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ESPON is inviting bids for seven new applied research projects, including one on comparing the spatial planning systems across Europe.

Faced with increased urban flooding, China is seeking to create "sponge cities" that can absorb water.

We are building cities to attract investment, not cities for people to live in, argued David Harvey, the distinguished geographer, speaking in Montevideo.

A project that has resettled slum dwellers and given them security of tenure is being hailed as a model to be followed in the Indian sub-continent.

World Town Planning Day (8 November) was celebrated in Kabul by a national urban conference addressed by the President.

A free downloadable book explores the idea of a Just City.

The ESPON programme gets going again with a seminar in Luxembourg in December focusing on refugee migration.

Sweden has announced a big jump in spending (US$546 million) on renewable energy and climate change action in their 2016 budget,   The aim is to become one of the world's first nations to end dependence on fossil fuels. 

A new bridge in Portland, Oregon carries pedestrians, cyclists, buses, trams and light rail metro - but no cars or trucks.

A new publication that can be downloaded for free sets guidelines for how to plan and manage metropolitan development.

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