Views on the urban future


Tuesday, March 1, 2016


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- Selected authors will be notified by 15 April 2016.
- Selected authors will be published in an edited volume gathering thought-provoking contributions on the future of cities from young professionals (researchers, architects, urban planners, journalists, novelists, cartoonists).
- Some of the selected authors will also be invited to ‘EUROCITIES 2016 Milan’, our annual
conference that will take place on 16-18 November 2016 in Milan, Italy, where they will be able to
discuss their ‘views on the urban future’ with the current political leaders of European


EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. It brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities. Our general objective is to offer our members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.

To mark the 30th anniversary of EUROCITIES in 2016, we are launching an open call to collect material to be published in an edited volume. We want to publish selected views from young professionals on our planet’s urban future.

The call is open to young professionals from different backgrounds and with different expertise. We are of course asking young architects and urban planners to participate, but we would also like to have young novelists published in our book. We think that the future of our cities should not only be imagined by planners, and that creative people such as novelists can display very powerful messages and visions on such a theme as our urban future.

Contributors should comply with the following criteria:
– be between 25 and 35 years old in 2016
– belong to the following professional categories: researchers, journalists architects and urbanists, opinion leaders and novelists
– have at least three years of professional experience in their field

Contributors are expected to provide a piece in the form of a short paper/novel based on their expertise and background:
– it should be of maximum 2500 words
– it should be written in English

Criteria for selection: the jury will define detailed criteria for the selection of proposals.
The basic criteria will be the capacity to propose visionary contributions, to provide unexpected and thought-provoking insights on the future of our cities.

Contact Information

Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES Policy researcher
[email protected]



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