Today, more than two thirds of citizens of Europe are city dwellers, and the tendency is increasing. The quality of urban life and technical infrastructure are considered to be crucial to attracting and retaining a skilled labor force and businesses. The social and economic concentration of resources in cities may, however, result in negative side-effects like pollution or congestion. Hence cities are both the source of and solution to economic, environmental and social challenges. Cities in an aging Europe will also need to assert themselves amid increasing digitization and global competition. Managing urban complexity to create sustainable cities will thus be one of the most challenging tasks for European cities in the 21st century.
Every two years, the CoR holds a European Summit of Regions and Cities. These summits bring elected representatives from regional and local authorities together to discuss the main challenges facing the European Union.
Bratislava will host the 7th Summit of Regions and Cities to be held on 8-9 July 2016. The Summit is being organised by the European Committee of the Regions and co-hosted by the Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the City of Bratislava, in cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Gathering over 700 participants and open to all CoR members, this major event coincides with the start of the Slovakian EU Presidency which begins on 1 July.
Under the title ‘Invest and Connect’, EU leaders and representatives from both the public and private sector will consider how to strengthen connections between Europe’s people, places, ideas and resources through investment. A number of side events, such as concerts and public debates, are also planned over the two days.
Additional information will be available soon.
A smart city can be defined as a city overlaid by a digital layer, which is used not only for storing city information but overall for its governance. This conference is aimed at presenting novel research concerning the use of information and communication technologies in Smart Cities, and will also provide a forum for senior researchers to establish collaborations on new research projects in this domain. A smart city cannot be defined without a better involvement of citizens (smart people).
In the political economies of the West the provision of social and affordable housing has been subject to major change in recent decades. Nowhere is this more evident than in local and regional government. Today, local authority architects are mostly a thing of the past; house construction by regional administrators is increasingly rare; and local government management of housing is in decline. In place of these models are a plethora of policies, approaches and players. In the UK context these include ALMOs, stock transfers, Section 106 Agreements, right-to-buy, and the growth of Housing Associations etc. In other parts of Europe and across the developed world, the names of such initiatives and groups differ, but the issues in play remain the same.
Following the success of earlier events in the series, SEB-16, the Eighth International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings will take place in the vibrant city of Turin, organised by the Politecnico di Torino in partnership with KES International.
The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and government and industry professionals to discuss the future of energy in buildings, neighbourhoods and cities from a theoretical, practical, implementation and simulation perspective. The conference will be an exciting chance to present, interact, and learn about the latest research in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.
The congress is expected to attract 250 participants and is themed: “Heritage and culture, the contribution of green and natural spaces in the city (economy, social, landscape)”. The beautiful Episcopal city of Albi, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the second largest conurbation in the Midi-Pyrenees Region and is a one hour drive from Toulouse and its international airport.
Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development.
SUSTAINABLE HOUSING 2016 – International Conference on Sustainable Housing Planning, Management and Usability is an initiative of Green Lines Institute for Sustainable development that aims to go further on the discussion of the sustainable improvement of housing design and construction, including the user point of view.
Currently, the issue of housing is shown as a major challenge within the latest Sustainable Development concept brought by the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which is based on 17 objectives called as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Among the many goals that were settled, objectives 1 (No poverty), 3 (Good health), 6 (Clean water and sanitation), 7 (Renewable energy), 9 (Innovation and infrastructure), 10 (Reduced inequalities), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 12 (Responsible consumption), 13 (Climate action) and 17 (Partnerships for the goals) are of particular relevance to rethink how to build our homes, as well as establishing more participatory processes for communities. These objectives include economic, social, cultural and environmental issues that cross the participation of various actors as promoters, technicians and users.