Delving into the trends and forces shaping the urban sphere

Welcome to the EUKN’s Urban Voices blog. Here, we explore key topics in urban development with insights from leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Urban Voices exists to share as wide a range of issues, solutions, investigation and innovation in the urban sphere as possible — from the governmental to the individual level.

Will you be the next Urban Voice? To contribute an interview or article, get in touch with us at info@eukn.eu.

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Sjoerdje van Heerden on…current trends of homelessness in European cities

The pandemic has put a spotlight on homelessness. The implementation of “stay at home” orders immediately made it clear that there are people who have no place to go to.

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Alessandro Rancati on… merging the two cultures of design and policy-making

Alessandro Rancati shares his expert knowledge on the culture of design, how it could be merged with the culture of policy-making, and why this 'merging' operation could bring positive results.

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Geert Brinkman on… embracing complexity through design

Geert Brinkman elaborates on the value of design as a tool to enhance the problem-solving capacity of public organizations, face complexity and respond to the wicked problems of our time.

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Luca Bertolini on… creating systemic change by learning from urban experiments

Luca Bertolini explains the link between urban mobility experiments and urban sustainable transition, and how urban mobility experiments can teach us about creating systemic change.

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Tilman Buchholz on… the German EU Presidency and the New Leipzig Charter

Tilman Buchholz, from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, shares with us the German EU Presidency's biggest achievement and adoption of the New Leipzig Charter.

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Franziska Schreiber on… sensing the city

Franziska Schreiber from the University of Stuttgart argues that to create more liveable cities, human emotions and senses should be front and centre in urban planning and policy-making.

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Miguel Rivas on… scaling urban circular economies

Miguel Rivas from TASO shares with us the on-the-ground enablers and accelerating frameworks that can help to upscale the urban circular economy and make it a permanent feature of city life.

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Johannes Riegler, Caroline Wrangsten and Jonas Bylund on… why experimental methods drive urban transitions

Johannes Riegler, Caroline Wrangsten and Jonas Bylund from JPI Urban Europe share with us their experiences of funding and developing Urban Living Labs.

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Birgit Georgi on… experimenting with Nature-Inclusive Quays (NIQs) in Breda

Birgit Georgi, urban development expert, explores nature-inclusive quays can transform urban waterways into greener and more nature-inclusive areas that welcome local wildlife.

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Lily Maxwell on… how to create more feminist cities

Lily Maxwell, EUKN's Policy and Project Officer, explores how we can create more feminist cities on International Women's Day.

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Anna Jorgensen on… why a gender and diversity lens is crucial in urban action-research

Professor Anna Jorgensen, the CONEXUS project's Gender Champion, explains why a gender and diversity lens is key in urban action-research, especially in nature-based solutions (NBS) projects.

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Iván Tosics on… urban lessons learnt from the pandemic

Iván Tosics shares his photo-essay on urban lessons learnt from the pandemic, showing that the COVID crisis' exceptional conditions may contribute to new, progressive municipal policies.