Eurban Update

Vol. 15, March 2016
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Eurbanlab news
Exciting New Partnership!

A couple of days ago we sent out a Newsflash to announce our exciting new partnership with Construction21. We signed a collaborative partnership to offer a comprehensive Showcasing service for the sustainable building sector. Our aim is to increase best practice dissemination and the exposure of innovations for sustainable cities in Europe.
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Live Chat is now available!
We are happy to introduce live chat support to our website. Chat with one of our agents and get instant  answers to your questions about our services, sustainability, urban innovations and more.

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First batch of printed Showcase publications!
A first batch of printed Showcase publications were sent to the architect, a number of interested parties and partners. Kraaijvanger Architects distributed the publication of City Hall Venlo to support their presentation on the Cradle2Cradle building at the 'Building Holland' conference.

Find the digital publications here, or request a printed copy via e-mail!

Editor's Choice

Urban Innovation
Treurenberg office building wins green Mipim Award
Brussels’ Treurenberg building has won Best Innovative Green Building at the Mipim Awards in Cannes, one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies for commercial developments in the world. It is the first Mipim award for a Belgian development in four years. 


Urban Innovation
Plans unveiled for world's tallest timber frame residential tower
Following an invitation by the city of Bordeaux in December 2015, Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel unveiled plans to build a 50-meter tall wooden frame residential tower in Bordeaux, France.

"Canopia" will be a mixed-use residential project in Bordeaux. Part of the "Canopia" development, the tower will feature luscious outdoor spaces and themed rooftop gardens connected by walkways.
Insight
How Amsterdam turned a polluted industrial site into its most interesting 
neighbourhood

Just across the River IJ from central Amsterdam’s waterfront sits an old industrial area that once was left for dead. The area known as Buiksloterham was home to a Fokker airplane factory, a Shell oil laboratory, a large shipbuilding industry and other manufacturing.

Insight
Renewable Energy Demands the Undoable
The world is increasingly investing in renewable energy. Last year, according to UN figures, global investment in solar power, wind turbines and other renewable forms of energy was $266 billion. Switching to renewable energy as fast as the world needs to will require changes so massive that they are unlikely to happen, scientists say.
Eurbanlab article
Confusion as a Source of Change
Although the energy efficiency decree was published in 2012, and should identify cost savings opportunities, it became clear that many European businesses were under-prepared for the implementation deadline of Article 8 last year.

Featured Article

We aim to include a featured article in each newsletter. These articles provide in-depth information into current developments or interesting innovations. If you would like to contribute, send us an e-mail and submit your article for the next newsletter!
Featured Article 
Coping with Climate Change - 
'Why we should leap before we fall'

BY DR. KARL SMITH / IMAGE BY A. DELANOIX
We live in a post COP21 World. It’s now more than two months since the nations of the world agreed (in article 2) to work towards limiting global warming to 1.5 °C (above pre-industrial levels). But what does that mean?  Have we been saved or submerged in the wake of what happened in Paris?

The 1.5 °C agreement is, in fact, an encouraging outcome.  Before Paris, even an agreement on a 2 °C limit was far from a certainty. But what chance of success without a clear road-map for achieving the 1.5 °C limit?  The COP21 pledges include a commitment to help developing countries to adapt to climate change and also, transition to clean energy – by providing finance.  However, this commitment, like the 1.5 °C limit, is not legally binding. But do we need to be forced into taking action?

Previously Featured Article
Climate Proof Cities - The Dutch Case
All cities are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This featured article highlights te outcomes of the Climate Proof Cities (CPC) research programme. A consortium of ten universities and knowledge worked together for four years with municipalities, water boards and the national government to provide answers to questions from Dutch practitioners.

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