Proximity brings together Specialists and People to design future cities

Proximity is the definition of public spaces that no longer fulfil their original function and are in need of immediate interventions of the specialists with the participation of the community. UrbanizeHub worked together with the people and public administration of Lugoj to nourish civic engagement, teamwork and placing the people in the center of attention. …

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. …

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 …

Towards an inclusive and sustainable city of the future

In the past decades, the term “smart city” has become an all-encompassing catchphrase to capture the notion of using information technology and the Internet of Things to govern areas of city governance such as transportation, energy consumption, social and virtual connectivity, services provision and democratic transparency. True enough, the term is so much of a …

Shaping communities through culture and creativity – Andreea Iager Tako

“Doers, no matter what industry they come from, need to come together more often to share their experiences and know-how, draw basic infrastructures to make their work impactful, reach more of the public, do ultimately more good things and make the world better,” said Andreea Iager Tako, one of the founders of PLAI festival in …

Opportunity in empty spaces – Oberhausen, Germany

The old central railway station in Oberhausen was designed in the Bauhaus style, with clean lines and a boxy clock tower.  Once the center of a busy industrial district fostering an enormous steel factory, Oberhausen represented the heart of Germany’s industrial might. Today, the factory is gone, many of the surrounding buildings are largely unused, and …

Naples – a city of pollution and congestion

One of the most polluted cities of Italy is Naples (or Napoli), and it is currently facing a multitude of environmental and infrastructural issues. The waste crisis, the streets full of potholes, the unbreathable air, the high pollution and the congestion all affect the development of the city and, implicitly, its citizens. Naples is renowned for …