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.

  •  environment

Lahti Energy Choice: supporting citizens’ choices for more energy efficient buildings

The project ‘Energy Choice’, was launched by the city of Lahti in 2016 to encourage citizens to renovate their properties through providing information on the potential financial and CO2 savings as a result of adopting energy-efficient solutions.

case study

publication date: 11-05-2020

  •  environment

Mur|Mur : Retrofitting private buildings to reduce energy consumption

Mur|Mur is a major private housing renovation scheme developed by Grenoble Metropole. The first campaign aimed at reducing energy consumption through the retrofitting of condominiums built between 1945 and 1975. 4,467 dwellings in 84 condominiums were renovated, and in total 173 condominiums benefited from tailored support because of Mur|Mur from 2010 to 2014. The renovations resulted in 5,200 tonnes of saved CO2 emissions, which translates to savings of €135-250 per year.

case study

publication date: 11-05-2020

  •  cooperation

Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.

news

publication date: 07-05-2020

  •  environment

news

publication date: 06-05-2020

  •  mobility

Launch webinar - E-course: How to better integrate urban nodes into TEN-T networks?

This webinar is intended to provide essential practical information on where to find and how to get started with the next CIVITAS e-course, an interactive learning experience running online from 18 May until 12 June 2020.

event

start date: 18-05-2020
end date: 18-05-2020

  •  mobility

COVID-19 - City Dialogue on mobility measures - Highlights

Given the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our cities, and specifically its implications for sustainable urban mobility, on 22 April 2020, EUROCITIES organised a city-to-city online dialogue on mobility measures currently adopted in European cities in response to COVID-19.

news

publication date: 29-04-2020

  •  environment
  •  mobility

event

start date: 18-05-2020
end date: 18-05-2020

  •  environment

14 associations across Europe call upon the European Union to set higher co-financing rates for energy projects under the new LIFE programme.

On 20 April, EUROCITIES, and other 13 EU associations, signed a letter to call upon the European Commission and the LIFE Committee to set an appropriate co-financing rate for the future LIFE “Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA) projects on energy transition.

news

publication date: 22-04-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 20-04-2020
end date: 20-04-2020

  •  mobility

Get involved in the EUROCITIES mobility forum (home) activities!

The EUROCITIES mobility team is planning a series of activities for cities to get involved and shape the future of sustainable urban mobility. All you need is a bit of time, a laptop and a wifi connection!

news

publication date: 16-04-2020