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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