AESOP-IFHP Lecture Series

Lecture 2 by Andreas Faludi ‘Twentieth Century Foundations of European Planning

followed by a joint workshop by participants and representatives of European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy From Cities of Tomorrow to Tomorrow for Cities – What is the Future for European Cities?

took place on 2nd June 2012 in Paris at the Université Panthéon-Assas.

This was the second in the Lecture Series by well-known planners and other ‘urban thinkers’, both academics and practitioners, organized by AESOP and IFHP in the framework of respectively their Silver Jubilee (2012) and Centenary (2013). The lecturers in the series have been asked to present their ideas on ‘new thinking’ and a ‘new vision’ for planning. The aim is to find possible answers to present-day and emerging challenges that are faced by planners and planning, as a modern, broad discipline in a new role in our contemporary complex and dynamic society.

The lecture and debate between Prof. Faludi and the participants present was transmitted live online on both the AESOP and IFHP websites.

The Président de Paris-Sorbonne, Professor Barthélémy Jobertopened the 2nd Lecture with a welcome address.

Professor Faludi lectured on EU territorial cohesion policy. Its – uncertain – perspective is for framing policies with a territorial impact, with the ‘EU macro-regional Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ and the ‘Danube Strategy’ pointing to a future beyond territorialism with their fixation on closed spatial units, and with ‘soft’ rather than ‘hard’ planning. Professor Faludi’s presentation, the video from the event and a short interview are available on both AESOP and IFHP websites.

Here you can watch the lecture.

Professor's Andreas Faludi Lecture on Vimeo.

In any European territorial policy, the city will play a central role. The interconnectivity of cities is after all a major dimension of territorial cohesion. The European Commission has recently brought out a report ‘Cities of Tomorrow’ which looks at the importance of cities for the territorial, economic, social and environmental future of our continent. To complement Prof. Faludi's lecture, a joint workshop was organized with the participation of representatives of the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy and other invited experts to initiate a dialogue on the issues raised in this report. It dealt with the following three questions:

  • What is the European model of the city?
  • What instruments are available to ensure a more sustainable development for European cities?
  • What is the perspective for possible policy orientations in the new phase of EU research and structural policies 2014-2020? What should EU urban policy focus on; what should it avoid?

The debate, moderated by Prof. Anna Geppert (UniversitéParis IV Sorbonne), followed the brief introduction by Stephen Duffy (EC, DG Regio), who then joined the panel which consisted of Jean Peyrony (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière), Didier Michal (DATAR), Karina Pallagst (Kaiserslautern University), Emmanuel Moulin (Head of the URBACT Secretariat) and Andreas Faludi (TU Delft)

The full report from the debate will be presented in the forthcoming issue of disP.

AESOP and IFHP wish to express a word of gratitude to the hosts of the 2nd Lecture - Président de Paris-Sorbonne and Institut d'Urbanisme et d'Aménagement de Paris-Sorbonne (IUAPS).