The RegioStars Awards – an inspiration for European regions

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. It includes the following five categories: Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth, CityStar, and Effective Management.   The EU Cohesion Policy Funds support this yearly …

Bicycle highways and long-distance commuting

  Would you leave your car in the garage and commute to work on your bicycle? The people in-charge of the Radschnellweg project in Germany, a 62-miles long bicycle highway in the Ruhr area, think that we should and that most of us will. Spatial planner Martin Tönnes took the opportunity to cycle from Essen to Dortmund. “There …

The security of SMART cities

Why it’s better to build smart cities from scratch rather than build on the existing infrastructure? How safe is the technology of SMART cities? What problems can occur in SMART cities? Increasingly, questions of data security will rise as will social, citizen-centric solutions to urban problems Smart cities operate at their best when a people-centric …

Singapore Smart Nation: next level data collection

As part of its Smart Nation program launched in 2014, Singapore will deploy the most ambitious data collecting effort on daily living. In a sweeping effort that will touch the lives of all residents of Singapore, in ways yet undetermined, the government will deploy a next level data collecting initiative. Singapore is already known for …

Helsinki wants to eliminate the need for private car ownership

In an effort to capitalize on current urban transportation trends and mobile technology, Helsinki takes on the challenge of eliminating the need for private car ownership by 2025. Here’s how they plan to do it. The main idea is to combine public and private transport providers in such a way that ensures maximum flexibility and …

Smart cities and digital transformation

In an interview for CXO Talk, Johnathan Reichental, chief information officer for the city of Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, talked about smart cities and data, government and open government and other topics related to innovation. Reichental’s has had a career in the private sector for more than 20 years. He has been …

What’s mobile participation?

Mobile participation is about citizen’s participation in different aspects of urban governance using mobile technology, smartphones or tablets. Citizens can participate in decision making using mobile apps that they can download and install on their phones or tablets. This represents a real innovation in electronic participation. The main idea of citizens’ participation is that every decision matters …

The Pact of Amsterdam: a new role for cities in EU policy making

The Pact of Amsterdam is to play a central role in the new EU Urban Agenda by increasing the policy focus on European cities. Cities would play a larger role in European Union policy making under a newly adopted framework dubbed the “Pact of Amsterdam.” According to the EUROCITIES network of municipal leaders, the accord …

Urbanization and homelessness

As the pace of urbanization increases, efforts to address one of the most visible problems of inclusion – homelessness – are comparatively inadequate. The world is urbanizing at an alarming rate, and with alarming results. Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers sitting next to makeshift …

Warsaw

Sustainable global cities of the future: Warsaw

Warsaw’s mayor shares a few thoughts and lessons about the challenges faced by sustainable cities, the role of European funds and strategic development. In a think piece for Huffington Post, Warsaw’s mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz shares a few thoughts about sustainable development and climate action. In the past few years, Warsaw’s infrastructure and eco-friendly transportation stock …