URBACT news

23 April 2014 | 17 URBACT Cities among the Finalists for Mayors Challenge
Organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mayors Challenge prizes bold and creative ideas that include a fresh new approach to solving urban challenges.  Among the 21 finalists announced today, 17 cities are or were part of URBACT networks. 

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22 April 2014 | URBACT National Dissemination Points: Where Do They Come From? Where Do They Go?
More than a list of contact points, URBACT National Dissemination Points (NDP) are an important pillar of URBACT communication strategy. We’ve talked with Ségolène Pruvot, NDP Coordinator for URBACT to learn a bit more about what NDPs do and how they support  URBACT cities and networks.

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17 April 2014 | Bayonne: Restoring Buildings and Citizen Participation with URBACT
Europe’s old towns reflect the continent’s long and articulated history. Their beauty attracts visitors from all over the world, making their dwellers proud of their cultural heritage. However, living in a historical centre is often challenging: poor living conditions inherited from past concepts of urban space and architecture clash with the need for comfort of its inhabitants. The need for sustainability and energetic performance in renovation represents an additional challenge that needs to be coped with. To tackle this challenge, the city of Bayonne (France) decided to embark on an URBACT journey with partners from all over Europe. As part of this experience, the municipality had to gather relevant stakeholders and work with them to draft a local action plan. The Local Support Group set up in this perspective quickly became a driver in mobilizing citizens and local organizations around the “eco-restoration” agenda.

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17 April 2014 | URBACT III Under the Spotlight: Public Consultation is Now Open
The Final Draft version of URBACT III Operational Programme is ready.  It is now up to the wider EU public to give their opinions on the future of URBACT. 

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11 April 2014 | What’s #spring like in your city?
The URBACT Blog editorial team is working on a post on what spring means for urban residents – when outdoor places get re-invested and more time is spent in public place… 

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