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  • Urban renewal project Esch Belval : From Luxembourg’s largest steelworks to a dynamic mixed-use city quarter
    25 June 2013
    For several decades Esch/Belval, a development site about 20 kilometres southwest of Luxembourg-City, was home to the country’s largest steel plant. Today only a few remnants of the factory buildings are left. The site is developing into a modern city quarter with new economic, cultural and residential activities aimed at stimulating growth in the entire South Region.
  • On-site visit European Elected Representatives in The Hague-Rotterdam Metropolitan Area
    28 May 2013
    Question: What do you get when sixteen mayors, deputy mayors and members of municipality councils from across Europe come together in The Hague - Rotterdam metropolitan area (The Netherlands) on the 24th-26th of April? Answer: the first ever on-site pilot visit (requested by the European Parliament) regarding a capacity building programme for local and regional elected politicians. Accompanied by staff members of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, this two-day programme was organised and hosted by the European Metropolitan network Institute (EMI) and the city of The Hague.
  • Erasmus for Local and Regional Elected Representatives: study visit to Rotterdam/The Hague
    15 April 2013
    At the request of the European Parliament and in collaboration with the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) has launched a Preparatory Action entitled ‘Erasmus for local and regional elected representatives'. The action is aimed at local and regional representatives from EU Member States who wish to increase their knowledge of EU cohesion policy and examine best practices in urban governance by means of training and transnational learning activities. EMI is assisting in the organisation of the site visit to the polycentric metropolitan area of Rotterdam and The Hague (The Netherlands) which will start on Wednesday the 24th of April 2013.
  • ESPON’s Research Project RISE
    18 February 2013
    Over recent decades it has become increasingly clear that successful regional development requires the merging of skills and resources. This new approach necessitates the creation of new more inclusive forms of governance, with a movement towards flexible cooperative networks, clusters and partnerships. In short, nowadays policy makers must operate in a system of multi-level governance.
  • Erasmus: new EU-wide learning programme on cohesion policy and sustainable urban development
    18 February 2013
    The European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) has launched, in collaboration with the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament’ s Preparatory Action entitled ‘Erasmus for local and regional elected representatives'. The action is aimed at local and regional representatives from EU Member States who wish to increase their knowledge on EU cohesion policy and hear about best practices in city governance through ad hoc training and transnational learning activities. EMI will assist in the organisation of one of the ‘site visits’ to the polycentric metropolitan area of Rotterdam and The Hague.
  • Best practices polycentric area Rotterdam-The Hague
    21 November 2012
    How to enhance the spatial-functional, cultural and institutional integration within a metropolitan area? This article discusses 4 best practices of policy measures taken by (semi)-public institutions, private partners and local, regional and national authorities in the Metropoolregio Rotterdam-The Hague (South wing of the Randstad (Netherlands). Although the process of metropolisation can be indentified as an autonomous process, urban or regional policies can foster a further integration of polycentric metropolitan areas. The Metropoolregio Rotterdam-The Hague is 1 of in total 6 case studies part of EMI’s Knowledge and Research Agenda on Polycentric Metropolitan Areas.
  • EMI at the Open Days: call for cities to cooperate
    16 October 2012
    During the 2012 Open Days , DG Regio, Urban Policy and EMI jointly organised a session about governance of urban areas. Before an audience of researchers and policy makers and politicians from the EU and the local level, Dr. Evert Meijers presented the results of EMI’s Knowledge and Research Agenda on Polycentric Metropolitan Areas. Deputy Mayor of The Hague Henk Kool added his voice by calling upon cities to join a future consortium that builds on the outcomes of this agenda.
  • Case study on the Polish Tri-City Region
    28 June 2012
    As one of the hosting cities of the European Football Championships 2012, Gdansk has featured regularly in the news over the last couple of months. Supporters of the likes of Spain, Italy, Ireland and Croatia all had the chance to discover the city and travel around in the region. Most likely they also visited the neighbouring cities Sopot and Gdynia as well, since these three cities are strongly connected and actually function as one metropolitan region: the Tri-City Region. Which precisely is the topic of EMI’s case study as part of its Knowledge and Research Agenda ‘Polycentric Metropolitan Areas’.
  • Polycentric metropolitan areas: the dilemmas of the future
    24 May 2012
    During the Regional Studies Association conference in Delft EMI’s Polycentrism research team organised a roundtable discussion about the dilemmas and challenges regarding polycentric metropolitan areas. Some of the most eminent researchers in the field discussed several statements derived from the preliminary findings of EMI’s knowledge and research agenda ‘Polycentrism Metropolitan Areas’. A short impression of the roundtable discussion is given in this article.
  • Directions for successful development strategies on polycentrism
    23 May 2012
    This year’s edition of the Regional Studies Association’s European Conference was hosted by the Delft University of Technology. EMI took the opportunity to present its findings on the polycentric metropolitan development strategies of 3 European city regions: Linköping-Norrköping (Sweden), Rotterdam-The Hague (The Netherlands) and the Polish Tri-City region.
  • Central German Metropolitan Region: Urgency for economic cooperation
    04 May 2012
    The Central German Metropolitan Region aims to strengthen the regional economy. After a period of quick de-industrialisation, the region must improve its economic strength in order to remain competitive on the longer term. Based on interviews with experts on the metropolitan region, this article discusses the first results of EMI’s case study on the Central German Metropolitan Region.
  • Polycentric metropolitan areas in practice: views of urban professionals
    23 April 2012
    In the fall of 2011, EMI sent out a questionnaire to urban professionals working in the 100 largest European metropolitan areas. The survey addressed issues such as the functional integration, forms of regional governance and the cultural unity of the metropolitan area. EMI asked them to indicate the knowledge questions they consider essential for further academic research.
  • Rethink and re-plan the city: Go beyond generic concepts and create true participation of all stakeholders
    23 April 2012
    On Friday April 20th, the Urban Summit ‘Making City’ was organised in Rotterdam to mark the start of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Around one hundred urban professionals discussed the ‘Agenda for Making City’, which lists important actions that need to be taken in order to make our future cities.
  • Metropolitan area Rotterdam-The Hague: the next level
    10 April 2012
    A next step has been made in intensifying collaboration efforts between 24 Dutch municipalities as part of the creation of a Metropolitan area Rotterdam-The Hague (MRDH). The aim of the metropolitan area is to avoid duplication of funding and efforts related to housing, amenities and local business parks in the region by means of coordinating new developments. The cities within the MRDH will work together in, for example executing jointly determined policies. During a special conference on the 4th of April the MRDH presented their action plans.
  • EMI publishes article in CoR-report ‘The Governance of Metropolitan Regions’
    08 March 2012
    On the 1st of February 2012 The Committee of the Regions (CoR) released 2 new publications with urban governance as the main theme. EMI´s research-team on polycentric metropolitan areas contributed to these publications by writing an article (p.95) on integrating several urban centers into one metropolitan area, a so-called polycentric region.
  • EMI interviews public & private stakeholders in Milan
    07 March 2012
    EMI researchers Marloes Hoogerbrugge and Koen Hollander visited Milan from the 29th of February to the 2nd of March, for the Knowledge and Research Agenda on Polycentric Metropolitan Areas. They interviewed various public and private stakeholders in order to find out to what extent the region is functionally, politically and culturally integrated, and what issues dominate the urban agenda. The case study Milan will be published shortly on the website of EMI, but this article gives a first impression of the main findings.
  • The Tri-City Region in Poland: three cities rather than one urban region?
    01 March 2012
    Battling the freezing cold, EMI visited the Tri-City Region in Poland from the 23rd till 26th of January. Evert Meijers and Marloes Hoogerbrugge, both researchers for EMI’s Knowledge & Research Agenda Polycentric Metropolitan Areas, interviewed the representatives of 10 institutes involved in the polycentric development of the Tri-City Region. The research results will be published in a case study, but this article gives a brief overview of initial findings.
  • Linköping and Norrköping: effective ways to collaborate in a polycentric metropolitan area
    23 January 2012
    In December 2011, EMI visited the Swedish cities Linköping and Norrköping as part of the Knowleddge & Research Agenda on Polycentric Metropolitan Areas. Many European cities are becoming part of a broader functional urban area that includes a multitude of urban cores. In order to address the main issues that European metropolitan areas face within this process, EMI interviewed key experts from the public and private sector in Sweden as part of a case study on this area. This article highlights the main impressions.
  • EMI visits twin cities Linköping – Norrköping in Sweden
    10 January 2012
    For the Knowledge & Research Agenda on Polycentric Metropolitan Areas EMI visited the twin cities Linköping - Norrköping in Sweden. In Sweden Dr. Evert Meijer (Programme Manager EMI) and Mr. Koen Hollander (Deputy Programme Manager EMI) spoke to many different experts: researchers, policy makers and business representatives. A journalist from the local newspaper interviewed the EMI team whilst they were visiting these twin cities. This article is based on the translation of this newspaper article.
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