30/10/2018 - International workshop "MY CITY, MY HOME, MY BUSINESS"
29/10/2018 - The Nature of Cities Summit 2019
23/10/2018 - How can the Smart City integrate with the Smart Home?
24/10/2018 - 6th Informed Cities Forum: Opening up the smart city
23/10/2018 - Biocities Forum: Forests transforming urban living
18/10/2018 - Welcome to the EU-EIP ITS Forum 2018
16/10/2018 - urbAIn - Artificial Intelligence and the City
15/10/2018 - Five Takeaways from YIMBYtown
12/10/2018 - International New Town Day 2018: Registration is open!
11/10/2018 - World Cities Day, 31 October 2018
10/10/2018 - 8th IRU International Taxi Forum
9/10/2018 - Workshop invitation: Electromobility in practice
4/10/2018 - Conference on the vitality of smaller cities in Europe
3/10/2018 - Second Mayors Summit announced
2/10/2018 - Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference & Expo
1/10/2018 - Who will you meet at Urban Transitions 2018?
Join us for the 4th international conference on nighttime economy, culture, urban development and health issues. Belgium has a very diverse and rich nightlife culture. It is famous for its world class festivals, its amazing club scene, and its wide variety of bars and restaurants. Brussels, being the home of many international organisations and EU institutions, is hosting an ever growing number of citizens and tourists. The City/Region is increasingly becoming cosmopolitan, and its nightlife is evolving accordingly.
Wednesday 9th October until Friday 11th October 2019
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this year's ETC, which resulted in a record-breaking number of attendees! Join our unique forum again next year to exchange ideas and information with multidisciplinary transport professionals from throughout Europe and beyond.
For news about ETC 2019 as it's released, check out the AET website or follow us on Twitter @EuTransportConf and use #etcdublin2019.
Deadly attacks by car and truck are on the rise, but cities often fail to respond in ways that protect the most vulnerable road users. Here’s how anti-terror infrastructure can ease walking, biking, and public transit use, not impede it.
How cities manage the sun and rain that fall on them has a huge impact on city resilience and health and quality of life. Some cities have established programs supporting adoption of cool roofs, solar PV or reflective pavements, while others promote expansion of green roofs and trees. But even in a city like Washington, D.C. – which is a national leader in urban sustainability, or in Philadelphia – which is a leader in water management, adoption of these measures is fragmented and limited.
The conference will address the new international strategies and programs for housing policies and land management in the view of the international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.
During this side event we will present the publication of the Metropolis Observatory "Finance: the backbone of metropolitan governance". Its author Prof. Ms. Enid Slack (University of Toronto), will analyse the current situation of metropolitan finances, its main challenges and the proposals for action that are presented in the publication.
The second part will consist of a round table to analyze, discuss and reflect on metropolitan finance through metropolitan experiences and experts from academia and institutions.
Games offer unique opportunities for engaging stakeholders in contemporary cities says Ileana Toscano. While European cities face challenges of ageing, climate change and social exclusion, we need to find enjoyable ways to co–create solutions. The URBACT Playful Paradigm transfer network is based on the use of “games” for promoting social inclusion, healthy lifestyles and energy awareness, place-making and economic prosperity.
Everyone who is somehow involved in city development knows about the wicked issues that emerge from strategic decision making in this context. In a changing, interconnected and hyper-complex environment urban practitioners and strategists often encounter dilemmas (or even tri-lemmas). In its simple definition, a dilemma means having to decide between two or more alternatives that seem equally desirable or undesirable. However, dilemmas may also mean difficult situations where the path taken is not clearly beneficent and the need to compromise continuously appears. In other words, typical implementation, transition, and innovation situations.
Join us for the first ever gathering of The Nature of Cities community: the TNOC Summit, 4-7 June 2019 in Paris, France.
A first-ever gathering of The Nature of Cities community where thought leaders from communities of practice, policy, and academia come together to discuss the nature of cities. The TNOC Summit will be a gathering unlike any before in its commitment to convening diverse voices and actors in support of propelling a movement for collaborative green cities.
Part of being a smart city is not just building anew, but maximizing the value of existing infrastructure. An emerging method of accopmlishing this is retrofitting existing fixtures to enable them to provide public services. On Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, representatives from Meeting of the Minds, Intel and Civiq will discuss this new platform over a webinar.
This call invites a total 18 follower towns, cities or regions that are in the process of either developing a SUMP or low-carbon mobility plan or is in the process of implementing a pilot measure for low-carbon mobility within its functional urban area in the Interreg Central Europe CE region.
Smart City initiatives are usually associated with major cities, like Barcelona, Amsterdam or London, or with burgeoning Asiatic metropolises eager to relieve the problems caused by rapid urbanization. However, there is no reason why smaller cities cannot be smart too. But being a smaller city comes with a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages when it comes to applying smart city initiatives and solutions.
The Smart Home market is set to increase at an unprecedented rate over the next few years*. Individuals are now comfortable controlling and monitoring their heating, security, lighting and water via a smartphone and new Smart Home products are released daily. Smart City Providers must look for ways to leverage the overlap between Smart Home and the Smart City technologies and work to bring together these traditionally separate markets.
The companies, products and services leading the way in home technology are coming together at the Smart Home Summit, November 6-7 in San Francisco.
MOVE will bring together disruptors, their technology and their attitude with stakeholders across all modes and disciplines: to dialogue, to create insight and to promote collaboration. We guarantee to be more expansive and multi-disciplined than any other event on the planet. New thinking and new action is required now because existing transportation paradigms are broken beyond repair and are often the cause of the problem, not the solution.
JPI Urban Europe together with the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and the Trans-Urban-EU-China project recently held a workshop to discuss urban actors in Chinese context and future possibilities for Chinese Urban Living Labs.
With the first pilot projects of the joint JPI Urban Europe and National Natural Science Foundation of China Call about to be granted within the next months, it was time to learn from cases in Europe and China. The ambition was to create a common understanding of Urban Living Labs as a method and of its benefits in different contexts.
The Urban Idea has released a new video that explores how Kaohsiung employed an ecomobile approach within a neighborhood and took a bold step to create a forward-thinking urban transportation culture.
The Informed Cities initiative invites you to join more than 100 urban changemakers from across Europe in Vienna for the 6th edition of the Informed Cities Forum. The event will gather a mix of urban innovators and activists, local government representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs, experts and policy specialists, allowing for a rich learning experience and exciting debates.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions don’t come easy. That’s why hard-fought progress on urban energy transitions must be celebrated. Thanks to a new report, we now know that a group of 27 cities in C40’s climate network have made significant strides forward.
The report shows that these cities have seen both peak GHGs and at least a ten per cent decline in carbon pollution over the past five years. Supporting the shift are a range of measures, from more efficient buildings to decentralized energy to sustainable mobility.
JPI Urban Europe launches new project videos offering a unique insight into projects! Each project video consist of four short films where the respective project managers provide a unique insight into the key aspects of their project. First out is the Cities of Making project which is exploring the capacity and place of urban manufacturing in 21st century European cities. The video ‘Introduction to the Cities of Making project’ is part one out of four for this project video sequence. Accordingly, the three following videos that zoom in on the Project, the Approach and the Objectives of Cities of Making, will be uploaded in the coming weeks, sign up to our YouTube channel to see upcoming episodes!
Last week, TransLink, Metro Vancouver's transit operator, made waves. Its board voted to accept a strategy to move the organization to 100 per cent renewable energy, including its fleet (from buses to rapid transit to passenger ferries to service vehicles) and all buildings and facilities.
Currently, about one-quarter of TransLink's transit fleet runs on renewable power. The plan includes a shift to battery-electric buses and other renewable fuels for vehicles, as well as aggressive building energy measures. What's more, TransLink's shift is built on a solid economic case and the organization sees cost savings in its future.
Join us in the Biocities Forum: Forests transforming urban living on 14 November 2018 in Barcelona, Spain!
The Biocities Forum will facilitate international science-policy-business dialogue on the potential of forests and circular bioeconomy solutions to build sustainable and resilient cities.
The OPEN CITY FORUM critically examines the principles of openness and how they can be translated into urban space and practice. The public event connects researchers, academics, professionals, experts as well as decision makers of municipalities and the civil society. We seek to explore innovative methods and tools, integrating existing disciplinary concepts and theoretical approaches of openness towards new perspectives and instruments for the sustainable transformation and development of urban areas.
Renewable Strategies for Cities and Regions
Urban Energy Transition, second edition, is the definitive science and practice based compendium of energy transformations in the global urban system.
This volume is a timely and rich resource for all, as citizens, companies and their communities, from remote villages to megacities and metropolitan regions, rapidly move away from fossil fuel and nuclear power, to renewable energy as civic infrastructure investment, source of revenue and prosperity, and existential resilience strategy.
When the Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon was interviewed at the World Cities Summit in July after the city scooped up the 2018 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, he spoke as the city’s longest-serving mayor in his third term.
“A pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly city is the most important part of our direction,” said the former human rights lawyer, longtime civic activist and founder of the nonprofit watchdog People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy.
“It’s very good for the health of citizens, because they are working there on an everyday basis. We are trying to change it in many ways, especially transforming the car lanes into pedestrian friendly lanes or bike lanes,” he said.
Interested in sharing experiences, exchanging knowledge and best practices among European colleagues? Want to be well prepared for the changes heading towards us? Eager to contribute in shaping the future of road traffic management? Then come and join the ITS Forum 2018 in Utrecht on 14 and 15 November. In Utrecht high level policy-makers and leading industry experts will share their ideas on strategy, policy making, trends and developments and ways on how to apply new technology in the world of traffic management.
Just last year, the EU developed 20 principles to advance the social rights of citizens: the European Pillar of Social Rights. As a major employer, and as a provider of social services, local governments are at the heart of this issue. On 11 October in Brussels, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, representatives from local and regional governments, trade unions and the European Commission came together to discuss Europe’s social future and its many intricate aspects.
Two rival pundits face off over federal funding, the transit “death spiral,” and where all the riders have gone.
Randal O’Toole, the well-known anti-transit gadfly, recently joined transportation consultant Jarrett Walker in Washington, D.C., for a debate about the future of public transit. The rival pundits have sparred about public transportation many times on their Antiplanner and Human Transit blogs, but this was the first time they’d ever met; they even ate breakfast together at the Lincoln Waffle Shop across from Ford’s Theatre.
From the crowded markets of Dakar and Karachi to the informal settlements of Addis Ababa and Rio de Janeiro, urban technology seems to be thriving everywhere. Whether used for hitching a ride and navigating grinding traffic or buying coffee and finding a date, smartphones and apps are ubiquitous. To many people living in the world's low and medium-income metropolises, tech companies like Waze, Uber and their local equivalents seem entirely native.
URBACT City Festival 2018 took place in Lisbon on 13 and 14 September 2018. It was attended by 573 participants, coming from 224 cities and 32 countries. The Festival provided the opportunity to discover and appropriate the results of 20 Action Planning Networks, presented in various formats, including walkshops, workshops, policy labs and marketplace, to celebrate URBACT 15th Birthday and to discover Lisbon’s local urban planning activists and artistic scenes.
On 29 and 30 November 2018, Lisbon will host an international event that will offer two high-level panel debates, workshops, study visits, mutual learning experiences, beside enjoying the beauty of the Portuguese city. The focus of the event will be on the European Pillar of social rights and on the Sustainable development goals. It will not consist only of a mere debate, but it will represent the occasion to reaffirm the political and civic committment to concretly implement the Social Pillar and the SDGs, in order to actively make an impact on citizens' lives.
Given the increasingly widespread use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the public sphere, notably in the areas of safety and security, and in order to help member local authorities fully harness their potential, Efus has set up a new working group on “Innovation and Security” open to all members but also to external partners such as universities, civil society organisations and private sector representatives, notably social media companies, startups, and other technology industries.
On 17 September 2018, the new H2020 Park4SUMP project kicked off in Umeå, (Sweden), two days before the 2018 CIVITAS forum. The project aims to integrate high quality parking management into Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) policies.
Despite good parking management has proven to be beneficial in delivering sustainable urban mobility in our cities, it is still one of the most underdeveloped sections within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) policies. The Horizon 2020 project Park4SUMP aims to reverse this status by considering parking management as part of a wider strategy that can benefit urban mobility but also the overall quality of life of our cities. In fact, good parking management can help freeing up public space, supporting local businesses, reducing search travel, generating revenues, and making our cities more attractive.
urbAIn is a series of unique, one-day events gathering 100-150 city leaders and innovators to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can and will transform our cities. Our next urbAIn event will take place in Toronto on January 15, 2019.Tech companies big and small are coming up with new AI-based solutions that could transform urban life in all aspects: mobility, health, civic engagement, placemaking and energy management, among others.
The magnetism of Europe’s capital cities is getting ever stronger, sucking in more wealth and young people, and further widening the gulf between the continent’s metropolitan centers and their hinterlands. Such is the somewhat alarming picture presented by the new regional yearbook from Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistical office, which reveals a continent that’s continuing to polarize.
In an ambitious regional climate action plan, 13 South-East Flemish municipalities set themselves a common target of 40% CO2 emission reduction by 2030.
On 26 September, the 13 mayors and aldermen underlined the necessity for Flemish municipalities to set the example by making their own buildings, vehicle fleet and public lighting more sustainable. This needs to be reflected in the areas of housing, spatial planning, energy, mobility, production and consumption. The mayors agreed to achieve 40% less CO2 emissions by 2030 and make the region resilient to climate change.
An Urbanist Movement on the Rise
Virtually everyone I spoke to at last week’s YIMBYtown 2018 conference in Boston left invigorated, encouraged, and ready to work even harder. Huge credit goes to the local Boston-area folks who put on the conference, many of which were affiliated with A Better Cambridge.
Here’s what I see as the five big takeaways from the event.
Polis organised a meeting on parking innovation on 13 September 2018 in Prague, in partnership with the European Parking Association (EPA) and the Czech Parking Association. Polis members Prague, Lille, La Rochelle and Sofia presented their latest innovations in parking.
Historically, cities have been powerful out of randomness not the slick and clean that the digital revolution forwards, said ITF's Philippe Crist in his opening keynote. Creativity is different from developments that impact our cities, such as the artificial intelligence, which will bring anticipating of our behavior.
Artistic projects in Dutch cities aim to highlight the scourge of urban waste and transform it into something useful.
As the celebrations of the 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation approach (next December 6-8), one of the last steps towards the selection of the winners took place last September 12 during the 7th UCLG ASPAC Congress in Surabaya: the disclosure of the award’s shortlisted projects, from 15 local governments: eThekwini/Durban, Guadalajara, Kazan, Mezitli, Milan, New York, Repentigny, Salvador, Santa Ana, Santa Fe, Surabaya, Sydney, Utrecht, Wuhan and Yiwu. Promoting citizen engagement to deal with issues that vary from water and waste management to social cohesion and metropolitan governance, all shortlisted projects are closely linked to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The registration for the third edition of the International New Town Day on November 15th has opened.
This one-day conference themed New Town Boom Town offers a platform to share ideas for the improvement of New Towns with a wide range of urban professionals from Europe and beyond. Subjects are ranging from urbanisation in Africa, architectural heritage from the 1970s, Urban Labs and the next phase of development of New Towns in the Netherlands.
Contemporary metropolises have become complex, autonomous and diverse entities, in which the needs and interests of citizens are manifested. European major cities and metropolitan areas need to build alliances and actively defend their interests together, if they want to have a real role in our current complex governance structures.
For many families, the Ciclovía is often one of the very best things about living in Bogotá. And kids start very young.
It’s a misty Sunday morning and the Septima, a choking six-lane thoroughfare usually packed with smoky buses, cars, and yellow taxis, is quiet. There is movement here, but with half the road closed to motorized traffic, hardly any cars.
?As American cities grow denser and climate-change effects intensify, cities are rethinking their alleyways, especially to mitigate flooding and create heat-reducing green space.
On the occasion of World Cities Day under the theme “building sustainable and resilient cities”, UNESCO organizes a series of events to celebrate the key role of cities in promoting social inclusion and diversity. The European forum for urban security associates with this day by co-organizing a round table : “urban dialogues”.
“TUCTE 18: Towards user-centric transport in Europe - enabling seameless and sustainable mobility for all” is the final public event of the Mobility4EU CSA H2020 project and it will take place in Blue Point venues in Brussels.
Started in 2016, Mobility4EU (H2020 CSA) established a Vision and an Action plan for the future of transport in Europe in 2030, based on the identification and assessment of societal challenges that will influence future transport demand. In 2017 the initiative for building the European Transport and Mobility Forum has been launched to put in action user-centric approaches, cross-modal cooperation and projects joining transport of passenger and freight.
More than half the world’s population already lives in urban centers, and in two decades that number will be more than 60 percent. By 2039, our world will be home to at least 43 megacities—urban areas with more than 10 million inhabitants. How will the cities of the future deal with such an influx of people? With good design, of course. Architects, engineers, and urban planners of today are already thinking about the cities of tomorrow. First and foremost, most seem to agree, our future cities must be places designed for people—not vehicles, buildings, and businesses. Creating vibrant communities, connections, and relevance between people and place is paramount.
We’ve all been there. You want a short cut – to the bus stop, office or corner shop – but there’s no designated path. Others before you have already flattened the grass, or cut a line through a hedge. Why not, you think.
So goes the logic of “desire paths” – described by Robert Macfarlane as “paths & tracks made over time by the wishes & feet of walkers, especially those paths that run contrary to design or planning”; he calls them “free-will ways”. The New Yorker offers other names: “cow paths, pirate paths, social trails, kemonomichi (beast trails), chemins de l’âne (donkey paths), and Olifantenpad (elephant trails)”. JM Barrie described them as “Paths that have Made Themselves”.
The International Road Transport Union organize a forum on structural changes in taxi services. The event will take place in Cologne on the 2nd November 2018 within the framework of the European Taxi Fair. Registration is open here.
The forum will last from 09:30 - 14:00 and it will see the participation of more than 300 leading taxi and app businesses, trade associations, European and local decision-makers, researchers and media.
At the 2018 International Green Building Conference, experts spoke about the changing face of the workplace and how human health and wellness are driving innovation in construction and building management.
Working in a sustainable building is good for people’s health and well-being, according to a growing body of research on the impacts of green buildings on occupants’ health and productivity.
Growing numbers of city residents put pressure on energy and water resources, transport networks, environment, national healthcare budgets as well as many more aspects of the city.
Thankfully, some of the most important problems faced by cities around the world can be solved or reduced by Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled solutions.
EUROCITIES members Hamburg, Liverpool, and Ljubljana have been announced among the names of the world’s first Global Active Cities.
The cities have been selected for their dedication for implementing models designed to encourage people to take up more active and healthy lifestyles.
The European INTERREG projects CleanMobilEnergy (CME) and SEEV4-City join forces to organise the "Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences & lessons learnt" Workshop in Paris on 17 October 2018. The meeting is organised back-to-back with AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit.
Finalists for the fourth Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation have been revealed.
The Guangzhou Award shortlist, announced at the workshop on Urban Innovation for the Local Implementation of Global Agendas in Indonesia, showcases 15 cities that stand to win awards for innovation after applications ended in August earlier this year. Initiatives under consideration include efforts to further city-to-city learning in service, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the New Urban Agenda.
In a series of announcements from Uber and Lyft this week, the ride-hailing rivals are doubling down on their fight against private cars—and making some big claims about their eco-friendly bona fides.
Uber announced a $10 million commitment over the the next three years to sustainable transportation, including a $250,000 donation to the nonprofit SharedStreets, which uses an open-data platform to help cities better map their streets, aiding in transit planning. Another chunk of that money will go toward their ongoing campaign to press New York City lawmakers to impose congestion pricing policies on Uber’s biggest market, and beyond.
Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish.
Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report, which calculated that a third of the world's waste is instead dumped openly, with no treatment.
Join us for a one-day conference highlighting the importance of sustaining smaller cities despite the attractiveness of large cities.
The event will be a great opportunity to bring together smaller cities in Europe to share ideas on how to improve their vitality. The conference proposes inspiring talks, good practices presentations and panel discussions with carefully selected experts and cities, around 3 main topics:
developing new local retail propositions
engaging the community in placemaking
enhancing the local agricultural production.
The 2018 edition of the conference will explore how digital tools and platforms are transforming how we govern our cities. Building on the work of the smarticipate project and the City of Vienna's inclusive smart city approach, the programme will critically examine this transformation from the perspective of different stakeholders.
Cities are developing their own solutions to help fast-growing migrant and refugee populations in urban areas. Cities expert Robert Muggah describes the swell of initiatives by urban leaders and what it will take to overcome the barriers ahead.
The global protest movement to tear down urban memorials that reinforce racism is rewriting the very story of our cities. Should any monument be safe?
Cape Town was the first. In March 2015, a student named Chumani Maxwele brought a bucket filled with shit to the University of Cape Town, where there stood a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the British diamond magnate, colonial politician and avowed white supremacist. “There is no collective history here – where are our heroes and ancestors?” Maxwele announced. He splashed the contents of the bucket over the monument.
Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement.
The second Mayors Summit will bring together local, national and European leaders to discuss the role of cities in the future of Europe, with a special focus on citizen engagement and young people. Also on the agenda for discussion will be the 2019 European Parliament elections, which will take place two months after the event.
The city of Graz, Austria, has been revealed as the host of the CIVITAS Forum Conference in 2019, which is set to take place from 2 - 4 October 2019.
The announcement was made on Friday 21 September by Dejan Crnek , newly elected Chair of the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee, in the closing plenary session of the CIVITAS Forum 2018.
The choice of Graz as the Forum's location for 2019 marks something of a homecoming - the first one took place there in 2003.
Graz is Austria's second largest city and has a track record both as a CIVITAS member and for embedding sustainable ideas into its urban development strategies and transport systems.
The ascent of cities is real, though things may not be as rosy as some suggest.
Everybody who watched it remembers what Ronald Reagan did to Jimmy Carter in the closing moments of their 1980 presidential debate. Reagan stared straight into the camera and asked the voters a simple question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Enough of them answered in the negative to give the challenger Reagan a decisive victory over the incumbent Carter at the polls that November.
Bold action on climate change could deliver $26 trillion in cumulative economic benefits by 2030, according to a new report by the New Climate Economy (NCE). Without immediate action to cut emissions, the costs of “runaway” climate change will be severe: heat waves, flooding, storms, food scarcity and sea level rise.
Cities have been warned: they will need to peak their emissions as soon as 2020 and reach net zero emissions by mid-century to avoid a global temperature increase of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The cities of tomorrow can be places where people enjoy healthy, active, productive lives. They can be engines of economic growth, generating opportunity and wealth for the whole country. And they can play a critical role in avoiding dangerous levels of climate change – if governments act now to promote more compact urban growth.
Join us for the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo, co-located with the Defense TechConnect Fall Conference and SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit. Three extraordinary programs all accelerating innovative solutions for city, security, and society.
Before long, your local council’s highways department may need to be joined by a skyways department. That’s what NESTA has found over the past year, as we’ve looked at the future of drones in the UK.
In the space of a few years, drones have gone from being either a low-tech novelty toy, or a high-tech and high-cost tool out of the reach of anyone aside from the military. But as their price has tumbled, their use has soared and their technology has matured. They are now routinely used on building sites and to monitor vital infrastructure like railway tracks, taking workers out of harm’s way. And in emergencies, police and fire services use them to gather the real-time information they need to save lives.
Much more than a “city of lights,” Paris is known as city of parks. Lovely gardens and vast parks already existed in Paris even during the Roman times and the Middle Ages.
With around 421 parks and gardens giving lush vegetation to as much as 3,000 hectares of the city, Paris has taken a step further in transforming itself into the new green capital of Europe by venturing into one of the most ambitious urban afforestation projects.
When Napolen II had himself declared the first Emperor, one of his first priorities was to build new parks and gardens for Paris, particularly in the peripheral areas of the city.
I was driving over the Kongsvinger bridge on the way to Oslo when a municipal traffic signal tried to kill me. The traffic signal pictured below intends to tell drivers when it’s not safe to turn left. But for folks like me who live with a color deficit, it actually urges me to turn left into oncoming traffic. “Turn left now!” it shouts, with impatient other drivers on my tail urging me to act quickly.
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