The 2020 European Urbanism Next Conference will be held June 25–26, 2020 at Maassilo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference workshops will be on June 24, 2020.

Inspired by the annual Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA, we believe Europe needs a similar conference to continue discussions started in the United States two years ago. The Urbanism Next Europe Conference will be an interdisciplinary convening of private, public and academic stakeholders who play critical roles in shaping the future of our cities. The conference will explore how technological, societal and economic trends will change the following:

Land use  |  Urban design  |  Building design  |  Transportation  |  Real estate

Equity  |  Health  |  Economy  |  Environment  |  Governance

Over 250 planners, architects, landscape architects, developers, technology experts, elected officials, academics, and many others are expected to attend the conference.

The Call for Proposals is now open

Proposal Information

Submit a proposal

Big changes are coming in Urban Mobility and Urban Development.

They’re coming fast, and will have profound impacts on land use, and real estate, public space, and building design, and on all transport modes.

How can we make sure these innovations actually make our cities better? To go from a reactive to a proactive approach, we need to engage political decision makers, planning and design professionals, real estate developers and the urban logistics sector, researchers and entrepreneurs, mobility service providers and corporate mobility planners, and many more.

Urbanism Next Europe will bring them together to discuss #WhatsNext for Urban Mobility and Development.

The sessions at Urbanism Next Europe will feature in-depth presentations exploring how technological, societal and economic mobility trends will change land useurban designtransport, real estateenvironmentequity,  healtheconomy and governance. Each session will aim for a mix of formats, from traditional ones (presentations with Q/As and panel discussions) to more unconventional ones (Pecha Kucha and 'Brain-squeezing' sessions).

Info : 

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Presentation of the Awards call at the COTER of the Committee of the Regions

ECTP-CEU Secretary General Joris Scheers presented the call for the Awards 2020 at the COTER meeting at the Committee of the Regions. The presentation was warmly welcomed and supported by Kieran McCarthy, Representative of the Committe of the Regions (CoR) and of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER), Ireland


Joris Scheers with CoR Members at COTER meeting Brussels December 16 2019

Kieran McCarthy shares his enthusiasm of beeing Jury member of the 2020 Awards

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It is getting harder to re-publish books. Students scan books for their classes… because students prefer to get books free on the Net with a click, rather than to buy, or go to library. --

Trausti Valsson, prof. of planning, Univ. of Iceland; has now placed his 14 books free on his page to set an example. Authors should place their out-of-print books on the Net, as their costs have been covered. It is a big loss if important books become unavailable. The cry of the day is Open Access!

Comments on Valsson´s books: Joe McBride, Prof. at LAEP, UC Berkeley: … “Shaping the Future should be required reading in introductory courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning for its insights into the field of planning in the 20th century and its ability to inspire students to be courageous, creative-thinkers.“
Prof. Sir Peter Hall, UCL London, in his preface to “Planning in Iceland”: "Trausti Valsson has achieved an extra ordinary feat of scholarship.“ ... "Valsson´s book sets a new standard in historical scholarship and provides a model for other scholars in other countries to follow.” -- Professor Valsson was the first to be awarded the Honorary Prize of The Icelandic Planners“.

the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) is launching a competition of ideas with the aim of reconsidering its road infrastructure, and we encourage professionals in urban planning to participate in it.

The AMB is the public administration of the metropolitan territory of Barcelona; it spans over an area of ​​636 km² and consists of 36 municipalities, where more than 3.2 million people live.

The metropolitan area is a territorial, social, demographic, economic and cultural reality that has been shaping over the last century, as a result of the growth of urban systems in the Barcelona area and the connections amongst them.

Organising people's mobility collectively is very relevant to the spatial construction of the urban environment and public space. When the mobility model is based only on the individual use of cars and the construction of segregated networks, the city and the public space undergo serious consequences, including the generation of barriers, the breaking of local network continuities, the segregation of urban fabrics and natural spaces...

Currently, the AMB is drafting the Metropolitan Urban Master Plan (PDU), which is an urban planning instrument that can directly influence the resolution of these conflicts. The PDU seeks efficient mobility on a human scale, sustainable with both people and the territory, bringing cohesion and structuring the metropolitan area to maximise flows of people rather than vehicles.

In order to favour a change of the mobility model, it is very important to generate a debate about mobility infrastructure and its relationship with the city.

The AMB proposal for this competition of ideas is a process of technical participation linked and aligned with the PDU objectives, whose purpose is twofold: to gather strategies and commitment to reconsider the future role of metropolitan road infrastructure and its territorial fit, and to exemplify them in the areas where different parts of the road infrastructure meet: the junctions.

The AMB has defined six areas to work on, which are spread throughout the metropolitan territory. Participants are invited to choose one or several of them and make a proposal.

You can access the technical and administrative specifications by clicking here.

You can access a summary of the competition and a non-official translation of the specifications by clicking here.

The deadline for submitting applications to participate is February 28th, 2020.

For further information about the Metropolitan Urban Master Plan, please click here.

If you have any doubt do not hesitate in contact us.

Best regards,

Paula Esquinas Zaragoza


Àrea de desenvolupament de polítiques urbanístiques

C/ 62, núm. 16-18 - Zona Franca - 08040 Barcelona

Tel. (+34) 93 223 51 51 - ext. 2151 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gilbert Van Schoonbeke - 2019 International Planning Award

Gilbert Van Schoonbeke 2019 International Planning Award entries 2 

Granted by
vzw De Vrienden van het Brouwershuis
With the support of the recommendations committee: Mr Marc Dillen, managing director of VCB
Mrs An Rekkers, director of VRP
Mr Joris Scheers, secretary-general ECTP
Mr Leo Van Broeck, Flemish Building Master
Mrs Ingrid Ceusters, executive president Group Ceusters

By his decisive actions as “project developer” Gilbert Van Schoonbeke had an enormous impact on the development of Antwerp in the 16th century, both on the economic level of activities and on the spatial planning level. The results still determine the spatial experience of this city today.
By issuing our international planningaward in 2019 on the occasion of the commemoration of his birth 500 years ago, we want to draw attention to this lasting achievement that we owe to the Meliator from Antwerp’s Golden Age, who was known from as far as Florence.

The International Gilbert van Schoonbeke Award 2019’s objectives:
To award established or ongoing urban developments expressing a combination of economic and residential developments and achieving a high level of quality in sustainable applications and spatial planning. Submitting a theoretical model does not suffice: its realisation must provide convincing evidence that the premises preceding the plan in the design are also perceptible in reality.
With this award we want to create a forward-looking and innovative impulse of spatial development;
in addition to an interwovenness of human communities and living environments with all
their needs, while also having an eye for the economic aspect of their realisation. The focus
here will primarily be on urban developments in neighbourhoods / districts of European cities located within a perimeter of 1519 km around Antwerp. With the restriction that it must concern a core city of around 40,000 to 100,000 inhabitants, referring to the size of the city of Antwerp at the beginning and at the end of the 16th century; the century of Gilbert van Schoonbeke.
The entry is open to spatial planners, architects, engineering firms, project developers and governments, or better even: a mix of these players into one spatial project.


Call for entries info