31/7/2020 - REAL CORP 2020 goes VIRTUAL in September
31/7/2020 - ETC 2020 Online: Data programme announced
31/7/2020 - In Covid-19 Recovery, London Bets Big on Low Traffic
31/7/2020 - What does the next 7-year EU budget mean for cities?
30/7/2020 - Urbanism Next Europe is back in 2021!
30/7/2020 - ECCENTRIC online seminar: clean and efficient urban freight
30/7/2020 - When It’s One Disaster on Top of Another
30/7/2020 - ITS and Bicycle: Corona-proof Cycling
29/7/2020 - Public Health and Sustainable Transport Summit
29/7/2020 - 5th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities Online
29/7/2020 - How to Design a Post-Pandemic City
29/7/2020 - Urban commons and empowered cities
28/7/2020 - JUST LAUNCHED: Reuters Events Mobility
28/7/2020 - Greening our cities with district energy!
28/7/2020 - Future-Proof the Citizen Experience
28/7/2020 - Overview: AI in public services in the EU
22/7/2020 - Registration open for Urban Mobility Days 2020
22/7/2020 - AIJA seminar on smart cities postponed to 2021
22/7/2020 - Designing a mobility strategy for energy
22/7/2020 - 2030 Retrospective on Urban Mobility After COVID-19
21/7/2020 - Security, Democracy and Cities postponed to 2021
21/7/2020 - VREF Conference on Urban Freight 2020 posponed to 2021
21/7/2020 - How cities are seizing the moment to focus on climate and equity
21/7/2020 - The Case for Higher Ground
20/7/2020 - Announcing the ICLEI World Congress 2021!
20/7/2020 - Smart City Live 2020
20/7/2020 - How to Rebuild Cities for Caregiving
20/7/2020 - Architects are redesigning cities to help with social distancing
16/7/2020 - Webinar: Greening our cities with district energy
16/7/2020 - Celebrate World Metropolitan Day 2020
16/7/2020 - Europeans want to keep their cities car-free
16/7/2020 - The Route to Infrastructure that Benefits Communities
15/7/2020 - Mannheim2020: Re-designed for a digital context
15/7/2020 - Nordic Smart Cities 2020 is moving online
15/7/2020 - Pandemic Travel Patterns Hint at Our Urban Future
15/7/2020 - Vienna launches a network of 'Cool Streets'
14/7/2020 - Green Cities Conference on-line only
14/7/2020 - Rethinking City Branding in times of the Covid19
14/7/2020 - Will COVID-19 usher in a new culture of outdoor living and dining?
14/7/2020 - Testing the Resilient City
7/7/2020 - Mark your calendar: Daring Cities Online
7/7/2020 - MOBILIZE Virtual 2020
7/7/2020 - The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest
7/7/2020 - How micromobility can support a green economic recovery
6/7/2020 - Abstracts Due 8 July for CTBUH Live-Streaming, Three-City Conference
6/7/2020 - Save the date: Global Public Transport Summit 2021
6/7/2020 - How Cities Are Trying to Avert Gridlock
6/7/2020 - Masks and AI: the new mobility reality
2/7/2020 - CTBUH Launches Live-Streamed, Three-City Conference
2/7/2020 - EFUS Conference postponed to spring 2021
2/7/2020 - Cities Ponder Policy Changes to Reduce Traffic
2/7/2020 - 3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
1/7/2020 - TOD Retrofitting Suburbia webinar
1/7/2020 - 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
1/7/2020 - Covid-19: a springboard for more food solidarity?
1/7/2020 - Uppsala Climate Protocol – an inclusive approach to climate neutrality
REAL CORP 2020 goes VIRTUAL in September
Space restrictions in lecture halls and access restrictions at RWTH Aachen do not allow a meaningful meeting of conference participants there.
Travel warnings and limited international connections do not allow many participants to travel.
Many institutions still do not allow business trips to conferences abroad.
From this point of view, the virtualisation of REAL CORP 2020 is the only feasible way to offer you as much as possible of the originally planned conference.
The conference will take place as originally planned from 15 to 18 September 2020.
If you want to join the virtual edition of REAL CORP 2020, please sign :up at
ETC 2020 Online: Data programme announced
This year we are delighted to have an even wider spectrum of papers covering multi-disciplines of transport, approaches to data collection and processing, and certainly all of these presentations aim to demonstrate how data can be applied and maximised to the benefit of the ultimate user.
In Covid-19 Recovery, London Bets Big on Low Traffic
To curb cars and boost biking and walking, the city is rolling out low-traffic neighborhoods, with streets closed to non-local drivers. Not everyone is a fan.
Sarah Berry didn’t learn how to ride a bike until last year, when she was 27. For her, London didn’t feel like a safe place to ride. Except for one day each year — on Car-Free Day, when her block in Brixton closed to through-traffic and made room for a huge block party. “A neighbor asked, ‘Why do we only get this one day a year?’” she says. “It’s clearly the best day.”
What does the next 7-year EU budget mean for cities?
The European Commission has put its cards on the table, and this week national leaders agreed to the biggest ever EU budget proposal, to support recovery in Europe.
While the European Parliament now has to have its say, for the budget to enter into force on 1 January 2021, there are already many takeaways for cities to take note of.
The overall amount of the EU Budget will be €1,074bn which, while slightly less than previously, now sits alongside an additional €750bn in the form of the EU’s new recovery fund, making this budget the biggest ever.
Urbanism Next Europe is back in 2021!
POLIS Network, the Urbanism Next Center at The University of Oregon, the New Mobility Alliance and TNO are excited to announce that Urbanism Next Europe will be held on June 10 and 11, 2021, with an high-level pre-Conference workshop set on June 9, 2021.
The conference location will still be buzzing Rotterdam!
ECCENTRIC online seminar: clean and efficient urban freight
We live in the world where goods and services have become more available than ever.
Yet across Europe and the world, achieving low- and zero-emission urban goods delivery has remained difficult.
However, new clean freight vehicles and fuel technologies, innovative business models and efficient supply chains could be the drivers for achieving more sustainable goods distribution at the local level.
This webinar will introduce work conducted as part of CIVITAS ECCENTRIC for fostering clean and efficient urban logistics, with Stockholm (Sweden) and Madrid (Spain) set to present their innovative solutions.
Stockholm will discuss its night-time deliveries using silent vehicles and Madrid will reveal its fully electric municipal delivery truck and the scheme that sits behind it.
When It’s One Disaster on Top of Another
While the pandemic continues to rage, hurricane season is looming. Emergency managers need to be ready not only for threats to life and property but also for new and complex financial challenges.
For state and local government's emergency managers, it has all the makings of the perfect storm: Just as they continue to face unprecedented challenges in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, hurricane season has begun. And the challenges will be fiscal as well as to life and property: Stimulus measures, while providing a badly needed influx of funds from multiple federal sources, have formed an uncertain regulatory environment and created increased risk of fraud, waste and abuse.
ITS and Bicycle: Corona-proof Cycling
As a result of the Corona crisis, The Netherlands are now living in a 1.5-metre society. Now that an increasing number of activities outside the home are allowed to take place, individual mobility will slowly increase again. In the immediate future, this will mainly be done by car and bicycle, as the capacity of public transport remains limited for the time being. At the same time, more activities are making a greater claim of public space.
Public Health and Sustainable Transport Summit
Please note that this event was originally to take place on 27 March 2020 and has been postponed due to medical guidance. The event has been scheduled to take place on 04 September 2020. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.
The Public Health & Sustainable Transport Summit brings together central and local government decision-makers to focus on best practice between the public health, transport planning and urban development sectors.
5th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities Online
A smart city can be defined as a city overlaid by a digital skin, which is used not only for storing city information but overall for its governance. The 5th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities will present novel research concerning the use of information and communication technologies in Smart Cities, and will also provide a forum for senior researchers, students, developers, practitioners and citizens to establish collaborations on new research projects in this domain. A smart city cannot be defined without a better involvement and connection of its citizens (smart people).
The 5th International Conference will be held virtually in Nice, France as a collaboration among the Urban Data Management Society (UDMS), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), the Mediterranean Institute for Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development (IMREDD) of Université Côte d’Azur and the UMR 7300 ESPACE Laboratory of Geography and Urban Planing at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
How to Design a Post-Pandemic City
Architects and public health experts in Baltimore have released a guidebook of 10 concepts that reimagine urban living for an era defined by social distancing.
The coronavirus recovery in America’s cities is going to require more than just al fresco dining. As the current resurgence of Covid-19 in several states shows, there’s a broad need to reimagine public space and devise socially distanced ways to navigate the urban landscape over a longer term. In the pandemic’s early days, scores of cities closed streets to vehicle traffic to make room for pedestrians and allow restaurants to claim more sidewalk space. Now that the perils of reopening indoor activities are becoming tragically clear, outdoor space will need to work even harder — hosting stores, performances, and all manner of public services.
Urban commons and empowered cities
This time we take a look at the democratic potential of the urban commons. The commons are those resources we all share and use like water, energy, food or public space. I’ve talked to someone who deals with this in her everyday work: I’ve interviewed Nathalie de Loon who is the commons coordinator at the city council of Amsterdam.
This Spring, Amsterdam made the news as the city council officially adopted the famous “doughnut model” by Kate Rayworth. Amsterdam is the first city in the world to make such a commitment. Nathalie tells us what the doughnut means for people in Amsterdam and for energy democracy in particular. Her job mission focuses very much on stimulating the “do democracy”. Nathalie gives insights into her work around the commons and takes us to a few heat and solar cooperatives of her city.
JUST LAUNCHED: Reuters Events Mobility
Executive Leaders - Virtual Conference
Reuters Events has today launched Mobility: Executive Leaders (Oct 22-23), a free to attend virtual conference, which will set the mobility agenda for the next decade of innovation and action.
Over two days of live broadcast, Mobility: Executive Leaders will convene leading city, transit and governmental representatives with the C-Suite from largest global technology, infrastructure, automaker and mobility companies. They will join together to discuss and identify the P3s, business models, testing and regulatory requirements to deliver sustainable, equitable and carbon neutral mobility solutions.
Greening our cities with district energy!
Online final event of the HeatNet NWE project, with the participation of the EU-funded projects D2Grids, LIFE4HeatRecovery, Hotmaps, REWARDHeat, COOL DHandTempo
Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) systems run at low temperature, allowing less heat loss through pipes, and the use of local heat sources. This means less CO2emissions and the development of greener local economy. Despite these advantages, the use of district energy remains low across European countries, especially in the North-West area. However, cities in collaboration with citizens, policy makers and companies can meet the challenge and overcome the policy and organizational barriers to the rolloutof this innovative technology.
Future-Proof the Citizen Experience
Unemployment claims and pandemic-related concerns pushed federal, state and local government agencies to a breaking point. So how can citizen experience leaders address top contact center priorities facing government agencies?
Overview: AI in public services in the EU
The present study is addressing the role of AI in the public sector and providing an overview and analysis of the use and impact of AI in Public Services. The main goal of the authors is to gather information on EU Member States’ initiatives on the use of AI in public services and develop a methodology to identify risks, opportunities, drivers and barriers.
This report is published in the context of AI Watch, the European Commission knowledge service to monitor the development, uptake and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Europe, launched in December 2018.
Registration open for Urban Mobility Days 2020
Register now for the European Commission’s first large-scale digital urban mobility conference! Join the free Urban Mobility Days from 29 September to 2 October 2020, to see clean and sustainable transport placed in the limelight like no event before.
AIJA seminar on smart cities postponed to 2021
This event is now postponed to 2021. The new dates have not been selected yet. To stay up to date with our event, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Designing a mobility strategy for energy
What’s the first thing you do when developing a mobility plan for a city? You look at a map. Lots of maps, ideally. You look at the departure points, destination points, flows, bottlenecks, projections for the future and try to come up with a way to smooth everything out as much as possible, as quickly as possible and for as little investment as possible.
The same is true for energy – in this case – heating and cooling.
When we talk about ‘How to design smart sector integration’ what we are really trying to do is come up with a mobility plan for energy.
2030 Retrospective on Urban Mobility After COVID-19
COVID-19 is a radical moment in so many ways. By disrupting urban systems so profoundly, it has thrust the question of urban futures before us in a way that we cannot ignore. Will cities recover? What will they look like? Will they be more inclusive? Will private cars reduce or expand their dominance over public streets and spaces?
History is being made and many paradigms are being challenged. What path we will take from here is less clear.
This is a vision of how mobility might change in developing cities. It is only a dream now – and certainly it will not be a reality everywhere – but let us imagine what thinking back to this moment in 2030 could be like.
Security, Democracy and Cities postponed to 2021
Due to the evolution of the sanitary crisis and in a context where the ability to travel is still uncertain, we have decided to postpone our international “Security, Democracy & Cities” conference, initially supposed to take place on November 25, 26 and 27 this year. In order to welcome you in the best conditions, ensure a full European participation and to guarantee the international dimension of this gathering, we invite you to join us in spring 2021. The exact dates will be communicated shortly.
VREF Conference on Urban Freight 2020 posponed to 2021
The 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight will present current issues influencing urban freight research and discuss the complexity of designing urban space and managing flows for liveable cities.
Please note the new date 23-25 March 2021
How cities are seizing the moment to focus on climate and equity
Around the globe, in spheres of government, business, and civil society, a burgeoning consensus affirms that societal recovery from impacts of the coronavirus must occur in ways that are pro-environment and pro-equity.
A newly released report from the C40 Cities network aims to point out specific examples of this kind of recovery taking place, encouraging mayors to learn from each other as they implement policies that address residents’ short- and long-term needs while the pandemic continues. The group says solutions are available that also address two of humanity’s older, but no less urgent, crises: those of climate change, and of people’s inequitable access to the resources needed for a decent standard of life. Cities are a natural place to focus efforts, because they are home to more than half the world’s population, 90% of reported coronavirus cases, and “are where the future happens first,” according to the report.
The Case for Higher Ground
Denial is not a resilience strategy. But when it comes to managing change — and especially climate change — we’re more likely to stick our heads in the proverbial sand, maintaining and protecting the status quo, than acknowledging and planning for the inevitable rising tides. That, too, needs to change. Along with carbon mitigation plans and investments in adaptation, cities must also address the fact that attempting to preserve their urban fabric as-is may inherently lead to increased risk over time and the possibility of catastrophic loss in the future. What if these communities begin a shift toward higher ground instead?
Announcing the ICLEI World Congress 2021!
ICLEI World Congress 2021 will take place from 14-17 April 2021 in Malmö, Sweden. Hundreds of local, regional and national governments, international agencies, representatives of the private sector, academics and researchers, community groups and other partners from around the world will come together to steer the global sustainable development agenda by enhancing action taken in urban areas worldwide.
Smart City Live 2020
Since the global pandemic is still impacting our daily lives, the Smart City Expo team and Fira de Barcelona are finding a new way to reconnect all the industry actors and rebuild ecosystems to accelerate a much-needed recovery. This year SCEWC is transforming into an online event: Smart City Live, a one-shot, innovative edition happening digitally on November 17 – 18, 2020, that will maintain the event quality and international scope that we are known for while putting our participants’ safety first.
How to Rebuild Cities for Caregiving
Decades after critiques on how cities fail caregivers, the same problems remain. The new book “Feminist City” calls for reimagining urban infrastructure.
Architects are redesigning cities to help with social distancing
Architects are proposing ways to incorporate social distancing into urban planning.
Strengthening local services to cut back on travel would reduce the spread of infectious disease, such as COVID-19.
In their plans, cities are also aiming to become cleaner, greener and healthier.
Webinar: Greening our cities with district energy
This webinar will take place from 09:00 until 12:15.
It will be organised by HeatNet NWE.
Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) systems run at low temperature, allowing less heat loss through pipes, and the use of local heat sources. This means less CO2 emissions and the development of greener local economy.
Celebrate World Metropolitan Day 2020
How to celebrate World Metropolitan Day 2020?
Organise a virtual event to foster debate about your metropolis! The campaign coordination team will provide you with remote guidance for the preparation and promotion of your event.
Europeans want to keep their cities car-free
People across Europe have been getting used to cleaner air and they want it to stay this way.
YouGov recently conducted a survey about air pollution in 21 cities across 6 European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Belgium. Of the 7,545 respondents, 64% agreed that they do not want to go back to pre-pandemic air pollution levels, although this did vary significantly by country with 78% of Italian respondents agreeing whilst only 52% of German respondents agreed to the statement. This could be due to the effectiveness of quarantine measures that were implemented in Germany.
The Route to Infrastructure that Benefits Communities
States and localities will need the full range of tools to recover economically. That calls for federal policies that tap infrastructure-building's power to boost local jobs and small-business growth.
As coronavirus infection rates continue to spike across the country, we are still struggling to grasp the impact that COVID-19 will have on all facets of our economy. Exactly what kinds of federal help local governments and states will need most when work starts up again is hard to forecast. Stimulus spending will be essential, and whatever the mix of recovery programs, it's critical that infrastructure — with its high job-creation rates, competitive wages and opportunities for workers with less formal education — play a major role.
Mannheim2020: Re-designed for a digital context
Mannheim2020 has undergone exciting changes. These past weeks, we have been busy moving Mannheim2020 online.
Explore the updated programme now
Our new and improved programme takes advantage of the increased interconnectivity and flexibility of going digital – without compromising on the core goals of the conference. Engaging discussions and networking opportunities retain prominent roles
in Mannheim2020, alongside an inspiring line-up of speakers.
Nordic Smart Cities 2020 is moving online
The past few months have seen an unprecedented situation take place across the globe - one that has changed society as we know it and put pressure on healthcare and social systems in many countries.
In light of this Nordic Smart Cities will take place virtually - you will not miss out on any of the great speakers that we have lined up - in fact there will be more content added in the coming weeks. The event will bring you interactive panel discussions, a virtual exhibition (where you can check out the very latest technological developments), one 2 one networking and our engaging “sofa social” roundtable discussions.
Pandemic Travel Patterns Hint at Our Urban Future
A snapshot of global transportation data during six months of coronavirus reveals diverging paths for cities.
From skies to streets to subways, the coronavirus pandemic has brought dramatic and unequal changes to the ways that global societies move. Travel demand plummeted as stay-at-home orders and economic shutdowns swept the world, creating conditions that varied by geography, job status, income, race, and other factors.
These patterns reveal the deep socioeconomic inequalities built into the world’s cities, which have profoundly affected the pandemic’s uneven death toll to date. Now travel is bouncing back, even as coronavirus continues to claim lives and with further outbreaks likely to come. The lessons of the great transportation freeze of 2020 could guide future policies as many cities reopen and attempt to build a healthier future.
Vienna launches a network of 'Cool Streets'
Over the past several months, Austria has recorded its highest unemployment rate since World War II, thanks to the economic aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. With no job or a suddenly smaller income – not to mention the continued threat of the virus – many Viennese will opt for a staycation this summer.
At the same time, last year, Austria’s capital experienced 39 days with temperatures of over 30°C (86°F), one of its hottest summers in history according to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics.
Climate experts expect a similarly sizzling 2020 season, and city officials are now doubling down on efforts to combat the heat by launching a “Cool Streets” initiative as well as a new, state-of-the-art cooling park.
Green Cities Conference on-line only
It was hard decision for us. The best way to share knowledge and experiences is to directly meet each other and to spend good time talking. Also it’s important to establish new contacts and relationship. However, considering the present situation and some messages, which we received, we decided that on-line conference will be the best option for now. We strongly believe that next, 5th Green Cities Conference in 2022, will be organized like in the past.
Due to that this year Conference is free of charge, we will not cover any publication costs in journals. The costs will be covered by authors according to journals’ rules and expectations.
Rethinking City Branding in times of the Covid19
In this global emergency environment, the management of the image and reputation of cities is a key factor for economic and social recovery, guided by a new model of safer, healthier, more environmentally sustainable and more socially just economic development.
For this reason, the Barcelona City Council and UPF Barcelona School of Management are organising the webinar 'Rethinking City Branding in times of the Covid19, roadmaps to social and economic recovery' on Tuesday 21 July 2020 from 9:30 to 13:50 CEST.
Will COVID-19 usher in a new culture of outdoor living and dining?
Cities around the globe are allowing restaurants and cafes to expand into public spaces to enable safe dining after COVID-19 lockdown.
It could usher in a new era of socializing outdoors.
Streets are also being widened and given over to cyclists, which could also mean greener, cleaner city centres.
The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius has become the poster child for how cities can embrace outdoor living and socializing as they come out of COVID-19 lockdown.
Testing the Resilient City
New edition of Thinking Cities puts spotlight on COVID
It was once said that a crisis should never be wasted. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest humanitarian crisis that the vast majority of us have ever encountered, and while several nations are still in its grip, others are starting to ease their way out of lockdown and attempting to regain at least some semblance of normality. But for urban mobility, creating a new normality is one of the most pressing issues facing cities and regions across the world.
Mark your calendar: Daring Cities Online
7 - 28 October 2020 In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are transforming Daring Cities 2020 into a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Daring Cities 2020 will run from 7-28 October 2020, offering an online array of high level and visionary speaking sessions and a series of informative workshops. We are developing an exciting sustainable mobility track at the forum. Stay tuned!
MOBILIZE Virtual 2020
26, 28, 30 October 2020 Online MOBILIZE will be going virtual this year, convening up to 500 sustainable transport experts. The theme, Building Collective Action for the Next Decade, will underscore the plenaries, breakouts, and workshops, with the goal of each of us committing to taking action.
The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest
A week ago, on Wednesday night, the third night of a citywide curfew in New York, police officers were seen confiscating bicycles. Posts on social media described N.Y.P.D. officers violently seizing bikes from peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who were continuing to march in defiance of the 8 p.m.. lockdown. In one widely shared video clip, a jittery camera captured a cop wheeling an apparently commandeered bike; a woman can be heard screaming at police, asking why bikes are being taken, and how protesters are supposed to travel home. Another piece of viral footage, retweeted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, shows three policemen clubbing a cyclist with batons on a Manhattan street. It’s unclear whether the man was arrested, or what became of his bicycle.
How micromobility can support a green economic recovery
Maurice Henderson, Director of Government Partnerships at micromobility firm Bird, explains how micromobility operators can help cities keep moving during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and why these services are key to the coming environmentally-friendly economic recovery.
Abstracts Due 8 July for CTBUH Live-Streaming, Three-City Conference
On 17 November 2020, the Council will convene a global event on the theme of The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. Across three global cities—Singapore, London, and Chicago—and streaming worldwide, over the course of 24 hours, the Conference will bring the most inspiring thoughts and profound visions to attendees. Submit an abstract to be considered for a speaking role in one of the three cities, or in a virtual capacity. CTBUH Members of all disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract, which must relate directly to the conference theme. The deadline to submit a proposal is 8 July. Competition will be high, so be sure to submit your abstract today to be considered for a speaking role.
Save the date: Global Public Transport Summit 2021
With a proud history spanning 135 years, The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s major platform for public transport professionals. The next UITP Summit is coming to Melbourne, Australia from 6-9 June 2021, bringing together the greatest minds in mobility to champion a more sustainable future. As we look ahead to the next edition of our Summit, UITP has been addressing the developments the public transport sector has faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
How Cities Are Trying to Avert Gridlock
Officials are trying to prevent a return to urban gridlock and pollution as residents begin to travel again. As coronavirus lockdowns loosen around the world, city leaders are scrambling to address a new problem: the prospect of gridlock worse than before the pandemic. From Shenzhen to Milan to Austin, officials are trying to coax people back onto buses and subways and reclaim road space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Masks and AI: the new mobility reality
French authorities are using artificial intelligence to track face covering compliance In common with other countries, the French government has declared face masks as essential, and has made wearing them compulsory on public transport and in secondary schools. This mandate came on the heels of France opening up the economy after a lockdown that, according to French prime minister Edouard Philippe, likely saved more than 60,000 lives.
CTBUH Launches Live-Streamed, Three-City Conference
Recognizing the changed circumstances in which much of the world finds itself, the CTBUH Conference scheduled to take place in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur this October has been put back one year, thus rescheduled for fall 2021.
Instead, on 17 November 2020, the Council will convene a global event on the theme of The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. Across three global cities—Singapore, London, and Chicago—and streaming worldwide online, over the course of 24 hours, the Conference will bring the most inspiring thoughts and profound visions to attendees. Join us online or in one of the three local physical gatherings (COVID-19 guidelines allowing), and discover how cities can be more responsive and anticipatory, and less reactionary, in the face of what is certain to be even more rapid change and disruption than we have recently experienced.
EFUS Conference postponed to spring 2021
Given the evolution of the sanitary crisis and lingering uncertainties about travel restrictions, we have decided to postpone our “Security, Democracy & Cities” international conference, initially scheduled on 25, 26 and 27 November 2020. In
order to receive you in the best conditions and ensure seamless European and international attendance, we invite you to join us in the spring of 2021. We will inform you of the dates as soon as possible.
Cities Ponder Policy Changes to Reduce Traffic
A new examination of 100 U.S. metros during the nationwide stay-at-home orders shows that small changes to societal norms, like daily commutes, could have significant impacts for air quality.
3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
By 2030, more than 145 million people across the world will be impacted by flooding each year – many of whom live in coastal areas of the United States. Wildfires are growing rapidly in areas of the U.S. where they once were rare, burning more than twice as much land area per year from 2000-2018 than in the previous 15 years. The outbreak of disease, as evidenced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, is placing newfound shocks and stresses on U.S. cities. As unforeseen and dramatic events like these become more common, cities must increase their abilities to endure and respond to conditions that can turn communities upside down.
TOD Retrofitting Suburbia webinar
Webinar: July 9 - 1pm EDT
Learn important principles and best practices of regional planning and transforming existing suburban areas into great walkable, mixed-use places. A practical webinar for urban designers, planners, architects, developers, environmentalists, and
community leaders showing how to initiate the needed transformations of outdated suburban projects and car-dominated places into desirable, urban & sustainable places.
56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
'Post-Oil City: Planning for an Urban Green Deal'
Doha, Qatar, November 8-12, 2020
Looking at the calendar of similar planning events, we would not be alone with our initial common goal of organising the 56th World Planning Congress as planned.
However, we remain vigilant and aware of our responsibilities and are actively working with our local partner to monitor the situation closely and ensure that appropriate precautions are planned to protect the health of our participants and
that all necessary contingency plans are prepared and can be put in place if the situation after the summer holidays so requires.
Covid-19: a springboard for more food solidarity?
Cities have shown how agile they can be in addressing increased needs of their local population in terms of access to (healthy) food. As the economic crisis unfolds and hits the most vulnerable first, it is important to think about what cities can do to sustain and transfer such good practices and what support they need at national and European levels.
Uppsala Climate Protocol – an inclusive approach to climate neutrality
In the Covenant City of Uppsala, local government is working with public and private organisations to design climate goals and the way to reach them together. The Climate Protocol is an inclusive co-design model that has resulted in a concrete climate strategy.
The Climate Protocol is a group of organisations (private companies, universities, public authorities and civil associations) working with the local government to tackle climate change. It was launched in 2010, with 16 organisations signing up to contribute to the city’s goal of a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020. After 10 successful years of engagement, the membership and the goals have adjusted: the partnership now has 40 member organisations, and the city has updated its ambitions to achieve a fossil free and renewable Uppsala by 2030 and a climate positive Uppsala by 2050.
Further archived news available on request from: Kate More