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.

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Agile cities: how are cities adapting to the fourth industrial revolution?

In September 2018, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum has released a report on the adaptation of urban landscapes and administrations to the fourth industrial revolution.

news

publication date: 17-10-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES statement on the LIFE programme 2021-2027

The EUROCITIES statement on the Commission proposal for a regulation on LIFE (2021-2027) is now out.

publication

publication date: 08-10-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES partner of the European Green Capital Network pilot project

EUROCITIES, along with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), is to run a pilot project for the European Green Capital Network. As well as supporting the EU Commission in coordinating the work of the network of winners and finalists, we will also be involved in developing tools to share these cities' expertise with a wider audience.

news

publication date: 02-10-2018

  •  mobility

Seminar on sustainable urban mobility in the smart city

BrabantStad organises an energetic seminar that focuses on serious deployment of sustainable urban mobility in the smart city

event

start date: 10-10-2018
end date: 10-10-2018

  •  mobility

Major cities celebrate EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018

EUROCITIES members from north to south have taken part in Europe's campaign for sustainable urban mobility. Between 16 and 22 September, they brought to life this year's theme of multimodality with innovative activities promoting different forms of transport.

news

publication date: 21-09-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Local climate action : several EUROCITIES members raise the bar

Several EUROCITIES members took ambitious commitments to become low-carbon at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on 14 September 2018.

news

publication date: 20-09-2018

  •  cooperation

Addressing The Metropolitan Challenge in Barcelona Metropolitan Area. A study sharing lessons from five European metropolitan areas

On the request of the Barcelona Metropolitana Area, the Metropolitan Research Institute (Budapest) prepared a study analysing the different models of cooperation and organisation of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zurich, including a set of political recommendations of possible application in the metropolis of Barcelona.

publication

publication date: 07-09-2018

  •  cooperation

Register now for the next creative citizenship working group meeting

Registration has opened for the next meeting of our creative citizenship working group which will take place in Nantes from 1 - 3 October and provide a unique opportunity to discuss the working group's European plans as well as the host city's good practices.

news

publication date: 03-09-2018

  •  cooperation

Interreg Europe Peer Review – Call for Interest

Is your organisation responsible for the implementation of local or regional development policies, in particular the management of structural funds? Would you like to team up with other European regions to receive advice on how to best implement your policy or programme? If so, the peer review service of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is for you.

news

publication date: 30-08-2018

  •  environment

Antwerp's 'Greentool' to measure the environmental and ecological benefits of green areas

Among many other co-benefits, blue-green infrastructures help cities become more resilient to climate change. Antwerp’s ‘Greentool‘ allows urban planners to explore green potential to improve the living environment (heat stress, air quality, etc.) in a specific area or neighbourhood.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018