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ProGIreg

CategoryAmbitious Urban Projects & Innovation Playgrounds
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Environment, Energy & Climate | Health & Well-Being | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

ProGIreg uses nature for urban regeneration with and for citizens.

ProGIreg stands for ‘productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration’: nature for renewal. The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and will run from June 2018 until 2023.

Front-runner cities and their Living Labs
Dortmund (Germany), Turin (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ningbo (China) host Living Labs where innovative new nature-based solutions are co-developed and tested with the communities living there.

Local ownership and participation
Local communities of the Living Labs are central to this project and involved at all stages from design to implementation. Since there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ model, local knowledge is essential for local adaptation of the nature-based solutions. A key aim is therefore to push-start citizen-ownership, so that impact is long-term and benefits future generations.

Sharing the knowledge
In addition to the cities, a global network of observer cities, NGOs, research institutions, the private sector and individual citizens and activists will have the opportunity to learn from the project. Key aims are to spread awareness of the potential of nature-based solutions, promote market up-take and to feed the results into EU policies and strategies, so that nature-based solutions become the norm and not the exception.

Other organisations involved

Stadt Dortmund
Citta' di Torino
City of Zagreb
Cascais Ambiente
City of Piraeus
Cluj Metropolitan
Zenica Grad
ICLEI
Die Urbanisten
Fondazione Della Comunita Di Mirafiori Onlus
KEAN
hei-trogmbh AQUAPONIC DEVELOPMENT
EFB
DUAL S.R.L.
Lohrberg Stadtlandschaftsarchitekur
Starlab Living Science
ENVIRONMENT PARK
Urbasofia
ISGlobal Instituto de Salud Global
unito.it
National Research Council of Italy
POLITECNICO di Torino
Universita Degle Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
Fachhochschule Sudwestfalen
Agencija Za Ekonomski Razvoj Doo
Sveuciliste u Zagrebu Arhitektonski fakultet
ZAVOD ZA PROSTORNO UREĐENJE GRADA ZAGREBA
Komfor Klima Grupa Doo
Zelene i plava Sesvete
AssociaZione OrtiAlti
aquaponik manufaktur

Funding

Horizon 2020


Lead Organisation EU: RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Aachen, Germany
Contact: Axel Timpe

TagsNature-based solutions, NBS, urban regeneration, green infrastructure, living labs, local communities, citizen-ownership, co-design
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NEWBITS Network Platform

CategoryAmbitious Urban Projects & Innovation Playgrounds
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Environment, Energy & Climate | Digital Cities & Services | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The NEWBITS Network Platform (NNP) is designed to accommodate the structure of a Community of Interest (CoI), which is a gathering of different stakeholders with common goals, interests and/or environments. The CoI is configured to foster a fully integrated network approach to craft business models for ITS via the NNP.
The NNP provides a single point of access to information related to the NEWBITS Community of Interest and aims at becoming an ITS-focused information and collaboration tool in Europe that will foster awareness of relevant ITS projects, ideas, products and services globally

Other organisations involved

EU organisation: ISINNOVA (IT), UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA (ES), CE - ONDERZOEK, ADVIES ENCONSULTANCY VOOR DUURZAAMHEID BV (NL), TTS Italia (IT), ATOS SPAIN SA (ES), COVENTRY UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES LIMITED (UK), STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH (DE), INTELSPACE TEXNOLOGIES KAINOTOMIAS AE (GR)

Funding

Public, EU funded project, H2020


Lead Organisation EU: ORTELIO

Coventry, United Kingdom
Contact: Viara Bojkova
Email: vgbojkova@ortelio.co.uk
Homepage: newbits.eu

TagsBusiness ecosystem, Market Intelligence, ITS deployment evaluation, Collaborative ITS
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ISOCARP (the International Society of City and Regional Planners)

CategoryLooking for new partners?
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Environment, Energy & Climate

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional city and regional planners. ISOCARP was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly-qualified planners in an international network.
The network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 85 countries worldwide. We are planners and other stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment. As a non-governmental organisation ISOCARP is recognized by the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHCS/UN-HABITAT), and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Although ISOCARP members work in many different fields we all share a common interest in the spatial and environmental dimensions of urbanisation, advising key decision-makers, proposing and supporting projects for intervention in a spatial context through general or specific actions.

The objectives of ISOCARP are to improve cities and territories through planning practice, training, education and research. ISOCARP promotes the planning profession in all its aspects. ISOCARP keeps its focus on being a politically and commercially independent network of professional planners. We have grown into a world-wide organisation but also kept a strong European emphasis.

The Society aims at becoming a more global organisation and is particularly looking for a stronger base in Asia, Latin America and Africa. However, it is also important to strengthen the traditional European base. The main tools of ISOCARP are the yearly congresses, symposia, workshops and publications.

Other organisations involved

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (ADUPC)
American Planning Association
American Planning Association California Chapter
American Planning Association International Division
American Planning Association Oregon Chapter
Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
Centre for Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), Cairo, Egypt
City of Astana, Kazakhstan
City of Bodø,
City of Durban, South Africa
City of Ulyanovsk, Russia
Council of Europe, Strasbourg
Dubai Municipality
Europa Nostra
eThekwini Municipality / City of Durban
European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI
FIABCI - International Real Estate Federation
Global Alliance for Urban Crises (GAUC)
Global Planners Network (GPN)
Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN)
Guangzhou Urban Planning and Design Survey Research Institute, China
Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF)
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
International Ethics Standards Coalition (IESC)
International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)
International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF)
International Tunneling and Underground Space Association
International Water Association (IWA)
Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
Moscow Urban Forum (MUF), Russia
Ningbo Urban Planning and Design Institute, China
Office of the Historian of Havana, Cuba
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Planners for Climate Action
Professional Association of Romanian Planners
Qindao West Coast Urban Planning and Research, China
Rapid Planning (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF) China
Regional Planning Agency of Paris/Ile-de-France
Russian Urban Planning Association (RUPA)
South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN)
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Society of Polish Town Planners (TUP)
Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) (World Bank)
Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), Stockholm, Sweden
SymbioCity, Addis Ababa
UN Secretary General's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transportation
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Geneva
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), New York
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
UniverCity
Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC)
World Bank
World Cities Summit (WCS)
World Urban Campaign (WUC)
Wuhan Land Use and Urban Spatial Research Center, China


Lead Organisation EU: ISOCARP Secretariat, ISOCARP Head Office

The Hague, The Netherlands
Email: isocarp@isocarp.org
Homepage: isocarp.org

TagsCity Planning, stakeholders, built environment, spatial and environmental dimensions of urbanisation, urbanisation, workshops, congresses, advising
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Emporium

CategoryLooking for new partners?
KeywordsEnvironment, Energy & Climate | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Emporium concept

Wansdronk develops a solar energy, zero-emission and material saving building concept Emporium. A warm water storage container and heat collectors provide the space heating and hot water supply, and a cold water storage container and cool collectors deliver the space cooling and cooling source for the refrigerator. The water circulates without pumps; instead it uses thermosiphon, and therefore requires no high-grade energy such as electricity or fuel.

Other organisations involved

solar collector supplier
heat storage supplier
building investor/owner/user

Funding

Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RvO)
European Commission (COST/FP7/H2020)


Lead Organisation EU: Wansdronk Architektuur

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Renee Wansdronk
Email: rw@wansdronk.com
Homepage: wansdronk.com

Tagssolar heat, zero emission, seasonal storage
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China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC)

CategoryLooking for new partners?
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Environment, Energy & Climate

Approved by the State Council, China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC), which is originally initiated the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environmental Protection, the State Forestry Administration, the State Council Development Research Center, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the National Administrative College and other relevant departments, is a registered national social group at the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Repulic of China. Specialized in urbanization and townization research, CUPC is a newly-born think tank aiming at promoting the development of the New-type Urbanization in China.

Fundamental Purposes:
With the guidance of the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, we have carried out extensive research on the urbanization of China in an all-round way, and actively promoted the construction of the New-type Urbanization in China. Our fundamental purposes are to speed up the integration of urban and rural areas, to explore the development route for the New-type Urbanization with Chinese characteristics, and ultimately, to contribute the great work of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation and the realization of Chinese Dream.

Primary Roles:
Carry out multi-type, multi-level, diversified urbanization research that is closely related to the party and the country's central work and strategic deployment. Provide urbanization decision-making advisory services in the field of urbanization to all levels of government departments and social groups.
Study the theory and methods of the new urbanization in China, and advance the establishmen of a research system of the theory of the New-type Urbanization with Chinese characteristics.
Conduct in-depth case study in the development of China's urbanization combining the experiences of China's reform and opening up practice. Summary and promote the important experience and results of China's urbanization timely.
Systematically collect, organize and study the information of urbanization in China, establish a database of urbanization in China, and provide our city's urbanization information service in time for all sectors of society;
Organize domestic and foreign training sessions and seminars for our country to provide personnel training services in the field of the New-type Urbanization.
Edit and publish training materials, academic works, scientific research, magazine newspapers of urbanization theory and practice and so on, according to the provisions of the organization;
Organize the exhibition of urbanization, experience exchange, project promotion and other activities, and vigorously promote the New-type Urbanization along with China's advanced experience and typical cases;
Organize the international exchange activities of urbanization to introduce the achievements of urbanization in China, and to expand the international influence of urbanization in China;
Undertake other tasks entrusted by the relevant government departments.

Other organisations involved

National Development and Reform Commission
Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Science and Technology
Ministry of Environmental Protection
the State Forestry Administration
the State Council Development Research Center
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
the National Administrative College
other relevant departments


TagsUrbanisation, research, think tank, New-type Urbanization, domestic and foreign training sessions and seminars
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Sino-German Dialogue Forum on Environment and Climate Change: Exploring Solutions in Urban Solid Waste Management (06.06.2018)

CategoryEvents & Activities
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Environment, Energy & Climate | Health & Well-Being

The Sino-German Dialogue Forum on Environment and Climate Change: Exploring Solutions in Urban Solid Waste Management took place on Wednesday June 6, 2018 in Beijing, China. Bringing together more than 180 prominent speakers and participants from politics, business, academia and finance, the Forum was dedicated to the topic of urban solid waste management and related themes such as Circular Economy, the 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Other organisations involved

the KfW Development Bank
German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Chinese Ministry of Finance (MoF)

Funding

The Sino-German Dialogue Forum is financed by funds of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by KfW and co-organised by the Chinese Ministry of Finance (MoF).


Lead Organisation EU: adelphi consult GmbH


Tagssino-german dialogue, environment, climate change, urban solid waste management, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), Circular Economy, the 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
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E-Culture and Arts for Intelligent Cities – Workshop in Beijing (April 26, 2018)

CategoryEvents & Activities
KeywordsHealth & Well-Being | Digital Cities & Services

E-Culture and Arts for Intelligent Cities

Digital access to cultural assets offers the opportunity for a variety of actors to engage into a discourse on cultural identities, and to form and link city-level cultural communities based on a shared interest of understanding, interpreting and exploiting culture. These Communities foster the co-working and co-creation of citizens, researchers, students, tourists, pupils and enterprises on specific cultural heritage that, when interlinked, will create an eCulture eco-system.
Local aggregators or cultural offices of municipalities are driving forces in Smart City concepts and in the funding of cultural activities. Municipalities organize city cultural life and are responsible for the implementation of projects which allow citizens to access and engage with digital cultural heritage. The aim of this workshop is to explore relevant areas of common interest, exchange best practice solutions and cooperate in joint projects.

Other organisations involved

Tongji University


Lead Organisation EU: CHINA ACADEMY OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN (CAUPD)


TagseCulture, smart cities, arts, citizens, cultural identities, cultural heritage, intelligent cities
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2017 International Seminar on Sustainable and Healthy Cities (Held in Beijing 10.11.2017)

CategoryEvents & Activities
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Health & Well-Being

This Seminar was to further implement the "List of Deliverables of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF)", which include the the Letter of Intent (LoI) that China International Cities Development Alliance (CCUD as the Secretariat) and World Health Organization (WHO) signed on the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) to collaborate on urban health governance.

It was expected that CCUD and WHO will deepen cooperation on healthy cities plans, environment, social frameworks and services optimization among others, make jointly efforts for healthy city governance, and provide more platforms, scalable experiences and urbanization public products on healthy development for cities at home and abroad.

Other organisations involved

National Patriotic Health Campaign Office
World Health Organization(WHO)
China Center for Urban Development(CCUD)
Institute for China Sustainable Urbanisation, Tsinghua University


Lead Organisation EU: National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)


Tagshealthy city, urban planning
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2017 The Third China Smart City International Expo; 2017 China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference (September 22-24, 2017)

CategoryEvents & Activities
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Digital Cities & Services

The 3rd annual expo event gathered big groups of cooperations and exhibitors around topics related to Smart City development.

Other organisations involved

National Development and Reform Commission
The People's Government of Shenzhen
China Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd.
Smart City Development Alliance
China International Chamber of Commerce
China Communications Enterprise Association
Hong Kong Smart City Alliance
China Smart City Construction Investment Alliance
Zhongguancun Smart City Information Industry Alliance
Bairui International Exhibition Group


Lead Organisation EU: China City and Small Town Reform and Development Center

China
Homepage: www.ccud.org.cn

TagsSmart City Expo
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Innovation-Driven Urbanisation Conference 25-26.10.2017

CategoryEvents & Activities
KeywordsUrban Infrastructures & Planning | Digital Cities & Services | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The conference brought together urban planners, policy makers, industry experts, practitioners, and scholars from around the world to share their insights, experience and solutions to the Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas.

Delegates included representatives from the European Union and Chinese governments, European city mayors, distinguished urbanisation experts, and key decision makers who discussed innovative-led recommendations for our future approach to sustainable urbanisation, EU-China joint strategies, co-funding, as well as an exchange of knowledge and facilitation of science-city-industry partnerships.

Theme of the conference: Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas

Other organisations involved

Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology (CASTED)
China Academy of Fine Arts
Delegation of the European Union to China
Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE)
China Construction News


Lead Organisation EU: URBAN EU-CHINA


Lead Organisation EU: The Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC)


TagsSustainable Urbanisation, Innovation
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