Policy matters


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Lahti, a city of 120,000 people in Finland, is the European Green Capital 2021. Lahti won the prestigious title for being a top performer in the fields of air quality, waste, green growth and eco-innovation, as well as governance. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average, so Lahti...
Vitoria-Gasteiz is a sustainable city that has worked for years on a city model that also embraces its landscape, even as it grows. At times, during the 20th Century, the city’s population multiplied by four in just a decade, but planning ensured that it stayed inside city limits in order to...
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...
Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”
On 1 January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its residents. The results so far have been encouraging. The Tallinn authorities believe that, if done right, free public transport schemes can encourage a shift from cars to buses and...