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

Local and regional leaders call for a comprehensive sustainable EU food policy

EUROCITIES collaborated to the drafting of the CoR opinion “Towards a sustainable EU food policy” approved today in the Committee of the Regions plenary session. We believe that cities are key in developing sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse, that provide healthy and affordable food to all people, that minimise waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change.

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publication date: 23-03-2017

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Peer learning visits on e-mobility and building retrofit

The Sharing Cities project is organising a series of peer learning visits to help EUROCITIES members explore the latest developments in the fields of e-mobility and building retrofit.

news

publication date: 16-03-2017

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URBAN-EU-CHINA project takes off

Within the framework of the existing cooperation arrangements between the EU and China, a new H2020 project (URBAN-EU-CHINA) with a consortium of 12 European and Chinese partners will soon be launched.

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publication date: 16-03-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

How can cities and regions turn barriers in long-term investments into future opportunities?

On 8 March 2017 the Urban Intergroup and the Long-Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup hosted a joint workshop led by POLIS and co-organised by CEMR and EUROCITIES at the European Parliament in Brussels entitled “Long-term investments: Barriers and opportunities for regional and local authorities”.

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publication date: 10-03-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

City reps meet Commission inter-cabinet group on urban issues

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Eindhoven’s deputy mayor for innovation and chair of our knowledge society forum, headed up a small delegation of cities at a meeting with the European Commission’s inter-cabinet group on urban issues.

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publication date: 21-02-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

New urban governance models to tackle traffic congestion

On 25 January, the CREATE project organised a reception dedicated to the theme of ’Strong urban governance for liveable cities‘.

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publication date: 21-02-2017

  •  environment

publication

publication date: 20-02-2017

case study

publication date: 20-02-2017

EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Lisbon on 3-4 April

On 3 and 4 of April 2017, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum will be held in the city of Lisbon under the patronage of the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, with the theme “Preventing and responding to deep-seated urban poverty and inequalities”.

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start date: 03-04-2017
end date: 04-04-2017

  •  environment

From Greece to the Netherlands: Cities learning from each other on climate adaptation

In January 2017, the 11 European cities selected to take part in the 2016 Mayors Adapt twinning programme (now formally part of the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy), attended one of the four visits organised across Europe to learn about urban climate change adaptation.

news

publication date: 10-02-2017

  •  cooperation

event

start date: 22-03-2017
end date: 23-03-2017