Urban Revitalization
01.06.2017 : Urbanicom

Urbanicom combines the City (Urban) and Commerce. Founded in 1966 in Bruexells/Belgium the round tables of Urbanicom unite city planners, architects and retail. The German section of Urbanicom had its annual meeting in Duesseldorf, being attended by the European Retail Academy by its president Prof.Dr.B.Hallier and the senior advisor for CityMarketing E.Gebauer.

The main topic had been the chances and risks of retail investment in times of decreasing population in the medium run and increasing competion by digital media. The two French guest-speakers Pierre Narring and Hugo Marques compared also planning parameters given by the governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK : it became obvious that all those countries have similar symptoms of crisis in small and medium-sized cities, but that the "medication" of urban revitalization programs are still in an experimental phasis.

05.05.2017 : Revitalization Concepts

Vienna was already becoming Capital in 1804 - at that time of the Royal Austrian Empire. In 1814/15 the Vienna Congress decided about the new political structure of Europe after the Napoleon War. Today its City Center as well as the Castle Schoenbrunn belong to the UNESCO World Heritage.

In September 2017 the 22nd International Conference of REAL CORP (List of presentations) about the present urban revitalization case-studies worldwide will be organized by the Technical University of Vienna, www.corp.at, www.isocarp.org - and supported like at the last Conferences in Hamburg and Ghent by the European Retail Academy.

03.04.2017 : Istanbul

There is no other city in the world which over thousands of years is an example for change/urban revitalization like Byzanz (Greek Empire), Konstantinopel (Roman Empire), Stanbul (Osman Empire) and today called Istanbul - being the bridge between Orient and Okzident as like as it was already in the times of the historical SILK ROAD .

The biggest Shopping Centers in Istanbul are according to Dr.Cebrayil Valiyev the Forum Istanbul (176.400/2009), Mall of Istanbul (135.000/2011), Istanbul Javahir (110.000/2005), Torium (90.000/2010), MetroCity ( 51.000/2003), Olivium (35.000/2000), Akmerkez (34.000/1993) and Airport Outlet (32.000/2008). For Galleria (77.000/1988) and Atirus (56.000/2005) data reflect the total area of the facility.

07.03.2017 : Challenge Nairobi

Nairobi became capital of British East Africa in 1907. Within the last one hundred years the number of its inhabitants climbed from 20.000 to 3.5 million people. Today Nairobi is capital of Kenya, economic and cultural center and headquarter of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and HABITAT.

Nevertheless 60 percent of Nairobi's inhabitants are living in about 200 slum areas. In the Kangemi Slum in 1994 the actor Anne Wanjugu (well-known from the film "Don't Cry, Child of Africa") started a social poject for street-children "Shangilia" - the local word for "Enjoy". In March 2017 two post-graduates from the Alanus University in Germany, Marie-Christin Hallier und Barbara Hanebuth, will test painting with underpriviledged children in Shangilia as art-therapy. The Nairobi visit is connected with the Conference Food Waste at Nairobi Univrsity (Link) and a parallel exhibition of the IKV-Art Club at the Nairobi Gallery (see also at www.european-retail-academy.org/FAB)

15.02.2017: Challenge Food Waste

In the beginning of the 21st century due to global mass distribution the world is divided into countries with affluent society and poor countries where 80 percent of the children suffer from hunger. The explosion of population numbers will widen this gap - in the year 2050 about 40 percent more food is needed! If production at the best would keep its present volume, the prices for food will increase and the poorest of the poor will suffer even more. Research about the food distribution shows that at the moment nearly the same rate of food products is wasted as crop on the fields, due to insufficient storing and transportation, lack of processing, within the distribution and at the consumer level. Theoretically the gap between available food and demand could be closed by a better transfer of know-how and a change of consumer habits.

The first African Postharvest Congress organized under the leadership of the University of Nairobi/Kenya (Web Page) will bring together worldwide experts of the agriculture, processing, and total supply chain to work on solutions of this problem. The exhibition of the IKV-Club of international artists (Web Page) in the Museum of Nairobi wants to support the awareness for Food Waste as a challenge by joint exhibits of African and German artists. Moreover, a painting session with children of the Shangilia-slum is planned.

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