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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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.

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Layla McCay on… urban design and mental health

We interviewed Layla McCay on urban design and mental health at the start of the pandemic. In an era when cities are coming under fire, the centre’s vision of ‘restorative urbanism’ is rather timely.

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The transformative power of cities for the common good: backstage with the New Leipzig Charter VIPs

On 30 November 2020, the New Leipzig Charter was officially endorsed. We talked to some of the VIPs behind the Charter about what it means for integrated urban development in Europe.

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Salomé Galjaard on… Amsterdam’s Circular City Policy

We dive into Amsterdam's new Circular City Policy with Salomé Galjaard, Circular Economy Programme Manager at the Municipality of Amsterdam.

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Urban Thinkers’ perspective on… COVID-19: a catalyst for more sustainable urban mobility?

A summary of contributions to the Urban Thinkers Campus webinar organised by the EUKN, providing insight into the ways we can plan greener, fairer and more inclusive urban mobility post-pandemic.

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Luca de Stefano on… urban design in the context of pandemics

'Like every young designer, we wanted to change the world. We believed our collective impact could be much bigger than one guy designing beautiful museums. And that was how Non-Architecture was born.'

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Chiara Lucchini on… what the pandemic taught us about city living and making

'Public spaces can and should play a key role in the recovery plans. They are spaces for experimentation of temporary, provisional solutions to the emergency and can act as a “generative” tool.'

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Lea Scheurer on…The New Leipzig Charter: a personal perspective

'Building a personal bond with a political declaration isn't the most natural thing for a young professional. However, when it comes to the (New) Leipzig Charter, it's what has happened to me.'

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Daniela Patti on… urban resilience in the face of pandemics

The EUKN interviewed Daniela Patti, Director of Eutropian, about what the COVID-19 outbreak is teaching us about urban resilience as lived reality.

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Expert perspectives on… urban resilience in the face of pandemics

The EUKN spoke to four urban experts - Simin Davoudi, Esteban León, Chiara Tomaselli and Martin Grisel - about their view on urban resilience in the face of pandemics.