6th IMAGINE Seminar 2011 – November 9th, 2011
This one day seminar “Energy Roadmap 2050: Towards local and regional Energy Roadmaps” was organised in Brussels by Energy Cities and the URBAN Intergroup. The event focused on the role of local level in the implementation of the European Energy Roadmap 2050 to be published by the European Commission shortly. The participants agreed that the energy roadmaps that include a long-term vision are very important as a guide to improve energy efficiency in cities. The seminar provided also numerous examples of cities aiming at total decarbonisation.
European public procurement and the built environment. Striving to achieve sustainable quality. – October 18th, 2011
The debate was organised by the Association of Architects – G30 with the support of the URBAN Intergroup and aimed at bringing a useful contribution to the political debate on the reform of EU public procurement rules. The participants highlighted the necessity to fully take into account the need to reinforce the global quality and sustainability of the built environment for the sake of society and future generations.
City 2011 – city space management – Katowice, May 16th – 17th, 2011 – organised by Jan Olbrycht
Over 200 mayors, government representatives, developers and urban planners participated in this conference organised annually with the support of the URBAN Intergroup. This year, the participants discussed about current issues related to the city space management such as information infrastructure or economic, demographic and climate changes that influence the development of cities.
Study visit to Singapore – April 18th – 20th, 2011 – organised by Oldrîch Vlasák
The study visit organised in cooperation with IBM and IDA focused on the model for smarter cities showed on the example of Singapore. The aim was to see successful deployment of digital technologies in various areas of urban life that help making cities attractive places for people and business. The participants visited several projects and met a number of government agencies creating smarter urban systems in Singapore.
Efficient Metropolitan Governance – functioning urban-rural relations – April 14th, 2011
The event hosted by the URBAN Intergroup was jointly organised with the network METREX and in cooperation with EUROCITIES and PURPLE. The conference focused on better territorial cohesion. The participants agreed that good metropolitan governance, integrating the urban and rural areas, may be seen as a prerequisite for territorial cohesion. During the conference, city managers from Amsterdam, Helsinki Region, Lille Métropole, Verband Region Stuttgart, Metropolregion Hamburg and Warsaw presented case studies picturing efficient metropolitan governance.