Cellule nationale d'Information pour la Politique Urbaine (CIPU)


 

La CIPU est une plateforme d’échange d’expériences et de connaissances dans le domaine du développement urbain. Son objectif est de lancer une réflexion commune avec les différents acteurs urbains autour des enjeux majeurs dans ce domaine et de leur apporter un soutien. Elle est l’interface entre les politiques de développement urbain aux niveaux européen, national et local ainsi que la recherche urbaine. De plus, elle constitue un outil pour le développement urbain durable et intégré.

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Actualités: Juillet

 

URBACT

From Spaces To Places: Valueing Public Spaces In URBACT Cities

A handful of cities belonging to four URBACT networks (1) addressed from different angles the public and urban space issue, one of the more important topics for nowadays cities. It is true that some of these projects were beyond the public space theme. Anyway, we should point out that through these networks different dimensions and perspectives on public spaces were revealed, overflowing the more classic perspective of urban planning concerning only municipal authorities. Plurality of perspectives to deal with public spaces becomes an asset and an added value for the URBACT program as a whole, showing the need of a comprehensive approach to match its complexity and multidimensionality.

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Published on 29.06.2015

 

URBACT

Crowdfunding city futures?

What has crowdfunding got to do with urban development? What part of the future funding mix could crowdfunding play for European cities strapped for cash yet needing to respond to change and deliver sustainability? These were some of the questions addressed by the URBACT ESIMeC II network   in a masterclass on innovative financing which explored a range of different models - financial instruments, social investment bonds, public-private-partnerships and (the focus of this article) crowdfunding. 

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Published on 25.06.2015

 

 

URBACT

Why ‘Think Global, Act Local’ is no longer enough

How can cities refresh the message ‘think global, act local’ and build common purpose amongst stakeholders – citizens, communities, elected representatives, businesses, civil servants – to achieve the impacts that are needed in towns and cities across Europe and across the world?

In the 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit from which it emerged, the evidence for climate change has become ever more robust and the case for action ever more urgent. Whilst the rate of resource consumption has increased exponentially, there is increasingly limited capacity for continued emissions and other environmental impacts before tipping points are reached, beyond which there is a high risk of catastrophic consequences. With mounting evidence of escalating environmental damage, it is essential that cities deepen their understanding of these environmental limits at all levels and devise better ways of accounting for pressures and impacts that are taking them up to and beyond these limits.

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Published on 20.06.2015

URBACT

URBACT Capitalisation Work(streams) 2015 PUBLISHED!

How to tackle the issues of new urban economies, job generation, sustainable regeneration and social innovation in cities? Find answers and examples on how cities are working on these challenges in the latest URBACT publications.

The recently published URBACT workstream publications provide cities with concrete examples and tools for urban practitioners to address various city challenges. Each of the publications go in depth in the topics of economics, job generation, sustainable regeneration and social innovation and provide city case studies to highlight good practices. Although each topic has its own publication, they are all closely interlinked with one another, which help prove that an integrated solution is essential in addressing city challenges.

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Published on 4.6.2015

URBACT bulletin d'information

Le nouveau bulletin d'information URBACT est en ligne!

Il contient les articles suivants:

- Regard des participants sur le premier festival URBACT City

- "Je savais que je n'allais pas juste rester assise et m'endormir à une conférence"

 

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Publié le 9.6.2015

 

URBACT

Cities and good practice: lessons from the URBACT transfer pilots

There is a growing consensus that the planet’s future stands or falls on the ability of cities to tackle the chronic problems facing us. Consequently, it is no surprise to note the rising interest in peer-to-peer platforms which encourage and support the transfer of good urban practices. In a context where many cities are seeking to address growing challenges with diminished resources, the opportunity to learn from peers is highly attractive. Why risk wasting precious resources reinventing the wheel, when another city might already have taken steps to solve the problem you face? Taking urban transport as an example, in the past decade we have seen serial replication of bike-sharing schemes, of the Medellin Metrocable model and of the Bus Rapid Transfer (BRT) system in cities like Lagos and Bogota. Yet, although some 70% of the world’s cities are said to be engaged in some form of peer-to-peer information exchange, transfer of good practice between cities is not that simple. In a seminal article in 2013 Christian Bason  declared that the identification of good practice was a cul-de-sac. In his argument, he despaired at the ever-piling compendia of recorded good practice, and questioned the extent to which these impacted upon wider practice.

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Published on 2.06.2015

URBACT

Action Planning Networks: Important Information for Applicants

Due to technical problems, there has been some delay in the application and validation process for the creation of the URBACT IIII pool of validated experts. The pool of validated URBACT Experts is updated on a daily basis, so we invite you to check regularly the online database to identify your Lead Expert. Yet it is possible that you do not find the appropriate Lead Expert or that validated experts are already committed in network proposals to be submitted by 16 June 2015.

In this case, we invite you to:

  • Identify the appropriate expert through your (or your partners') contacts/networks. Please read carefully the profile requested for URBACT Lead Experts (details are provided in the Call for Applicants for URBACT Experts) and make sure that the expert identified is aware of the Lead Expert activities and necessary commitment for Phase 1 (40 days of expertise, visits to all partners for the production of the Baseline study, etc.)
  • Ask the identified expert to submit an application form in the framework of the Call for Applicants for URBACT Experts. Please make sure that the expert submits the application form by 16 June 2015
  • Indicate in the Phase 1 Application for Action Planning Networks (Section III.3) the name of the proposed expert (even if he/she is not validated yet) and attach the CV to the email to be sent by 17 June 2015 with all required documents (see Section 8 of the Call for Proposals for Action Planning Networks). As it is possible that the proposed Lead Expert is not validated, in addition we recomend you to include in the section III.3 of the Phase 1 Application reference to 1 or 2 other possible experts who could be considered for the position.


For any further clarification concerning the identification of the Lead Expert, you can contact Raffaele Barbato (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Published on 30.05.2015

URBACT

Social Inclusion in Education

Dr. Paul Downes, Thematic Expert for the PREVENT project, gave an invited presentation, Quality labels and structural indicators for social inclusion in schools and higher education institutions to 40 EU Commission officials from its Directorate General, Education and Culture. This took place at the Commission’s Philippe le Bon building, Brussels, on 28 April 2015.

Building on themes central to the PREVENT project, he proposed an agenda of structural indicators for national and school strategies, including ones with a focus on parental involvement for early school leaving prevention. He also highlighted the potential for a quality mark for inclusive systems for schools, to be developed also for local municipalities, drawing again on his first report for PREVENT.

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Published on 21.05.2015

 

URBACT

URBACT City Festival – what came out of it

The URBACT City Festival held in Riga, May 6-8, was able to bring together various individuals working in urban planning issues, city officials, consultants, NGO officials, researchers, university professors, all concerning sustainable urban development. 

The sessions of Masterclasses, Workshops, Walkshops, Meet the Cities, URBACT Café and many others were able to transmit some of the lessons learned by URBACT along with the possibility to exchange and build on new and better ideas.

 

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Published on 20.05.2015

« 4 nouvelles publications d’Urbact »

Le programme URBACT vient de sortir quatre publications consacrées aux « nouvelles économies urbaines », des emplois pour les jeunes dans les villes, l’innovation sociale dans les villes et régénération durable dans les zones urbaines.

 

Ces publications font partie d’une initiative de capitalisation fixée par le programme URBACT pour 2014-2015 avec l’objectif de présenter aux villes d’Europe les connaissances urbaines et les bonnes pratiques existantes.

Ces sujets ont été explorés par quatre groupes de travaille URBACT, composés d’intervenants multidisciplinaire à travers l’Europe, tels que les praticiens et les spécialistes d’urbanisme, des représentants d’universités européennes, les programmes européens et les organisations internationales travaillant sur ces domaines.

Publié le 12.05.2015

 

EUKN

The role of Urban Living Labs in a Smart City

The combination of smart (technology enabled) solutions for societal challenges and the focus on the city as the main driver of change has led to the concept of ‘Smart Cities’. Despite the increasing support for these initiatives, not much research exists on the actual value creation and innovation development processes in a Smart City and the mechanisms that allow the exchange of value and knowledge within this innovation ecosystem.

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Published on 11.05.2015

EUKN

Smart cities:Interview with Júlia López from the Municipality of Barcelona

What’s in a name? As always, it is what lies beneath where the real meaning and purpose are found. This month we interview Júlia López, Project Manager of European and Regional Digital Strategy, A.K.A Smart Cities, for the Municipality of Barcelona. An engineer by trade, Júlia López tells the EUKN about her understanding behind the concept of smart cities and why Barcelona is one of Europe’s pioneers in uniting technology and society.

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Published on 11.05.2015

 

URBACT

URBACTfest, Walking from Experience Towards Insight

After a very inspiring starting day and a merry cocktail party at the municipality in the evening (we had to sing in Latvian!), we met on thursday morning at the Conference Centre for the second day of the Festival. After a networking coffee that provided a place to meet, to chat and to find opportunities, Dionne F. Abdoelhafiezkhan from ‘IZI Solutions’ (based in the Netherlands) shook us up with a lively and enlighting presentation of her work, dedicated to empowering yougsters of mixed cultural background to find a way to professional life. One of the main challenges, she explained, was to process racism issues, which often happen to be at the root of their non-alignment with the larger society and later professional life.

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Published on 11.05.2015

 

URBACT

URBACTFest : What We’re Taking Home from the City Festival

The format of the first URBACT City Festival required an active engagement from the participants but proved to be a very fruitful experience. Instead of traditional speeches and presentations, interactive visits and workshops showcasing examples of sustainable urban development projects both from Latvia and the rest of Europe have led to lively exchanges and challenging discussions. At the same time, it became clear that there are no easy solutions. On the contrary, the path to sustainable and integrated urban transformations remains a difficult one, mainly because it involves a large array of stakeholders with rather diverse and often conflicting interests, intangible objectives and a high risk of failure.

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Published on 11.05.2015

 

URBACT bulletin d'information

Le bulletin d'information d'avril est en ligne!

La présente édition du bulletin d'information contient les articles suivants:
URBACT III : 1er appel à proposition
- Gouvernance : égalité des sexes dans les villes
- Entre la regénération de la base vers le sommet et le co-working

 

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Publié le 29.04.2015

 

URBACT

Journée d'information nationale URBACT au Luxembourg annulée!

Le Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures et le secrétariat technique du programme URBACT vous informent que la journée d’information nationale sur le nouveau programme d’échange entre villes européennes URBACT III prévue pour le 29 avril 2015 est annulée.

Compte tenu du faible nombre d’inscrits, il a été décidé d’inscrire cette manifestation dans un contexte plus large sur les possibilités de cofinancements européens existants dans le cadre de la nouvelle programmation 2014-2020 pour les politiques urbaines. Le Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures vous prie de bien vouloir excuser ce contretemps et reste à votre disposition pour demande d’information supplémentaire (contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Voir aussi le site web des Fonds européens au Luxembourg

Publié le 27.04.2015

URBACT

Combining horizontal and vertical integration

Within European urban policy discussions, integration has often been taken to mean the coordination of different policy interventions targeted on a specific area or place. The integrated approach challenges the typical sectorial delivery of policies and programmes by departments. According to Burgers and Vranken (2004), “the complexity of the city’s problems obliges policy-makers to tackle different urban problems simultaneously and in a coordinated way.” This multi-faceted character of urban policy brings together initiatives regarding the built environment with cultural, social, economic, and environmental interventions. To be truly effective integrated approaches should be implemented through a bottom-up  approach to participation as recommended in the Leipzig Charter for sustainable cities.

 

This coordination needs to operate on both the horizontal and the vertical dimension. Horizontal integration is about organising and coordinating the policy fields in a specific area and normally refers to all the actors operating at that level, even if some of them may be the delivery function of a national (or regional) ministry—for example the local office of the job centre. Vertical integration is about bringing policies from different levels of government together for the people and places concerned. For our purposes the vertical dimension focuses on the relationship between the policies from the national level, the regional level at which ERDF is normally managed and with the  municipalities at city level.  The final step is to the specific neighbourhoods where the problems are being tackled.

 

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Published on 19.04.2015

URBACT

Cohesive or corrosive? Why the sharing economy is dividing cities

The sharing economy is the label used for businesses, organisations and community groups that realise the value of idling and underused assets. Companies like AirBnb and Uber have become the well-known face of the sharing economy. But there is a myriad of other activities being undertaken by for-profit companies and not-for-profit organisations alike that are all part of the sharing economy.

 

 

Car sharing clubs, lending tools, renting clothes/accessories, sharing a meal, crowd funding platforms, businesses swapping skills, maker spaces and Wikipedia, are all examples of the sharing economy. Each takes something that isn’t being fully used, such as time, skills or goods, and enables others to access it.

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Published on 19.04.2015

URBACT

Smart specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon

The ‘smart specialisation’ approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies to suggest that countries or regions identify and select a limited number of priority areas for knowledge-based investments, focusing on their strengths and comparative advantages. It builds on the Regional Innovation Strategies developed from 1994 onwards with support from the ERDF. Indeed the evolution is so close and deliberate that smart specialisation has been referred to as RIS 3. 

 

 

Advocates of smart specialisation have argued that it entails:

 

  • More effective spending of public resources, concentrating on certain domains of knowledge or expertise; 
  • The creation of synergies between public support mechanisms for R&D and innovation, industrial promotion and training institutions;
  • The elimination of fragmentation and duplication of policy interventions that may result in a waste of public resources;
  • The identification of the strongest or promising domains for entrepreneurship and growth through a careful analysis of the existing capabilities, assets, competences, competitive advantages in a city, region or country;
  • Mechanisms to enable strategic development based on multi-faceted and multi-governance interactions;
  • Mapping and benchmarking of cluster including analyses of the role and influence of key players;
  • Evidence-based monitoring and evaluation systems to select the knowledge domains and innovation projects.

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Published on 19.04.2015

 

URBACT

URBACT III 1st Call for Action Planning Networks now Open!

Following the decision of the URBACT III Monitoring Committee on 11 March 2015, the first call for proposals for Action Planning Networks for 2014 – 2020 is now open. Deadline for applications: 16 June 2015.

The main objective of Action Planning Networks is to improve the capacity of European cities to manage sustainable urban policies and more especially to strengthen their ability to design integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. By taking part in an Action Planning Network, cities exchange and share experiences, problems and possible solutions, generating new ideas to address challenges related to sustainable urban development. To learn everything about the call for proposals and how to apply, please consult the page of the CALL and all the related documents.

 

 

A PARTNER MARKETPLACE is available for potential applicants to look for partners and project ideas. Whether you have a project idea and are looking for partners, or are simply willing to join a proposal on a specific issue, please use the form HEREA call for URBACT experts to support the networks in designing and implementing transnational learning activities will be open shortly.

 

Deadline for online submission of applications: 16 June 2015 - 03.00 pm CET

Published on 19.04.2015

URBACT

Interested in Providing URBACT Networks with your Expertise? Apply now!

The Call for Applicants for the constitution of the URBACT III pool of validated experts is open.

Candidate experts validated in the framework of the Call for Applicants will be included in the pool of URBACT experts and may provide support to approved URBACT Networks.

 

The Call for Applicants will remain open throughout the entire duration of the URBACT III Programme (2020). Candidate experts may submit their application form at any moment.

 

 

The Terms of Reference of the Call for Applicants, the Application Form as well as several useful documents are available HERE.

Published on 19.04.2015

 

 

URBACT blog

Block Renovation: a German-Lithuanian Exchange

The Lithuanian Government has made the energy-efficient refurbishment of existing real estate one of their top priorities. In the new financial period of 2014-2020, the plans include renovations on entire city blocks at once, moving towards a more holistic practice of the integrating renovation of the entire block, rather than simple one-off projects. It means that not only would a single apartment building be affected, but that care would be given to the entire infrastructure in the immediate area, including street lighting, parking-lots, green spaces, playgrounds etc.

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Published on 18.04.2015

 

URBACT blog

Can Marshmallows Save Our Cities?

Ever tried balancing a marshmallow on the end of a stick of spaghetti? Neither had I until last week. Let me tell you that it’s harder than it looks – particularly when the spaghetti (spaghetto?) is balanced on top of a structure made up of other…spaghetti.

Richard Perez from Capetown World Design Capital 2014 used the spaghetti marshmallow exercise during a workshop on design thinking. It involves groups of four people trying to assemble the highest freestanding structure possible in 18 minutes, using twenty spaghetti sticks, a metre of tape, a metre of string and a marshmallow. Sounds easy until you try it…

 

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Published on 18.04.2015

 

 

INTERREG EUROPE: 1er appel à projets prévu pour mi-juin à mi-juillet 2015 – get ready !

 

 Les priorités thématiques du programme :

  1. recherche et innovation;
  2. compétitivité des PME;
  3. économie à faibles émissions de dioxyde de carbone;
  4. environnement et utilisation efficace des ressources.

Pour plus d'informations veuillez visiter http://www.interreg4c.eu/interreg-europe/

Publié le 18.04.2015

 

INTERREG North-West Europe: 1er appel à projets ouvert du 7 Avril au 18 Mai 2015 (STEP 1)

Les priorités thématiques du programme:

  1. innovation;
  2. économie à faibles émissions de dioxyde de carbone;
  3. utilisation efficace des ressources et des matières premières.

Approche à deux étapes :       

 

STEP 1 : un appel à pré-projets (concept note)

STEP 2 : dossier de candidature complète (full application form)

 

Pour plus d'informations veuillez visiter http://www.nweurope.eu/5b/

 

Publié le 18.04.2015

 

 

URBACT

Invitation à la journée d’information URBACT: D’URBACT II à URBACT III – Quels outils pour les villes?

Le Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures et le secrétariat technique du programme URBACT ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la journée d’information nationale sur le nouveau programme d’échange entre villes européennes URBACT III qui se tiendra

le mercredi 29 avril 2015 à partir de 10h30
au Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures
4, place de l’Europe
Luxembourg

Cette journée sera l’occasion de rencontrer le secrétariat technique URBACT, d’échanger avec des partenaires de projets URBACT et surtout, de présenter le nouveau programme URBACT III  pour  la période de programmation 2014 - 2020. Cette présentation sera couplée  à une présentation d’autres moyens de financement européens pour des politiques urbaines pendant l’après-midi.

La journée d’information s’adresse à toutes les villes, les associations nationales ou locales, les autorités nationales, les autorités de gestion des programmes FEDER et FSE ainsi qu’aux chercheurs intéressés.

Une invitation détaillée suivra prochainement. Vous pouvez d’ores et déjà vous inscrire par e-mail à l’adresse suivante: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Publié le 07.04.2015

 

URBACT III Call for projects

URBACT III 1st Call for Action Planning Networks now Open!

Following the decision of the URBACT III Monitoring Committee on 11 March 2015, the first call for proposals for Action Planning Networks for 2014 – 2020 is now open. Deadline for applications: 16 June 2015.

The main objective of Action Planning Networks is to improve the capacity of European cities to manage sustainable urban policies and more especially to strengthen their ability to design integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. By taking part in an Action Planning Network, cities exchange and share experiences, problems and possible solutions, generating new ideas to address challenges related to sustainable urban development.

To learn everything about the call for proposals and how to apply, please consult the page of the CALL and all the related documents.

A PARTNER MARKETPLACE is available for potential applicants to look for partners and project ideas. Whether you have a project idea and are looking for partners, or are simply willing to join a proposal on a specific issue, please use the form HERE.

A call for URBACT experts to support the networks in designing and implementing transnational learning activities will be open shortly.

Deadline for online submission of applications: 16 June 2015 - 03.00 pm CET

Published on 31.03.2015

URBACT blog

As Expo 2015 Nears, Milan Embraces the Sharing Economy

MILAN, Italy — Less than two months from now, a world’s fair will open here, temporarily but substantially boosting Milan’s population of 1.3 million. More than 20 million visitors are expected at Expo Milano 2015, which runs from May 1 through October 31. Since the dawn of the Uber era, there has never been a bigger or longer test of how so-called “sharing economy” services can help a city adapt quickly to changing needs. Milan gets its share of visitors but not as continuous a flow as in the more touristic Rome, Venice or Florence. For six months, we’ll see if enough Milanese invite strangers into their flats, cars and kitchens to overcome shortages of hotels, taxis and restaurants.

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Published on 31.03.2015

 

URBACT blog

Rightsizing, City Sustainability and The Growth Dilemma

You’ve got to hand it to the Americans; they have a way with words. I was reminded of this last Friday during a conversation with a politician from Cleveland Ohio. This was at the Focus 2015 event hosted by the French Embassy in Washington which brought U.S. and French city mayors together in advance of the COP21 Global Environment summit being held in Paris in December 2015. He was sharing the story of his city’s economic transition after the downturn in the steel US steel industry. On the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland had thrived on heavy industry during the first half of the twentieth century. Since then, a combination of familiar factors – including technological change and globalisation had reshaped the local economy. This sectoral shift was accompanied by a significant population decline, with Cleveland’s numbers dropping from 900,000 in 1950 to around 390,000 today.

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Published on 26.03.2015

URBACT blog

Between Bottom-up Regeneration and Coworking

As described in a recent blog post, in Slovenia, collaborative spatial practices have been springing up like mushrooms after the rain. The publication Prostori sodelovanja (“Spaces of Collaboration”), published by IpoP, and a dedicated website deal with a wide variety of these practices within seven themes: co-mobility, housing communities, bottom-up regeneration, temporary use of space, coworking, local economies and urban gardening. Some of the themes and examples of collaborative spatial practices are briefly described in this blog post.

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Published on 26.03.2015

 

  URBACT City Festival

The URBACT programme invites you to join us for a unique three day Festival of in-depth conversations and idea generation about the future of cities in Europe

 

 

The first ever URBACT City Festival will take place in Riga, Latvia on 6-9 May 2015. A multi format and multi themed event, the Festival will showcase urban knowledge produced by the URBACT II programme and kick start the initial exchanges of URBACT III. In true URBACT tradition, and in the spirit of co- creation, the URBACT City Festival will put cites, and the people who run them, centre stage.  In workshops and walkshops, in masterclasses and ‘meet the cities’ encounters, you will have the chance to talk about realities on the ground, and how complex challenges are being met in all corners of Europe. Each Festival session will be designed to facilitate questioning, discussion and shared reflection. Every festival participant will benefit from interactions that inspire fresh approaches and re-framing of ideas. On the final day we will work together in an Idea Factory to capture and consolidate Festival experiences and generate new thinking for action in our cities.

Registrations are now open!

Publié le 9.03.2015

URBACT bulletin d'information

Le bulletin d'information de février est en ligne!

La présente édition du bulletin d'information contient les articles suivants:
- Conférences finales des réseaux URBACT
Evénement de lancement d'URBACT III
Le cas des systèmes alimentaires urbains
URBACT blog: Qu'est-ce que tu veux faire plus tard ?

 

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Publié le 5.03.2015

 

 

URBACT

Ecoquartier – A new Planning Tool for Sustainable Neighbourhoods in Luxembourg

 

At a conference on certification systems for urban neighbourhoods, I recently came across an innovative new instrument for sustainable urban development in Luxembourg called Ecoquartier. The term originates in a contraction from the french quartier écologique, “ecological district”. Conceived and designed according to the three main process stages used by the brain to assimilate information, Ecoquartier aims at supporting urban practitioners and decision makers who would like to better integrate ecological criteria into local spatial planning.

In an attempt to tackle today’s complex and rapidly evolving challenges, more and more European cities are turning towards integrated sustainable urban development approaches in planning. Especially the question of how to transform cities into liveable and healthy habitats is high on the agenda. Integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions into urban planning is generally considered to be the key for success. Luxembourg is certainly no exception to this trend.

Despite the huge amount of information, legal frameworks, literature and tools available on this issue, many planners, architects and policy makers still lack the proper knowledge and the practical know-how on how to integrate sustainable criteria into urban planning. Based on the observation that the sheer abundance of information and tools might actually be part of the problem, the Luxembourgish NGO Emweltberodung Lëtzebuerg (EBL – Environmental Consulting Luxembourg) has developed a first version of an innovative and easy-to-use web-based tool called Ecoquartier that is conceived and designed according to the three main process stages used by the brain to assimilate information: opening up for new ideas, structuring/visualising and memorising/understanding.

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Published on 05.03.2015

 

URBACT

Fab Labs: Potential for Sustainable Urban Development

 

According to the Fab Foundation, there are currently more than 400 Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories) worldwide. Most of them are located in Europe and in North America but their number is constantly rising on all continents. Since 2013, there is also a Fab Lab in Luxembourg , located within the Technoport business incubator and co-working place in Esch/Belval. Fab Labs have long ceased to be exclusive technical playgrounds for enterprises, academic institutions and individuals. Cities have recognized that Fab Labs can be efficient tools to support neighbourhood regeneration and contribute to a more balanced socio-economic urban development. But let’s start with the basics: what are Fab Labs? And perhaps more interestingly, what are their potential for sustainable urban development?

What is a Fab Lab?

Broadly speaking, Fab Labs are community-driven IT-based workshops that, apart from technical assistance, offer access to technical tools such as laser cutters, CNC milling machines or 3D printers for local entrepreneurs, designers, artists, students or individuals. Thanks to these tools, users can digitally, and hence economically, fabricate professional prototypes or artefacts for sale either individually or collectively. Fab Labs are more than mere physical meeting places or production plants for innovators. They are platforms for connecting competences and expertise as well as for facilitating the exchange of ideas which may ultimately foster a more technology-driven innovation. They also serve to boost and diversify the urban economy through the creation and consolidation of start-ups.

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Published on 24.02.2015

 

URBACT

The Rise of Alternative Practices in Urban Development

In many European countries, traditional planning approaches are facing various problems. In the more developed countries, spatial and urban planning is often characterised by over-formalised procedures, whereas in the less developed countries, the authorities responsible for spatial and urban planning are often unable to regulate private and other particular interests in favour of the common good. Moreover, resources available to local authorities are typically very limited and have been generally decreasing over the last few decades.

In addition, the disadvantages of the dominant neoliberal model of market economy have become evident in the last years as well. This has triggered the evolution of alternative production, management and economic models of considerable diversity, which have significant impact also on urban development. 

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Published on 19.02.2015

 

 URBACT

Influencing + mobilising + achieving urban change : Joint Final Conference for Delivery Networks

Take part in the URBACT II delivery networks ESIMeC, EVUE and Roma-Net to find out how cities have tackled core urban issues such as business, skills and jobs, sustainable urban mobility and social and economic inclusion of their Roma populations. Join them in Brussels on 4 March to learn more!

EVUE II, ROMA-Net II and ESIMeC II are part of three delivery networks that aim to share city experiences on the implementation of their local action plans.  Cities worked together to develop innovative solutions to the main challenges linked to the implementation of integrated action plans. These challenges involved how to maintain the participatory approach, monitor, and communicate throughout the process all the while keeping an integrated approach.

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URBACT

Play it forward! : Join My Generation at Work Network Final Conference

Take part in URBACT's My Generation at Work Network at an eventful 1-day conference in exploring lessons learned from the different cities in promoting youth employability in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 4 March 2015!

My Generation at Work, one of the networks supported by URBACT will hold its Final Conference in a fun and interactive way to showcase its work and results. There will be various and fun activities such as an interactive playground, learning café and much more for participants to gain a better understanding of My Generation at Work’s outcome.

My Generation at work is a network of cities supported by the URBACT programme since 2012. The city of Rotterdam leads the network with partner cities : Antwerp (BE), Riga (LV), Glasgow (UK), Gdańsk (PL), Warsaw (PL), Tampere(FI), Valencia (SP), Braga (PT), Maribor (SI), Turin (IT), and Thessaloniki (GR).

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Published on 19.02.2015

URBACT

URBACT Info Day du 13 février annulé!

Le Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures et le secrétariat technique du programme URBACT vous informent que la journée d’information nationale sur le nouveau programme d’échange entre villes européennes URBACT III prévue pour le 13 février 2015 est annulée.

Compte tenu du faible nombre d’inscrits, il a été décidé de reporter la journée d’information au mois de mars et d’inscrire cette manifestation dans un contexte plus large sur les possibilités de cofinancements européens existants dans le cadre de la nouvelle programmation 2014-2020 pour les politiques urbaines. Le Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures vous prie de bien vouloir excuser ce contretemps et reste à votre disposition pour demande d’information supplémentaire (contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Publié le 10.02.2015

URBACT bulletin d'information

Le bulletin d'information de janvier est en ligne!

La présente édition du bulletin d'information contient les articles suivants:
- Éditorial
- Villes guidées par les données
- Trottoirs encombrés (pas uniquement pour les piétons ?)
- Financer la mise en œuvre d'un Plan d'action locale

 

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Publié le 10.02.2015


URBACT

URBACT vous souhaite la bienvenue !

Participez au lancement officiel du programme URBACT III qui se tiendra le 16 mars 2015 à Bruxelles, avec la participation de Corina Crețu, commissaire européenne à la politique régionale, et de Raphaël Le Méhauté, responsable de l'autorité de gestion du programme URBACT. La participation est ouverte aux partenaires et experts des réseaux URBACT, aux autres villes, aux autorités nationales, aux institutions européennes, aux instituts de recherche et aux autorités de gestion des programmes opérationnels.

L'événement se tiendra au Centre de conférences Albert Borschette  de la Commission européenne. De plus amples informations sur l'événement et les modalités d'inscription seront communiquées sous peu.
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Publié le 10.02.2015

                                                                                                                                                                           
URBACT

Join us for the URBACT City Festival! Riga, 6 – 8 of May 2015 
 
Are you interested in what’s new in sustainable urban development: social innovation, new economies and job creation or urban regeneration? Are you new to URBACT but curious what the programme is about? Are you a member of URBACT community keen to showcase your network results? Do you want to exchange and network with other European Cities? If your answer is yes to any of the above…

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Published on 27.11.2014

 

URBACT

Invitation to the official launch of the URBACT III programme
 
URBACT III will celebrate its official launch on
 
16th of March 2015
at the European Commission
in Brussels

Join us to learn about URBACT’s work so far and about the features of the new programme. We will have a wide range of activities introducing URBACT’s work and most importantly URBACT III. There will be presentations by European Cities of their experiences and added value in working with URBACT. URBACT in a nutshell, will give a better idea of what URBACT does and how we are engaged with cities all over Europe, Norway and Switzerland.  A Panel Discussion will highlight on the various experiences of stakeholders in URBACT’s work, and more to come!

  • Learn about URBACT, the features of the new programme and our plans for the first call for proposals to be launched in March
  • Hear about the experience and achievements of partner cities involved in URBACT networks
  • Meet urban practitioners, former URBACT partners, the URBACT Secretariat and potential partners for your next URBACT network proposal!

The launch is aimed at practitioners and policy-makers involved in urban development at local, regional, national and EU level, based in Brussels and elsewhere.  We welcome URBACT network partners and experts, other cities, national authorities, EU institutions, research institutions and managing authorities of operational programmes.

The event will be held at the European Commission Albert Borschette Conference Centre (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Etterbeek).

Further information on the event and registration will follow shortly. More information on the URBACT III programme is available on the URBACT website.

Publié le 27.1.2015

URBACT bulletin d'information

Le bulletin d'information de décembre est en ligne!

La présente édition du bulletin d'information contient les articles suivants:

•    Participez à l’URBACT City Festival à Riga du 6 au 8 mai 2015 !
•    Initiatives autour de l’alimentation pour le développement local durable : les leçons d’URBACT
•    Pourquoi le renforcement des capacités des acteurs urbains est plus important que jamais

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Publié le 06.01.2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

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