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Future Cities: Shaping Europe from the bottom up

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The 2016 edition of EUobserver's Regions & Cities magazine looks at the cities of the future in Europe. While the EU is grappling with challenging problems - Brexit, migration, the economy, terrorism, to name a few - many European cities are reinventing themselves and tackling these problems in their own way.

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These preoccupations are closely linked to the identity of European cities, whose aspect and spatial organisation evolved during centuries. "European cities are civitas, the role of People are encouraged to have plants, fruits and vegetables on their balcony, to work in a community garden or to buy at the local market, which sells only products coming from a 30-kilometre radius. energy management systems to adapt energy consumption to evolving conditions and reduce the use of energy. Some buildings create more energy than they use thanks to photovoltaic panels and changes to the heating generation and distribution systems. "Quite differently from other world regions, and deprivation are understood as unacceptable in European cities. The role of cities as a social integration device - and the key role of public spaces - is a further dimension to consider when discussing the European model of a city," he said This, he added, plays "an even more important role than the features of the urban fabrics [how model of city'." said, is more focused on people and how they live and move. LOCAL PLAYERS In large cities, he said, areas with offices, question is why and how inhabitants move to other parts of the city.” The other issue, he added, is "the issue of animation" of the community: "The smart city is where there is a real network of local players. 28 — FUTURE CITIES OCTOBER 2016

© AER REVITALISING DEMOCRACY ACTING FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT, MOBILITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest network of regions in wider Europe, gathering regions from 35 countries, working for a peaceful and prosperous Europe. AER is the place to be for regional stakeholders across the European continent. We stand strong to promote a Europe that embraces its diversity to thrive in a global world. In 2016, AER is targeting its actions to “revitalise democracy” which has delivered results in the fields of growth & jobs, participation & inclusion and securing the future of regions. Our work on youth is particularly relevant as we believe that Europe’s future depends on giving our young people the tools to develop their entrepreneurship spirit and to improve their chances of finding quality and sustainable jobs. The AER Summer Academy (16-20 August 2016, Østfold-NO) and AER’s very own international youth mobility programme, Eurodyssey, have successfully provided answers and inspiration to young people and regional politicians. The AER Youth Regional Network continues to involve young people from across Europe in a culture of dialogue and exchange. AER will be present at the European Week of Regions and Cities with a workshop on “EU Regions - Partners for Youth” (12 Oct. at the CoR, workshop 12B75). Join us to support young people in your region. To discover all AER activities, visit our website. www.aer.eu info@aer.eu Connecting regions, inspiring Europe since 1985 FUTURE CITIES OCTOBER 2016 — 29

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