URBACT City Labs
Between September 2018 and January 2020 URBACT organised four City Labs. Their objective was to complement the work being undertaken by the German Presidency team to refresh the Leipzig Charter.
The Labs adopted an operational focus, exploring the implications for cities, and putting them at the heart of the process. They brought together city representatives and different levels of governance.
Each of the City Labs focused on one of the original Leipzig Charter principles – Participation, Sustainability, Integration and Balanced territorial development – and asked:
- How does each Leipzig Charter principle look in 2020?
- How are cities implementing the principles and where are effective examples of this?
- Where are cities struggling, in relation to the principles?
- How cities can be supported to build their capacities in relation to these principles?
Each City Lab generated a report and a video, showcasing the work of participating cities. These examples are designed to inspire and encourage other cities which are committed to achieving sustainable integrated urban development.
Read the City Lab papers:
- City Lab #1 - Reflections on citizen participation
- City Lab #2 - How are cities putting sustainable urban develoment into practice?
- City Lab #3 - How are cities coping with integrated and inclusive policy-making?
- City Lab #4 - How are cities implementing placed-based approaches?
- The Leipzig Charter and URBACT – an Explainer
- URBACT City Labs: Refreshing Europe’s urban policy principles (on participation)
- Bringing (more) sustainability to cities: 5 golden rules
- Five ways to promote an integrated approach in your city
- How does urban development look through a territorial lens?
- Is Covid a game-change for the New Leipzig Charter?
- The German Presidency Conference 'Europe's Cities Fit for Future'
- URBACT warmly welcomes the New LeipzigCharter
The New Leipzig Charter
The New Leipzig Charter was adopted on 30 November 2020:
- The New Leipzig Charter (full text)
- Annex (List of Reference Documents)
- Implementing the New Leipzig Charter (declaration of the Ministers responsible for Urban Matters and Territorial Cohesion)
URBACT is comitted to illustrating the New Leipzig Charter’s approaches of ‘Just’, ‘Green’, and ‘Productive’ cities by sharing more good practices and stories, and facilitating ongoing exchanges between cities.
“It is very hard to get the permission for actions that are non-standard. And there is no innovation without taking risks. We are overcoming the problem by implementing pilots.”
“We need to think differently about how we measure success, about how economic investments can bring benefits for our citizens, and the impact it has on their health and wellbeing .”
"From the local perspective, it’s easier to spot where the problems are, and to find solutions to them."
“It’s important that gender issues are explicitly mentioned in the political agenda of the city.”
“Through metropolitan cooperation should emerge a metropolitan spatial vision. This would only function smoothly if a metropolitan law is adopted on the national level.”