Launching event- Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
The URBAN Intergroup co-hosted a conference “Transition towards sustainable and liveable urban futures” which took place on Tuesday September 29th at the European Parliament in Brussels. During the event Joint Programming Initiative URBAN Europe launched Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Lambert van Nistelrooij, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, in his conclusions underlined that the event was a “very important initiative” especially in the context of the ongoing works on the EU Urban Agenda. He invited JPI Urban Europe to organise in the future at the European Parliament another meeting to show concrete effects of the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
This event was co-organised with JPI Urban Europe (Member State-led initiative set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development), STOA (European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment unit) and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) has been developed by JPI Urban Europe “with the ambition to set a scene for and ensure its contribution to a new urban research and innovation paradigm. The SRIA tackles the complexity of urbanisation by bridging the innovation space from strategic research to implementation. It promotes new ways to facilitate urban transition towards sustainable, resilient and liveable urban areas.” JPI Urban Europe
Exhibition on EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture in Bozar
DG Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation organized an exhibition on the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award which will be held in Bozar in Brussels from 15 of September to the 1sth of November. This exceptional exhibition brings together photos, models and videos about 40 most remarkable architecture projects built in Europe in the last two years.
On September 15th the launching event took place under the title “Shaping European Cities. How can policy makers and architects make cities more attractive?” EU policymakers, architects, students and representatives of cities had possibility to discuss about the importance of quality architecture in Europe. EUROCITIES’ Secretary General introduced cities’ key challenges and opened the debate, which was divided into three themes including: economics, social issues and democratic process in term of governing cities. Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined in his statement that “architects creates people thinking” and that is why they must be responsible in their work. He stressed the link between policymakers and architects, which consists on making people confident. In the end of the event, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, launched the Young Talent Architecture Prize, which will recognise the best master degrees projects in architecture from Europe.
The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award was created in 1988 in collaboration between the European Commission and Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. It is the most prestigious architecture prize for finished construction in Europe, currently supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme. The winner of 2015 edition is Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, in Poland.