Welcome to the URBIS project


Sustainable urban development in its complexity is one of the most critical issues today and it is also reflected in numerous recent policy commitments and targets from global to local level. Understanding of complex relations of urban versus non urban land both on the level of physical forms and material & energy flows are recognised as crucial for balanced economical, ecological and social inclusive sustainable development.

icon USER NEEDS DRIVEN

Urban Sprawl is a Europe-wide serious problem, not only due to total area taken, but also due to its spatial distribution patterns (leading often to landscape fragmentation) and the composition of land taken (mostly agriculture and natural areas are converted to artificial areas). Finally, also the utilization of urbanized area (no. of inhabitants, no. of jobs) has to be taken into account to assess sustainability of urban development. Land is a finite resource and therefore urban planners need to select land to be used for further development more wisely applying the concept of land recycling. There is a need for a user-oriented service facilitating the identification of suitable sites for redevelopment based on objective criteria and providing flexible insight into these trade-offs on a strategic level for specific areas, still keeping in mind the general policy context. URBIS services will initially focus on the development of services focused on strategic users, but later on it will deal with operational users too:

- Strategic users, such as local and regional authorities, European and national agencies in charge of urban planning, would directly benefit from URBIS services as for the monitoring of the implementation of particular territory planning policy (e.g. the 30 ha goal on reduced land consumption in Germany). Furthermore, URBIS services may be used to support the allocation, monitoring and evaluation of ERDF funds in urban areas, or to assess to which extent urban development is meeting targets for the redevelopment of vacant sites.
- Operational users, such as industrial estates operators, private land developers or financial institutions are likely to require the URBIS services for meeting their requirements for information on suitable vacant sites location within metropolitan areas for the specific constructions or to improve project business plans. Regional and local planners also need information on the different vacant land development options as a critical component of urban and regional planning and spatial land management issues i.e. urban sprawl, nature conservation and leisure areas and green infrastructure connectivity etc.

The development of URBIS thematic services requires closer interactions with a wide range of stakeholders. URBIS partners already cover a wide range of the land use management processes. However, an external Stakeholder Board is created to ensure that the URBIS services address comprehensively all processes and actors involved. URBIS services initially focus on the development of services focused on strategic users, but later on will deal with operational users too.


icon EO TECHNOLOGY BASED

Copernicus programme generate large number of standard open-data, Earth Observation datasets as well as standard services (Urban Atlas, High Resolution Layers (HRLs)), which can be utilized for urban land recycling policy support. More also other public initiatives under the European Open Data Strategy generate number of other supportive information. Several research and development projects were conducted notably by the project partners around feature extraction within the urban environment and identification of vacant urban sites. The techniques developed based on data fusion and Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) makes it possible to ingest a large amount of data and automate the identification of vacant urban sites. The following mature technologies will serve as a basis for URBIS services implementation:

- Heterogeneous data collecting and processing (historical data, aerial photos, satellite imagery, existing data bases)
- Extraction of urban patterns from Very High Spatial Resolution (VHSR) data and scene complexity
- Characterization of land cover in urban and vacant areas: identification of objective criteria.

Although large amount of data will be used to implement the service, the end-product will be compatible with standard GIS technology. It will also be possible to disseminate through OGC compliant web geo data portals with advance presentation capabilities (e.g. D3 documents). Such topic is Europe-wide and therefore also such focused service has Europe-wide potential for commercial exploitation. Nevertheless till now transferability and scalability of such services was questionable due to heterogeneity of input data needed in different European countries. In contrary, recent developments in standard open-data provision as Copernicus datasets and other public data available in line with principles of the European Open Data Strategy (2011) and strengthened by the European INSPIRE harmonization effort, make hight potential for the operation use of EO datasets in this domain.


icon OPERATIONAL SERVICES

The URBIS project aims to developp, implement and validate in real environment innovative information services related to urban vacant land recycling, based on open geospatial data, to support planning of European Large Urban Zone’s (LUZs) in a sustainable way. The innovative URBIS services that will be developed and implemented during the project are articulated around 3 main categories:

- Baseline services: an initial inventory and typology of urban land, to identify sites that can be used for re-development, but also that should be preserved,
- Update services: a regular update of the vacant urban land inventory,
- Thematic services: downstream services derived from the URBIS baseline and update products, set for both the public and private sectors, and meeting their specific needs.

The URBIS project aims to support European spatial urban planning in general and land use planners and land (re-)development agencies in particular and will answer the needs of strategic and operational users in this field (regional & local authorities, urban development agencies, national & EC level institutions). Vacant urban land can present very different characteristics depending on the level of development and previous use of the land. As a result, depending on their size, location and previous use, they could be redeveloped with minimum inputs (e.g. development of a green park from fallow land with no previous use) or will require substantial remediation work (development of a housing estate on potentially contaminated land). The lack of knowledge about site condition and characteristics often hampers their redevelopment. Although information exists locally, it is often patchy, incomplete and spread over different organisations. Moreover, there is a lack of consistent information at European level making it difficult to exchange and compare data.

Nevertheless, nowadays conditions exist for the development and implementation of a methodology to set up European information services on vacant land. URBIS project will identify, develop and validate operational potential of standard open-data provided under Copernicus programme and other public initiatives under the European Open Data Strategy for land recycling support. The development of such an information services under sustainable business model could provide major suport in the promotion of recycling existing urban sites thus contributing to the reduction of urban sprawl in Europe.




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SOLUTIONS

Overview

URBIS Solutions aim to assist in responding effectively to the societal challenges of our time, in transforming our cities and city-regions. However, the interconnectedness of socio-economic and environmental challenges in the urban context create complex conditions for urban management, and barriers to the delivery of a more sustainable urban development.

URBIS Solutions offer, for example, integrated assessments of city-wide land use development potential, targeting brownfield sites, specifying green infrastructure as a strategic structuring principle for urban development, and contextualising development assessments according to the ambient demand and supply for development in relation to plan objectives.

URBIS Solutions have been developed specifically to support city managers in this transformational governance, exploiting “open” European data including Copernicus data, and deploying the latest analytical methods to meet a wide range of user requirements for assessment, evaluation and communication tools including:

  • Information and intelligence – delivering evidence-based policy making, decision-making and implementation associated with the planning process;
  • Impact assessment and evaluation – specifying territorially defined assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts – typically in assessment of alternative site development options – linking URBIS Solutions to other information/intelligence sources;
  • Stakeholder and inter-agency communication - fostering communication with urban stakeholders including the local community, as well as between urban and regional development agencies at the local level, and between levels of government from local to EU.

URBIS Solutions consist of 3 core elements:

URBIS Land Resource Management:
  • Green infrastructure planning and connectivity
  • Urban sprawl analysis and dynamics
  • Land development potential assessment
URBIS Thematic Services:
  • Urban Renewal Cost Estimation
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Solar and Biomass Energy Potentials
URBIS Integration Tool:

Interactive web-based user communication platform supporting visualization, assessment, evaluation, and benchmarking, etc.

URBIS Solutions offer:

  • Innovative solutions - for transformational governance of cities;
  • Practical solutions - delivering from concept planning to implementation;
  • Win–win solutions - supporting integrated planning according to policy objectives;
  • Local solutions - engaging the community building on strategic planning frameworks;
  • Common solutions - generic solutions for cities throughout Europe.

Land Resource Management Services

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Green Infrastructure planning and connectivity (Re-Naturing the City)

Context

Nature-based solutions to societal challenges are inspired and supported by nature as living solutions. They are adaptable, multi-purpose and resource efficient, and provide simultaneously environmental, social and economic benefits including:

  • improving city resilience contributing to both climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • restoring urban biodiversity, ecosystems and their services;
  • enhancing human health, air and water quality, reducing noise;
  • raising quality of life, well-being and social cohesion.
Challenges / needs

Green infrastructure planning objectives are set in the strategic planning framework that extends across the administrative boundaries from city centre to hinterland at the local level. Green infrastructure planning requirement, are fully supported by URBIS solutions, and focused on the connectivity of the network of green infrastructures, and the definition of green routeways linking city centre to countryside. URBIS solutions (See Figure) identify gaps in the network to be filled to ensure connectivity essential to meet the requirements of the policy. Gaps in the network can only filled at the local level, where neighbourhood planning is critical to the realisation of city-wide planning objectives. Overall URBIS solutions support policy development, project implementation, as well as awareness raising.

Solutions

URBIS Solutions for Green Infrastructure planning and connectivity (Re-Naturing the City) are based on URBIS Green and Open Space Layer dataset and include following elements:

  • Production of datasets - URBIS Green and Open Space Layer and change - in 5m spatial resolution, derived from Copernicus satellite imagery and other data sources) describing amount, spatial distribution and other characteristics of green and open space in the city-region and their development in time (2006 – 2012);
  • Delivery of indicators - specifying existing state and identifying development of green and open space (2006 - 2012) in the city-region, calculated for analytical units at various scales (1km grid; neighborhood, city-wide and functional urban area);
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing on green and open space e.g. provides site relevant information for context analysis, benchmarking of analytical units to identify green area deficiencies, via the URBIS Integration Tool.

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Urban Sprawl Dynamics Analysis

Context

Urban sprawl defined as ‘unplanned incremental urban development, characterised by a low density mix of land uses on the urban fringe’ (EEA, 2006) has different impacts depending upon the type of land use involved (residential, industrial, commercial, etc.) and what land is being consumed (agriculture, forest, etc.). Agricultural land is generally the dominant land-use in peri-urban areas, and this land use suffers of rapid changes. Urban sprawl and the uncontrolled expansion of built development and infrastructures of transport around cities:

  • generates high rates of land-take and soil sealing;
  • poses a major threat jeopardizing the sustainable use of soils, in particular the highly fertile soils;
  • promotes loss of ecosystem services due to disrupted natural cycles;
  • creates other harmful effects including increase in the urban heat island effect, decrease of infiltration and acceleration of run-off, etc.
Challenges / needs

Compact cities form critical elements in strategic policy frameworks to counteract urban sprawl. URBIS solutions support public authorities in resisting pressure by market actors generating urban sprawl, reinforcing governance-based planning interventions resisting supporting compact cities. URBIS urban sprawl dynamics intelligence (See Figure) identifies the rate of urban sprawl in peri-urban and the urban hinterland, and supports critical analysis regarding loss of agricultural soils, as well as the health of ecosystems and habitats. URBIS solutions help to guide strategic priority setting and decision-making at local and regional levels. Overall URBIS solutions support policy development, project implementation, as well as awareness raising.

Solutions

Urbis Solutions - Urban Sprawl Dynamics are based on URBIS Enhanced Imperviousness Layer, Land Cover Map and include following elements:

  • Production of datasets - URBIS Enhanced Imperviousness Layer, Land Cover Map and change - in 5m spatial resolution, derived from Copernicus satellite imagery and other data sources, describing amount, spatial distribution and other characteristics of urban area in the city-region and their development in time (2006 – 2012);
  • Delivery of indicators - specifying existing state and identifying development of urban areas (2006 - 2012) in the city-region, calculated for analytical units at various scales (1km grid; neighborhood, city-wide and functional urban area); to define the nature of sprawl and support development of potential land use solutions;
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing on urban land and urban sprawl in the local and regional context via the URBIS Integration Tool to meet the requirements and varied objectives of a wide range stakeholders.

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Land Development Potential

Context

Potential development sites can include for, example, brownfields sites as well as other vacant and underused areas within the existing urban environment. The re-use of these sites supports sustainable land use management objectives, including the minimization of land consumption and de-sealing initiatives, as well as an opportunity to rethink city planning and improve urban design:

  • providing new green open space;
  • developing new housing opportunity including social housing;
  • creating mixed use developments in the heart of the city.
Challenges / needs

URBIS Land Development Potential assessments complement the URBIS sprawl dynamic assessment in the city regional context by providing detailed assessment within existing urban areas. URBIS solutions identify and classify sites according to their development potential, and suitability to accommodate a wide range of new urban uses. URBIS Land Development Potential assessments (See Figure) provide a first estimate of the type, scale and distribution of sites available for urban redevelopment. These assessments offer local stakeholders and authorities an improved overview of inner city development potentials, as a basis for further investigation and site development. Overall URBIS solutions support policy development, project implementation, as well as awareness raising.

Solutions

URBIS Solutions – Land Development Potential is based on URBIS Grey Layer and change and URBIS Green and Open Space Layer and include following elements:

  • Production of dataset - URBIS Grey Layer and change - of potential development areas (brownfields) in the city-region and their development in time (2006 – 2012) to identify brownfield site potential via URBIS Grey Layer assessment;
  • Production of dataset - URBIS Green and Open Space Layer assessment - identifies non-brownfield potential development sites in the urban envelope;
  • Delivery of indicators - specifying characteristics of each site (derived from Copernicus satellite imagery and other open-source data sources); enabling to define sites according to range of criteria e.g. large vacant sites, with no green potential, well connected to urban fabric;
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing potential development sites e.g. based on site specific information, via the URBIS Integration Tool and Evaluation Tool.

Thematic Services

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Urban Renewal Cost Estimation

Context

The creation of new urban uses, supports a range of policy objectives including the development of more compact cities, delivered by mixed use developments, connected by green infrastructures in the heart of the city. This regeneration, transformation, and restructuring of cities often requires the demolition of buildings and infrastructures. Demolition occurs for a number of reasons, including abandonment of the use of the structure, unsatisfactory location, deteriorating building material quality, lack of interest from property owners to invest.

Challenges / needs

URBIS Urban Renewal Cost Estimation permits full understanding and evaluation of the benefits of the renewal process, and supports full assessment of the costs of demolition activity to be presented to decision-makers including:

  • municipalities and city planners in the generation of demolition and site redevelopment scenarios;
  • finance and investment managers in the prioritization of demolition sites in a portfolio management system to guide longer term strategic planning and investment;
  • land owners and development agencies in the evaluation of alternative development strategies for the city.
Solutions

URBIS Solutions – Urban Renewal Cost Estimation is based on URBIS Grey Layer and include following elements:

  • Production of dataset - URBIS Grey Layer - of potential development areas to identify brownfield sites in the city-region;
  • Delivery of basic indicators – specifying characteristics of each site relevant for estimation of the demolition/renewal cost, including degree of sealing, area/volume of buildings, previous land use e.g. industrial/residential;
  • Delivery of advanced/specific indicators - estimating demolition/renewal costs based on area of sealed surface, volume of buildings, area of buildings, and current land use (residential/industrial);
  • Support of integration of local specific datasets or knowledge (average demolition costs for the city/region);
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing on assessment/benchmarking of site potential for renewal via the URBIS Integration Tool and Evaluation Tool.

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Flood Risk Assessment

Context

Sustainable city planning requires hazards to be mitigated where they can be anticipated, and specifically urban structures must be managed to avoid the consequences of climate change including protection against flooding, and avoidance of development in flood risk zones. At the same time the development of green infrastructures inside and around cities, offers opportunity to deploy more resource-efficient nature based solutions, so instead of building dykes against flood events, exploitation of flood areas can be secured. Comprehension of flood risk and assessment of it’s impact is therefore an essential element in decision making for the future development of the city.

Challenges / needs

URBIS Flood Risk Assessment service provides vital flood risk zone information:

  • specified in relation to potential development zones;
  • identifying the suitability for development and providing improved ecological services;
  • permitting the optimal planning of potential development areas;
  • supporting the delivery of nature based solutions.
Solutions

URBIS Solutions – Flood Risk Assessment is based on URBIS Grey Layer and URBIS Grey Layer and include following elements:

  • Production of dataset - URBIS Grey Layer - of potential development areas (brownfields) in the city-region based on location of sites inside/outside flood zones;
  • Production of dataset - URBIS Green and Open Space Layer – to identify non-brownfield potential development sites or green sites with potential for natural water retention within the urban envelope;
  • Delivery of advanced/specific indicators – specifying characteristics of each site relevant for estimation of its risk of flood, based on its location in respect of flood zones defined in the city-region and other site characteristics;
  • Support of integration of local specific datasets or knowledge – concerning local information about environmental risk zones);
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing on assessment of flood risk for potential development sites in the city/region via the URBIS Integration Tool and Evaluation Tool.

URBIS SOLUTIONS - Solar and Biomass Energy Potentials

Context

Meeting the goals of energy security and CO2-neutrality, require that cities create commonly agreed long-term strategies to frame the energy transition and ensure its viability and execution. Decentralised renewable energy production at city and city-region levels can be provided by a variety of sources including solar and biomass. Site potentials for the production of solar and biomass energy are typically unknown and unexplored, and consequently solar and biomass energy assessment tools offer huge potential to support the political needs for energy security, CO2-neutrality and the energy transition.

Challenges / needs

URBIS Solar and Biomass Energy assessment tools permit the evaluation of the development potentials of sites and specification of their suitability for generating renewable energy resources. Accordingly sites which are currently underused or vacant may provide ample opportunities for the production of renewable energies. URBIS Solar and Biomass Energy assessment tools:

  • solar and biomass energy production;
  • assess the energy performance of buildings;
  • define energy potential according to a variety of factors including size of site, orientation, relation to the sun, and fertility of the soil. etc.
Solutions

URBIS Solutions – Solar and Biomass Energy Potentials is based on URBIS Green and Open space layer and include following elements:

  • Production of dataset - URBIS Green and Open space layer – to identify open spaces in the city with potential for solar or biomass energy production;
  • Delivery of indicators – specifying characteristics of each site relevant for estimation of the potential for solar or biomass energy production, including site area, location, slope, distance to transportation networks;
  • Support of integration of local specific datasets or knowledge - information about sun exposure or soil fertility, investor and local planning indicators;
  • Support of interactive thematic analysis - focusing on assessment of potentials for solar or biomass energy production in the city/region via the URBIS Integration Tool and Evaluation Tool.

Integration and Evaluation Tool

URBIS SOLUTIONS – URBIS Integration Tool

Context

Effective data-driven decision making requires support the decision making processes via an easy-to-use tool flexible to choose analysis level and seamless integrating data and indicators with additional information in transparent environment. In land management domain it means embedded in the integration tool, intended specifically for the assessment of the (re)development potential of the site e.g. brownfield site or vacant urban site more generally. This advanced filtering functionality shall provide ability for interactive:

  • Filtering of analytical units (sites) based on values of multiple criteria or indicators
  • Visualization of selected units in map and charts
  • Export of selected units as a GIS layer or as a table with e.g. indicator values
Challenges / needs

The URBIS Integration tool supports the requirement for a platform which can support interactive user driven analysis of project results and communication between the user and provider of the services. To meet this need, a web-based application has been developed, built on open source programming approaches. This URBIS Integration tool provides an environment, which supports decision making at different stages of the urban and regional planning policy development and implementation process, by providing tools for interactive multi-scale land use planning assessments of the city and the surrounding city-region.

Solutions

URBIS Integration Tool enables:

  • Direct access to URBIS results - visualization/presentation of URBIS products
  • Setting and sharing user-defined layouts and views
  • Interactive analysis of URBIS results in map window, charts and tables
  • Multi-temporal analysis
  • Visualization of quantities e.g. indicator values, in thematic maps (choropleths)
  • Interactive selection, filtering and benchmarking of analytical units at different hierarchical levels e.g. site, sub-city district, core city area, and functional urban area.
  • Exporting results and selection as graphics, tables or GIS layers
  • Displaying and exporting site specific information
  • Integration and visualization of users´ own spatial datasets

The tool is available online at http://urbis.gisat.cz/tool/



PROJECT NEWS

URBIS will present URBIS Solutions at ISOCARP Congress in October 2017

URBIS will present final version of URBIS Solutions portfolio to urban researches, urban planners, business and policy community at ISOCARP Congress in October 2017.

ISOCARP and the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) are partnering in 2017 for a Joint International Conference/53rd ISOCARP Congress Portland, Oregon, USA, from 24-27, October 2017.

This will be an outstanding opportunity for leading professionals from the private, public and academic sectors from all over the world to discuss some of the most recent and pressing planning and decision-making issues. This year’s topic —Smart Communities—is relevant for rural towns and major international centers. Together, we will explore how technology is changing our communities, how we can harness the benefits but also address the challenges of rapid change. This partnership between ISOCARP and OAPA occurs at a pivotal time as technology, health, transportation and politics are rapidly shifting how we think even at the local and international level.

Technology changes everything. From new innovations in communications and driverless technologies to small communities connected to the world through fiber optic, technology shapes what we do, whether we live and work in a small town or megacity. But how does that affect our responses as community and regional planners to issues such as population growth and demographic shifts, housing, energy, transportation and food production? More importantly, what role do both small communities and large cities play in connecting the dots when it comes to growing rural and urban areas in a thoughtful and community driven vision?

The joint conference will be organized around six concurrent tracks and sub-themes:

  • Technology, infrastructure and buildings
  • Governance and inclusive communities
  • Culture, community experience and the sharing economy
  • Resilience, adaptation and disaster mitigation
  • Technology and small communities
  • Post-smart communities and the new frontiers

Conference proposals can address any topic relevant to the planning profession, additional consideration will be given to proposals that relate to the role of technology in changing communities, both urban and rural. We encourage you to think creatively about how technology changes community access, broadens economic development, but also challenges traditional methods of planning and public policy.

For more information, please visit https://isocarp.org/53rd-annual-congress/abstract-submission/


P3 Review Meeting in Luxembourg.

URBIS project is heading the P3 Review Meeting on May 15th 2017 in EU premises in Luxembourg.


URBIS will participate JPI Symposium in Brussels

URBIS will participate on JPI Symposium in Brussels on 29-31 May. URBIS participation represents the logical next step in ongoing URBIS / JPI Europe Urban discussions on exploitation potential of new solutions developed for Smart City Governance started at 3rd URBIS SHB workshop. This activity belongs to the project follow-up activities outlined in URBIS promotion plan. More information at JPI Urban Europe.


URBIS will present at Digital Earth Symposium 2017

URBIS will present at the Digital Earth Symposium 2017 paper "Information support for integrated solutions-towards sustainable urban development". The venue is held on 03-06 April 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Paper will present URBIS Solutions in international sustainable development goals context.

 


URBIS presents at International conference “Environmental Engineering”

URBIS will present at 10th International conference “Environmental Engineering”  paper "Identification of Potential Urban Development Area and Extraction of Urban Land Use Information Based on Open Data". The venue is held on 27-28 April 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 


URBIS at JURSE2017

URBIS presented URBIS Solutions under title ‚Monitoring of green, open and sealed urban space - URBIS EO data based support for sustainable urban development‘ at JURSE2017 on March 6-8th, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


JURSE 2017 is jointly organized with GIS and Remote Sensing Annual Scientific Forum (GRASF 2017).
The biennial international Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) is designed to be a forum of excellence where a selected group of researchers, practitioners, and students will present and discuss their latest findings and results.
This event is committed to introduce innovative methodologies and technological resources recently employed to investigate the manifold aspects of the urban environment through orbital and airborne remote sensing data. Emerging topics like new methods for urban land cover and land use classification with detailed discrimination of urban targets, 3D modeling of urban buildings, forecast and impact assessment of natural and man-made hazards in urban areas, urban social studies, urban ecology as well as data fusion, algorithms and techniques for remotely sensed data interpretation, and multisource remote sensing data will be approached, aiming to address pressing questions and offer effective solutions in urban remote sensing but also to unravel new possibilities for the interpretation, processing, fusion, and application of remotely sensed data in urban investigations.
See more at http://jurse2017.com


URBIS at LC/LU Product Workshop in Saint-Mandé / Paris

URBIS Products and Services has been presented at ‚High-scale LC/LU Product Workshop‘ in Saint-Mandé / Paris, France in section 'OCS-GE reference product - needs for improving indicators about changes'. Workshop was organised by CNIG for French urban planners and scientific community. 


3rd URBIS Stakeholder Board Workshop in Brussels

URBIS project organizes as part 3rd SHB workshop linked to the workshop - Smart City Governance: building new solutions, exploiting the potentials Exploitation in CEMR Conference Centre, Brussels - 2 March 2017

JPI Urban Europe in collaboration with CEMR and URBIS are delighted to invite you to attend the forthcoming workshop - Smart City Governance: building new solutions, exploiting the potentials – to be held in the CEMR Conference Centre, Brussels on 2 March 2017. 

The workshop will engage with a diversity of expertise in structured dialogue exploring new solutions for maximising the exploitation potentials of smart city governance solutions. The workshop aim is to explore these potentials via engagement in expert dialogue to maximise project exploitation, considering market potentials, the development of new business models, as well as longer-term dynamics and sustainability.

The event will be animated by expert contributions from PwC, URBIS, the European Commission, European Environment Agency, European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities, European city networks, and a multiplicity of JPI Urban Europe project partners.

Participation in the workshop is by this invitation. Please contact us. No charges or fees apply.  Full details will follow. 

[edited 15/2/2017] Please find Final Agenda.


URBIS Integration Tool v2 available

URBIS Integration Tool has been updated to version 2 and is now available at http://data-exploration.ict-urbis.eu/tool/

URBIS Integration Tool is interactive web-based user communication platform supporting visualization, assessment, evaluation, and benchmarking, etc. and is integral part of URBIS Solutions. 

URBIS Solutions aim to assist in responding effectively to the societal challenges of our time, in transforming our cities and city-regions. However, the interconnectedness of socio-economic and environmental challenges in the urban context create complex conditions for urban management, and barriers to the delivery of a more sustainable urban development. 

URBIS Solutions address these complexities supporting an integrated and coordinated effort of multiple agencies at different levels of governance from local to EU, reinforcing the engagement of all stakeholders in a coalition of participatory and integrated urban governance. 

URBIS Solutions offer, for example, integrated assessments of city-wide land use development potential, targeting brownfield sites, specifying green infrastructure as a strategic structuring principle for urban development, and contextualising development assessments according to the ambient demand and supply for development in relation to plan objectives. 

URBIS Solutions have been developed specifically to support city managers in this transformational governance, exploiting “open” European data including Copernicus data, and deploying the latest analytical methods to meet a wide range of user requirements for assessment, evaluation and communication tools including: 

  • Information and intelligence – delivering evidence-based policy making, decision-making and implementation associated with the planning process;
  • Impact assessment and evaluation – specifying territorially defined assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts – typically in assessment of alternative site development options – linking URBIS Solutions to other information/intelligence sources; 
  • Stakeholder and inter-agency communication - fostering communication with urban stakeholders including the local community, as well as between urban and regional development agencies at the local level, and between levels of government from local to EU.


URBIS interviewed in Horizon Magazine

URBIS has been interviewed for Horizon – The EU research & Innovation Magazine. Please see it in October 2016 issue. 


New URBIS Solutions Factsheets

The URBIS service portfolio has been re-formulated into so called URBIS Solutions to be easily communicated during the last period and beyond. See attached leaflets for the URBIS Land Resource Management Solutions:
•    Green infrastructure planning and connectivity 
•    Urban sprawl analysis and dynamics 
•    Land development potential assessment 

URBIS Solutions aim to assist in responding effectively to the societal challenges of our time, in transforming our cities and city-regions. However, the interconnectedness of socio-economic and environmental challenges in the urban context create complex conditions for urban management, and barriers to the delivery of a more sustainable urban development. 

URBIS Solutions address these complexities supporting an integrated and coordinated effort of multiple agencies at different levels of governance from local to EU, reinforcing the engagement of all stakeholders in a coalition of participatory and integrated urban governance. 

URBIS Solutions offer, for example, integrated assessments of city-wide land use development potential, targeting brownfield sites, specifying green infrastructure as a strategic structuring principle for urban development, and contextualising development assessments according to the ambient demand and supply for development in relation to plan objectives. 

URBIS Solutions have been developed specifically to support city managers in this transformational governance, exploiting “open” European data including Copernicus data, and deploying the latest analytical methods to meet a wide range of user requirements for assessment, evaluation and communication tools.


URBIS presentation for City Keys Expert Group Workshop

URBIS Services has been presented  at City Keys Expert Group workshop on 25-26 October 2016 in Vienna, Austria as part of previous joint teaming activites. Funded by the European Union HORIZON 2020 programme, CITYkeys developed and validated, with the aid of cities, key performance indicators and data collection procedures for the common and transparent monitoring as well as the comparability of smart city solutions across European cities.


URBIS co-organizes workshop at JPI Urban Europe Symposium in Brussels

The Urban Governance Stakeholder workshop, arranged by URBIS project and JPI Urban Europe, will provide a full day for presentation and stakeholder discussion with focus on Smart City governance, and issues surrounding open governance delivering integrated and participatory planning and decision-making.

The workshop will provide a full day for presentation and stakeholder discussion with focus on Smart City governance, and issues surrounding open governance delivering integrated and participatory planning and decision-making.

The stakeholder workshop will directly contribute to the Urban Transitions Pathway Symposium on 27th October addressing the development of tools and methodologies as well as new data sources (big data, citizen etc) to enhance decision-making. Key objectives are to establish an open and collaborative framework:

to identify commonalities and synergies in the development of solutions driven by social and technological innovation supporting enhanced integrated, participatory and open urban governance;
to synthesise new knowledge and good practice exchange supporting existing project activity;
to develop innovative ideas and new partnerships supporting new funding proposals;
to provide feedback on research and innovation experience supporting the future development of the research programs.
The basic aim to facilitate the clustering of projects within JPI Urban Europe with others including FP7 and Horizon 2020, to identify commonalities, and enable crosscutting analysis, thereby supporting long-term strategic partnerships.

If you are interested to present your project or otherwise contribute to the workshop send an e-mail as soon as possible to jonas.bylund@jpi-urbaneurope.eu.


URBIS Stakeholder Workshop in Brussels

Join JPI Urban Europe http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/ - URBIS http://www.ict-urbis.eu/ smart cities governance stakeholder workshop held in Brussels on 24th October 2016 hosted by CEMR http://www.ccre.org/en/article/contact

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate the clustering of projects including those from JPI Urban Europe, FP7, Horizon 2020, and elsewhere to identify commonalities, and thereby:

  • Define common solutions for integrated, participatory and open urban governance;
  • Synthesise new knowledge and good practice arising from project activity;
  • Develop innovative ideas and new partnerships supporting new funding proposals.

Stakeholder Workshop Agenda Featuring:

Morning Session 10-00 to 13-00

E-government Action Plan – Andrea Halmos, DG CONNECT, European Commission

URBIS - Urban Recycling for Sustainable Cities – Tomas Soukup, GISAT

Smarticipate -  Smart Open Governance Solutions – Joachim Rix, Fraunhofer (TBC)

STATUS - Southeast Europe integrated and sustainable agendas – Pietro Elisei, UrbaSofia

Play!UC - game based participation – Katharina Gugerell, Rijksuniversitet Groningen

Desent - decision support for energy and transport – Tao Feng, Eindhoven University

Urban Social Innovation Community – Francesca Rizzo, University of Bologna

Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities – Pedro Bizarro, CEMR

Afternoon Session 14-00 to 16-00

Roundtable stakeholder group discussion of synergies and commonalities for open integrated, and participatory urban governance related to URBIS case studies including:

  • Land-use dynamics and urban sprawl
  • Blue and green infrastructure planning
  • Urban development potentials
  • Renewable solar potentials

See you in Brussels.

[edited 5/10/2016 see Final Agenda]


URBIS in Africa

URBIS project will present at the ISOCARP World Congress 12-16 September 2016. Durban, South Africa. In the developing world, Africa has experienced the highest urban growth during the last two decades at 3.5% per year and this rate of growth is expected to hold into 2050. Projections also indicate that between 2010 and 2025, some African cities will account for up to 85% of the population. Therefore, URBIS service are highly relevant to African urban planners and are looking forward for new prospects. 
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URBIS presents at ISPRS 2016 Congress in Prague

UOS presents a paper at ISPRS 2016 Congress on 12-19 July, 2016: Presentation with title „The URBIS project: Identification and characterization of potential development areas as a web-based service“ will present version 1 URBIS Services implemented in the URBIS Integration Web Tool. Check it there.  


URBIS at Forum Copernicus4all

URBIS gives oral presentation at AGIT Conference (Forum Copernicus4all), 6-8 July 2016, Salzburg, Austria 


URBIS at RealCorp Conference in Hamburg

URBIS visits at Real Corp Conference, Hamburg, 21-23 June 2016. Presentation will support SMARTICIPATE & ESPRESSO Workshop on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

 


URBIS in China

URBIS paper was accepted to be presented at IGARSS 2016 Conference, July 10-15, 2016, Beijing, China.


URBIS P2 Review Meeting

URBIS project is heading the P2 Review Meeting on June 6th 2016 in EU premises in Luxembourg.

 

 


URBIS at EURA Conference in Torino

URBIS will present at EURA Conference, Torino, 16-18 June 2016, this year under heading „City lights — ​Cities and citizens within/beyond/notwithstanding the crisis“.

 


URBIS on ESA Living Planet 2016

The URBIS services will be presented on the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016 in Prague on Friday 13th May in session Urban II (starting 8:00AM). For more information see the LPS 2016 website or go directly to the LPS 2016 programme

See you in Prague!

 


URBIS at the 7th Dresdner Flächennutzungs-Symposium

URBIS presents at the 7th Dresdner Flächennutzungs-Symposium on 6th May 2015 in Dresden, Germany. Dr. Uwe Ferber will speak about the URBIS services in „The bird's eye view - new opportunities for internal development - first results of the EU project URBIS“ 

 


URBIS at JPI Conference

URBIS has presented at  JPI Conference, Amsterdam, 13-15 April 2016

 


URBIS at the CEMR Congress 2016

URBIS project organises a dedicated session at ongoing the CEMR Congress 2016, Nicosia, Cyprus on 18-23 April 2016 named Innovation At Local Level: Inspiring Solutions To Transform Our Cities.
Beside the URBIS team, session will host also Mrs. Marie Cugny-Seguin, Project Manager on urban and territorial issues, European Environmental Agency (EEA).
This session will discuss some of the initiatives undertaken in Europe to make cities and communities “smarter” in this broader sense, where intelligent organisational and governance tools are developed to make cities of all size ready for tomorrow.


URBIS has reached 24

URBIS project actually celebrates 24 months of succesful operation and we do have something to celebrate. Major achievements include: 

• Methodology of URBIS services consolidated
• First version of URBIS services implemented, tested and user feedback gathered
• Achievements disseminated in number of venues
• Strategic users engaged
• First draft of URBIS Business Plan and Exploaitation Plan developed


URBIS exploration tool available now

URBIS online exploration tool is from today available in your web browser for the URBIS example services exploration. The URBIS webtool shall bring easy-to-use experience to non-technical stakeholders interested in the URBIS service.  Feel free to use our webtool and we encourage you with any feedback or comments to tool or information presented. 


2nd URBIS SHB Workshop

URBIS, EUROCITIES and CEMR together with EU smart city partners are hosting a one day stakeholder workshop on smart city integrated urban governance in Brussels on March 15, 2016. The workshop will combine the expertise of city, city-region and EU level representatives with the innovative experience of EU Smart city project partners to define new solutions for urban planning and land-use decision-making. URBIS presentation can be found here.


4th Technical Meeting

Fourth technical coordination meeting was held on February 3–4th 2016 in Amiens in ADUGA premises. The main aim of the meeting was discussion about actual status of the URBIS services and feedback received from each site users and coordination of the plan for M24 deliverables. On-site visit of selected grey and green areas as identified by the URBIS services was organised by ADUGA colleagues as part of the meeting (see selected pictures). It is nice to face reality.


Meeting URBIS Pilot Users

During first weeks in December we will meet with our users to discuss their experiences with the first version of the URBIS services provided few weeks ago. Series of meetings is important to get the direct user feedback on their utility (pros and cons). We start with URBIS Pilot User Meeting with Moravian-Silesian Regional Department on 9th December followed by other test sites. 


3rd Technical Meeting

Third technical coordination meeting will be held on September 9–10th 2015 in Prague in GISAT premises. The main aim of the meeting is finalization of the first prototype of the URBIS services and coordination of the plan beyond M18.


URBIS Year One

URBIS project has succesfully passed P1 Review. See publishable summary from the P1 Progress Report.


P1 Review Meeting

URBIS project has passed M12. P1 Review Meeting will be held on May 7th 2015 in EU premises in Luxembourg.


URBIS SHB Workshop

URBIS Stakeholder Board Workshop will be held on March 26th 2015 in UK Research Office premises in Brussels. Discussion will be framed by requirements coming from resource efficiency agenda as recently reflected in upcoming UN Habitat3 or EU Land Communication development and the question how these initiatives can be effectively supported on the regional or local level and how URBIS project can contribute in these activities. SHB workshop provides excellent opportunity to foster board members engagement with participation from project team, DG REGIO and DG ENV, JRC, EEA, EEA, ETC-ULS and some urban planning experts.


URBIS will present on IUME Meeting

URBIS project will be presented on 8th IUME (Integrated Urban Management in Europe) group organised by EEA on March 25th 2015 in Eurocities premises in Brussels. The topic of the meeting is “the future urban challenges“. Edit 28/03/2015 — See some future urban challenges identified in BXL


2nd Technical Meeting

Second technical coordination meeting will be held on January 27–28th 2015 in Leipzig in STADT+ premises. The aim of the meeting is specification of the first portfolio of the URBIS services described both from user and technical point of view.


URBIS meets CABERNET

Join URBIS-CABERNET workshop is planned within the CABERNET Conference 2014 on October 16th 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.


1st Technical Meeting

First technical coordination meeting will be held on June 12–13th 2014 in Prague in GISAT premises. The aim of the meeting is to coordinate ongoing technical activities and discuss detailed WPs planning.


Web Pages launched

URBIS Web Pages has been launched at www.ict-urbis.eu. As part of the CI package also a new URBIS logo has been introduced.


Kick Off Meeting

URBIS Kick Off Meeting has been held on May 7th 2014 in Luxembourg in EU DG CONNECT premises.


URBIS Project has started

URBIS project has officially started on April 1st 2014. In coming three years, our team aims to contribute to European urban sprawl management support utilizing Copernicus land services. Stay tuned, there’s more to come soon…





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URBIS project has received funding from the EU FP7 ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

Grant Agreement No. 621125