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Welcome to the August 2013 edition of City Matters from Urbanicity, with the latest news from the urban world.

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Call for Cities to participate in the project SOLUTIONS:
Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation
The European SOLUTIONS project on innovative and green urban transport solutions, is calling for cities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean, to become involved in the project's innovation activities as leading, take-up or training city.

Cities Launch Anti-Poverty Centers
In light of federal budget cuts to discretionary domestic programs that serve the poor, city leaders are looking for new ways to alleviate poverty on their own. Perhaps the most high-profile example is New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), which raises public and private funding to test social service programs and reinvest in ones that work. In the realm of anti-poverty work, the CEO model appears to be catching on.

Urban pedestrians buck a national trend
LONDON is a city made for walking. Unlike, for instance, Los Angeles its centre is easily accessible on foot. Outer boroughs are no more than an hour or two away. Its curved streets, in contrast to the rigid grid of New York, welcome idle wanderers and busy commuters alike. But despite traffic queues and teeming underground carriages most prefer to drive or to squeeze on to the Tube to get around the city. This is starting to change.

China Urbanization to Hit Roadblocks Amid Local Opposition
China's plan to encourage hundreds of millions of rural residents to settle in cities to boost growth faces opposition from local governments, according to Li Tie, an official with the nation’s top economic planning agency.

Dumping grounds for the poor
High levels of unemployment, drug addiction and teenage pregnancy leave British seaside towns locked in culture of 'poverty attracting poverty'

2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award - Call for Submissions
We are pleased to inform you that the Call for Submissions to the 2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award was opened on 5 August 2013.
Dr. Joan Clos, invites you to submit an application or to nominate an initiative for consideration for this year's Award.

Eco living: is it time to protect urban trees?
The UK Government is being urged to give urban trees the same status as other vital infrastructure such as street lighting and utilities.

Eating City Summer Camp
The Eating City meeting brought together, in a rural food-producing setting, 25 young professionals from 25 European countries, to discuss and elaborate a Declaration on the future of City Food Systems.

Tweetchat with United Cities and Local Goverments prior to its Congress in Rabat!
The UCLG World Secretariat invites you to participate in tweetchats (online debates) on four main topics which will be discussed at its World Congress in Rabat, from 1 to 4 October 2013.

Accessible and eco-friendly neighborhoods the hallmark of a sustainable city
Backed by a €9 million euro (13 billion KRW) public investment to regenerate inner-city Suwon (South Korea), 4,300 Suwon residents are preparing to swap some 1,500 cars for ecomobile vehicles in September this year, as the city pledges to showcase a month-long prototype of accessible and eco-friendly neighborhood living.

Osmose - The bus starts here
As its contribution to the European Bus System of the Future (EBSF) project, for the past eight months transport operator RATP has been putting a concept bus stop through its paces in Paris.

UN-Habitat joins Future Policy Modeling Consortium
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has become a member of Future Policy Modeling (FUPOL), a research consortium funded by the European Commission that aims to create a comprehensive informational communication technology model to support public policy design and implementation.

Chinese Official warns of excessive 'empty cities'
According to a Chinese economic planning Official, “Uncontrolled expansion of cities in China has left many of them empty.” Qiao Runling, Deputy Director of the China Center for Urban Development under the National Development and Reform Commission said that local governments had relied on quick urbanization to stimulate economic growth and generate fiscal revenue.

The European Sustainable Cities Movement widens its direction
Following its 2013 Conference in Geneva, the European Sustainable Cities & Towns Campaign was given a makeover: with the new name of “Sustainable Cities”, the movement has developed its own dedicated portal to be used by municipalities, regional organizations and NGOs.

UN-Habitat International Competition Announcement
We are excited to announce Habitat's new international competition on the "Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing". The competition is initiated by the Global Housing Strategy's campaign on "Placing Housing at the Centre" which seeks to address the challenges currently facing mass/social/public housing around the globe whilst introducing ASR (Academic Social Responsibility) and encouraging CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

World Habitat Awards 2013 – finalists announced
The 10 finalists for the 2013 World Habitat Awards have been chosen from a list of over 200 projects from across the globe.

European Union reaffirms its recognition of local authorities
A joint communication for the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions was issued last week.

New European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) launched
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform managed by the European Commission’s DG for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, which builds on the work of its predecessor, the European Alliance for Families (EAF).

No cars in cities of the future
There will be a widespread ban on cars in London within the next 20 years, according to one of Britain’s leading architects, who has called for cities to be designed for pedestrians and cyclists rather than for traffic.

The State of Urban Youth 2012/2013, Youth in the Prosperity of Cities (UN-Habitat 2013)
This UN-Habitat report provides useful and detailed insights on the state of urban youth in cities of different continents: Cairo, Bangalore, Accra and São Paulo.

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Current Conference Alerts

Next Month's Events - October 2013


2013 UCLG World Congress


International Workshop on Livable Cities

Asia Pacific Housing Forum

International Downtown Association Conference

ISWA World Congress

SITCE 2013

11th European Week of the Regions and Cities

RFSC Conference 2013: Towards a European Model of a Sustainable City

Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City

International Conference on Cities, People & Places

2013 Global Urban Design Conference

Intergenerational Learning Cities

Bike Futures 2013

The Idea of Creative City and the Urban Policy Debate

Urban and regional planning across borders

GreenCity: The new frontiers of energy efficiency

Railvolution 2013

The 6th EuroIndia Summit & Mission: Greening Cities

Efficient 2013

11th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2013

Designing Cities Workshop

4th The Infrastructure Summit - Future Cities

Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013

Major Upcoming Events in 2013

CityNet Seoul Congress 2013

International Water Week 2013

City Health

Green Urbanscape Asia

EcoDistricts Summit

City Events: Where Cities meet Sports

NLC Congress of Cities

Secured Cities

3rd International Conference on Urban Transportation Systems

Urban Environmental Pollution 2013

Cities Learning Together

XII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities

Smart City Expo 2013

2013 Cities Fit for Children Conference

Water Sensitive Urban Design 2013

EUROCITIES annual conference 'Smart citizens'

LivCom Awards 2013

Annual Polis Conference

The Full 2013 calendar is available here

Conference Features


City & Regional Planning Conference AUSTRALIA

ISOCARP Congress 1st to 4th October 2013

1-4 October 2013 is the date of the 49th Annual World Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners.

The Congress is in Brisbane, “Australia’s New World City,” a fast-growing, innovative, multicultural urban region of nearly three million people in the subtropics.

This year's main theme is Frontiers of Planning: Evolving and Declining Models of City Planning Practice.

Ten reasons for joining us in Brisbane, 1 to 4 October 2013

  • The Congress is for professionals in planning and related disciplines, members of city and regional governments, and all interested in the future of cities and regions
  • Hear leading keynote speakers and international papers on cutting-edge planning practices
  • Attend workshops on planning practice at the frontiers
  • Choose from over 100 technical papers
  • Attend the International Planners Exchange
  • Attend technical seminars and technical tours of Brisbane and its region
  • Join post-Congress tours
  • Explore Brisbane, Australia’s new world city, the Australian tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Sydney on the way to or from the Congress
  • Visit Canberra, Australia’s planned capital city, in its centenary year

To learn more about the 2013 ISOCARP Congress, please visit the event website



IMCL announces the European Cities of Vision Study Tour
Friday, September 27 – Saturday, October 5, 2013

The 2013 "European Cities of Vision" Study Tour offers elected officials, planners and urban designers the opportunity to visit and learn in depth about two of Europe’s most livable and sustainable cities – Freiburg and Strasbourg. These cities are recognized internationally for leadership in sustainable transportation planning, promotion of walking and biking, traffic calming mechanisms, human scale mixed-use development, solar energy and sustainability. Tours and talks are given by the planning leaders and staff responsible for these achievements. All sessions are conducted in English. Participation limited to 20.

The City of Freiburg is often called Germany's "ecological capital" and has been acclaimed as one of the world’s most livable, sustainable and child-friendly cities. In 1993, IMCL awarded Freiburg the IMCL City of Vision Award. Since then, Freiburg received numerous awards for its leadership in sustainable transportation planning, promotion of walking and biking, traffic calming mechanisms, human scale mixed-use development, renewable energy, protection of nature, and sustainability.

In 1994, IMCL awarded Strasbourg the IMCL City of Vision Award for inaugurating their exemplary light rail system and for removing traffic from the city center’s innumerable squares and market places that support social life and civic engagement.

IMCL is proud to work with these Cities in organizing the European Cities of Vision Study Tour to further disseminate the innovations and improvements in livability and sustainability achieved in recent years.

The program is available at

For questions, please contact Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard,
Director, International Making Cities Livable LLC.


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