Liveable cities

In the 21st century, keeping our cities liveable will be a major challenge both for India and for Europe. The problems are wide-ranging, from pollution and congestion to stress...    (Read More....)

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In the 21st century, keeping our cities liveable will be a major challenge both for India and for Europe. The problems are wide-ranging, from pollution and congestion to stress and depression.

During the 20th century, Indian cities saw a phase of untrammelled and unplanned growth. Today, the average city’s quality of life is going down by the day. Millions of families are affected by pollution, congestion, urban poverty, and a shortage of housing, drinking water supply, sanitation, sewage treatment, and waste collection. Yet, in order to accommodate the current rate of urbanization, the country needs to build the equivalent of at least one mega-city every year. Not surprisingly, it is investing billions of euros into creating clean cities and ‘smart cities’.

In Europe, the problems may be less visible but they are as challenging. Experts are outcompeting each other in a saturated market, while the space to experiment with new solutions has become limited. There is decreasing public capital to invest in urban development, even though the European economy is heavily dependent on its cities. At the societal level, cities show increasing difficulties in coping with their cultural diversity. Isolation and stress among the urban population also give rise to a major health threat: depression and anxiety. 

Challenges Opportunities
Europe ·      Outcompeting of urban developers and architects

·      Since 1993, the 20 largest metropolitan areas in Europe have achieved annual income growth of 1.6%, a quarter of the 6.2% recorded by their counterparts in the emerging world (Brookings Global MetroMonitor)

·      Each year, 25% of the EU population suffer from depression or anxiety (WHO); stress and burn-out on the rise in urban regions

·      Impressive expertise on urban planning, but saturated market and decreasing means

·      Research culture

India ·      Terrible living conditions in the cities (e.g. in 2013, Mumbai was ranked India’s most liveable city, even though its inhabitants inhale the equivalent of 2.5 packets of cigarettes per day (WHO)

·      Many more cities are needed: 150 new mid-sised cities or 18 Mumbais

·      Urbanization rate: every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave a village to settle in a city; urban population of 590 million by 2030

·      Billions of euros are being invested in urban development and clean ‘smart’ cities

We propose bringing European expertise to tier-three Indian cities, while building knowledge about the role of space in India, and how it is acclimatized to facilitate human happiness. Of course, any solution must tackle the scale of urbanization in India. Our ongoing project focuses on Belgian companies and researchers, and cities in Karnataka, where we are implementing some of the lessons learnt thus far.

The following activities are organized in this focus domain.

Announcement from an IP Preferred Partner: Universiteit Hasselt organiseert “Opleiding Verkeersveiligheidsauditor” – start 14 februari 2016

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The University of Hasselt organises a training for executors and clients of a road safety audit, starting on February 14th, 2017. For...

When:14 February, 2017
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Workshop / Seminar / Training
Location:Hasselt, Belgium

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Announcement by an IP Preferred Partner: “European Road Safety Summer School 22 – 26 August 2016”

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The European Road Safety Summer School from 22nd to 26th of August 2016 is an initiative of the Flemish Foundation for...

When:26 June, 2016 - 22 August, 2016
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Workshop/Seminar/Training
Location:Mechelen, Belgium

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Flemish India Platform – Creating a network and a policy framework for collaboration between Flanders and India in the 21st century (Vlaams India Platform, VIP)

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In March 2014, the Flemish Prime Minister, Mr. Kris Peeters, approved a project called “Incubation Phase for a Flemish India...

When:1 May, 2014 - 30 April, 2016
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Project, Events aiming at stimulating policy making in India-Europe relations
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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India Platform Study Visit to India – Liveable Cities

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The India Platform invites European professionals, researchers and companies in the domain of Liveable Cities and Waste Management to some of...

When:3 January, 2016, 9:00 am - 9 January, 2016
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities, Waste management
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Visit to India, Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Mangalore, India

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Annual Stakeholders Meeting and Inauguration at BMS College of Engineering (BMSCE)

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The year 2015 was eventful for BMSCE, as the Annual Stakeholders Meeting (India) was held at the BMSCE board room in...

When:25 July, 2015
Focus Domain:Culture and management, Arts; traditions and heritage, Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities, Waste management, Higher Education
Event Type:Stakeholders Activity
Location:Bengaluru, India

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Announcement by a third party: International seminar ‘Local Urban Food Policies in the global food sovereignty debate’

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An increasing number of Cities are establishing local food strategies. The EU funded “Food Smart Cities for Development” network...

When:11 June, 2015, 1:00 pm - 12 June, 2015, 8:30 am
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Workshop / Seminar / Training
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Liveable Cities Study Visit – March 2015

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A testimonial by Mr. Hugo Monteyne, Scientific Staff, Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture:   “I never expected...

When:30 March, 2015 - 4 April, 2015
Focus Domain:Engineering, Liveable Cities
Event Type:Visit to India
Location:Pune, India

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Meeting: IP Focus Group Liveable Cities – Visit to Pune

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Report Pune visit November 2014 On the 21st and 22nd of November 2014, Prof. Jakob De Roover visited the Brick...

When:21 November, 2014
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Meeting / Roundtable, Call for applications / Call for projects / Job vacancy / Fellowship / Contest / Other funding opportunity, Meeting / Roundtable, For Business, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, Workshop/Seminar/Training
Location:Pune, India

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Meetings in Dharmasthala

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On November 17, Prof. Jakob De Roover met with several important people in the city of Dharmasthala, in the context of...

When:17 November, 2014, 10:00 am - 17 November, 2014, 12:30 am
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Project, Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Mangalore, India

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Second Focus Session of the India Platform Focus Group Liveable Cities

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Participants: Jean Blondeel, CEO, A&B Partners Arvind Chel, Assistant Professor, MGM College of Engineering and Technology, Navi-Mumbai Nele De Gersem, Deputy Director, India Platform,...

When:24 June, 2014, 6:00 pm - 24 June, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Liveable Cities
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Workshop / Seminar / Training
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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