July 21, 2014 - On Tuesday, 22 July, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, will officially launch a public consultation seeking the opinions of European citizens on a future EU Urban Agenda - what form it should take and how it should be put into action. The Commissioner is calling for a wide engagement by stakeholders and inhabitants of cities. more >
March 30, 2011 - Petrol and diesel-driven cars should be banned from cities across Europe by 2050 to slash dependence on oil and tackle climate change, the European Commission has said.
A sweeping transport plan to be put to EU governments insists that phasing out 'conventionally fuelled' cars by then is not an assault on personal mobility. more >
All across the UK there are areas of our towns, cities and suburbs that are unsuitable for modern styles of life. Such places are in need of re-engineering and re-designing to turn them into vibrant, liveable places that cater for current needs and a sustainable future. Nine leading urbanists discuss ideas for remaking places: video, audio, presentations and papers can be downloaded
The issue of adapting the ways we live to climate change – and that includes planning for our built and rural environment – has been placed centre stage by the recent severe flooding in Yorkshire and the Midlands.
There have been a host of initiatives launched across Europe to deal with planning for climate change. One of these, the ESPACE Project, set up in 2003 to look at how adaptation to climate change can be incorporated into the spatial planning system, is delivering its first results.
December 1, 2006 - Many environmental problems are caused by the rapid expansion of urban areas, according to a new report on urban sprawl published by the European Environment Agency. Europe is one of the most urbanised continents in the world, with some 75 per cent of its population living in cities. Between 1990 and 2000, more than 800 000 hectares of Europe's land was built on. more >
Feature How do we create inspiring public spaces? Do good ideas travel? It’s people (and especially public servants), that make or break a place. What can the UK learn from abroad? By Brian Goodey, Professor Emeritus Urban Landscape Design, JCUD, Oxford Brookes University
December 10, 2005 - From 2007 European cities will have more power and autonomy within the programmes co-financed by the European Union Structural Funds, if the latest proposals for the guidelines and regulations are confirmed. more >