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Two exhibitions show Cities can be sustainable

8th September 2011

The ‘Train of Ideas’ rolled into Brussels yesterday, the latest city in a series of stops around Europe which has included Paris, Copenhagen, Munich, Warsaw, Barcelona and others.

The arrival of the exhibition on sustainable urban living created by Hamburg, European Green Capital 2011 was attended by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Hamburg’s Senator for Urban Development and Environment Jutta Blankau and Brussels’ Minister for the Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation Evelyne Huytebroeck. Coinciding with the arrival of the Train was the inauguration of the exhibition “Brussels, A Sustainable City!” showing how Brussels Capital Region plans to become a European model of sustainable development. Both exhibitions aim to demonstrate how cities can be both attractive and sustainable in the future.

Commissioner Potočnik said: “Sharing good ideas and practices is vital if we want our cities to change for the better. The European Green Capital Award is a powerful instrument to convince local authorities by real life examples that sustainable urban development is very much possible. The Train of Ideas and the Brussels exhibition are models of what can be done in two very different contexts. I encourage as many Europeans as possible to visit both exhibitions.”

 
 
 

Commissioner Potočnik speaking at the Train of ideas in Brussels Credit photo: Vivian Hertz

 
 
 

From right to left: Commissioner Potočnik, Brussels' Minister for the Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation Evelyne Huytebroeck, Hamburg's Senator for Urban Development and Environment Jutta Blankau launching the arrival of the the Train of ideas the inauguration of the exhibition "Brussels, A Sustainable City!",Brussels, 7 September 2011 Credit photo: Vivian Hertz

 

Commissioner Potočnik, walking past the Train of ideas, Brussels, 7 September 2011 Credit photo: Vivian Hertz

The Train of Ideas

The Train of Ideas exhibition, entitled “Visions for the Cities of the Future”, focuses on the challenges of designing European cities that are sustainable, environmentally-friendly and attractive to live in. With more than 70 exhibits and 26 touch screens, the exhibition presents best practices from Hamburg and features exemplary projects from other European cities. The exhibition presents the topics of “Urban Development and Living”, “Mobility”, “Energy and Climate Protection”, “Nature and Urban Green”, “Resource Protection and Business” and “Consumption” in an interactive way. Visitors see the city from various perspectives: personal, local, regional and global.

Train timetable

  • 7 – 13 Sept: Brussels (The “Train of Ideas” is displayed along the Boulevard de l’Impératrice, close to the Central Station)
  • 15 – 19 Sept: Amsterdam
  • 21 – 25 Sept: Antwerp
  • 29 Sept – 22 Oct: Hamburg

The Exhibition: “Brussels, a Sustainable City!”

Housed in a 25-metre-high tower, the Exhibition shows how Brussels is planning to become a European model of sustainable development. It offers an overview of the actions and projects already put in place by Brussels Capital Region to improve the quality of life of its people, while at the same time placing less of a burden on the environment. The “Brussels, A Sustainable City!” exhibition is at “Parvis Sainte-Gudule” and will be open until 30 October 2011.

Further details

To see all the photos from the inauguration event of the two exhibitions click here 

To watch the video click here

To watch the Train of Ideas blog on the Train arriving in Brussels click here

To read the Commission’s Press Release in EN DE FR or NL click here

To read Commisioner Potočnik’s full speech click here

To read more about the Award and applications click here

To read more about the Train of Ideas click here

To read more about the Brussels Exhibition click here