30/4/2020 - Why Care About Trees in Cities?
29/4/2020 - CNU 28.A Virtual Gathering
29/4/2020 - Forum of Mayors 2020, Geneva, 6 October
28/4/2020 - City Street 4 - taking place online
28/4/2020 - Communicating changes sustainably Webinar
28/4/2020 - Is the City Itself the Problem?
27/4/2020 - World Cities Summit 2020 – POSTPONED
24/4/2020 - ITS European Congress - still going ahead
24/4/2020 - 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
24/4/2020 - The Profound Disruption of Last Mile Delivery
23/4/2020 - RISE Africa - going online
22/4/2020 - Velo-City 2020 Conference New Dates
22/4/2020 - Looking back at the latest ChangeNow Summit
22/4/2020 - Cities reporting big declines in car crashes
21/4/2020 - Smart City Expo Atlanta - new dates soon
21/4/2020 - EUROCITIES Mobility Forum in Madrid
21/4/2020 - Intercultural Cities: COVID-19 Special page
20/4/2020 - 2020 Urbanism Next Virtual Forum
20/4/2020 - Anyone Feel Like Saving Electric Scooters?
17/4/2020 - Urban Mobility Days
17/4/2020 - The Power of Parks in a Pandemic
16/4/2020 - Shared Mobility Rocks 2020
16/4/2020 - Shared Mobility Summit (online)
16/4/2020 - How Pandemics Shape Cities
16/4/2020 - This is how we secure smart cities
15/4/2020 - #Mannheim2020 conference - update
15/4/2020 - Maintaining essential mobility during a pandemic
14/4/2020 - Efus webconferences on urban security issues
14/4/2020 - Facing a Brave New World with Carbon Neutrality
An upcoming webinar from CIVITAS SUITS will look at "data management and exploitation for sustainable urban mobility".
It will advocate crowdsourcing as a sustainable and low-cost method to acquire mobility data and it will present a data modeling approach to minimise traffic delays. The webinar will also discuss approaches to effectively handle the potential for "big data" that may result from the proposed data collection methodologies.
The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory – TTLog, organizes the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2020. The theme of this year’s Conference is: “Advances in Mobility as a Service Systems”.
Considering the growing concern over COVID-19 we are announcing that CSUM2020 is moving to a Virtual Conference on June 17-19, 2020.
The main aim of the CSUM is the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among researchers and practitioners in the domain of urban transportation.
The British Government has laid out an ambitious strategy for the decarbonisation of its transport system to fight the climate crisis, through a report published by the Department of Transport (DfT).
The report departs from the premise that “Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network”, as stated by the transport minister Grant Shapps. The document includes several clues on how to actively contribute to a zero-emission transport system.
Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.
We are taking CNU 28.Twin Cities online to host a virtual Congress to be held from June 10-13, 2020 that will include 55-70 sessions and a number of pre-Congress webinars. Now, more than ever, New Urbanists need an opportunity to come together for discussion and debate, to share and learn, and to support one another in this uncertain time.
The spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) raised significant concerns at the global level in particular vis-à-vis its long-term economic and social impacts on cities. The Forum of Mayors 2020 will be held in Geneva on 6 October, on the first day of the 81st session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management.
The title of the Forum, as initially agreed by the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Urban Development, was “Climate Actions in Cities”. The Steering Committee of the Forum at its fourth e-meeting on 8 April agreed to adjust the theme of the Forum to cover city resilience to disasters. The adjusted title of the Forum is now: “City Action for A Resilient Future: Strengthening Local Government Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and the Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change”.
We have been facing the most exceptional crisis to hit Europe, and the world, over the past few months. Dealing with a public health emergency has forced us all to stop and think about our actions, the consequences and our role in this world. For the URBACT Community, which is rooted so much in peer-learning, exchanges and participation, this crisis is having a profound impact on us.
For the cities involved in our European exchange networks, it is totally understandable that for some of them, staff have been diverted to deal with frontline emergencies. For others, it might even put their participation in jeopardy, as budgets and resources are channeled elsewhere.
The coronavirus has shown that they can't count on their states or Washington for everything they need. But higher levels of government could provide funding for cities and counties to do the basics.
Disaster response is, theoretically, more of a state and federal issue than a local one. A catastrophic event — a tornado, a flood, a pandemic — requires fast cross-agency coordination and access to stockpiled equipment and other resources, which higher levels of government are supposed to have more of. That's who mayors and county executives are requesting help from when they declare an emergency, noted Matt Boyce, a senior public health researcher at Georgetown University. What an emergency declaration indicates, he said, "is 'OK, this is a serious situation, we're going to need external resources.'"
City Street 4 is a platform for the international and interdisciplinary discussion on adaptive approaches towards evolving city streets. Various disciplines are invited to engage and to reflect upon problems related to social integration and exclusion, road accidents and casualties, urban traffic congestion, public health, climate change, and more. This conference welcomes students, researchers and professionals in the urban road planning sector.
Communicating sustainability isn’t always easy – but there are some key philosophies that will help you to be clear, transparent and accountable with your messaging. In this episode, Lucy Latham (Julie’s Bicycle) covers some of them. Creative Carbon Scotland in Edinburgh and the Climate Journey in Malaga have been upfront in better communicating around sustainable cultural events and sustainability in general, and guests Catriona Patterson and Jesus Iglesias share some of their tricks and tips.
There’s a long history of blaming urban areas rather than economic factors for physical and moral ills. But density can be an asset for fighting coronavirus.
Coronavirus is a novel threat, but to many it seems like a specifically urban threat. As architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote in the New York Times, it preys on people’s desire for social connection, warping cities’ great strength, density, into an “enemy.”
Populus is offering free access to its Street Manager platform for a limited number of cities.
Populus Street Manager helps city departments of transportation identify and communicate new street policies, including street closures due to emergencies, construction and special events. Populus is now inviting cities and public agencies to apply to the Open Streets Initiative by May 15, 2020. A select number cities will be selected by June 2020 to partner with Populus to design and implement new street policies.
When: Jun 20, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Where: Singapore, Singapore
The biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.
In response to the continuous impact of COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 Smart City Summit and Expo will be converted into an O2O event with concerns for the health and safety of the exhibitors and participants, as well as the overall benefits of exhibition, and in accordance with the announcement of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on March 25th: “All indoor activities which expect more than 100 participants are suggested to be cancelled.”
The O2O edition of “SCSE 2020” will showcase smart technology solutions, professional forums, Mayors’ Summit, business matchmaking and other special events. This special online edition features the 6 year professional brand image of SCSE and the high-quality database of domestic and international city leaders and buyers, which will continue to be served for our exhibitors. This campaign will further promote 2021 SCSE and extend its benefits while leveraging more domestic and international resources and business opportunities. For the latest information and activities, please stay tuned to the official website of SCSE.
This report is providing an overview of the activities, organisation and implications of energy communities as participants across the energy system. It identifies them as contiguous processes of both the energy transition and social innovation. Paths for future policy implications and research initiatives are analysed and informed. The European Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans Package is stated as the indicator of the role prosumers and their collective forms will play in the future energy system.
High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with the mobility experts, seek out potential new technological and business partners, share your insights, and help shape the discussion on how to leverage innovative transport and mobility solutions to improve quality of life in our cities. Join the ITS European Congress in Lisbon: ITS – The Game Changer.
'Post-Oil City: Planning for an Urban Green Deal'
Doha, Qatar, November 8-12, 2020
Based on the ongoing communication with our partner and hosting organisation, the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), at this moment we agree to proceed with 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress as scheduled. While the circumstances are changing every day due to the Coronavirus, there are currently no plans to cancel or postpone the Congress format unless the global situation should require so. We remain vigilant and mindful of our responsibilities, working actively with our local partner to closely monitor the situation and ensure that appropriate precautionary measures are planned to safeguard the health of our participants.
We will publish updates on a regular basis and provide more information about logistical matters via the congress website and isocarp.org. For updates on the current guidelines and measures in Qatar, you may visit the website of the Ministry of Public Health.
The economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic should not delay the European Union’s ambitious climate change measures. The Commission has confirmed that the work on long-term policy priorities such as the Green Deal is continuing. It has even launched an online public consultation to increase the current EU’s 2030 climate target of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions to at least 50%, compared to 1990 emission levels.
The convergence of technology, CO2 regulations and the continued growth in e-commerce volume has started to transform the last mile delivery landscape. Electrification will enable logistics players to continue operating in dense urban areas where polluting vehicles will increasingly be banned. Autonomous driving technology will allow for a drastic reduction in the cost of delivery, thus triggering further growth in e-commerce volume. New types of vehicles and new logistics structures are emerging to address this new paradigm.
UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of IT-TRANSwill be held from 1-3 December in Karlsruhe, Germany. Initially postponed from 3-5 March due to developments with the coronavirus, the new date will see the largest event of its kind dedicated to digitalisation in public transport take place at the same venue, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are now moving forward towards the new date and ready to welcome the world of urban mobility to Karlsruhe in December.
We have decided that RISE Africa will take on a new form this year!
This decision is primarily in response to implementing responsible and more sustainable practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of hosting an international event in May 2020, RISE Africa will facilitate online showcases, local roundtables and thematic webinars, each of which will lead up to and build momentum towards RISE Africa 2021, confirmed for 24-26 May 2021.
The coronavirus outbreak started the same way most infectious diseases do: through contact with wildlife. But the reason it has spread to, at the time of writing, near-pandemic levels isn’t because of anything inherent to the disease—instead, it’s because the virus occurred in a city.
“Pandemics are much more than a health problem,” says Dr. William Karesh, pandemic expert and executive vice president for health and policy at the EcoHealth Alliance. “They’re a societal issue. Human behavior is what drives them.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to different outcomes for different businesses. While some have stood to benefit (think Zoom, Facebook and bidet startup Tushy), others have been hit hard and laid off employees in order to survive. But there are some that fall somewhere in the middle. Autonomous driving startup Voyage believes it is not explicitly benefiting, but it’s not at risk of going under either, says CEO Oliver Cameron.
The Velo-City 2020 conference is being held on 15-18 September 2020.
The conference, taking place in Ljubljana, was originally scheduled for 2-5 June, but has been re-arranged due to the coronavirus outbreak.
To register or find out more, please see the Velo-City conference website.
In this difficult time, all climate and energy gatherings have been either cancelled or postponed. We looked back at the ChangeNow Summit that took place in Paris last January.
This World Expo of solutions for the planet brought together 6000 stakeholders from cities, regions, start ups, innovators, researchers, investors, industrials, city planners, academics, gathered to share knowledge, identify common grounds, opportunities, matching partnerships. A delegation of 30 Covenant of Mayors signatories and local politicians attended the summit.
Representatives had the occasion to showcase their successful actions, inspire others, and network with start-ups and innovators.
Night is falling on pandemic-paralysed New York. From the Bronx to the Rockaways, the city’s usually thronged streets are mostly empty of pedestrians and drivers alike. But as darkness gathers, the persistent whine of car engines, running at high speeds, can be heard in the neighbourhoods that lie along the city’s Robert Moses–era highways. The noise carries for miles in the odd silence of quarantine, mixing with the distant, near-constant wail of sirens to create a nightmarish soundtrack for the age of Covid-19.
Bruges is ambitious. Although it is already an established cycling city with a high modal share of 42 per cent, it aspires to become Belgium’s leading cycling city.
To achieve this, it wants to create an even more comprehensive cycling network, and its involvement in CIVITAS Handshake is helping it do so.
Through the project’s immersive study activities, Bruges is interacting with international experts and leading cycling cities.
As part of this, a delegation comprising 20 such figures travelled to Belgium in mid-January for a two-day symposium to advise the city on creating the interconnected cycling network it so desires.
Smart City Expo Atlanta is a community of forward-thinking business and community leaders, government officials, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, that builds equitable, sustainable, and resilient smart cities through digital collaboration, year-long thought leadership, and an annual conference and expo.
The event will shortly announce it's new dates
The next EUROCITIES Mobility Forum meeting will take place in Madrid from 19-21 October 2020.
In these times, the thematic focus chosen for the Madrid forum meeting ‘Sustainable Mobility in Healthy Cities’ becomes more urgent than ever. Adopting clean, safe, and inclusive mobility policies is the first step to make to ensure health and wellbeing for all in our cities. As recently highlighted by the European Public Health Alliance “Coronavirus threat is greater for polluted cities”. The impacts of road transport on public health need to be consciously addressed in order make our cities the best possible places to live in.
EIT Urban Mobility appoints external experts to support work across a portfolio of activities covering innovation, business creation, education, citizen engagement, Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), and the EIT Urban Mobility Factory. Independent external experts may assist in a wide array of activities such as evaluation of innovation proposals, monitoring activities, and policy and strategy development. Skills, professional experience, and expertise linked to any of EIT Urban Mobility’s priorities are welcome.
Since the spreading of COVID-19 virus and disease, public authorities at all government levels and worldwide are facing a large-scale emergency situation which is new for most of today’s societies. Apart from the immediate threat to health posed by the pandemic, the “future” is already announcing more challenges to our human rights acquis, social, economic and institutional structures, with obvious implications in all areas of our shared daily reality.
The 2020 Urbanism Next Virtual Forum brings together an interdisciplinary group of leaders to discuss how emerging technologies shape the future of our cities. Advances in emerging technology such as the rise of e-commerce, the proliferation of new mobility, and the growth of the sharing economy are having profound effects not only on how we live, move, and spend our time in cities, but also increasingly on urban form and development.
Covid-19 has turned the world as we know it upside down. From a smart city and mobility perspective, the conversation has shifted from technology, regulation and infrastructure to public health and the end-user.
In our latest Reuters Mobility Hub webinar (Weds, April 29, 2PM GMT), ‘London post Covid-19: Smart Tech and Harnessing Data for the Public Good,’ feat. Greater London Authority and LOTI we discuss how one of the smartest cities on the planet is using data and tech to respond to global pandemic.
Trees bring shade, mitigate temperature, rainfall and wind, and provide food and fodder for animals. Planting trees in cities or metropolises is key to resilient territories but many areas lack adequate green infrastructure. The CLEARING HOUSE project will investigate the role of urban forests as nature-based solutions (UF-NBS), which refers to all measures a city or metropolis can take to address urban sustainable development challenges by planting and managing trees.
The shared e-scooter services that proliferated in cities before the coronavirus pandemic now face a bleak financial outlook. Should cities help them survive?
Vultures are circling around shared micromobility.
E-scooter operators like Bird, Lime, Jump, and Spin were confronting financial headwinds even before Covid-19 drastically reduced urban trips worldwide. Faced with plummeting usage, the companies have yanked their fleets off the street and retreated from entire continents. Their financial outlook is bleak: Bird recently laid off nearly 40 percent of its staff, while Lime is reportedly seeking an emergency round of financing at a sharply reduced valuation.
Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels, which brought together over 600 participants in November 2019, the 2020 Polis Annual Conference will take place in Arnhem Nijmegen City Region, Netherlands, on 2-3 December 2020.
We are pleased to announce a Call for Speakers for the conference! The call for speakers prioritises contributions on transport topics which are high on the agenda of cities and regions and feature in today’s international, European and local debates around urban transport innovation.
From 29 September to 1 October 2020, the European Commission is hosting its first Urban Mobility Days conference in Brussels on the theme of “zero-emission mobility for all“.
The conference combines two leading events from Europe’s transport calendar: the CIVITAS Forum Conference and the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
It will bring together policymakers, local authorities, academics, NGOs, urban transport practitioners, urban planners and all those putting the SUMP concept into practice. Over 600 attendees are expected to participate in Urban Mobility Days 2020.
From the psychological toll of prolonged isolation to the danger posed even in gathering groceries without spreading infection, these days of confinement are difficult for many of our citizens. More than ever, people need to help each other.
That is why Give a Day, a Belgian social cooperative, is offering ImpactDays.co as a free tool which enables towns, regions and associations to set up their own online platforms to match volunteers with the needy in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
For city residents, equitable access to local green space is more than a coronavirus-era amenity. It’s critical for physical, emotional, and mental health.
With half of the world now living under lockdown, the ability to go outside and get some fresh air has never been so important, or so fiercely contested. As those who can afford to do so converge on green spaces, seeking exercise and solace amid the coronavirus pandemic, parks have become stages for collective joy, anxiety, and social-distancing infringement crackdowns. The multiplicity of benefits parks have always offered us — physical and mental health relief, community building, and free public open space in tight, increasingly privatized urban quarters — seem not only like an added bonus right now, but rather, a critical lifeline for cities and their residents.
The international event SHARED MOBILITY ROCKS immerses the audience in a full program of keynotes, panel discussions and jam sessions, glued together seamlessly with solid rock songs.
Speakers give attendees good vibes and new insights on current topics about shared mobility: urban design, smart cities, accessibility, impact, social inclusion, MaaS, rural areas, self-driving car, and technology...and many more topics.
Join the Shared Mobility Summit for two days of online sessions
Registered for the 2020 Summit and sticking with us? You’re all set! An updated site and schedule will be sent out soon, as well as an invite to the next virtual pre-summit session on Health Equity and Shared Mobility.
Pandemics are defined as large-scale outbreaks of an infectious disease that can vastly increase morbidity (occurrence of disease) and mortality over a wide geographic area. Inevitably, pandemics cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. Most pandemics in history have originated through “zoonosis’, the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans. The bubonic plague of the 6th century (rats), the 1918 ‘spanish flu’ (pigs) now known as H1N1, SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (birds) known as H5N2 and H5N2, and finally COVID 19, which probably had its genesis in the wild animal consumption market in Wuhan, China.
The smart city market is in hyper-growth: $189 billion will be spent worldwide on smart cities initiatives by 2023.
Smart cities rely on connections between systems, sensors and devices, but the more things that are connected, the greater the opportunity for cyberattackers to infiltrate.
Security by design and governance involving cyber-specialists are crucial to smart city initiatives.
While the #Mannheim2020 conference is less than six months away, the COVID-19 pandemic is leading us all to be uncertain about the future.
Given the critical importance of transformation, we commit to ensuring that you can take part in the conference in some way – hopefully on site in Mannheim.
It is clear that the time for "business as usual" has passed. We must transform our cities and communities to be sustainable, stable and resilient.
This includes ensuring that all voices and experiences are brought on board, including the voices of cities, towns and representatives who are being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, together with the city of Heerlen we decided to postpone our Forum to a later date. The first Cities & Citizens Energy Forum will take place from the 15th to the 17th September 2020.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a considerable impact on countries across the globe. While it is essential that people follow the advice, guidelines and directives of their national government and city administration, there are still some essential workers who must be able to move safely within their municipality or region.
Different countries have tackled these challenging circumstances in different ways – and, in some cases, directives differ from city to city. Below are some broad examples of measures being taken.
Work to bridge the digital divide has gained momentum in recent years in state and local government, and the case to close the gap may get a further boost by the novel coronavirus reinforcing the importance of having the Internet at home.
In January and February, reports from overseas began to suggest that the United States should prepare for the onset of the novel coronavirus. Almost simultaneously, Pew Charitable Trusts released a report noting that state government work to boost broadband accessibility and availability had, in recent years, gained momentum.
Urban Transitions 2020 will provide pathways to carbon neutral, liveable, equitable and healthy cities.
The programme overview is now available.
Join our six keynote speakers plus world experts who will each give a state-of-the-art lecture followed by a discussion session.
Abstracts are invited for concurrent talks and posters by 5 June 2020 including presentations on the emerging topic of urban and transport planning and COVID-19.
Efus invites you every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm for a series of one hour thematic webconferences. Moderated by our team with contributions of one or more local actors and experts, these online debates will be the opportunity to share your experiences of the crisis on the following topics:
Will social distancing aggravate polarisation ? (16 April)
How to reconfigure security cooperation in a time of crisis? (21 April)
Does the crisis change the forms of criminality in cities? (23 April)
Is it acceptable to confine our fundamental rights? (28 April)
What are the evolutions of crisis communication towards the the population? (30 April)
How can displays of solidarity reinforce cities in a crisis? (5 May)
The initiative, led by Metropolis, aims at cities to share initiatives such as plans, strategies or policies designed specially to control the propagation speed of the COVID-19. The open-source platform is managed directly by cities, that can publish documents and guidelines about how they manage the sanitary crisis. MedCities is associated to the initiative and has encouraged its members to share their own strategies.
STARDUST in partnership with its Lighthouse city of Tampere, Energy Wise Cities and Puurakentaminen kasvuun Pirkanmaalla, organised the session on “Carbon Neutral Building & Energy” at the Mindtrek Conference organised during this year’s Tampere Smart City Week. In this session, STARDUST’s Finnish partners, Enermix Oy and Aurinkotekno Oy, also presented their key results on smart district heating, and introduction of net zero energy buildings in Tampere.
Further archived news available on request from: Kate More