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ECTP-CEU Young Planners e-Book : Planning & Territorial Cohesion.
ECTP-CEU Young Planners e-Book :
Planning & Territorial Cohesion.
ECTP-CEU young planners workshop on “City without Public Economic Funds
This workshop-project is to be included in the 10th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planners and will be held on September 18th in Cascais under the general title “New Paradigms, Challenges and Opportunities of European Cities. The contribution of Spatial Planning to overcome the crisis”.
The Biennial organization has planned a specific parallel session in the context of projects developed by young planners and based on the topic of the challenges of the city within the new framework of economic crisis; giving a specific role to young planners conceiving new solutions to new economic context.
The workshop will be preceded by two online audio meetings to coordinate the content and to identify the points of discussion in order to enrich the final presentation to be shared at the Biennial on September the 20th. Submissions for the selection should be sent before April 30th 2013 to Ignacio Peman (
Download the full program of the Workshop here.
The European Council of Spatial Planners - Conseil Européen des Urbanistes (ECTP-CEU) has run a workshop on “Planning and Territorial Cohesion" in conformity with the principles of territorial cohesion elaborated in the institutions of the European Union to bring Young Planners throughout Europe to exchange visions and experiences of spatial planning.
The programme comprised of virtual workshops held between April and December 2012 seeking to examine topics such as: urban systems of cities; influences of changing population on occupation and housing; specific questions regarding cross border areas; territorial development of uninhabited rural areas, using case studies of different regions across Europe chosen by each national group. It culminated in a presentation at the ETCP-CEU General Meeting in Brussels in December 2012.
The Workshop was formed by planners from United Kingdom (Royal Town Planning Institute), Spain (Master on Planning in University of Zaragoza) France Collectif National des Jeunes Urbanistes); Norway (Human Geography University Of Oslo) and Ireland (Irish Planning Institute) to share ideas about how to better exploit regional potential and territorial capital in working towards sustainable development in assessing its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to develop debates about issues surrounding territorial cohesion in European regions.
Groups worked on different areas and different topics but under a common perspective on “How planning strategies can influence territorial cohesion?”
The Irish group focused on the national territorial scale, the case of interconnectivity between Dublin and other cities of the country. As Dublin dominates Irish urban structures and its economics, and there is little interaction and connectivity between the other regional cities, the group proposed to study problems of territorial cohesion because of the unbalance the urban systems. Besides, the second largest city, Belfast, is in a different country and there is a lack of cross border planning policies (Dublin Belfast Corridor) they question if common planning is feasible.
The RTPI delegation will used the case study from London raising the specific problem of housing because of the changing population under 3 key issues: Quantum (building enough housing for a growing population); Affordability (building housing that is within the reach of all); and Quality (building housing that allows its occupiers a good quality of life).
Planners of from the Collectif National des Jeunes Urbanistes (France) proposed to study the case of Lille and its metropolitan area. They consided the necessity to find the opportunities for a harmonious development of the metropolis and its hinterland, using territorial cohesion as a tool for which they looked at how territorial cohesion within the Lille metropolis works for or against territorial cohesion of the region, and vice versa.
Spanish planners studied the case of the Region of Aragon. Its principal problem is the unbalanced urban system between the capital of the Region and the rest of cities in the context of progressive uninhabited rural areas (some areas have only 3 people/ sq km). Regional government approved a regional planning scheme in 1998 concerned by all theses questions and tried to adapt through logistical and industrial policy. After 15 years of its approval, regional planning must be adapted according to European Spatial Development Perspective and new strategies must be adopted.
The Norwegian group studied the unbalance between housing and population in the Oslo region. Oslo will face problems to build new housing because it lacks the space to grow due to the small territorial size of the municipality and the relatively large areas of forest that surround the city to the north-west and the east due to protection of biodiversity and recreational purposes. That’s why Oslo alone cannot meet the future demand of housing in the projected expansion of population in a regional approach. According to theses forecasts, the group proposed to analyse how can we plan to achieve affordability in the Oslo region.
Finally, ECTP-CEU staff proposed to the groups to study a common theme in addition to local studies: the importance of the national planning context in territorial development; whether the existence or lack of it is help or hindrance. The limitations on spatial planning at the European level and the contrast between the 5 countries in terms of their level of central control and level of national planning and some questions are proposed: how have national or regional plans worked until now? And have the objectives been achieved?
See also the Workshop online blog: http://ypwectp.wordpress.com/
The Workshop concluded at a General Meeting in Brussels, on December 6 2012, and were invited to join the celebration of the ECTP-CEU Awards 2012, held at the Committee of the Regions on December 7 2012.