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URBACT CityLab on Metropolitan Governance: Outputs now online!

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09 October 2017
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An URBACT CityLab was held on February 12th, 2010 in Lille, on issues related to managing metropolitan areas across national, regional and local boundaries. You are working in this field or simply interested in the topic, discover the outputs of the one-day event.

Nation-states, regions, counties and cities are more and more dependent on decisions out of their direct control. International flows of goods, capital, knowledge, people, geared by private and public networks, transform and destabilize the territorial dynamics at local and national levels. The only certainty left in the global era is the key role played by expanding cities also known as metropolitan areas which have become indispensable nodes of the world economy.

However, urban poles have a competitiveness and resilience that do not solely depend on their capacity to connect to the international grid of cities sharing command functions. They must also address more local issues such as urban sprawl, mobility, social polarization and spatial segregation, energy efficiency and cosmopolitanism. The failure to manage these ever growing urban regions can be a source of economic collapse, social conflicts, and environmental problems. The difficulty is not only to find a balance between the economic growth, the human factor, and the earth's concern at a local scale, but also to contemplate a territorial inclusiveness agenda in the fragmented urban sphere.

Several URBACT projects directly deal with these issues whereas a number of others consider issues which have a clear metropolitan dimension. This event was organised within a few months of the completion of the URBACT II Working Groups from the First Call for projects, to facilitate a cross-cutting confrontation of findings and first conclusions drawn from the work already achieved.

Key questions:

  • How do cities deal with the complexity of managing both the morphological and functional city regions which are cleaved by national, regional and administrative boundaries?
  • What types of innovative arrangements do they develop in order to overcome the resulting political, financial and/or administrative divisions?
  • How does the citizen remain engaged and the system maintain legitimacy in increasingly complex governance arrangements?
  • Which models of governance are best suited to tackling the great urban challenges of the 21st Century (climate change and resource depletion, demographic change and migration, globalisation, competitiveness and social cohesion) ?

About the CityLab:Citylabs are dynamic working meetings with active participation between participants. The CityLab is designed as an opportunity for different URBACT projects and other European projects working on metropolitan challenges to exchange their findings and first conclusions at an intermediary phase.

It is not the place for delivering final conclusions and /or political statements. It is conceived as a working event, a step in the current process of elaborating common conclusions.

The work was organised through 4 parallel workshops dealing with four major groups of issues. The 4 parallel workshops will be made of 2 sessions: a first one in the morning and a second one in the afternoon, with the same audience in the two sessions in order to make them real workshops, where conclusions are drawn collectively and then reported to the plenary and discussed with the audience and local and European officials.

Workshop reports and powerpoints:

  • Opening Plenary

- Office presentation iconDownload Opening_plenary.ppt (2.42 MB) - Powerpoint
Office presentation iconDownload MetropolesCadresGouvernance_CVandermottenEN.ppt (4.16 MB) - Powerpoint

  • Workshop 1: Land use, housing and urban planning across boundaries

- Workshop Report – Melody Houk (coming soon)
Office presentation iconDownload WKS_1_-_speakers___questions.ppt (2.42 MB) - Powerpoint
Office presentation iconDownload Lumasec_prelim_results_Pichler.ppt (2.53 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS1_-_Bytom_Decewicz_120210.ppt (2.9 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS1_-_ESPON_Der_Lecq_120210.ppt (5.83 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload Eurodistrict_Basel_Duvinage.ppt (10.08 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS1_-_Firenze_Futura_Florio_120210.ppt (2.76 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload Lille_Intense_city_Staeyen.ppt (7.63 MB) - Powerpoint

  • Workshop 2: Economic development and labour markets across boundaries

- PDF iconDownload Report_Workshop_2_FINAL.pdf (837.78 KB) – Tamas Horvath
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS_2_-_speakers___questions.ppt (2.42 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload PPT-JoiningForces.ppt (9.46 MB) - Powerpoint
- FileDownload WKS2_-_Brainport_Eindhoven_120210.odp (13.35 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload IsterGranum_Ferencsik.ppt (3.43 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS2_-_Localret_Barcelona_PIQUE.ppt (3.57 MB) - Powerpoint
- PDF iconDownload Metroborder_Espon_Chilla.pdf (1.35 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload AML_Deveco.ppt (11.78 MB) - Powerpoint

  • Workshop 3: Light footprint urban environments across boundaries

- PDF iconDownload Report_WK3.pdf (241.97 KB) – Shandi Miller
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS_3_-_speakers___questions.ppt (2.43 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS3_-_Minewater_Heerlen_-_Van_Bilj_120210.ppt (10.97 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS3_-_Sust_Malmo_-_Nord_120210.ppt (11.92 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS3_Gildas_LE_SAUX_-_Biogasmax_Lille.ppt (11.64 MB) - Powerpoint
- PDF iconDownload WKS3_-_CityRegionNet_-_Gassler_120210.pdf (1.48 MB) - Powerpoint

  • Workshop 4: Identity and citizen participation across boundaries

- PDF iconDownload WK4_Report.pdf (232.93 KB) – Fernando Barreiro
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS_4_-_speakers___questions.ppt (2.42 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload WKS4_EGTC_Clev_120210.ppt (1.54 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload JoiningForces_identity_AC.ppt (287 KB) - Powerpoint
Office presentation iconDownload WKS4_Oresund_Whitt_120210.ppt (13.36 MB) - Powerpoint
- Office presentation iconDownload presentation_city_lab_12_02_2010.ppt (3.92 MB) - Powerpoint

  • Closing Plenary & Synthetic Report

- Office presentation iconDownload Closing_plenary.ppt (2.42 MB) - Powerpoint
- PDF iconDownload MET_GOV_Cytilab_synthesis_report.pdf (716.99 KB) – Peter Ramsden (coming soon)
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