City Matters Bulletin February 2012 - brought to you by Urbanicity - web version

City Matters Bulletin from Urbanicity

Welcome to the February 2012 edition of City Matters, with the latest news from the urban world.

 In this edition:

Urbanicity News Conference alerts
News from the urban world Next month's conferences
Conference features Upcoming conferences


Urbanicity News

FEATURES: New features on Urbanicity - submit your news, events and courses - if you want to submit a news item, conference details or courses and programmes for listing at Urbanicity, simply click on the links above. Alternatively, all of these features are now available at our home page

EVENTS: 29 New events for 2012 published this month at our online events calendar - far and away the most comprehensive in the world - please let us know if you have an urban related event you would like listed.

SUBSCRIBERS: 436 new subscribers to City Matters in February - 129,000 in total

 Urban News

The local government case for sustainable communities
The City of Melbourne and ICLEI Oceania are hosting a forum for local government on 30 March 2012 focused on enabling sustainable communities, through innovative policy solutions and collaboration between key stakeholders.

London becomes first city in UK to have permanent Pedestrian Countdown technology
Following a successful trial, Pedestrian Countdown technology will be rolled out at pedestrian crossings throughout the UK capital, giving pedestrians a clearer idea of how long they have left to cross the road.

The Atlas of Urban Vulnerability in Spain
From the Spanish Department of Architecture, Housing and Land Development a new tool for urban analysis has been developed, namely the ‘Atlas of Urban Vulnerability in Spain’

Chinese Cities in Desperate Need of Competent Planning
A new report by one of China's premier academic research organizations has warned about rising discrepancies between the growth of China's cities and their ability to provide the resources necessary to serve those populations.

'Pathways out of poverty': social mobility in European cities
EUROCITIES recently launched a call for tenders from urban researchers to study patterns of social mobility in European cities.

Join ICLEI founder Jeb Brugmann for a webinar on 22 March, 2012
The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) presents their fifth and last webinar in their Free Adaptation and Security Webinar Series.

CHAMPion cities in cycling teaming up!
The bicycle is one of the corner stones in creating sustainable and liveable cities. To meet that challenge, 7 European champion cycling cities have joined forces. They aim to become even better at making the bicycle a key mode of transportation in their cities, while sharing know-how with other cities.

Assessing Miami's New Urban Experiment
Three years after its adoption, Sean McCaughan assesses the impact of Miami 21, first New Urbanist zoning code adopted by a major American city.

The new CASCADE website is now online
Coordinated by EUROCITIES, CASCADE is a three year project (2011-2014) of networking and mutual learning on local energy leadership. It supports cities in delivering the EU 2020 targets for energy and climate change.

Small Scale Solutions for Big City Problems
A recent article in the Regional Plan Association's newsletter examined "micro-solutions" to city development problems.

San Francisco wins 2012 Sustainable Transport Award
The Sustainable Transport Award is given in recognition of innovative transport solutions and sustainable transport in cities around the world by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

New house? Do-it-yourself in Rotterdam
Winner of the EUROCITIES 2011 Innovation award, Rotterdam's 'do-it-yourself' housing programme allows residents to buy and renovate houses at affordable prices

The 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award
The 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award will be awarded for Ecuador’s nation-wide program “The Plaza: A Place of Encounter”, a visionary project to revitalize social life and economic vitality by restoring the country’s historic plazas.

Clos presents youth initiative to Secretary-General
UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos, accompanied by senior Norwegian and United States officials, on Tuesday presented a new youth initiative to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Calgary Experiments With Crowdsourcing Its Budget
In order to educate its citizens on how budgeting decisions are made, and inform decision makers on the priorities of its citizens, Calgary has engaged in an ambitious outreach process to get citizens to participate in drafting the city's budget.

Dynamics of deprived neighbourhoods in the URBACT cities
The development of deprived urban areas in Europe has always been a central concern for the URBACT programme.

Community-led local development at OPEN DAYS 2012
The 10th European Week of Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS) takes place from 8 – 11 October 2012 and will include a series of workshops on community-led local development

The Threat of Poor Urban Design to Public Health
Scott Carlson profiles the work of Dr. Richard J. Jackson, chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA's School of Public Health, one of the leading voices calling for better urban design for the sake of good health.

'Pathways out of poverty': social mobility in European cities
EUROCITIES has launched a call for tenders from urban researchers to study patterns of social mobility in European cities.

Lessons From the World's Great Biking Cities
Christine Grant was fortunate enough to win a fellowship that allowed her to spend six months in the world's most bike-friendly cities. In this article she shares with us the 10 essential lessons she learned along the way.

Best Practice Award for Coastal Towns: Call for applications
European local communities are invited to take part in a competition for best practices in the regeneration of coastal towns - the Best Practice Award Programme of the Council of Europe.

Are U.S. Cities Effectively Desegregated?
Sam Roberts reports on a new study of census results that found the nation’s cities are more racially integrated than at any time since 1910.

Online form to facilitate submission of projects for the DIA Best Practices Award
As the regional UN-HABITAT centre, the Best Practices Hub - Vienna identifies innovation and success in the implementation of urban programmes as part of the UN-HABITAT Best Practices Programme.

Arch. Ettore Maria Mazzola to receive the IMCL International Urban Design Award
Prof. Arch. Ettore Maria Mazzola, The University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture, Rome Studies Program, will be the recipient of the 2012 IMCL Conference International Urban Design Award, to be presented at the 49th IMCL Conference in Portland, OR, May 20-24, 2012.

A Call For Regenerative Cities
Sustainability is not enough. Because so much damage has already been inflicted upon the world's ecosystems, Anna Leidreiter argues for the need for regenerative cities that positively enhance 'ecosystem services.'

Vienna ranks top among Smart Cities
The first global comparison of cities in terms of innovation, technology and sustainability ranks Vienna as number 1 of so-called Smart Cities, ahead of Toronto, Paris and New York.

Call for cities to join Bologna for a cycling challenge
The city of Bologna and the local transport authority SRM will launch a contest of European cities to challenge each other on transport cycling mileage in May 2012. Cities interested to join should get in contact before 15 February 2012.

Better cities, better life in Malawi
The cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba last week launched Urban Profiles highlighting the priorities for improving life in all four centres of the southern African nation.

Going green with a swipe of a card
Residents of ICLEI Member Kanagawa Prefecture will soon be paying their bills with e-money.

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed
For the residents of Portland, Ore., taking a whiz in a public toilet is not just a matter of necessity. It’s an act of civic pride.

Major Swedish support for UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat and the Government of Sweden signed a new collaboration agreement on Wednesday whereby Stockholm will provide USD 14 million over the next four years to support the agency's work programme.


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Current Conference Alerts

Register Now - TRA Conference 2012.

Green Cities 2012 – your chance to engage with leading green thinkers.

Velo-city Global 2012 - Registration Open.

Earlybird Registration - World Conference on Disaster Management.

49th IMCL Conference on Planning Healthy Communities for all.

International Transport Forum - Registration Open.


Next Month's Events

April 2012

Designing Place: International Urban Design Conference

Design Tactics and the Informalised City

Building the urban future and Transit Oriented Development

Visions for the Future of Housing: Mega Cities

Third International Conference on Urban Transportation Systems

Transforming Local Government 2012

City2020+: Engineering Life Quality for the Future

TRA 2012

Building Safer Communities

Effective Solutions for Green Urban Transport

Counter Terror Expo 2012

Cities versus Global Challenges

International Fit to Drive Congress

Coastal Cities Summit II

The Mid-Sized City

Arab Future Cities

Complete Streets Forum 2012


Major Upcoming Events

International Transport Forum

CNU 2012

Resilient Cities 2012

National Groundwater Summit

International Making Cities Livable

CNU 2012

World Forum Against Drugs


ICLEI World Congress

Healthy Cities 2012

6th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics

ECOMM 2012

5th Knowledge Cities World Summit

Human Centered Design for Intelligent Transport Systems

2012 INURA Conference

ENHR 2012

World Conference on Disaster Management

Velo-city Global 2012

World Cities Summit 2012

Water Solutions for Livable and Sustainable Cities

Sister Cities International Conference

International Urban Parks Conference

International Association for Urban Climate Conference

4th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2012

World Urban Forum 2012


Child in the City Conference


Stormwater 2012

5th International Urban Design Conference

European Forum for Urban Security Conference 2012

World Green City 2012

New Cities Summit

Future Cities Lagos

Cities for Mobility 2012

CEMR General Assembly

Open Days 2012

Smart Cities 2012


To see all events, please visit

Conference Features


85th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
Conference > September 29 – October 3 | Exhibition > October 1–3
New Orleans Morial Convention Center | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

BIG Additions to the Exhibition Floor
Attending the exhibition at WEFTEC 2012 now gets you more than ever! This year, WEF will be expanding and adding new elements to an already comprehensive exhibit floor. The new and expanded features will include:

Over 20 technical sessions - To be held on the exhibition floor, making them available for all attendees to participate
Stormwater Pavilion – An area dedicated to stormwater treatment products and services
Innovation Pavilion – An area dedicated to innovative water treatment technologies
Trenchless Technologies Tour – Visit key vendors of different trenchless technologies, hear technical details, and compare options for collection systems rehabilitation.
Thickening and Dewatering Tour – Visit various vendors of equipment for the thickening and dewatering of solids and gather key technical information for this vital part of the treatment process.
Public Officials Tour – Select groups of public officials will be touring the exhibition floor to learn more about the water and wastewater industries to help best represent their constituencies.

March 30, Save the Date!
It’s never too early to start thinking about WEFTEC 2012. Registration isn’t set to open until March 30, so you can have a reminder to register sent directly to you. Simply fill out the email reminder form and we will send you an email reminder to reserve your spot at WEFTEC 2012, September 29 – October 3 in New Orleans.

Early Registration - REAL CORP 2012


14-16 May 2012, Schwechat (near Vienna, Austria)

Early registration open until March 15 - register here

Programme Draft is now available (Feb 21 update)

Cities worldwide are facing rapid social, economic, environmental, technological and cultural changes such as: rapid urbanisation, aging of society, security issues, housing emergency, new solutions on mobility, integration of immigrants, food and water shortage, etc.

Especially in times of economic crisis and demographic changes in cities, it is necessary to think about how to best handle what we have, and therefore “RE-MIXING THE CITY” is a challenge to manage and re-combine the elements which make our modern cities in order to better respond to change. REAL CORP 2012 in Schwechat will offer the possibility to collectively discuss a wide range of topics in different panel groups and workshops.


SAVE THE DATE: International Urban Parks Conference

July 14-17, 2012, New York City

As our planet becomes more urban, new and revitalized parks are critical to making our cities greater and greener – places that thrive economically, environmentally and socially.

City Parks Alliance presents an international urban parks conference, Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, the premier forum for urban park innovation, offering high-profile topics and speakers, interactive mobile workshops and tours, a volunteer-led service project and a dynamic, diverse audience of city park and recreation professionals, advocates and urban thought leaders from around the world.

Visit now to sign up for updates and be the first to know when registration opens.

Register now - Green Cities 2012 Conference & Expo

Green Cities 2012, Asia-Pacific’s largest green building conference and expo will bring together the best and brightest green building professionals, industry experts, suppliers and manufacturers for three days of green building conversation, innovation and collaboration.

We want your thinking at Green Cities 2012.

Enter the Green Cities conversation.
More than 1200 delegates, 40 exhibiting companies, and 520 Master Class and site tour attendees went to Green Cities 2011. Don’t miss your chance to engage with speakers and issues at the forefront of green buildings, communities and cities.

THINK Green Cities 2012.

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