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.

  •  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

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

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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

  •  environment

Bratislava's subsidy scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations

Through its subsidy scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations, the municipality of Bratislava encourages households to contribute to protecting the city from pluvial floods and property from damage.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

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Join URBAN-EU-CHINA Evidence Base on sustainable development

URBAN-EU-CHINA recently launched its new Evidence Base, a central source of informatino for organisations and individuals interested in past, ongoing and future EU-China collaboration.

news

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment

Thessaloniki's bioclimatic upgrade of public spaces

The municipality of Thessaloniki is committed to designing and implementing pilot projects of urban regeneration based on the local bioclimatic characteristics, in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

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event

start date: 12-09-2018
end date: 13-09-2018

  •  environment

The 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is now open!

In the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors wishes to reward signatories that have been working within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local energy and climate action. Being a "Covenant City in the Spotlight" is a great opportunity to showcase the progress made and become a reference example for the whole Covenant Community and beyond.

news

publication date: 01-08-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

BY&FORCITIZENS conference

BY&FORCITIZENS conference on “Smart Regeneration of Cities and Regions” will provide a forum to gain comprehensive insights into the opportunities and challenges conferred by further development of Smart Cities and Communities initiatives across Europe.

event

start date: 20-09-2018
end date: 21-09-2018