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.

  •  mobility

Mobility Forum Activities in 2020

Discover the EUROCITIES mobility forum plans for 2020


publication date: 20-01-2020

  •  environment


start date: 04-03-2020
end date: 04-03-2020

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Cultural heritage, social and economic returns

Cultural heritage in cities, while valuable in itself, is also something that can yield major social and economic dividends. In this webinar, we will hear from three expert practitioners from Europe, Turkey and China on how cities can leverage tangible and intangible heritage for more cohesive societies and increased attractiveness for business and tourism.


start date: 06-02-2020
end date: 06-02-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EU-China cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development

The creation of socially integrative and inclusive cities should become a cornerstone of EU-China cooperation on sustainability. sustainable urban development and the elaboration of comprehensive strategies for socially integrative and inclusive cities should be placed as a permanent topic on the agenda of EU-China policy dialogues.


publication date: 15-01-2020

  •  mobility

CIVITAS Study Visit - Bratislava - Apply now!

The Slovak capital is striving to support and promote car-independent lifestyles to its citizens and put pedestrians and cyclists first.


start date: 05-10-2020
end date: 07-10-2020

  •  mobility

CIVITAS Study Visit - Vinnytsia - Apply now!

In recent times, the city of Vinnytsia has made significant progress in realising sustainable urban mobility principles, whilst strongly fostering participatory practices. Its public transport systems is one of the best in Ukraine.


start date: 24-06-2020
end date: 26-06-2020

Agora urban master classes series: The Europe of networked cities #1

The Fall of Urban Planning and the Rise of Urbanism – Prof. Jacques Lévy (EPFL)


start date: 04-02-2020
end date: 04-02-2020

Agora urban master classes series: The Europe of networked cities #2

A Europe of cities and citizens – Anna Lisa Boni (EUROCITIES secretary general)


start date: 03-03-2020
end date: 03-03-2020

Agora urban master classes series: The Europe of networked cities #3

Brussels as the capital of an urban Europe – Prof. Eric Corijn (VUB)


start date: 17-03-2020
end date: 17-03-2020