O Berço de Portugal

English: Sculpture of D.Afonso Henriques. Guim...

English: Sculpture of D.Afonso Henriques. Guimarães Castle (Portugal)(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Guimarães, cidade berço, Cidade Europeia do Desporto 2013. Foi daqui que partiu D.Afonso Henriques à conquista dos territórios do Sul, sob o jugo dos Mouros. Foi aqui que nasceu Portugal. Foi dentro do castelo medieval que nasceu Afonso Henriques e à vista das suas altas torres e muralhas venceu os exércitos de sua mãe, em 1128. Aclamado herdeiro do Condado Portucalense pelos guerreiros do Minho, este Príncipe que, dizem as crónicas, era muito belo, veio a ser o primeiro rei de Portugal. O centro histórico da cidade foi considerado património mundial da UNESCO.

Source: .aerosoltur.pt


Guimaraes: Ready to Reinvent Future

Esplanadas na Praça de Santiago num dia ensola...

Guimarães. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Head of the organising board of the Guimaraes European Capital 2012 project Joao Serra has told the STA that the Portuguese city has managed to fight the difficult situation in Portugal and Europe and secure conditions for “celebrating the ability of art and culture to bring people together and help reinvent the future”.

Speaking about the goals of the project, which was awarded for 2012 to Guimaraes and to Slovenia’s Maribor, Serra said the idea was to “allow us to put Guimaraes in a more favourable position in the European network of middle-sized cities that are a reference in arts and culture”.

He explained that the priorities had been to secure intense cooperation among programme and production teams and a permanent and flexible integration with the city’s cultural infrastructure.

Serra said that the budget for Guimaraes 2012 had been cut because of the crisis to a total of EUR 110m, which includes the costs of infrastructure, of project management and the programme. Expenditure for the last category has been trimmed down a little from an original EUR 25m.

“We tried hard to prevent the programme being affected by these difficulties, and I can say that this goal was achieved with the help of effective management.”

Serra said that three of the five most important venues planned were already fully operative, while one will be finished in March and the last in June 2012. “Let me stress that these dates were scheduled from the beginning, so deadlines are being met.”

“Some of the most intensive moments will occur in public spaces – main squares and streets – benefiting from the natural scenery of the historic centre and from Portugal’s mild climate.”

Reflecting on the long-term effects of the project on the city’s economy and culture, Serra said that such “types of interventions usually take one generation to produce effects”.

“While keeping this in mind, it is safe to say that the city’s image and its position among European cities that are a reference in the cultural and artistic field has surely improved,” he said, also pointing to the infrastructural in organisational structures that will remain in place after the project.

Turning to the public perception of Guimaraes 2012, Serra said that such events generated an explosion of expectations that were difficult to control.

“After and initial phase of euphoria, there was criticism…We were able to reverse this and the trust in this project and its direction were re-established. Of course, there is not such thing as unanimity. Criticism can be stimulating.”

Serra moreover explained that around EUR 3m had been spent on marketing and that the organisers had opted for creative and less costly forms of marketing. He expects the number of visitors to Guimaraes to double in 2012.

Asked about potential advice to colleagues in Maribor, Serra said that no advice could be given, as “our Slovenian counterparts are as much or even more worried about 2013 than 2012″. “We are working for the future of our cities.”

Source: http://ms.sta.si

Les 9 enjeux du Plan de Déplacements Urbains du GrandAngoulême

Le plan de déplacements urbains permet d’organiser dans le temps et dans l’espace, l’ensemble des modes de déplacements des personnes et des marchandises, la circulation et le stationnement sur le territoire.

Offrir à tout habitant du GrandAngoulême, quel que soit son statut social et sa situation géographique, des déplacements de qualité, économiques, notamment pour les trajets domicile-travail.
Amener les entrées de l’agglomération et les centres-bourgs à 15 minutes, en transport en commun, de la future gare LGV (2017) d’Angoulême.

  •   Faire de la gare LGV, futur pôle d’échanges multimodal, le cœur structurant des transports dans  l’agglomération.
  •   Développer un réseau de bus urbains performant autour d’un transport en commun en site propre.
  •   Privilégier les modes de transports les moins polluants : transport en commun, vélos, cheminements piétons.

Actuellement, 77 000 véhicules/jour circulent sur l’agglomération.

  •     Promouvoir de nouvelles mobilités : véhicules en temps partagé, covoiturage…
  •     Permettre aux usagers de combiner plusieurs modes de transport au cours d’un même trajet.
  •     Contribuer à l’attractivité et au dynamisme économique du territoire.
  •     Encourager les entreprises et les collectivités publiques à favoriser le transport de leur personnel par les       transports en commun et le covoiturage.

De nouvelles mobilités pour le territoire de demain !

Réorganiser les transports sur l’Agglomération par la mise en Place de nouveaux Services pour permettre aux Habitants de se déplacer facilement et librement sans avoir Recours à leur Voiture individuelle.
Favoriser l’utilisation des transports en commun par la réorganisation du réseau :

Rapide entre les centres-bourg et le cœur d’agglomération : des « bus à haut niveau de service » circulant sur des voies réservées et des lignes structurantes avec des aménagements ponctuels pour mettre tous les centres-bourgs à environ un quart d’heure de la gare d’Angoulême et son pôle multimodal.

  •  Fréquent et ponctuel : des horaires cadencés et un système d’information performant indiquant les temps d’attente et de parcours.
  • Simple et mieux adapté aux usagers : une billetique unique et une coordination des offres et des tarifs.
  • Totalement accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

Accompagner la réorganisation du réseau par des aménagements urbains :

  •   Faciliter le passage d’un mode de transport à un autre : un pôle d’échanges multimodal (PEM) à la gare d’Angoulême, créations de parkings relais aux entrées de l’agglomération et des mini-pôles d’échanges complémentaires dans chaque commune.
  •   Aménager un nouveau cadre de vie autour des déplacements : privilégier l’implantation des logements et des services à proximité des transports, aménager des zones de circulation apaisée dans les centres-bourgs et les quartiers

Source : GrandAngoulême

Doctoral thesis competition on Local and Regional authorities in the EU

next deadline: 2012-05-16

The Committee of the Regions holds a thesis competition under the theme “Local and regional authorities in the European Union” in order to promote dialogue with academics across Europe.
The competition aims to reward doctoral theses defended at a university in an EU Member State.A non-exhaustive list of the topics covered may include: economic, social and territorial cohesion, trans-European infrastructure and transport networks, health, education, culture, research, innovation, employment, entrepreneurship, economic growth, transport, public services, the environment, sustainable development, vocational training, compliance with the principles of subsidiarity and good governance, decentralisation, territorial cooperation, and communication on European issues.Criteria:
the competition is opened to the holders of a doctorate obtained at a university in an EU country.
the theses must be written in one of the EU’s official languages.

Participants must supply in duplicate:
the full text on paper and in PDF format (CD-ROM)
an abstract setting out the main arguments of the thesis (maximum 3 pages), written in English or French,
a curriculum vitae in English or French
a certificate confirming that the doctorate has been awarded.

An independent selection board has been set up comprising of university professors and/or lecturers and at least one CoR member or alternate.
The winner of the first prize will receive EUR 6000. The selection board may also award up to four merit prizes of EUR 2000.
The prizes shall be awarded by the President of the Committee of the Regions. The official presentation ceremony will take place during a CoR plenary session, to which the prize winners will be invited.

Deadline: 16 May 2012