6/8/2020 - Greater & Greener 2021 Call for Speaker Presentations
6/8/2020 - MOVE 2021 Speaker Application
6/8/2020 - The Economics of Remote Work
6/8/2020 - Survey on cities' digital policies and initiatives in Europe

 

5/8/2020 - UITP Global Public Transport Summit date change
5/8/2020 - Green Cities Conference 2021 call for papers
5/8/2020 - Back to Normal? Cities Say, ‘No Thanks’
5/8/2020 - How Covid-19 is shifting 'smart city' priorities

 

4/8/2020 - Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures - online
4/8/2020 - City of Tomorrow - going online
4/8/2020 - Ghent and Milan win international car sharing awards
4/8/2020 - Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store

 

3/8/2020 - Intelligent Cities Summit - postponed to 2021
3/8/2020 - The Wellbeing Cities Forum - registration open
3/8/2020 - Strengthening resiliency in small tourist-led cities amid Covid-19
3/8/2020 - 100% renewable, your city toolkit

 

 

Greater & Greener 2021 Call for Speaker Presentations

City Parks Alliance is pleased to announce a call for speaker presentations for Greater & Greener 2021. With the growing importance of urban parks, you have the opportunity to share your work with more than 1000+ park practitioners from around the world. We welcome your ideas and encourage your creativity in proposing presentations.
https://www.greatergreener.org/

MOVE 2021 Speaker Application

We pride ourselves on putting the leading voices from all disciplines and modes on stage at our events. Our presenters are disruptors and visionary industry leaders selected for their relevance, dynamism and insight.
https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/move/Apply-to-Speak.stm

The Economics of Remote Work

As the pandemic leads more companies to embrace remote workers, new jobs data explores how a farther-flung workforce expands opportunity.
The pandemic has been a grand global experiment in the costs and benefits of a remote workforce. But long before the coronavirus hit, many people worked from outside offices. A new report that looks at pre-pandemic remote-work data found that allowing off-site work could be a way to direct wealth away from the 15 most expensive U.S. metros, where jobs and opportunity have been concentrated in recent years.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-23/the-effect-of-remote-work-on-america-s-economy?srnd=citylab

Survey on cities' digital policies and initiatives in Europe

To gain a better understanding of cities’ digital agendas for the coming years, the city of Barcelona has launched an online survey. The goal is to map digital policy priorities and identify common topics for cities to join efforts. Share your city’s vision by filling in the survey! The analysed results will be presented during an open session during our yearly Knowledge Society Forum in September.
https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/DigitalpoliciesinEUcities

UITP Global Public Transport Summit date change

With a proud history spanning 135 years, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s major platform for public transport professionals.
As we consider the changes happening around the world, we’ve made the joint decision with our local event host The Department of Transport Victoria to move the next edition of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit from 6-9 June 2021 to 14-17 December 2021 at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.
https://uitpsummit.org/

Green Cities Conference 2021 call for papers

Competitive papers or detailed abstracts and proposals for symposia, tutorials and workshops are invited for submission. The submission deadline is January 20, 2021
https://greencitiesconference.com/?page_id=598

Back to Normal? Cities Say, ‘No Thanks’

Just a few months ago, cities around the world were grappling with traffic and transit congestion that appeared to be out of control. New mobility options like ridesharing, e-scooters, and bikeshares took cities by surprise and flooded already crowded urban centers with more vehicles. London implemented a congestion tax to discourage driving in the city center; New York approved a similar plan that is now pending implementation.
Then COVID-19 struck, and city streets were suddenly empty. While many people are pining for the day when we can get ‘back to normal,’ some municipal governments have no intention to do so, at least not in the area of transportation and congestion. Many cities have converted downtown streets to pedestrian- and cycle-only zones to allow people to move with appropriate social distance. Now they want to keep the change.
https://meetingoftheminds.org/back-to-normal-cities-say-no-thanks-33998

How Covid-19 is shifting 'smart city' priorities

From the super-connected urban sprawl of Tokyo to the futuristic skyline of Dubai, digital acceleration had fast become an aspiration for many city authorities long before the Covid-19 crisis hit. The United Nations estimates that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. The pandemic has highlighted the need for accelerated digital city planning and greater communication with citizens for such population levels to be sustainable.
https://www.citymetric.com/business/how-covid-19-shifting-smart-city-priorities-5223

 

Rapid Cities – Responsive Architectures - online

This virtual conference is the first of two events organised in collaboration with the American University in Dubai. The second fully in-person conference will be held in November 2021 to coincide with the rescheduled Dubai EXPO.
https://architecturemps.com/dubai-2020/

City of Tomorrow - going online

What does the city of tomorrow look like in a post–covid world? How can we make a city like New York healthier? How can we build a more equitable and sustainable future through public policy, infrastructure, urban planning and design? What lessons can policy-makers, developers and designers learn from the crisis? Join us for the 4th annual city of tomorrow, the only B2C and B2b forum uniting key players from the worlds of architecture, real estate, and interior design. This year, for the first time, the summit will be hosted as a virtual program as we convene online the leading voices and visionaries to discuss the topics defining the future of the industry, the city and beyond at this watershed moment.
https://www.92y.org/real-estate-summit.aspx

Ghent and Milan win international car sharing awards

POLIS members Ghent and Milan received international recognition for car-sharing promotion and support policies. The two cities won the CSA Carsharing City Award in the categories ‘regional cities’ (less than 750,000 inhabitants) and ‘metropolitan cities’ (more than 750,000 inhabitants).
https://www.polisnetwork.eu/news/ghent-and-milan-win-international-car-sharing-awards/

Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store

The South Side neighborhood of Englewood puts a healthy food market at the center of a community-led “urban Marshall Plan” built to combat poverty.
When it’s completed, the corner grocery store at 63rd and Racine will look a lot different than the other carryouts and bodegas dotting this section of Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side.
Designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects and developed by local nonprofit Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the Go Green Fresh Market will essentially be a miniature supermarket across 3,000 square feet, with heaps of storage and two walk-in fridges. Floor-to-ceiling glass and will open up the store to the streetfront, putting the food on display, where its emphasis on fresh produce will be obvious — a rarity for corner stores in Englewood, or anywhere else.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/can-a-better-grocery-store-save-a-neighborhood?srnd=citylab

 

Intelligent Cities Summit - postponed to 2021

A full 2-day conference with top international municipal leaders sharing what they are doing right now to offer better, more intelligent services to their residents.
From townships to some of the largest municipalities in the world, at this event you may meet, connect and discuss opportunities with people who share your goals.
https://iotevents.ca/event/intelligent-cities-2020/

The Wellbeing Cities Forum - registration open

The Wellbeing Cities Forum ordinarily takes place in Montreal, our host city. Due to the pandemic, however, we are thinking outside the box and going online! On September 15-17, 2020, participants from over 100 cities and 50 countries will be joining us for our three-day, all-virtual program.
https://events.bizzabo.com/wellbeing-cities-forum-2020/

Strengthening resiliency in small tourist-led cities amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the entirety of Europe – but realities have differed both between countries and between cities. In this article, we explore the experiences of two smaller URBACT cities – Dubrovnik (HR) and Grosseto (IT) – which are heavily reliant on tourism.
While large cities tend to have greater economic variety to fall back on, smaller European cities that rely on tourism, such as Dubrovnik and Grosseto, have suffered serious economic impacts as that tourism has been cut off. These cities are impacted even in situations where they have escaped the worst of the health
https://urbact.eu/strengthening-resiliency-small-tourist-led-cities-amid-covid-19

100% renewable, your city toolkit

Cities need to think and act beyond their borders, consider the social and technological aspects in urban planning, and harness the ideas and potential of their citizens. These are the main conclusions of the new toolkit 'How can your city become 100% renewable?' launched by the European Green Capital Network.
http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/news/100-renewable-your-city-toolkit-WSPO-BRLQ4T

 

 

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