Happy festive season from all of us at Urban Synergies Group

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” Voltaire

May the new year bring peace, love and happiness all around! Let’s be kindness and compassion be the new paradigm of human existence no matter what we do and think privately as well as professionally.

Urban Synergies Group thanks its team and all our partners and followers all the very best for 2020.

Urban Thinkers campus: Urban Design, Economic Growth and the jobs of the future

Urban Synergies Group is partnering up once more with James Cook University to shed light on contemporary urban issues impacting the health and well-being of people that live in the tropical parts of the world. Our Founder will deliver a keynote on the ‘Right to the City” as a critique of the neoliberal urban conditions that gave rise to disproportional inequalities, spatial fragmentation and alienation. The event will take place on the 25- 27th November 2019 in Cairns, Australia. To register or to obtain more information visit the following link: https://www.jcu.edu.au/citba/city-lab . We hope to see you there.

(In)visibilities and public space

Urban Synergies Group in collaboration with the University of Canberra and Technical University of Berlin offers a platform to engage in a qualified discourse around urban analysis and novel tools for urban designers and architects in order to understand how we socially produce public spaces over time and contribute through non-instrumental behaviours to public life. Be part of the visionary conversation in Berlin, Germany. More information can be accessed here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invisibilities-and-public-space-tickets-77999722269

Celebrating Urban October with “urban loveability”

Every year UN-Habitat celebrates with its partners Urban October and World Cities Day under the umbrella of Better City, Better Life. This year we celebrate in collaboration with our partner organisation Dreamtown World Cities Day in Copenhagen. Come and be part of this free event “Debate & Food: Do you love your city?” on the 30th October 2019. More information can be obtained under clicking the event title.

Urban Synergies Group declares biodiversity and climate emergency

Power to the people- last Friday our team from Urban Synergies Group actively participated among many around the globe at the climate strike in Canberra, Australia. Because every action matters we were handing our infographics about climate responsive urban design and healthy living during the event which attracted 15,000 passionate individuals. We formally express our compassion and solidarity with the future generations and all living beings on this planet. To learn more about our actions visit  us on https://www.facebook.com/urbansynergiesgroup/

Implementing the New Urban Agenda for children and young people in urban systems

Urban Synergies Group will be part of the upcoming ISOCARP world congress „Beyond the Metropolis“ in Jakarta, Indonesia. Our team will share our latest research findings and actions related to children and young people in cities. Further we will launch latest article on creating spaces for young people in informal settlements in Sierra Leone in collaboration with Dreamtown.ngo and the University of Canberra- Health Research Institute during the World Congress. Our Founder Greg Mews will also delivering a special training session and introduce a novel urban analysis approach to understanding public space through the study of public life. Be part of it or learn more about this event 09-13 September 2019- click here: https://isocarp2019.isocarp.org/en/

ACT’s long, winding road ahead to a more sustainable future

The online Magazine The Fifth Estate recent interviews established voices for sustainable urban development in Canberra and our Founder and Director Gregor Mews was part of it. Want to learn more about the vision we offer for the capital of Australia- click here to access the article: https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/urbanism/planning/acts-long-winding-road-ahead-to-a-more-sustainable-future/

ICLEI Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

On the 6th of June 2019, Urban Synergies Group’s Founder and Director Gregor Mews will take part in the second national roundtable on the Paris Agreement and local governments’ climate action. The event will be held in Canberra and stands for an ongoing commitment to continue the conversation in spirit of genuine collaboration with CURF, GIZ, ICLEI and the European Union.

New Report Published

Curious about effective policy and provision of physical activity for Australian school children with special consideration of safe active travel to school? Here our lasted open access research output with 10 key recommendation that can achieve tangible solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of children. Access the report here