Newsletter articles NUM 4


10th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planners
Cascais 19-21 September 2013

New Paradigms, Challenges and Opportunities for European Cities
The contribution of Spatial Planning to overcome the crisis

Children born today may live until 2090. We are preparing our cities for them. How should we do that? And how should we combine the new paradigms, the new basis of city life with the struggle to overcome of the current crisis?

The Biennial will try to answer these questions and will be focused on different aspects of these subjects:

  • Theoretical presentations by keynote speakers and authors of papers (general and specific; covering energy, water, information, public participation, demography; environment; new technologies, new materials and new methodologies);
  • Young Planners Workshop on City without Public Economic Funds;
  • Young Planners Workshop on Urban Regeneration;
  • Best practice exhibition of innovative urban solutions;
  • Best practice exhibition of recently completed innovative plans and projects;
  • Exhibition of recently developed new technologies;
  • The exhibition and conference presenting the winning projects in 2012 European Urban and Regional Planning Awards;
  • Poster exhibition and conference presenting selected projects in the Cascais Urban Award 2013.

Confirmed Keynote speakers: Bernardo Secchi, Louis Albrechts, Alain Bourdin, Joan Busquets, Paolo la Greca, Oriol Nel.lo, António Câmara, Jaime Melo Baptista, Vincent Goodstadt, Kevin Murray, Ismael Fernandez Mejia, Izabela Mironowicz, Elin Sondergard, Pierre Laconte, Joaquim Poças Martins, Rafaela Matos, José Saldanha Matos, Helena Alegre, Helena Marecos, Eduardo Oliveira Fernandes, António Costa Silva, Nuno Ribeiro da Silva and Manuel Duarte Pinheiro.

Come to the 10th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planners in Cascais. Bring us your professional experience, your questions and concerns, your answers and solutions. Together we will learn how to face the New Challenges, how to find New Opportunities, within the scope of New Paradigms.

João Teixeira
Chairman of the 10th Biennial
ECTP-CEU Vice-president
Cascais Municipality Director for Strategy, Innovation and Quality

You can find the preliminary Program of the Biennial on the Cascais website here: 

The registration page is here:

We have received alarming messages from Dr. Ümit Özcan, Vice President of SPO (Turkish Chamber of City Planners) and we are supporting them in the best possible way.

Internationally, professional and non-governmental organizations are responsible for the protection and development of public benefits, goods, spaces and services. The ECTP-CEU has become increasingly aware that, with respect to these democratic responsibilities to the society, the Chamber of City Planners (the recognised professional planning organization in Turkey) has been struggling to ensure that plans and projects within Turkey are compliant with planning rules and laws in order to deliver a range of public participation and benefits.

Unfortunately the decision processes in Turkey seems to have fallen short of what is required and has resulted in the filing of almost 600 lawsuits in order to protect the public interest. These problems have also given rise to peaceful protests and demonstrations. The ECTP-CEU is concerned that despite this the response from the Government, after a first step of discussion, has been confrontational.
Especially the government actions against Chamber of City Planners members in Istanbul Branch have created a deep concern on ECTP-CEU and for our member countries.

The persistent processes as well as project implementations in Turkey that have been closed to the public participation seem controversial. However we are also concerned that the basis of the proposals seems to have not stood up to perfect technical scrutiny. For example, it appears that there were many objections from professional organizations to the plans of the 3rd Bridge of Istanbul, which was accomplished by the government with a groundbreaking ceremony on 29 May 2013. After millions of trees were cut down for building the bridge pier and the connection to the main roads, these plans have been cancelled by the government itself on 11 July 2013 because these installations were built at the wrong place.

This very recent example raises the concern that, the planning practice in Turkey could be in direct conflict with the international principles of planning science and practices. These include not only those promoted by the ECTP-CEU itself through its 2013 Charter of European Planning but also those of the European Union, for example , the Leipzig Charter and Toledo Declaration.

Click here to read the report drafted by Duygu Cihanger about the urbanistic problem, origin of the current social conflict in Turkey. It includes maps and photos very illustrative of the history of the square and the urban proposal.

ECTP-CEU 2012 Young Planner's 
To conclude the ECTP-CEU 2012 Young Planner's Working group, ECTP-CEU is proud to share the publication of the e-book "Planning & Territorial Cohesion". Download the e-book here.

ECTP-CEU 2013 Young Planner's
The ECTP-CEU 2013 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 20th.

Download the full program of the Workshop here.
And results of the workshop in the blog:


This Tender Service proposes tenders mostly for Spatial Planners from all over Europe.

The tenders are classified by the following categories:

  • Prior Information Notice
  • Additional information
  • Contract notice
  • Contract award
  • Public works concession
  • Design contest
  • Qualification system with call for competition
  • Results of design contests
  • Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
  • Dynamic purchasing system

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The ECTP-CEU Executive Committee has been elected at it's General Assembly in Barcelona on April 22nd 2013.
This newley elected Committee will start its term after the conclusion of the General Assembly following the one at which it is elected; being in Cascais September 22nd.
The Executive Committee as from September 22 2013 is composed of:
• First President: (Autumn 2013-Autumn 2015) Hendrik van der Kamp (IE)
• Second President: (Autumn 2015-Autumn 2017) Joris Scheers (B)
• Secretary-General: Dominique Lancrenon (F)
• Treasurer: Michael Stein (D)
• Administrator: Vincent Goodstadt (UK)
• Administrator: João Teixeira (P)
• Administrator: Ignacio Gavin Peman (E)