Titles Newsletter 4

The ECTP-CEU’s European Urban and Regional Planning Awards give recognition to planning strategies, schemes or developments which make an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in urban and rural regions of Europe. 
This upcoming round of the awards will focus on planning for sustainable energy solutions. It is being run in partnership with the SPECIAL project (Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes) in collaboration with the TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association).

ECTP-CEU is proud to organise the 10th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards in partnership with SPECIAL project and Intelligent Energy Europe. This partnership enhances the integration of sustainable energy and spatial planning. Most spatial planning projects are described in relation with sustainable energy. Spatial planning is an integrated approach and planners can describe in what sense a sustainable project allowed energy efficiency; not only with the quality of the building, but also with the transportation systems, the spatial composition itself, the quality of use and the management of natural resources.

So the SPECIAL colour of the 10th award, focusing on sustainable energy, will enhance the quality of spatial planning and sustainability without restricting the candidacies in most cases.

This is also a particular opportunity now that we have refreshed the European Charter of Spatial Planning stressing the emergency for strategy, participation processes and sustainable development in all processes of spatial planning.
The Award will be open to spatial planners and municipalities from the 47 European Countries of the Council of Europe.

All details will be announced at the launch at the Biennial in Cascais on September 19 2013.

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ECTP-CEU has published the book “A Centenary of Spatial Planning in Europe”.

This book, an ECTP-CEU initiative, is part of the programme of celebrating the centenary of spatial planning in Europe and was launched at a ceremony held at Barcelona City Hall in April 2013.

The publication of this book was made possible thanks to the valuable contribution of 31 papers by 37 colleagues.

The different approaches and varied perspectives (theoretical, historical, practical, regional, local) provide diversity and complexity and the rich texture with which it is customary to planners to work.

We hope that reading this book will bring you great pleasure.

João Texeira


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Mag. Peter Bassin, grad. eng. arch.
Urban planner

The Slovene Ministry for Agriculture and Environment has recently presented the proposal for 2% enlargement of the NATURE 2000 protected territory. The mayors of the 210 local communities have once again been present to the almost ”illegal act” of spatial planning of the State on territories of local communities. They are by themselves according to the Slovene Constitution the only responsible for spatial development planning of their local territory. Local spatial development planning is even more important because in Slovenia no official regional planning is practiced. In Slovenia exists only two levels: the national and the local (communities’) level. When such important constraint in the spatial development as enlargement of NATURE 2000 is introduced, it would be definitely easier to coordinate spatial development demands and NATURE 2000 constraints on regional level.

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