Implementing the "Cities and territories in transformation - Act 2" program

This mobilization of collective intelligence has to be done in a collaborative way, by the reunification of our activities around the challenges brought by major mutations: transitions that are demographic, social, ecological, technological, territorial, and operational. This focus allow to offer to our members, and even beyond them, a basis of themes for reflections and exchanges: health and urbanism, urban intelligences, urbanization, environment and energy transition, mass production of affordable housing, urban renewing and districts revitalization, city and migrants… Furthermore, we still assist local leaders in coproducing and evaluating their territorial development project. This program is led and implemented through several communities and competences where members can share their experiences, develop ideas and build new knowledge on a continual basis. 

With "Cities and Territories in Transformation", the report of act 1 of our Initiative for Habitat III, INTA identify the changes to come, all of which are unavoidable challenges. The report recognised areas for action on key issues of the city of tomorrow. See INTA Initiative.
Following the “Objective 2030” program, “Cities and Territories in transformation – Act 2” is the international tool provided by INTA for cities and territories to foresee and master the technological, socio-demographic, ecological and institutional transformations they have to face. How the NUA reflects these changes in urban development? Should we go further with another agenda for action? Are other instruments for action available?


The complexity of urban and environmental challenges for the decades to come is such that current technical solutions will remain ineffective without a change in perspective. Our conviction is that the medium and long run should be built with the collective intelligence of the inhabitants and others local actors, supported by international experience, on project meeting the territorial development logic with a strong economic and social value-added.
What will allow going beyond the standardized and uneasily appropriated approach is the production of tailor-made urban solutions, developed jointly, in coproduction. The input of innovative actions can only be measured and built with the forces and the particular parameters of each territorial system. There is no reference model to build the city of tomorrow. 

Mission statement and objectives

New approaches to urban development based more on environmental concerns have emerged. However, whether they propose new urban visions and new values, these approaches result in isolated achievements that can not meet the overall objective of sustainable urban development, as they are not articulated or underpinned by the integration of urban policies, nor do they create and in the absence of creation of economic and social value. A sustainable urban development is only possible if supported by a territorial strategy for economic development that is itself sustainable.
Sustainable urban development remains to be invented between all urban players, either technical or political.
We wish to engage our network in more sharing of experiences, more dialogue about the conduct of urban policies at different territorial levels, more exchange on strategies, all with a view to proposing relevant solutions to the professional practice of our members. 

How it works : the added value of these working groups - clusters - is in the density of exchanges between members, their ability to share specific problems, and "test" new solutions in response to the challenges of the future of urban development.

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    • Identify common challenges and explore adapted solutions among members of the CCs;
    • Invite members and partners to address the challenges and to propose their own solutions (validated through a referential framework developed within INTA);
    • Share international experience among members of the CC and between CCs at the occasion of roundtables;
    • Seize every opportunity of INTA activities to increase interactions between CCs;
    • Publicise the work of the CC on the INTA website and through social networks and to contribute to the general programmes of the Association


Each Community of Competence is composed of the following partners:

Each Community of Competence is led by an animator, member of INTA. The animator can receive support from the International Secretariat to diffuse information and work in progress within the Community and within the INTA network. The animator leads the Community, proposes a programme of activities, in interaction with INTA's Secretariat and the other Communities of Competence.

The Communities of Competence are composed of INTA members (associates and full members). Members contribute to the Communities by sharing their experiences on a continuous basis and at the occasion of the activities of the Communities or at other INTA activities. The Communities of Competence accumulate this input, allowing a larger continuity of the contribution of each member.

Expected output

The expected output of these clusters is the production of innovation for tomorrow's urban development, to be put into perspective and validated in the course of the activities that can be of different nature:

  • Future-oriented roundtables: for a constructive dialogue between national and international practitioners on anticipated changes in a particular urban development field;
  • Peer-to-peer panels: bringing together experienced practitioners to directly transfer their expertise to specific urban situation that deserve close attention;
  • Training programmes: tailor-made training seminars, crash courses, internships, contribution to the Annual INTA Summer Course;
  • Yearly meeting at INTA's World Urban Development Congress: where each Community reports on their progress and interacts with the other CCs and members.


Contribute to advancing the debate on the future of urban development by joining a Community!


Transitions et disruptionsImplementing tools
Demography Tomorrow housing
Migrations, health and aging
Coproduce the city, evolutions of social landlord, real estate industry and sustainable development 
Urban form quality and evolution 
Urbanisation new reading grids
The city for all, participation
Ecology Energy, water and air
Recycling, resilience, biodiversity
Technology Innovation in urban services
New urban economy
Smart territories / Smart Cities
Soft power
The evolutions of services : business, health, tourism
Innovation in building and construction
Territorial and governance Metropolization
Small and medium towns
Funding urban development
New "New tows"
Solidarity and reciprocity
Citizenship and responsibility


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