News from our cities and networks – 28 May 2021
Edited on04 June 2021
This week’s inspiring stories from URBACT cities – from citizen involvement to urban gardens.
The URBACT III Programme currently supports 52 transnational networks of cities: 23 Transfer Networks (2018-2021), 23 Action Planning Networks (2019-2022), 5 networks piloting a transfer mechanism for UIA projects, and a newly launched pilot network on localising the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t miss content of interest to you! Check out our quick summary of their latest news and outputs below.
How to involve citizens in urban regeneration – with life-improving results? These ‘learning logs’ from cities in the UBRAN REGENERATION MIX network are packed with practical ideas for any town wanting to activate vacant sites and buildings.
Urban planners, architects and researchers explore how cultural heritage can drive sustainable urban regeneration – in talks hosted by Šibenik (HR). See their key takeaways, and look out for the next KAIRÓS network workshop on the ‘attractiveness’ of heritage cities.
A focus on Portugal’s ‘Action Plan for Circular Economy’ from the URGE network. See how the REMET-UA model analyses flows of resources, waste and materials – helping identify business opportunities and circularity potential within and between regions.
Good practice transfer stories
URBACT’s Transfer Networks – each led by a city with the URBACT Good Practice label – share stories from their partner cities. All about cities and local groups learning from each other, making positive changes as a result.
- Bistriţa (RO): Finding out about ourselves and others
- Famalicão (PT): Moving procurement forward in Famalicão and now across Portugal
- Kavala (EL): From novices to national experts
- Schaerbeek (BE): The importance of having values and working cooperatively
- Pamplona (ES), via Tallinn: Realising Strategic Procurement
- Koszalin (PL): At the Forefront of Procurement Practice in Poland
- Zugló, Budapest (HU): Changing citizens’ behaviour towards waste recycling
- Guimarães’ (PT) journey towards a greener future
- Pavlos Melas (EL) raising awareness of the benefits of recycling
- Arcos de Valdevez (PT): How to be a volunteer, during COVID-19 and beyond
- Altena (DE): Finding new and young people for volunteering actions
And finally, as the Transfer Networks come to an end, here are some of their events, articles and videos looking back on three years of exchange and learning – and forward to new actions already growing in cities across the EU as a result…
(19-20 May) ‘Everybody's an innovator: two years of experiments in innovating the city’. This network’s event featured URBACT cities, and innovation experts Charles Landry and Amalia Zepou.
(26-27-28 May) The 3-day event brought in international speakers from cities and universities to tackle top questions on pooling the urban commons.
We hope you enjoy this URBACT city news round-up. If you have any news to share from URBACT networks and cities, or ideas for more stories on sustainable urban development, please let us know.
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