Urban Transformation Pathways in European Cities

13-14 May, 2019


On 13-14 May 2019, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the EUKN organised a Policy Lab on the topic of   Urban Transformation Pathways in European Cities. The Policy Lab took place in Berlin and it was conducted in close cooperation with adelphi and Urban Catalysts.

The scope of the Policy Lab was to broaden the scope of the discussion on the local implications and the relevance of European and global agendas for cities. Both the global agendas, like the Agenda 2030 and New Urban Agenda, and the Urban Agenda for the EU will enable cities to become safer, more resilient and more sustainable.

The two-day workshop involved the perspective of European cities engaged in the field of sustainable urban development – synthesising insights from two projects: Possibilities and Strategies of the German EU Council Presidency 2020 and Global Urban Transformation commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

In order to account for the diversity of local challenges and approaches to urban development in European cities, five cities were invited to join the workshop and to share their experiences with urban transformation processes in the context of European and global agendas.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning with other leading European cities and to receive feedback and valuable insights from urban professionals on their urban transformation pathways. In addition, cities were updated on current EU policy processes and their relevance to them.