The geopolitical crisis brings back on the table the importance of DECENTRALIZATION

We live interesting times… After almost 3 years of pandemic, during which the entire population of the planet has suffered and acted as one, we are entering a different global crisis. The pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine have brought to light two extremes of the world in which we live. On one hand, it …

Be smart, be one of the first 100 green cities of Europe! The extraordinary opportunity for communities and environment has been launched

The European Commission has launched the call for the cities that aspire to become  the first 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030! Find out the most recent pieces of information and what are the benefits for the pioneering communities that will enlist for the mission. UrbanizeHub had the opportunity of making public the first details of …

Mainstreaming nature-based solutions for sustainable and resilient cities

It has become clear over the past few years that in the face of climate change and increasing environmental, economic, and social pressures, sustainable development is becoming a vital issue for cities in Europe and around the world. Unfortunately, traditional gray infrastructure and technology-driven solutions, which continue to dominate urban development, might not cut it. …

The EU is humanity’s greatest achievement and cities are crucial for its future success

For many of us, Brexit has been a shock to the system. Very few saw it coming, and most still don’t know how to interpret it. To me personally, Brexit felt like having one of your 27 close friends stand up on the table, smash all the plates and glasses they could get their feet …

Amsterdam – fewer parking spaces making room for green oasis

Amsterdam transit commissioner Sharon Dijksma announced that the number of people allowed to park in the city center will gradually decrease. At the moment, these people require a permit to access a specific space, but the cost of it will also rise in the near future. The proposed strategy is to reduce this number by 1500 …

How about car-free streets?

Focusing on sustainable mobility As a solution to heavy traffic in the center, followed by a lack of attractiveness in the central area, cities nowadays are turning their traditional streets into pedestrian thoroughfares, this way claiming city’s streets for people. Jane Jacobs, a journalist and great activist that influenced the urban studies of the 20th …

The Green Promise to Financing Sustainable Cities: Green Bonds

Sustainalytics has been a key player in the green bond markets worldwide by supporting municipalities, governments and multinational companies accelerate their sustainability agenda and investment ambitions and align them with globally accepted market standards for sustainable development and green finance such as Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines, and Climate Bonds Initiative. …

New insights into urban concentration and economic growth

Urban concentration, according to the dominant view, brings with it an array of benefits which include reductions in poverty, pollution and inequality. Apart from this, one of the most widely acclaimed one is economic agglomerations and productivity gains, which in turn, redound to faster and better national economic growth. The prevailing notion is that a …

Romanian cities opening up to digital public services

As governments face new types of challenges, from higher expectations of citizens regarding quality and efficiency, integrating new technologies in administrative processes as well as a higher degree of participation, to the extent of co-creating solutions, the digital transformation has no way of being successful unless is being built on collaboration and partnership. But the …