FOCI - Future Orientation for Cities
Cities and Urban Agglomerations: their functionality and development opportunities for European competitiveness and cohesion.
The UMR participate to three working packages. First, data on FPs research networks on converging technologies (nano, bio, information and communication), aggregated as information flows between European cities, are prepared by Marie-Noëlle Comin (extracted from the Cordis data base). Second, a synthesis of former functional typologies of urban economic profiles is made, in cooperation with Céline Rozenblat (IGUL, Lausanne University). Third, a comparison of the positions of cities in research networks (CORDIS) and economic property networks (ORBIS data base prepared by Celine Rozenblat) is tempted, providing new indicators for the competitiveness of European cities.
Cities and urban development are a focal point of current territorial development policy. Against the background of the Lisbon Agenda’s aim of growth and jobs, cities are seen as the main potential motors for the achievement of the set goals, which was also acknowledged in EU Cohesion policy documents for 2007 – 2013, including the Community Strategic Guidelines, as well as the Territorial Agenda and the “Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities”, complementing the Territorial Agenda by focusing on the issue of sustainable cities.
This project shall thus analyse the current state, trends and development perspectives for the largest cities and urban agglomerations within the European territory. It shall identify the driving forces of urban development which are the most relevant for understanding urban evolutions and offer scenarios for the development of Europe’s cities leading to alternative policy options.
The IGEAT (Université Libre de Bruxelles) is the principal coordinator of this ESPON programme (total grant 998 888 euros). UMR Géographie-cités is partner n°7 (66 950 euros).