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What’s happening in the world of local government this week?


We’ve compiled together some of the most interesting, newsworthy stories of the last week from the local government sector worldwide. We’re just trialling this service out for now, so let us know what you think in the comments below:


Vancouver and Vienna collaborate on sustainable affordable housing

Construction is underway on the Vienna House project, a partnership between Canada’s BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, the More than a Roof Housing Society, and the City of Vienna, who are participating via knowledge-sharing in a bid to innovate sustainable housing design. The project is a 123-unit affordable and sustainable homes development, to be constructed out of mass timber and prefabricated components, which is expected to cut construction emissions and help divert from landfill. The project will see a similar affordable housing development constructed in Vienna at the same time.

New bike parking pilot launches in Sydney

The City of Sydney has launched a new trial, which will designate parking zones for shared bikes. The city will work with shared bike operators to help curb street clutter. The programme will incentivise people to only park in 19 designated areas or face further charges or fines. Currently planned for the suburb of Pyrmont, an area popular with share bike riders, the city will monitor parking compliance with a view to expand the programme to other areas with high levels of active travel.

200 London schools to receive air filters to tackle pollution

Plans to install air filters in some of London’s most polluted schools have been announced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. While progress has been made in cutting the number of schools with illegal levels of NO2 (by 94%), Mr Khan said measures must “go even further and faster”. Now, particulate matter filters will be installed across 200 London schools in every classroom, with the pilot to potentially be expanded to every school if successful. The city is currently researching the most effective type of air filter to be used in the installation later this year.

Driving through city centre to be banned in Dublin

Through-traffic is set to be banned by the City of Dublin in its city centre, in a bid to clean air and clear the roads. The city is commencing a process of replanning its central streets to only permit private cars and commercial vehicles if their final destination is downtown. In doing so, the city hopes to unlock more pedestrian streets and plazas, while drastically easing current congestion. The proposal relies upon two changes: two new “bus gates: on either bank of the Liffey to prevent private vehicles from crossing, and reconfiguring several streets to reroute vehicles travelling downtown away from the city centre.

Vineyard roof coming to Florence airport

The City of Florence has announced that its Aeroporto Firenze-Peretola will become the first airport in Europe to feature an in-house vineyard, as part of a revamp of its international flights terminal. The project will see the entire terminal roof be covered in the vineyard, consisting of 38 rows of grapevines across 50,000 square metres. The design is hoped to convey the essence of Tuscany to passengers as they arrive from above. The project is expected to be completed by 2035, with the first phase done by 2026.


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