Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 22, September 2018

Dear readers,

Following the summer break in Germany, networking between German cities on the one hand and Jordanian, Lebanese and Turkish cities on the other is one of the focal points of the work of Connective Cities.

Thanks to your support and commitment, we were able to mobilize an impressive range of German municipal stakeholders in subjects as diverse as integrated urban district development, energy efficiency, local economic development and solid waste management. These stakeholders are interested to support the further elaboration of project ideas to support host communities in the Middle Eastern countries.

We will keep you posted on further developments!

Until then, we hope you enjoy your reading,

Your Connective Cities Team

The Voice of the Cities: Local Government Associations
Dialogue event, 9 – 11 July 2018 in Cologne, Deutschland

How can Local Government Associations strengthen their role representing municipal interests? 24 experts from 11 associations discussed topics such as structure, funding, advocacy, thematic committees and membership services.

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Planning for clean air: establishment of environmental zones and air pollution control
Study tour for delegates of the municipality of Kragujevac, Serbia 18 – 23 August 2018 in North Rhine-Westphalia

Focus on philanthropic planning instead of a car-friendly urban model, including extensive involvement of all interest groups including children.

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Good practice: how does it work and where
Low-Traffic City Centre in Leipzig: When less leads to more
New horizons for traffic and urban planning

Today the city is pulsating with life – inviting visitors to take a stroll and go on a shopping spree. Today, 81 per cent of citizens already use environmentally sound means of transport to get to the centre - thanks to the concept of 'Low-Traffic City Centre'.

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Well advised: expert assignments
Restoration and reconception of the use of the "Cadet Corps"
Expert assignment in the field of structural change, 14 – 16 May 2018, to Poltava, Ukraine

The experts supported the development of a coherent and city-compatible mix of different uses of the 12,500 sqm, which will suit the various interest groups as well as the overall vision for Poltawa in 2030.

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Urban Public Transport and the Recapture of Public Space
Expert assignment in the field of urban mobility, 17 - 20 July 2018, to Trujillo, Peru

Questions of communication with the various interest groups and methods of participation as well as the overall process design were at the centre of the discussion.

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Refugee Integration and Promoting Social Cohesion
Call for participation in the practitioner dialogue and workshop with German and Turkish municipalities, 10 - 12 October, in Istanbul, Turkey

The aim of this event is to offer a constructive dialogue platform for interactive knowledge exchange, exchange of best practices and collegial learning to further develop local strategies and projects.  

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Digital city: municipalities as actors or objects of digitalization
Call for participants, dialogue event, 23 - 25 October 2018, in Nuremberg, Germany

Cities develop strategic approaches to shape their own digitalization in important fields like mobility and citizen services. Take part in the exchange with German practitioners.

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Finding experts - registering as an expert
The expert database of the Connective Cities web portal facilitates networking of municipal professionals from Germany and other countries worldwide, interested in a global exchange of their expertise. 
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Good Practices
Practical examples from experts for experts
Benefit from our constantly growing collection of successful projects for sustainable urban development, through using it as an inspiration and learning from the experience of practitioners.
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Wits-TUB Urban Lab Interdisciplinary Bilateral Postgraduate Studies Programme

School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg, January 2019 - December 2019. Application Deadline: 30.09.2018 - 5 Master Scholarships


Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

Houses, offices and other buildings account for more than half of all planet-warming gasses emitted by urban areas


These 4 cities used data to become more sustainable and inclusive. Here's how

Data provides valuable examples of transportation patterns and needs, allowing cities to plan mitigation actions that decrease their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions


Putting waste to work for green and resilient cities

Economic gains from better urban waste management


Climate Opportunity: More Jobs; Better Health; Liveable Cities

2018 - Quantifiying the benefits of climate mitigation measures in buildings, transport and energy supply

Reshaping Decentralised Development Co-operation

2018 - The Key Role of Cities and Regions for the 2030 Agenda

Innovations for Urban Sanitation

2018 - Adapting Community-led Approaches


01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 // Norway - Bodø

Cool Planning: Changing Climate and Our Urban Future

ISOCARP’s 54th Annual Congress

07/11/2018 to 08/11/2018 // Austria - Vienna

Opening up the smart city: Open governance, data and people

6th Informed Cities Forum - how digital tools and platforms are transforming how we govern our cities

13/11/2018 to 15/11/2018 // Spain - Barcelona

Smart City Expo World Congress

One of the leading global platforms to present and get up-to-date with the most innovative developments transforming our cities.

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