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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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.

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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.'