“I’m hearing louder than ever before: possibility!”

09. 08. 2018


This story takes you to Oberhausen in Germany’s Ruhr area where our jury met to select the 2018 winners of the idea challenge. Get to know the five jurors who combine diverse perspectives on democracy in Europe. The watertower of the train station in Oberhausen, a town in Germany’s Ruhr area, has been transformed into [...]

Island of pedestrians

01. 02. 2018


Landing at the ferry port of Silba, a medium-sized island in Northern Dalmatia, crystal-clear sea and a decent beach with white pebbles are waiting right next to the port. The nearby café serves as a beach bar, as well as a waiting room for many travellers who visit the island in summer. But, unlike other [...]

Child Friendly City – A City for All

29. 01. 2018


Do you want to be a child-friendly city? Just take the children in your city seriously and think of their families, older friends, and neighbours while you are planning, designing, and organizing the maintenance of outdoor space for play – and you will get a city that is friendly to everyone. 1.     Remember, once we [...]

Ljubljana: from revitalisation to gentrification

12. 01. 2018


Gentrification is a highly debated topic not only in urban planning experts’ circles but way beyond. The processes labelled as ‘gentrification’ are very diverse. Each case is quite specific and depends heavily on the local context. The processes may differ between global cities and smaller cities, but the effects gentrification has in cities is quite [...]

17 hacks to make the most of public property in your city

27. 09. 2017


A quarter of Europe’s population lives in small and medium-sized towns and cities. Hiding away in these places is a wealth of untapped potential – including public buildings and land. In times of budget cuts, this public property can be used to steer urban development, with positive benefits for the city as a whole. Drawing [...]

Cities and circular economy – From urban practices and policies to new cooperation opportunities for cities

07. 09. 2017


Join us at the conference Cities and circular economy that aims to highlight the potential of cities for the transition to a circular economy. Experts and practitioners from all over Europe will introduce us to the new urban practices contributing to the transition of cities to a circular economy and emphasizing the role of citizens [...]

Want to reduce traffic in cities? These parking policy tools will help

20. 06. 2017


Parking policy in Europe has a long tradition of following parking demand, and many European cities have ended up giving a large part of their public spaces to parking, at a high cost. It is estimated that on average cars in cities are being used for only 1 hour per day, and that up to [...]

4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

17. 03. 2017

Refugees' Kitchen 2_Christoph Stark

Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of [...]

Walking Bus and Bike Train to Promote Sustainable Mobility

06. 02. 2017


As the traffic lights change to green, a long line of children on their bikes accompanied by adults wearing reflective safety vests crosses the road. It is the bike train. A form of accompanied school travel that promotes sustainable mobility, daily exercise, and trains children to become independent and capable road users. Active school travel [...]

Artists to help Syrian refugees make new homes in Germany

26. 05. 2016


A group of European artists, architects and urban planners has launched a project to restore abandoned buildings in the Ruhr region in north-west Germany as homes for refugees. The group has earmarked empty properties in the city of Oberhausen, where almost 2% of the population are refugees, mainly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan and [...]

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Festival of Walking

First Festival of Walking will be held in Savsko naselje in Ljubljana on Friday, 6 May 2016. It is organized by the Institute for Spatial Policies in collaboration with the Cultural Association prostoRož and other partners, with the support of the Municipality of Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

The festival will be opened by five Jane’s Walks, which will be launched simultaneously in different parts of Ljubljana and they will all lead to the venue of the festival in front of Dom skupnosti in Savsko naselje. Walkers will sum up their impressions and formulate proposals to improve the attractiveness of urban space for everyday walking during the workshop that will follow. At the festival various activities will be held to emphasize the importance of the diversity of local services for the walking-friendly neighborhoods.

The festival will be an excellent opportunity for the residents of Ljubljana, to jointly develop proposals to improve walkability of the city of Ljubljana even further.

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