Call for Proposals for “Local Authorities: Partnerships for Sustainable Cities”

Call for Proposals for “Local Authorities:
Partnerships for Sustainable Cities” 

February 27, 2020

The European Union (EU) has published on February 12th 2020 a global call for Proposals for Local Authorities, seeking proposals to promote integrated urban development through partnerships built among Local Authorities of the EU Member States and of partner countries in accordance with the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development.

The deadline for delivering the proposals is March 27th 2020.


The Specific objectives of this call are:

• Strengthen urban governance;
• Ensure social inclusiveness of cities;
• Improve resilience and greening of cities;
• Improve prosperity and innovation in cities; and
• Strengthen institutional resilience in context of fragility.

We, at ISOCARP Institute, would like to support the Local Authorities applications with our knowledge and global network, sharing our experience in project development and implementation. The ISOCARP Institute can e.g. contribute with technical assistance, but much more support your application in achieving the four priorities of the call, which are:

• Contribution to the achievement of SDG11;
• Integrate the promotion of peer-to-peer learning;
• Promote multi-stakeholders and multi-sectors approaches;
• Promote the EU development cooperation Rights-based approach, encompassing all human rights.

Furthermore, ISOCARP Institute can support in achieving the triangular cooperation (partnership between two or more local authorities – host, EU partner, co-provider), with smart cities approach and job creation mechanisms.

What do you have to do?

• Based on the Call for Proposals, identify if your local authority is eligible in checking the lot and objectives your local authority is appropriate.
• Set up an appropriate working group developing the proposal, identify possible partners -including EU local authority- and co-providers.
• Define a working plan for proposal delivery before March 27th 2020.

 

Download the invitation letter from ISOCARP Institute and the overview of the call.

 

Do not hesitate to contact us at ISOCARP Institute if you need support.

 

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Storytelling Workshop: Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions

Storytelling Workshop: Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions

October 23, 2019

From the 23-25 October 2019, ISOCARP Institute was in Limerick (Republic of Ireland), participating in the second Consortium Meeting of the Horizon2020 Smart City project, +CityxChange.

We are a proud partner in this project, providing our expertise in areas which range from dissemination and communication, to helping our Follower Cities reach their 2050 goals on transiting to more sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establish a 100% renewable energy city-region.

After the first year, we took advantage of this face-to-face partner interaction to dive into key challenges which came up during the project implementation so far and develop joint outcomes which help us to move from the development phase to the deployment phase for the second year of +CityxChange.

ISOCARP Institute, represented by Tjark Gall, facilitated two workshops during the first day of the meeting, namely the Glossary workshop and the Storytelling Workshop – Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions.

The Glossary workshop aimed at developing a common understanding and definitions of central project terms, discussing contested definitions, aligning different usage of terms across project and laying foundation for citizen-friendly definitions and visual descriptions.

As the second workshop, we organised a storytelling workshop with the objective to exchange knowledge and best practices internally and externally on how to involve citizen effectively. The workshop was facilitated by Limerick County and City Council and ISOCARP Institute and took place in the Fab Lab Limerick – a collaborative space to engage, produce, and co-create.

The workshop was attended by 31 project representatives, three international speakers (online) as well as local residents from the demonstration areas of Limerick. The workshop aimed at way of creating a better understanding of the experiences, challenges, failures and successes of similar projects in engaging citizens as well as fostering interactive and progressive exchanges between external participants and the +CityxChange team. As overarching problem statements, three key questions were formulated:

  1. What techniques/tools/approaches are effective to inform citizens about energy-related concepts, projects, and necessary technical/financial details?
  2. How can effective collaboration between a representative group of the society and projects/cities be achieved? Which methods work; which do not? How to reach those normally not involved?
  3. How do behavioural changes evolve? What does it take to reach a community-driven process in which citizens take the leading role and become proactive prosumers?

With this starting point, the first part of the workshop was dedicated to learning from other projects and individuals working on similar challenges. Muriël Pels, advisor for international cooperation and EU funding affairs (H2020) at Municipality Utrecht and project partner of +CityxChange’s sister project IRIS presented the approach, challenges and successes in generating support from the residents in IRIS’ demonstration area in Utrecht. Ariane Lelieveld, one of the initiators of Blijstroom in Rotterdam, presented the motivation, and ups and downs of the solely community-run project in Rotterdam. Lastly, John W. Lee, the community representative of Tallaght, a community outside of Dublin, shared his story how to collectively transform their community into a more sustainable and energy-neutral one.

Afterwards, the external speakers discussed the three questions with smaller groups, accompanied by a collaborative brainstorming on best practices, learned lessons, and promising approaches. A compilation of the results and more detailed overview will be published on our +CityxChange project website soon. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

Training Jakarta 2019 – Team

Report on Global Professional Planning, Jakarta

Pre-Congress Capacity Building Programme:
Global Professional Planning

REPORT | September 7-8, 2019

The Podomoro University in Jakarta with a local support of CITIESLAB and the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP) hosted the first training programme organised by the ISOCARP Institute Academy. This newly-formed branch of the Institute is dedicated to offering international capacity building trainings and planning education for the management of cities relying on expertise of ISOCARP members.
 
The faculty composed of Jens Aerts, Ali A. Alraouf, Bernardus Djonoputro, Pedro B. Ortiz and Dhiru A. Thadani during the two-day programme tackled the topic of Global Professional Planning focusing on global best-practices to address current issues such as: urban growth, the management of metropolitan megalopolises, the contested role of human dimension in urban development, and local responses to global challenges. The workshop aimed at providing knowledge, instruments and tools to address the mentioned global urban problems, as well as offering the participants access to knowledge resources and shared practices to develop expertise and, thus, become specialists in particular areas of urban planning.

The training sessions were interactive and the response from local professionals was more than encouraging.  As a consequence, the Institute is motivated to organise capacity building programmes at future Congresses, as well as quarterly sessions at the international level in the future.

Day 1

The first session was delivered by Pedro B. Ortiz, Senior Consultant & Senior Fellow at NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, who provided an overview of urban regional and metropolitan planning. He focused on the emergence and importance of the conglomeration of cities at the metropolitan dimension in the last decades that has led to a necessary shift in the planning paradigm to address the metropolitan scale. Furthermore, he presented the main features and components which structure the metropolis of the 21st century, highlighting the main challenges in terms of governance, expansion and finance, as well as reflecting on the principles and actions of an effective metropolitan management.

Moving to the Indonesian context, Bernardus Djonoputro, the President of Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners, presented the Indonesia Most Livable City Index (MLCI), as result of a research to measure the state of liveability in Indonesian cities. Despite the strong diversity characterising the country, the study revealed how in general the largest Indonesian cities are still perceived as less liveable. The research was also the opportunity to present and discuss some challenges in the management of Indonesian cities, such as investing and financing gaps, the empowerment of local governments and the introduction of private public partnership.

The concluding lecture of the day was given by Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA, APA, FCNU, ISOCARP, on the topic of sustainable New Urbanism. The focus was on the centrality of the human dimension and public realm in cities. He illustrated examples of techniques and principles of New Urbanism, a human-scale urban design approach, where walkable blocks and streets, mixed land uses, proximity and accessible public spaces represent an alternative and sustainable model to the ‘placelessness’ of contemporary suburbia.

Day 2

The next day, Professor Ali A. Alraouf, Head of Research and Development at the Department of Urban Planning at Hamad Bin Kalifa University, Qatar delivered a lecture on urban waterfronts, presenting innovative case studies and suggesting different planning and urban design approaches. Specifically, he remarked the importance of shifting from the perception of waterfronts as edgy and pure visual landscape towards vibrant, resilient and inclusive urban spaces, where the dialogue between the city and the water is solidly reaffirmed.

The last presentation was delivered by Jens Aerts, the UNICEF Urban Planning Specialist, who also led an interactive workshop on child-responsive urban planning. The workshop aimed at providing knowledge and tools to put children in the centre of planning practice, highlighting how children-friendly cities are also healthier, safer and more sustainable. Nevertheless, it was also highlighted how planning for children still remains difficult to mainstream into the planning practice, and how further capacity building is required in order to design participatory processes with children.

The concluding session was organised as an interactive question and answer activity, were participants and instructors jointly discussed concerns and possible solutions to global planning challenges in light of impeding climate change. Judging from the positive response, the ISOCARP Institute Academy assesses that the first training in Jakarta was a success and we will certainly continue with this practice in future.

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Partnership with Strelka KB

Partnership with Strelka KB

On 11 September, at the 55th ISOCARP Congress in Jakarta, a partnership agreement between Strelka KB and the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners — ISOCARP Institute — has been announced. The organisations will join forces to further develop the methodology, designed by Strelka KB, which will allow them to improve cities by creating comfortable, human-focused urban environments and housing. 

Martin Dubbeling, President of ISOCARP: “On behalf of ISOCARP, the team of experts has reported to me that they are convinced that the “Integral Guidelines for Urban Territories” is an excellent document, that reflects the current challenges and proposes tools and solutions to improve Russian cities and the quality of life of their inhabitants”

Denis Leontev, CEO of Strelka KB: “Collaboration with ISOCARP is a recognition of Strelka KB’s methodology and approaches to the development of cities by the international professional community,” Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontyev noted.

Martin Dubbeling (left) and Denis Leontev (right) signing partnership agreement

The agreement between Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute touches on three key fields. One part of their joint work will be the development of practical solutions: projects for strategic development projects, methodical guides, master plans, urban planning regulations, and urban consulting services. The other two fields are research and education. The research is focused on the development of tools which will allow cities to evaluate the quality of realised projects and will allow for the improvement of legal mechanisms in the urban development sphere. The organisations will work to increase the qualifications of specialists in the field of urban planning and management (with online and offline courses and methodological guides). 

The agreement will allow them to attract additional experts from international organisations to the development process for Strelka KB projects in the fields of urban development and planning, housing policy, and international, regional, and national development banks. 

This is not Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute’s first time working together. The opinions of ISOCARP’s experts were taken into account in the development of the Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development. For the Moscow City Government’s “Moscow Street” programme, Strelka KB received the ISOCARP Award for outstanding achievements in the planning field. Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontev presented the project to the audience of the 54th ISOCARP Congress in Norway.

The Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development is a universal document that can help many countries that are undertaking active work to develop their urban environments, tackle the challenges of urbanisation and active construction, and handle the lack of qualified personnel. 

ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and specialises in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional training. Initiated as a world-class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence, it empowers individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. Its prime objectives are strengthening cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices, while serving as an Urban Think Tank facilitating the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities.

On 11 September, at the 55th ISOCARP Congress in Jakarta, a partnership agreement between Strelka KB and the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners — ISOCARP Institute — has been announced. The organisations will join forces to further develop the methodology, designed by Strelka KB, which will allow them to improve cities by creating comfortable, human-focused urban environments and housing.

Martin Dubbeling, President of ISOCARP: “On behalf of ISOCARP, the team of experts has reported to me that they are convinced that the “Integral Guidelines for Urban Territories” is an excellent document, that reflects the current challenges and proposes tools and solutions to improve Russian cities and the quality of life of their inhabitants”

Denis Leontev, CEO of Strelka KB: “Collaboration with ISOCARP is a recognition of Strelka KB’s methodology and approaches to the development of cities by the international professional community,” Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontyev noted.

The agreement between Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute touches on three key fields. One part of their joint work will be the development of practical solutions: projects for strategic development projects, methodical guides, master plans, urban planning regulations, and urban consulting services. The other two fields are research and education. The research is focused on the development of tools which will allow cities to evaluate the quality of realised projects and will allow for the improvement of legal mechanisms in the urban development sphere. The organisations will work to increase the qualifications of specialists in the field of urban planning and management (with online and offline courses and methodological guides).

The agreement will allow them to attract additional experts from international organisations to the development process for Strelka KB projects in the fields of urban development and planning, housing policy, and international, regional, and national development banks.

This is not Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute’s first time working together. The opinions of ISOCARP’s experts were taken into account in the development of the Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development. For the Moscow City Government’s “Moscow Street” programme, Strelka KB received the ISOCARP Award for outstanding achievements in the planning field. Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontev presented the project to the audience of the 54th ISOCARP Congress in Norway.

The Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development is a universal document that can help many countries that are undertaking active work to develop their urban environments, tackle the challenges of urbanisation and active construction, and handle the lack of qualified personnel.

About ISOCARP Institute
ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and specialises in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional training. Initiated as a world-class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence, it empowers individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. Its prime objectives are strengthening cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices, while serving as an Urban Think Tank facilitating the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities.

About Strelka KB (visit website)
Strelka KB was founded in 2013. Strelka KB provides strategic consulting services in the field of integrated urban solutions and spatial planning. The structure of the company includes expert centres for Urban Anthropology, Urban Economics, GIS Analysis, Urbantech, Public Engagement, AR&VR, Communications and Design. The company works with experts in the fields of urban planning, design, transport, ecology, culture and art, and digital technologies. Strelka KB network of experts spans 45 countries.

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ISOCARP Institute Seminar at 55th ISOCARP Congress

ISOCARP Institute Seminar | 55th World Planning Congress

ISOCARP Institute Seminar “Solutions towards better Cities” 

11 September 2019 – 11.30 – 13.00

Cities are the place of economic production, knowledge and innovation – together with connectivity, creativity and services. As cities are dense, they also offer high potentials for energy savings and low carbon economies.
 
However, cities are also today confronted with several challenges: unemployment, segregation, climate change issues. Our ISOCARP Institute Seminar will focus on the implementation of good practices, by listening from leading companies from the private sector, and solutions developed by leading international organisations, partners or members of the ISOCARP Institute.
 
The Institute Seminar will present several initiatives and urban solutions from partners and members of the ISOCARP Institute: it will focus on training and capacity building and the initiative of ISOCARP Institute together with UN-Habitat; further, it will develop the topic of Smart Cities at the European level and demonstrate the results of European projects. Furthermore, our partners from ENGIE Tractebel will explain their best experiences in achieving urban solutions, and finally, our partners from STRELKA KB will present their achievements in Russia and abroad on urban guidelines and urban competitions.
 
The Institute Seminar will cover the topics of capacity building, research and practice, which correspond to the three pillars of activities of the ISOCARP Institute: Academy, Research and Practice.
 
The ISOCARP Seminar, a complete session towards integrated sustainable urban development.

Programme

11:30      Welcome
Didier Vancutsem, Moderator, Director ISOCARP Institute

11:35      Better cities and better training: UN-Habitat Strategic Plan and the Global Training initiative
Shipra Narang Suri, Director Urban Planning and Design Branch UN-Habitat, Nairobi

11:50      Evolution to Smart Cities – Key findings for European Cities 
Daniele Vettorato, EU Project Manager, EURAC Trento

12:05      The EU Research Project on Smart Cities – Positive CityxChange
Tjark Gall, Project Manager, +CxC Project, ISOCARP Institute, The Hague

12:20      Towards solutions for better cities: How ENGIE is developing global urban solutions
Etienne Drouet / Charles-Marie Delpierre, Senior Urban Specialists, ENGIE Paris         

12:35      Urban Guidelines and Urban Competitions – How cities can become better – the experience from Russia
Alexei Muratov, Partner Head of Strategies for territorial development / Ekaterina Maleeva, Project Leader STRELKA KB, Moscow

12:50      Podium Discussion + Attendance interaction
Speakers + Moderator ISOCARP

13:00      Closing + continuing discussion during lunch break

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YPP Workshop in Ningbo, China

YPP Workshop in Ningbo, China

ISOCARP is proud to announce a Young Planning Professionals’ workshop (YPP) in Ningbo, China, between 26 and 30 August 2019. The YPP Program is a crucial component of ISOCARP’s dedication to promote and enhance the planning profession and commitment to facilitate knowledge for better cities with the young generations. The programme has been leading for over two decades to provide young planning professionals an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural setting, share their experiences on real-life planning problems, and exchange ideas and learn from each other as well as from senior colleagues. The Ningbo YPP workshop will be organised in collaboration with the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the China Urban Planning Society (UPSC), and undertaken by Ningbo Bureau of Nature Resources and Planning (NBNRP), the Ningbo Urban Planning & Design Institute (NBPI) and the ISOCARP Institute, Centre for Urban Excellence.

Theme of the Workshop

The theme of the Ningbo YPP workshop is ‘Child-responsive Urban Planning’. Since 2018, ISOCARP has cooperated with United National International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to promote the process of child-friendly urbanization, aiming at drawing attention to the needs of children in urban planning and enabling children worldwide to have a healthy, safe, inclusive and green life in vibrant, fair and friendly cities. These efforts also help to complete the agenda proposed by the United Nations Development Programme: ‘Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. As starting point and planning reference, the workshop will consider UNICEF’s publication ‘Shaping urbanization for Children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning’.

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+CityxChange (Positive City ExChange) is a smart city project, that has been granted funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the call for ‘Smart cities and communities.’ In all seven Lighthouse Cities (LHC) and Follower Cities (FC) which are part of the project, Positive Energy Blocks and Districts will be developed and installed, contributing to the European Clean Energy Transition goals across EU cities.  

The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. This includes the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market supported by a connected community. It further leads to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that deliver positive energy communities integrating e-Mobility as a Service (eMaaS). Our innovation and demonstration projects are organised as 11 Demonstration Projects.

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Invitation to Bucharest Forum on Nature-based Solutions

Invitation to Bucharest Forum on Nature-based Solutions

The ThinkNature project consortium invites you to participate in the Bucharest Forum on Nature-based Solutions (NBS). The Forum will be held from 2-3 October 2019 in Bucharest. The forum will be a lively debate with a thematic focus on (1) Cities & policies and (2) Business models & technical aspects. Each day consists out of a plenary opening, four parallel sessions and a plenary closure. Next to the parallel sessions the NBS Café will be open as break-out room for networking, informal meetings and exhibitions.

Nature-based solutions can be perceived as complicated interventions, only suitable for cities with the right legislation, governance and funding in place. The Forum will pay special attention to the role of NBS in cities in Central and East-Europe. We invite you to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the implementation of NBS in an interactive workshop setting!