-2019

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  •  economy
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A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

news

publication date: 21-03-2019

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Lyon Urban Heritage Observatory

Since 1998, the historic part of Lyon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The listing was a recognition of urban and architectural heritage exceptional value and has led institutional actors to commit themselves in the preservation and enhancement of Lyon cultural heritage: Listing is not a privilege or a first prize, but a responsibility towards the inhabitants and the visitors. The Urban Heritage Observatory plans to capture and react to living and working changes in the...

case study

publication date: 21-03-2019

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Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

news

publication date: 19-03-2019

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Lisbon Res do Chao

Re-use of the abandoned ground floors in a low income housing context

case study

publication date: 18-03-2019

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  •  culture

Athens reinventing the Agora

Athens has faced the challenges inherited from its crisis years – unemployment, brain drain – with creativity and ambition by investing in a bottom-up and collaborative methodology in cultural sectors. The challenges brought by the crisis also sparked new initiatives from citizens and the need for a more effective approach in municipal governance.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

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  •  culture

Bologna - Let's do it together!

In the last 5 years, Bologna has successfully trialled an urban innovation model based on circular subsidiarity and civic collaboration, the ‘collaborative city.’ This means public administrations governing not only on behalf of citizens, but also with citizens, basing their policies on the two concepts of city as commons and citizens as a great source of energy, talent, resources, capabilities and ideas in support of urban regeneration.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019