Newsletter articles NUM 1

Covilhã (Portugal) - 27, 28 and 29 October 2011

AUP – Portuguese Association of Planners and AETU – Spanish Association of Planners have been organizing conferences since 1993 that over almost twenty years consolidated a fruitful professional exchange between the two countries in the area of ??Urban Planning.

After the Congress of Viana do Castelo (1993), Algarve (1999), Viseu (2003) and Ponta Delgada - Azores (2007), in Portugal, and
Valladolid (1995), Merida (2001) and Sevilla (2005), in Spain, it will be held at Covilhã (Portugal) the next congress with the theme "The cycle changes. A new urbanism”.

The choice of this inner city intended to reaffirm the importance of enhancing a balanced urban development in pursuit of greater social cohesion.
The fact that this is a country town with a less favorable air and train accessibility was not an obstacle to your choice, knowing that other values are enhancers of a good and participated conference.

This VIII Iberian Planning Congress proposes a wide debate on the issues which are considered to be essential for a more appropriate exercise of territory planning, to respond to current problems and challenges that emerge from the disciplinary context of a society in continuous and rapid transformation.

The analysis of the state of the art, which has long been being done, now came to an unavoidable end of cycle and need to change in order to improve, only possible throughout an effective realizing action. There is neither more time nor space for merely reflective approaches, absent of concrete or operational solutions.

For the change that is advocated is assertive, effective and evolving, is now required to extend the frontiers of knowledge, cross the most diverse realities, evaluate the experience of the practices implemented and meet the advances of scientific research.

A new urbanism, leading to a best result of human actions on the territory, causing either the balance of physical factors, whether the successive adaptations of human factors, should involve:

• Practicing a more demanding ordering for a more rational use of resources;

• The definition of a clear stabilization policy of the use and vocations of soil in a sustainability perspective, meaning environmentally responsible.

• Consideration of public space and the importance of its drawing as a structural component of urban forms and ways of life associated;

• Adoption of a truly integrated view of old and new city and a cross-cutting strategy in fostering experiential continuities;

• Rigorous evaluation of the economic variables and their correlation with local and regional sustainability, such as support base and increasing territorial competitiveness.

The sense of urban intervention in changing society must also be based on a very clear awareness of the role that citizens have in general at planning and management of their territories.


Pedro Guimarães, AUP President

Our next General Assembly will take place in Paris at the Palais de Iena, build by Auguste Perret, near Trocadero on November 4 and 5, 2011.


ECTP-CEU is translating the Glossary produced by CEMAT (Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning) to several European languages. The Council of Europe CEMAT glossary contains the key expressions used in spatial development policies in Europe. “It is addressed to officials, professionals and representatives of the civil society involved in territorial development policies and related activities”. Originally the Glossary was written in French and English. The translations to several European languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Italian, Dutch and Romanian are ready. Other translations are being concluded.


João Teixeira, July 2011


ECTP-CEU president invited the three Portuguese planners associations and the Portuguese planners working in ECTP-CEU, IFHP, ISOCARP, AESOP and INTA to constitute the “CASA DO URBANISMO”. This proposal was approved and the Mayor of Cascais is supporting the initiative.

The “CASA DO URBANISMO” will be the new office of the three Portuguese planers associations, that are in a merging process, and the local office of the Portuguese planners working in international planning and planners associations.


João Teixeira, July 2011


Since 25 years AETU, the Spanish Association of Planners, together with AUP, the Portuguese Association of Planners, has organized the biennial planning conferences between Latin American and Iberian, (Spanish-Portuguese) planners. 

So far there have been 14 conferences, in Seville 1984, Tlaxcala 1986, Barcelona 1988, Santiago de Cuba 1990, Valencia 1992, Montevideo 1994, Pamplona 1996, Porto 1998, Recife, 2000, Zaragoza 2002, San Juan de Puerto Rico 2004, Salamanca 2006 and Monterrey 2008. The last one celebrated last October, from the 13th to 15th, in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, (Spain).

The next, the XVth Iberian-American planning conference will be held in 2012 in Medellin, Colombia.

From this background, AETU and AUP launched the initiative to create an association’s federation of spatial and town planners from the different countries of Latin America and from the Iberian Peninsula, (Spain and Portugal) on the objective to link Latin American and European professionals on planning.

In March this year, taking advantage of the large attendance of Latin American professionals to the 5th World Urban Forum, WUF5, organized by UN-HABITAT in Rio de Janeiro, planners from 19 Latin American countries plus Spain and Portugal signed the "Rio de Janeiro Protocol”.

On the basis of this document, on October 14th under the support of the local authorities, AETU, AUP and the ECTP-CEU, represented by President Joao Teixeira, was established in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) in the frame of the XIVth Iberian-American Congress of Planning, the new Federation of IberianAmerican Urban Planners, (FIU), which brings together associations of city and spatial professionals from 21 countries from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

The objective of the Federation is to encourage the relationship between town and spatial planners from Latin America and Europe on the principles of the right to the city and a decent habitat; the democratic participation, the sustainability and the cultural diversity; bridging the urban gap, the reduction of poverty, exclusion and spatial segregation.

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Depuis 25 ans AETU, l'Association Espagnole des Urbanistes, ensemble avec AUP, l’Association Portugaise des Urbanistes, ont organisé les congrès biannuels Ibéro américains d'urbanisme, qui ont réuni les professionnels de l’urbanisme de deux côtés de l'océan.

Jusqu’au moment ce sont célébrés 14 congrès : en Séville 1984, Tlaxcala 1986, Barcelone 1988, Santiago de Cuba 1990, Valencia 1992, Montevideo 1994, Pamplona 1996, Porto 1998, Recife, 2000, Zaragoza 2002, San Juan de Puerto Rico 2004, Salamanca 2006 et Monterrey 2008. Le dernier, récemment, du 13 au 15 Octobre à Tenerife dans les îles Canaries, (Espagne).

Le prochain le XVème Congrès ibéro-américain d’urbanisme est prévu pour le 2012 à Medellin, Colombie.

A partir de ce précédent, AETU et AUP ont lancé l'initiative de créer une Fédération ibéro-américaine d’urbanistes en l’objectif de consolider et de donner continuité au lien entre les planificateurs de l’Amérique Latine et l’Europe.

En Mars de cette année, en profitant de l’importante présence de professionnels de l'Amérique Latine au 5ème Forum Urbain Mondial (World Urban Forum, WUF5) organisée par Nations Unies à Rio de Janeiro, les planificateurs de 19 pays d'Amérique Latine plus l'Espagne et le Portugal ont signé « le protocole de Rio de Janeiro ».

Sur la base de ce document, le 14 Octobre, sous les auspices des autorités locaux, d’AETU, AUP et ECTP-CEU, représentée par le président Joao Teixeira, a été constitué à Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Îles Canaries) dans le cadre du XIVème Congrès Ibéro-Américain d’Urbanisme, la nouvelle Fédération Ibéro-Américaine d’Urbanistes, FIU, qui regroupe les associations de professionnels de l’urbanisme et de l’aménagement du territoire de 21 pays (de l’Amérique Latine et la Péninsule Ibérique).

L’objectifs de la Fédération est de favoriser la relation entre les urbanistes et planificateurs de l’Amérique Latine et de l’Europe en les principes du droit à la ville et à un logement digne; à la participation démocratique, la durabilité et la diversité culturale; la superation de l’écart urbain, la réduction de la pauvreté et de l’inégalité, l’exclusion et la ségrégation.

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