Read the report from the Ethical Cities: Urban Innovation Forum, an innovative event focused on urban futures and held for the first time this year in Barcelona on 6 July 2016. In the report, you’ll find key recommendations drawn from presentations delivered during the forum such as by Barcelona City Council’s Josep Maria Montaner, Madrid City Council’s Gregorio Planchuelo as well as the European Commission’s Peter Wintlev-Jensen.


The forum was organised by RMIT Europe, the European presence of RMIT University in Australia, and introduced the concept of ethical cities for the first time in Europe through the one-day event. The event built upon the Ethical Cities Urban Thinkers Campus organised by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, World Vision International and RMIT in February 2016 in Melbourne as a contribution to the World Urban Campaign.

The Ethical Cities: Urban Innovation Forum in Barcelona brought together EU, national and local stakeholders for an open discussion about key urban challenges and the up-scaling and replication of innovative, plausible solutions that pass the test of practicality. Key recommendations from the forum have been submitted to Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development during October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

The event was also part of the European Commission’s ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, a pan European roadshow that takes a fresh look at innovating smarter new build and retro-fit home and urban environments, with a view to empowering an ageing population to live healthier, more meaningful, connected lives with dignity and autonomy. These events will inform the development of a European Reference Framework for age-friendly housing.

If you are interested in more information please email events.europe@rmit.edu.au