UN-Habitat Spain will celebrate World Cities Day by organizing an event on ‘Innovative Governance, Open cities: the case of opened Andalusian Cities’. The event will focus on discussing how cities from Andalucía are deploying innovative projects of governance in the different regions. Hosted by Sevilla City Council and with the participation of multiple mayors of Andalusian Cities, the event will show and debate new ways of approaching to the concept of Innovative cities. At the close of the event, the film Citizen Jane, the battle for the city will be broadcasted, as well as video pieces The Quito Papers and the film Urban Labs.
LaVola and UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme will celebrate World Cities Day on 31 October through the ‘My Dream City’ activity. The activity will provide a platform for children to reflect on their experiences living in a city and discuss the city they need. It aims to change the perception of the role of children in shaping cities, a role that has traditionally been non-existent, while creating awareness of the importance of their inclusion and contributing to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Recycled blocks will be used to build a child friendly space, followed by a debate that will encourage children to share their ideas and concerns. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UN-Habitat, Sant Pau and LaVola has every first Sunday of the month as a free entrance in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona. The first Sunday of November will be dedicated to the World Cities Day at a publicly open fair. The World Cities Day Fair is designed for families to celebrate this international day maintaining that creating a livable city is not only about dreaming, it is also about taking responsibilities from all sides and citizens play an important role. With this activity, families will play and participate in workshops with reused everyday elements and experimental materials. The purpose is to raise awareness about how children and families can improve life in cities with small but important actions. For more information please contact email@example.com
Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona will on 3 November 2017 celebrate World Cities Day through an event for the restoration of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. The restoration is an exemplary process in terms of quality, sustainability and energy efficiency. The enhancement of the heritage, the application of new technologies and the latest advances in energy saving are the main distinguishing features. A good example of this commitment to sustainability is the geothermal system designed for the air conditioning of all of the buildings in the complex. The geothermal facility at Sant Pau, one of the most important in Europe, makes use of the constant temperatures of the lower layers of the subsoil to heat or cool a closed water circuit, resulting in savings of up to 40% on the usual consumption of a conventional gas installation. In addition, the buildings are equipped with systems to regulate consumption on the basis of user demand, such as sensors and centralised management and control systems. Sant Pau Foundation is hosting an informative session and visit to geothermal system facilities for university students. For more information please visit https://www.santpaubarcelona.org
Barcelona Global will host an Urban Talk on 2 November 2017 in Barcelona. The Urban Talk will contain presentations and discussions by renowned urbanists, economists, sociologists, artists and thinkers around topics on urbanization as presented from a wide array of professional perspectives. The event is aimed to build reflections on this year’s World Cities Day theme: “Innovative Governance, Open Cities.”
On the occasion of World Cities Day on 31 October 2017, UN-Habitat's City Resilience Profiling Program will be opening its doors to members of the public visiting the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona where the office is situated. Visitors will be welcomed by the team and given an introduction to their work and the importance of urbanization. During the day, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Sit will also be projecting videos at various points across the site related to urbanization and urban development.
UN-Habitat and Barcelona partners will celebrate World Cities Day on 31 October 2017 through a week-long programme named The World Cities Day Fair running to 5 November 2017. All first Sundays of the month will be Free Entrance Days at Sant Pau, and to conclude the week-long programme, Sunday, November 5th (the first Sunday of the month) will be dedicated to World Cities Day. The World Cities Day Fair will invite all site visitors, particularly families, to celebrate the international day by playing and participating in workshops with reused everyday elements and experimental materials. The purpose is to raise awareness on how children and adults can improve life in cities with small but important actions.
Activities of the World Cities Day Fair will include:
- My Dream City (Lavola)
- Giant Puzzle (Castell de Torre Baro)
- Sharing the Future (Area Metropolitana de Barcelona)
- I want a world of colors - Photocall (Diputacio de Barcelona)
- Biking for popcorn (Diputacio de Barcelona)
- The Beach Trolley (Ajuntament de Barcelona)
- Food waste in the fridge (Agencia de Residus de Catalunya)
- Creating Art Noveau magnets (Fundacio Gas Natural Fenosa)
- Music & City songs!