Interview Natasja Wijnen on Brabantstad: we can achieve more together than individually
18 November 2013
BrabantStad is an urban network of the five major cities of Brabant (the Netherlands): Breda, Eindhoven, Helmond, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg and the province of North Brabant. The partnership empowers the region, making it possible to achieve a competitive strength that cities have not been able to attain individually due to a lack of means and critical mass. BrabantStad cities have combined their qualities and expertise, as they largely complement one another in various fields, making them more competitive both in national and European contexts. The symbiosis is remarkable: the region has expanded into the Netherlands’ second largest economy and the Brainport-region Eindhoven is one of three national top-regions and the smartest region in the world.
Interview David Waite on Scottish Cities Alliance: focus on mutual benefits
18 October 2013
The Scottish Cities Alliance is the collaboration of seven cities in Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) tasked with the collective aim of attracting external investment, stimulating economic activity and creating new jobs. It was launched in December 2011. David Waite, a researcher at the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, was a key-note speaker at the EUKN Policy Lab in Budapest.
Swedish experiences with Ageing, Care and Housing - Interview with Cecilia Henning, Jönköping University
18 September 2013
Celia Henning gives insights into the Swedish long tradition of decentralised healthcare responsibilities and vast experience in supporting independent living for elderly people. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Health Sciences at Jönköping University.
Interview Martinsen- eco district Kronsberg: sustainability is a true challenge on the local level urban
12 August 2013
Involved in the successful sustainable urban development project Kronsberg in Hannover (Germany), we asked Mr. Reinhard Martinsen about his vision on sustainable urban development processes in European cities.
Interview Darinka Czischke: ‘Everyone should have access to decent housing’
24 June 2013
Everyone should have access to decent housing – this is the vision of the UK-based housing research charity, the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF). Darinka Czischke has recently taken over as Director of BSHF and introduces the organisation and its priorities.
Interview Cristina Pronello – research on traffic noise and travel behaviour
27 May 2013
Cristina Pronello is a Professor in Transport and Territory Planning at the Politecnico in Torino, Italy. A multi-tasker at heart, she combines various roles (Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of JPI Urban Europe and Chair of the COST Transport and Urban Development Domain Committee (TUD)) with conducting her own research. We asked her a couple of questions about these roles as well as about her recent research articles on traffic noise and changing travel behaviour.
Interview Pink Pony Express: municipalities are afraid to have real contact with citizens
18 March 2013
The Pink Pony Express is a collective consisting of an urban designer, a few graphic designers and a spatial planner/designer. Working independently from any municipality, they initiate projects in neighbourhoods all over the world. Pink Pony Express: ‘An image is stronger than just words on paper, like policy often only is. We are specialised in journalism with images, not only words.’ What is so special about their approach is that they actually live in the neighbourhoods they work in, at least for a while. This gives them a good insight into what is going on in that particular neighbourhood. Their aim is to bridge the gaps that exist between citizens and the government by organising all kinds of bottom-up initiatives.
Interview Ian Goldring about the URBACT project network JobTown
19 February 2013
Goldring: ‘Youth unemployment and underemployment is not just a problem for those young people directly affected; by extension it is a societal and economic problem for everyone. It is a structural problem pre-dating the crisis – obviously, made much worse by the crisis – and it will not just end when the current economic crisis is over’. Ian Goldring is Director of the Brussels-based ProjectWorks non-profit association. Currently he is the Lead Expert for the URBACT JobTown network, which focuses on the creation of youth employment and opportunity, through a mix of long-term approaches and short-term actions.
Interview Lucas de Man New Heroes: unlike the government, art does have the ability to involve and affect citizens
21 January 2013
Lucas de Man creates with his foundation New Heroes art projects and urban actions in public spaces. De Man: ‘nowadays the thought the government can arrange everything for its citizens is unrealistic and outdated. Citizens must feel involved. That’s why bottom-up initiatives have a greater chance to work. The projects and actions of New Heroes are either self-initiated or commissioned and are driven by the need to let public space be a place of non-obligatory encounters between citizens and the city government. EMI talked to the founder and got really enthusiastic about their work. De Man:' art is one of the few things in our society that is not affected by any political lobby. We can make make people talk and give them influence. Art has the ability to mobilise people.’
Interview Carl Hamilton: Road pricing is not about car-bashing, but about saving time
19 December 2012
Road pricing is a much researched concept. Many researchers have analyzed the effects of road pricing on how it affects traffic flow, congestion, the environment, and social welfare in general. Carl Hamilton, a member of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, recently defended his doctoral thesis, which is not about the effects, but rather on the implementation of road pricing.
Interview Professor Van Montfort: simple solutions for complex sustainability challenges
20 November 2012
Cities and urban areas are often perceived as being a large part of the problem when it comes to their impact on the environment. At the same time, urban areas are the place where solutions are found. Prof. Cor van Montfort from Tilburg University is initiating a research project together with Dr. Ank Michels from Utrecht University on public-private partnerships and sustainable cities. EMI interviewed the Professor about this ambitious project.
Interview with The Mobile City: how cities fully benefit from digital media technologies
15 October 2012
EMI interviewed Michiel de Lange, co-founder of research group The Mobile City. The Mobile City initiative bridges the worlds of digital media makers and urban professionals. De Lange and other co-founder, Martijn de Waal, came up with the idea while working on their respective PhD projects about the influence of digital media on the city. They noticed that urban professionals often do not know how to involve digital media technologies in their work.
Interview CityMart.com: shop around for solutions to urban challenges
17 September 2012
EMI interviewed the co-founder of CityMart.com, Sascha Haselmayer. CityMart.com is a new online global marketplace to connect cities with providers that have a view on how to solve urban challenges. These solution providers showcase their products and services on the online global marketplace. The marketplace provides solutions in a wide spectrum of areas such as health, transport, mobility, logistics, public services and tourism.
Interview Philipp Oswalt: We need a new understanding of shrinking cities
23 July 2012
“Politicians and economists have tried to counteract the phenomena of shrinking cities for a long time now but up to date this has rarely resulted in a turnaround. I think that we should respect people’s wishes to move elsewhere. To create policy in order to “combat” this problem will not work as there is no proper policy that will stop people from moving from one place to another.” Being interviewed is German architect, Philipp Oswalt. He was involved in the project ‘Shrinking Cities’ which was initiated by the German government as an exhibition project which started in 2002 and ran through 2008. It was funded with over € 4,5 million Euros and it focused on understanding the phenomena of shrinking cities in the US, Great Britain, Russia, Japan and Germany. Oswalt argues that we need a new understanding of shrinking cities.
Interview European Cyclists Federation - not having a clear plan is like cycling with a flat tire
26 June 2012
Julian Ferguson from the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) is very clear: ‘We have one goal and that is that we want more people cycling in Europe ( 15% of all trips by bicycle by 2020). We therefore lobby at the European institutions, stimulate the sharing of knowledge between the academic world and policy makers.‘
Interview with Designer Damon Rich: involve energetic community-based organizations to successfully implement urban landscape programs
23 May 2012
EMI interviewed Mr. Damon Rich, Designer and Artist, currently working for the city of Newark New Jersey as the city's first Chief Urban Designer, about challenges in his daily work, how to connect architecture with politics and differences between European and American cities.
Interview Marianne van den Anker, former councillor of Rotterdam city
23 April 2012
Interview EUREKA: helping industry to find research funding
21 March 2012
Interview Heidy van Beurden: It´s not difficult to become a Smart City
18 January 2012
Interview Philip Monaghan: societies need desirability and deliverability for a green economy
11 November 2011
Interview Prof. Joan Fitzgerald: how can cities stimulate a green economy?
24 May 2011
Interview Eric Copius Peereboom KPMG: climate change is not a minor issue for cities
15 July 2011
Interview Prof. Kazepov: social inclusion is all about making synergies
19 October 2011
Interview Prof. Alan Murie: regenerating neighbourhoods is a complex process
22 June 2011
The Hague Safety House: juvenile crime prevention in the city
19 October 2011