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Slovakia - Urban

Perspective du secteur Ouest © PBA-Vectuel-Studiosezz
The future of urban planning might already be here, in the north west of Paris, on a 54 hectare site that used to be a railway yard behind Saint Lazare train station. A project to redevelop the site started in 2001. The intention was to create a village that would serve the 2012 Olympics, for which...
New report details water management good practices
A European Commission-funded project has published a guide for city planners on how to tackle the four main water management issues that urban areas face: flooding, water scarcity, water conservation and water quality. The report, from the POWER project, analyses best practices in each of these...
Organic farming goes in circles  
A Slovakian eco-entrepreneur wants to promote outside his home country a system for the mechanical cultivation of agricultural soils that can work entirely without oil as an energy input. Soil cultivation is generally done using heavy machinery such as tractors. While these have greatly...
Tram depots: a blueprint for green building
Five European cities define the cutting-edge in sustainable urban building with four innovative new tram depots A new series of tram depots offers an answer to the challenge of building new public infrastructure both essential for urban development and constrained by stringent environmental,...
A report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre indicates that environmental improvements in residential buildings could result in overall greenhouse gas emission reductions of 7%. The JRC IMPRO-Building report suggests that such reductions could be achieved without incurring...
Cities setting standards in eco-innovation
Curitiba is Brazil’s seventh largest city and ‘green capital’. One of the best examples of green urban planning, it shows a city can minimise its environmental impact and be attractive. Eco-innovation is usually applied to products, not cities. Yet the planning achievements of Curitiba and...