Title        Integrated Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Peripheries in Europe: Urban Landscapes from Erasmus to Bruegel: Brussels 2014
Place        Brussels and Anderlecht, Belgium
Period        July 2014
Societies        International Master of Landscape Architecture, Université libre de Bruxelles, Faculté d’architecture La Cambre Horta, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Faculty of Urban Planning, HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Planning, HSWT Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Estonian University of Life Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture
Team        Victor Moldoveanu, Loredana Micu︎, Negar Mehryar, Neha Shrestha and Chiara De Santis with Ellen Fetzer, Simon Bell, Kristin Faurest, Ingrid Schegk, Didier Vancutsem, Uta Stock-Gruber, Toomas Muru, Cătălina Codruța Dobre, Rainer Sachse, Roman Lenz, Olivia Adamska, Axel Fisher, Gabriel Pascariu, Julie Matineau, Patrice Neirinck, Irina Pața, Claudiu Runceanu, Ana Opriș, Mihaela Hărmănescu

        increasing awareness among the civil society, private organisations and public authorities of the value of landscapes

This intensive programme deals with integrated approaches to urban and landscape planning. The territorial focus is on the peripheries of European metropolitan areas. The Belgian capital city Brussels is the second case-study to be explored in this context. Integrated planning combines spatial, societal, ecological, economic and cultural aspects in order to build up holistic solutions to complex urban problems that can not be solved by one discipline alone. Innovative governance models and active public participation are further features of this approach.

Urban peripheries are characterised by competing interests and land use demands of housing, agriculture, industry, traffic, commerce, nature protection, water management, recreation and various other sectors. A profound understanding of the driving forces shaping these areas combined with creative procedural and spatial thinking is required for assuring the sustainable development of urban fringe zones. Urban and peri-urban areas are Europe’s key to economic growth, social wealth and political stability. But at the same time this urban productivity is highly threatened if its ecological foundation is destroyed. Therefore, sustainable growth has become the principal goal of the Europe 2020 strategy. The urban fringe is thus an excellent laboratory for exploring the possibilities of integrated land use management leading to smart integration of different demands for example in the form of multifunctional areas that succeed in combining aspects of infrastructure, water management, recreation, nature protection, agricultural production as well as structural and aesthetical functions. (Text and photo Project Brief)

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