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Are European planning systems up to the task to implement the New Urban Agenda?

by Frank D’hondt, ISOCARP Ambassador * pictures taken during the Delft session by Daniel Radai European cities are in general well planned and developed, at least compared to many other cities outside Europe. Many popular planning models and concepts stem from European planners and cities, such as Athens, Rome, Venice, Paris, London, Barcelona and Randstad Holland….

Urban transformations – from Production to Consumerism

– by Gabriel Pascariu, Vice President The late 70s and the ’80s in Romania, were years of general containment, economic stagnation and limited access to goods and services. Queuing for basic goods was a specific image for most of the communist cities at that time. The contrasting situation of Western and Eastern societies was suggestively depicted…

Think deep to create an urban underground future

 – Han Admiraal The use of underground space in urban areas has been a recurring theme in the past 100 years. Édouard Utudjian, a French urbanist, wrote about an urbanism of the underground during the 1930’s. In 1937 he founded the ‘International Permanent Committee of Underground Technologies and Planning’. In 1948, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, hosted…

Inspirational Values for Future Cities

– Martin Dubbeling Mobility, infrastructure, security and digital technology are the current key factors in the management of urban areas. But is quality of life in urban areas simply the sum of these key factors or does a liveable and smart city require something more? Making cities liveable and smart is a challenge that concerns…

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