The Young Planners Workshop 2019 was concluded at the 13th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planners -13è Biennale Européene des Villes et des Urbanistes- held 11th-13th September 2019 in Plymouth (United Kingdom) under the general title Planning on the edge
In the frame of the Biennial, the ECTP Young Planners Workshop was scheduled as a preliminary event of the Biennial in order to encourage debate amongst and with young planners.
The ECTP-CEU/XIII Biennial organization encourages young planners throughout Europe to exchange experiences and ideas about European urban and regional challenges. To encourage their participation, the Biennial organization offers free admission for the Young Planners Workshop participants and the ECTP-CEU contributes to their travel expenses.
The workshop was spread over April-September 2019 in an “online” format; giving the opportunity to discuss in depth the projects in order to enrich final presentations in Plymouth at the Biennial. The final papers will be published in the post-Biennial e-book.
As conclusion of the Workshop, the ECTP-CEU publishes an e-book with all projects and works developed and presented during the Young Planners Workshop.
ECTP-CEU 2019 Young Planner Worshop : the e-book
In accordance with the ECTP-CEU's objectives, the initiative of the Young Planners Workshop seeks to set out young planner’s perspectives and experiences in a frame of new European cities paradigms
The workshop theme on planning on the edge focuses on a broad perspective of city frontiers and territories frontiers.
This perspective includes the relationship of cities with physical limits: the water; particularly by the sea and coast, rivers or lakes, (Planning coastal settlements, urban rivers corridors... etc, urban generation around the water...); but also relationships with other peripheral limits, nature urban voids; transitory zones in the city with people coming and going; even Edge as the transition from one physical environment to another: green, peripherial rural areas.
Border, frontier or divided cities can be considered as cities on the edge. A border cities close to the boundary between two counties, states or regions have highly cosmopolitan communities, as traveling and trading often go through the town. They can also be flashpoints for international conflicts, especially when the two countries have territorial disputes.
The workshop also includes the perspective of Cities on the edge thinking in cities located far from the centre of their country and sometimes closer to abroad with a potential to develop their position “on the edge” and its connectivity within Europe and the world.
Finally planning on the edge includes urban policies on the edge from a social-economic and cultural approach:
a) relationship with the periphery of the society, within the cities and amongst different kinds and scales of cities,
b) cities which have a “transit poles” social structure, “immigration port”... etc
c) thinking in the different effects and results of the globalization in big cities, small cities and rural areas.