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Connected Smart Cities Conference 2020

Brussels, Belgium
Thu 23.01.2020 09:00

The Connected Smart Cities Conference 2020 (CSCC) is the annual community event organised by Open & Agile Smart Cities. CSCC brings together city representatives, companies, research, and policy-makers to discuss the state of smart cities & communities and how to make smart cities open, interoperable and more sustainable.

Info: https://oascities.org/event/connected-smart-cities-conference-2020/

Street Opening in Zürich

  • Posted on: 17 September 2019
  • By: Barbara Kieser

The new encounter-Zone in the Metamorphosis-Neighbourhood "Tiefenbrunnen" in Zürich was inaugurated with a street-opening. Seven parking spaces were also permanently removed in the course of the implementation. This gives children the opportunity to play on the street and to use the street as public space, as meeting place. This promotes both neighbourhood-ness and child-friendliness.

Broadening Pedestrian Areas with the Help of Parklets

  • Posted on: 5 September 2019
  • By: Merle Schroer

Eight car parking spaces were turned into liveable parklets for residents in Munich to sit down and relax. The parklets remained from July to September 2019 and provided plants, furniture, bicycle parking, a bookcase, a little blackboard and in one case even a small sandpit for children. Previous to the implementation, neighbours were involved and their concerns and contributions were considered in the planning. “Godparenthoods” for the plants (including watering and taking care of the plants) created even further citizen involvement.

Street Opening for Neighbours in Munich

  • Posted on: 4 September 2019
  • By: Merle Schroer

Over the course of two months, a street section at the "Alpenplatz" in the city of Munich provided a safe place for children to play and neighbours to relax. By closing the street for cars, citizens could recapture street space for various activities such as chalk painting, scooter riding or just simply playing on the provided furniture. Local shops and restaurants were involved during the process. Nearby, a box with toys, such as tricycles or balls, provided further possibilities for children to play in the street. The box will remain at the Alpenplatz after the street opening as well.

VCÖ Mobility Award

  • Posted on: 2 September 2019
  • By: Sabine Oberrauter

The VCÖ Mobility Award is Austria's largest competition for climate-friendly mobility and sustainable freight transport and is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
The project Metamorphosis and in particular the Living Labs for the future were nominated by the jury of experts for the VCÖ Mobility Award 2019 among the Top 5 in the category Research and Scientific Studies.

International PARK(ing) Day

global
Fri 20.09.2019 00:00

Around the globe, people are celebrating the international PARK(ing) Day, an initiative to promote re-thinking of public space.

It was arranged for the first time in 2005 in a car park in San Francisco. Since then it has spread to a number of other cities across the world and always takes place on the 3rd Friday of September. The idea is to transform grey parking lots into livable and creative space for people.

 

Public street space for everyone

  • Posted on: 20 August 2019
  • By: Sabine Oberrauter
Public parking space transformer in Graz 2019

A bicycle is as a matter of law the only way to an efficient use of public parking spaces - and the size of a bicycle is not restricted. In Graz (AT) this legal grey area is used to elegantly transform a parking space legally without permission. This is realized by simply parking one or two adapted cargo bikes. A space that is normally blocked by a car and therefore is unusable becomes a traffic-free and usable space for everyone.

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