Integrated Measures for an Energy Efficiency Approach - press release
05 Aug 2013
Urban Climate Resilience - Partnership Approaches by URBAN-NEXUS
11 Jan 2012
From the September onwards the EU funded FP7 project URBAN-NEXUS is underway! URBAN-NEXUS will hold its first Dialogue Café on the topic of “Urban Climate Resilience – Partnership Approaches” on the 29th-30th May 2012 in Glasgow. An accompanying Synthesis Report will help inform the Dialogue Café debates and discussions.
PED 2012 Call for Papers and Posters - Submission deadline quickly approaching
03 Nov 2011
The 6th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED) will be held from June 6th to June 8th 2012 at the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). This is a call for both papers and posters presenting research on the topics listed on the homepage or related areas.
Evidence from Europe's cities
03 Nov 2011
Commissioner Hahn received 2 EUROCITIES reports on Monday, 24 October 2012 during a Polish presidency conference in Warsaw. Tomasz Kayser, Deputy Mayor of Poznan, presented ‘Cities cooperating beyond their boundaries’ and Henk Kool, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, presented ‘A practitioner’s view on neighbourhood regeneration’.
Shortlisted EUROCITIES 2011 awards entries announced
21 Sep 2011
The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievement by EUROCITIES members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens. From over 50 entries this year too the jury have selected 3 shortlisted entries for the categories - innovation, cooperation and participation.
Software Helps Cities See the Future
21 Sep 2011
Sometimes the public expects the government to see the future. Good decisions are to be expected while bad decisions — judged with the benefit of hindsight — are derided. Some help is on the way. IBM is betting that software can give cities a better look into their future.
European Green Capital award 2011 goes to Hamburg
06 Sep 2011
The European Green Capital award, created by the European Commission, each year recognises a city which has a consistent record of high environmental standards and continues to strive for further environmental improvement. These cities act as role models for others hoping to achieve similar green credentials. This year the award was given to Hamburg for its ‘Train of Ideas’.
URBAN-NEXUS, synthesising recent and on-going urban research, rather than initiating new research
06 Sep 2011
European cities face many significant challenges, including the current economic crisis, urban sprawl, and the longer-term implications of climate change and resource scarcity. Cities themselves currently account for around 70% of global emissions and are major contributors to the overall ecological footprint. In order for cities to effectively face these challenges, it is essential for all concerned stakeholders to collaborate. The EU funded Framework Programme 7 (FP7) project, URBAN-NEXUS, will, amongst other things, facilitate the process of bringing these stakeholders together, in view of reducing the overall ecological footprint of cities.
Diversity in Europe, a crisis of tolerance
27 Jul 2011
Diversity in Europe was the subject of a debate hosted on 27 May 2011 during the 22nd European Foundation Centre (EFC)’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference in Cascais, Portugal.
EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020
23 May 2011
On 19 May the ministers adopted conclusions on "An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020", inviting the member states to pursue goals in the fields of education, employment, healthcare and housing, so as to close the gaps between marginalised Roma communities and the general population.
Nominations Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 extended to 31 May 2011
20 Jan 2011
The Lee Yuan Kew City Prize is a biennial international award to recognise individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the creation of vibrant, liveable and sustainable urban communities around the world.
Present in school, absent in penitentiary
04 Apr 2011
Apply for Europan 11: Resonance between territories and ways of life
01 Apr 2011
The Europan 11 competition is taking place in conditions marked by a strong commitment amongst European cities to very stringent environmental objectives. This year’s topic is ‘resonance between territories and ways of life’. Europan 11 is a European federation of national organisations, which manages architectural competitions followed by building or study projects, launched simultaneously by several countries on common theme, objectives and rules. The open competitions are anonymous and public calls for ideas on a European scale.
Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis
22 Mar 2011
China is booming: literally. The Chinese are planning one new town after another. Urbanisation is seen as the driver of economic development. In Shanghai several dozen of new towns have been planned that will accommodate an average of 800.000 inhabitants by 2020. In these new towns, numerous buildings, roads and services therefore need to be developed. Dutch urban planner Harry den Hartog visits China on a regular basis to study the country’s enthusiasm for construction. His book ‘Shanghai New Towns’ has just been released, in which he investigates the new towns around Shanghai. These new towns are often based on Western models. Could we learn something about what is happening in Shanghai’s new towns in Europe as well?
‘Open Cities’ promotes open innovation within governments
10 Feb 2011
The success of cities is linked to their efficiency, in reducing transaction costs and providing services. However, in order to maintain this success, cities have reinvented themselves many times through history. Today, Information Technologies are doomed to be the key driver of a new wave of innovation in cities that will lead, one more time, to their reinvention.
City Mine(d) gathers about 30 initiatives 13 from European cities in an Urban Platform
27 Jan 2011
For 5 years City Mine(d) has been connecting urban gardeners to cyclists, DIY-ers to urban planners, and kitchen chefs to IT-ers through projects in public space. What these people have in common is the use of their creativity to make daily life in cities more fun and more fair.
The next financial instrument for the environment
26 Jan 2011
The European Commission has just launched an online public consultation to gather views on the next financial instrument for the environment, to succeed LIFE+ in the period 2014-2020. Your opinion is welcome on its objectives, priorities and support modalities. This online consultation is one part of a wider public consultation, whose responses will be taken into account in the European Commission's proposal for a new instrument.
Annual Growth Survey 2011: Signs of Recovery
24 Jan 2011
This first Annual Growth Survey marks the start of a new cycle of economic governance in the EU and the first European semester of economic policy coordination. According to the latest forecasts, there are signs of economic recovery albeit still uneven. The rise in unemployment is perceived as a central problem for policy action.
A Romanian architect will design a tower in Taiwan
21 Jan 2011
From Urban Hovels to Earth Luxury Architecture. An Emerging Controversy? 8 November 2010
26 Oct 2010
EcoBucharest 2015 project initiates eco-development in Romania's capital
09 Feb 2010
The EcoBucharest 2015 project has been initiated by Space Syntax, a team of experts in urban development and architecture. The team proposes an eco-development 'spine' for the city of Bucharest. This eco-spine should becreated through the innovative rehabilitation of a surface of 1000 hectares along the Dambovita river, including Izvor Park and Lacul Morii. The initiators believe that such a project will strengthen the international competitiveposition of Romania's capital. Especially in times of economic crisis this is deemed to be of great importance for the city.
The study „Perspectives of the Migration Policy in Romania’s Current Demographic Context”
25 Apr 2013
Research Institute for Renewable Energies (RIRE) developed by “Politehnica” University of Timisoara
01 Apr 2013
Project developed under INTERREG IVC programme
Rehabilitation of the Historical Centre of Braila Municipality
01 Apr 2013
Project developed under INTERREG IVC Programme.
PRISPA, a low-budget green house proposed by the Romanian team in the 2012 Solar Decathlon competition
25 Sep 2012
Solutions for the major urban challenges in Romania- Interview PhD Lect. Arch.-Urb. Gabriel Pascariu
02 Aug 2012, pdf, 170KB
Report EUKN 2010 conference
20 Oct 2010
Fitting to the overall European trend in the last 17 years the core city of Budapest lost 300 000 inhabitants, while the number of settlers grew rapidly in the suburban ring. Some European cities face the challenge of depopulation and demolition of empty houses and neighbourhoods, while in other cities the rapid immigration causes social tension. According to experts it could happen, that in the near future four active employees will support three pensioners. What can we do for the European cities? What do urban planners say? Experts from 17 countries tried to find the answers to these serious questions in Budapest at the EUKN Conference “The effects of demographic change on urban structures”.
Green Cafe - Sustainable Urban Districts, Bucharest, 26 August
23 Sep 2010
Urban ministers adopt declaration on sustainable cities
28 Jun 2010
High-Level Conference results on "Urban Sustainability and Integrated Urban Regeneration in Europe: Policies, Programs and Best Practices", Madrid, 26-27 April 2010
21 Jun 2010
The results of the High-Level Conference on "Urban Sustainability and Integrated Urban Regeneration in Europe: Policies, Programs and Best Practices", held in Madrid on 26-27 April, 2010, in the frame of the activities linked to the Spanish EU Presidency are now available.
“Beautiful Romania” programme
27 Aug 2009
The “Beautiful Romania” programme is composed of a series of projects consisting of rehabilitation, consolidation, restoration, and urban regeneration. The implementation of these projects will lead to an economic and social growth of specific sectors contributing to a consolidated image of Romania in the EU.