The cities of tomorrow: the challenges of horizon 2020

From the 17th to the 19th of September, Scuola Holden, as a cultural reference in the city of Turin (Italy) hosted 175 architects and engineers from all over the world and joined a public discussion about European cities, urban planning and future sustainability along with the support of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)


As underlined in Cities of Tomorrow – challenges, visions, ways forward (European Commission, DG Regional Policy 2011), cities are at once the breeding ground for many urban problems and science and technology solutions, culture and innovation, individual and collective creativity, and their role in mitigating the impact of climate change.

In recent years, the economic and financial crisis has intensified several urban problems and demonstrated the limits of existing sectorial policies, hence calling for an integrated, cross-sectorial and territorial approach which offers a new European model of urban development. This workshop aims at defining this new integrated concept of cities which will generate dynamic urban development, transport, engineering, environment and social perspectives across a diversity of geographical levels.

This ambition can only be realised by an interdisciplinary cooperation that COST is best positioned to provide, leveraging expertise from four Domain Committees (TUD in collaboration with ESSEM, ICT and ISCH) and exchanging ideas with key actors in the field of urban development. Such cross-fertilization of ideas can generate a holistic vision that encompasses all the trends and problems characterizing the cities and propose possible solutions integrating social sciences, physical and engineering sciences as well as life sciences.

The cities of tomorrow

Dr Mickael Pero 
SO for TUD
tel: +32 (0) 2 533 38 5290

Christopher Irons
Conference Officer
tel: +32 (0) 2 533 38 18