City-zen: New Urban Energy: Menorca 'City-zen Roadshow' REPORT

C.L. Martin, Greg Keeffe, Riccardo Pulselli, Han Vandevyvere, S. Broersma, Mats de Ronde

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The City-zen Roadshow travels with a team of internationally recognized experts, in the field of energy planning and design to help develop a sustainable agenda for cities and their neighbourhoods. The Roadshow team work closely with people from the hosting city, whether they be city leaders, energy planners, local architect, professionals, academics, students and of course the citizens themselves. The Roadshow typically spends 5 days in each hosting city to deliver energy and urban design workshops in which all local stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to join and to take ownership of the final outcomes. Outcomes that will allow the cities recourses, both people and energy, to be directed effectively, by highlighting the energy challenges and potentials to be found in their neighbourhoods, and to finally present a sustainable ‘City Vision’. The following report will describe the activities and outcomes of the Roadshow (Sustainable Island Menorca ‘Roadshow’) that took place at the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis (IME) in Mahón on the island of Menorca, between the 24th & 28th of April 2017.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Commission
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission, Directorate General Environment
Number of pages80
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventCity-zen: New Urban Energy: Menorca 'City-zen Roadshow' - Menorca, Mahon, Spain
Duration: 24 Apr 201728 Apr 2017

Bibliographical note


The Menorca Roadshow would not have been possible without the commitment, stamina, diplomacy skills, amenability and passion of one individual. That person, Jesús Cardona, architect and highly respected member of the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis (IME). Jesús’ unconditional and continuous support during the preparations for the SWAT Studio and later Roadshow were pivotal in their joint success and far reaching impact in Mahón and across the island. The Roadshow team would like to take this opportunity to thank Jesús and his wonderful colleagues at the IME. We wish them well in their continued efforts to make Menorca a zero energy island, and wish them every success in taking
the outcomes of the ‘Sustainable Island Menorca’ Roadshow to the next level of realization.

The Institut Menorquí d'Estudis would be the home of the SWAT Studio and Roadshow during their co-creative efforts to develop a sustainable island vision. The IME was indeed a home, a place of welcome, friendliness, fun, support, knowledge and experience. All at the Institut, and partnering group, the L'Observatori Socioambiental de Menorca (Obsam) worked relentlessly to ensure that the objectives of the Roadshow were met. In the case of Menorca they would be surpassed. A second special mention goes to David Carreras Marti (Director of Obsam) for his mainstay influence in this regard and offering his vast knowledge of the island, its inhabitants, flora and fauna. The Roadshow was simply inspired by the citizens of Menorca and now looks forward to the next Roadshow, aiming for the higher benchmark that has been set by this island and its people.


  • Societal challenges
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Carbon neutrality
  • Co-creative design
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Energy transition


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