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EURA Editorial Team

26/01/2023

#50 Healthy Place-making and Human Wellbeing

Health is not only the absence of disease or infirmity but also a sense of physical, mental, and social wellbeing. The way in which the living environment is designed influences inhabitants’ well-being. Unfortunately, the search for leverage points to enable better connections between wellbeing and the configuration of the built environment is messy. This is happening against the backdrop of the recent ...
26/12/2022

#49 The ‘15-minute city’: questioning the obvious

The ‘proximity-city’ is an umbrella term used to describe a range of chrono-urbanistic approaches focused on the provision of all one’s needs with a time-defined walking and/or cycling range. The most famous version of these approaches, and the one now receiving considerable attention, is the ‘15-minute city’ championed by the mayor of Paris. In a superficial sense, the 15-minute city echoes Jane Jacobs’...
28/11/2022

#48 The radical right threat to cities and communities

In recent months, serious newspapers in many different countries have drawn attention to the rise of the far-right in Europe. More than a few political commentators fear that recent developments could amount to a game-changing surge in support for nationalist, Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant, cu...
24/10/2022

#47 It’s supposed to be a conversation

One of the fascinating things about the EURA Conversations series is the wide range of topics about which so many people have written, especially all of the lesson learning from the Covid period (not that Covid is over, by any means). From Robin Hambleton’s opening Conversation on Leadership, through cycling, healthy spaces, to Africa, the Caribbean ...
13/06/2022

#46 EURA 2022 conference at a glance

At the end of the successful Oslo digital conference held last year (6-7 May, 2021), we said goodbye with the promise that it was the last time that EURA would have celebrated its most important event without the physical presence of the participants. A year later, we can say that the promise has been kept and we are close to meet again hundreds of s...
30/05/2022
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#45 Tirana Next City

Tirana is the Capital City of Albania (around 800,000 inhabitants in 2020) and it is considered the youngest European Capital, coming out from the former Socialist block only after 1992. Right after the fall of the strict Hoxha regime, the city has started experiencing a double path of its urban transition. On one hand, the social-economical path raised out by retaking back full freedom of choice; on the othe...
17/05/2022
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#44 Successful public protest

The COVID-19 lockdowns reminded us of the important contribution that public space makes to the quality of life in cities. Several contributors to this series—for example, Isabelle Bray and Dannielle Sinnett—explain how public space improves our health and wellbeing. It is also the case that squares, parks, and civic spaces, because they provide settings for public protest, play a vital role in supporting urb...
02/05/2022
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#43 EURA conferences

The annual EURA conference has been and, hopefully, will continue to be the ‘heartbeat’ and meeting point for our organisation and urban researchers committed to international exchange. Therefore, it was with deep disappointment we had to cancel the Oslo conference in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic The conference was still implemented a year later as a smaller but rather successful online event. We exp...
11/04/2022
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#42 Hope in cities

Thursday, February 24, 2022, I lay in bed unable to sleep. Two days before, Russia announced that it would recognize the independence of two pro-Russian Ukrainian territories and this morning, the invasion of Ukraine began. I was at a loss. Speaking to others – friends, relatives, students, and colleagues – it was clear that I was not alone. Fear, sadness, uncertainty, frustration, anger… the emotions roiling inside of us were legion. This was not new: It brought me b...
28/03/2022
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#41 Contemporary cities

The great recession (2008) and the Pandemic (2020) have redefined the balances and economies of European cities, but we could easily scale this consideration globally, however, in this conversation I will stay within the EU borders. The first crisis at least had the advantage of being progressive and of affecting only the demand side, the second instead hit us like an asteroid. The crisis induced by Covid tri...
14/03/2022
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#40 Working class neighbourhoods

When the first lockdown was imposed in France, we launched an action research project, on the effects of Covid-19 on working-class neighbourhoods in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (SCIVIQ project). In the ethnography conducted in a commune in the suburbs of Bordeaux, we found that the experience of the pandemic and of government health measures are linked to the relationships that the inhabitants have with th....
28/02/2022
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#39 Metropolization

In recent years, in France, the notion of metropolization has migrated from the academic vocabulary to the political debate. The term is most often used in a pejorative way to designate a set of territorial upheavals deemed harmful: the concentration of populations and activities in the largest cities, the progressive decline of small [...]
14/02/2022
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#38 Public space 2

The governance of Covid-19 pandemic has been broadly framed by policymakers as “a war against an invisible threat”. Across the globe, countries have implemented a range of lockdown policies to contain Covid-19. During these lockdowns, cities worldwide looked as if they really were in the midst of a war. In most cases, restrictions were placed on movement and social interaction,...
31/01/2022
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#37 Finding a home in the pacific

Before Covid-19, Aotearoa New Zealand performed as a proxy of the Global North. We traded and travelled back and forth between Europe and the Americas, with and via Asia and Africa. That life has been suspended. The pandemic has revealed our true location as a Pacific land—and geographic distance has never been of more advantage. All that blue lashing our edges on the globe, marking our islands as distant i...
17/01/2022
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#36 Inequalities in education

In this conversation I contend that amongst the clamour for schools to ‘return to normal’ teaching professionals need to step back, reflect on their Covid-19 experience, and use it as a springboard for creating schools for the twenty-first century. While researching teacher attrition and resilience, which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, I was able to hear from the chalkface of serving educational profes...
12/12/2021
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#35 Urbanisation

Covid-19 has, at least temporarily, changed the way we use cities. Some of the well-known shifts in our behaviour have been documented in this conversation series. Increases in distant working and the slowing down of public life in general have, on the one hand emphasised the meaning of the home environment and the quality of neighbourhoods, and on the other hand challenged the role of the city centres, office spaces and public transportation. However, the pandemic ha...
29/11/2021
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#34 Meeting places and people

During the last year and a half, I have been sitting on my chair, in front of a tiny table, spending entire days speaking through my pc to colleagues from all over Italy and Europe. Despite the lockdown, and the terrible uncertainty and sorrow of the last months, I never really felt alone: a 5-year-old child at home and full days of online meetings, seminars and conferences left little space for loneliness. ...
15/11/2021
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#33 The voices of young people on climate change

I initially intended to write a blogpost about cooperation within and between cities. Alas, my plan to share insights from the resiliency of cross border cooperation during the pandemic will just have to wait because I have another pressing issue on my mind. As I write, government and industry leaders, scientists and activists are convening in Glasgo...