We would like to thank all of the participants across the world who have made this AESOP 2015 congress a fruitful success in sharing their ideas, thoughts and invaluable knowledge. To remember this event by we have posted some photos which you can see above and also you can find here the VIDEO stream from the Opening reception in BETHLEHEM CHAPEL
15. 07. 2015
Keynote Panel: Encounters in Planning Thought /Personal Reflections from Key Thinkers in Planning/; 16 July 2015, 15:50-17:20
15. 07. 2015
Find the schedule of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY which is taking place on July 16 from 2pm in the room 105
15. 07. 2015
See more information about SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE: "AESOP Quality Recognition project for the European and International Dimension in Planning Programmes" which is taking place tomorrow at room 245
While many of the initiatives and powers moved outside public control, the sense of responsibility for spatial change and sustainable development of cities and regions hardly overstepped the domain of city halls and ministries, and planners as their experts. The gap between sprawled powers / potency and blurred sense of responsibility should be the focus of the Congress debates.
Our cities are spreading, the distances that most of us have to travel for jobs, shopping, entertainment, etc. are steadily increasing, and money available for maintenance and improvement of roads, utilities and public services is shrinking. Rich people are retiring to gated communities while some others may remain trapped in social and ethnic ghettoes.
All these problems are expected to be tackled by planning as an instrument for urban and regional management. But planning itself was affected by drift from hierarchic control by state and local governments, through public-private partnership projects, to governance where the actual field of municipalities´ and states´ action is dissolved and shared with business. Also many services formerly provided by public domain have been outsourced. Who should take responsibility for how the cities and regions are being changed?
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How can we take advantage of the energy and momentum created by local initiatives to make our cities more livable, prosperous and sustainable?
What is the role of the government and planners in shaping these conditions?
Prague, similarly to other post-communist cities of Central Europea, experiences a dynamic growth of citizen initiatives that engage with the built environment.
The traditional roles of governance, private actors and civil society is changing, questioning the traditional dominance of public sector. The on-going trend is particularly evident in the field of urban planning where it is apparent we need to adapt to a more people-centered ways of working.
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Following speakers will be discussing the topic:
(professor of geography at the University of Manchester) WILLEMIJN LOFVERS
(PhD student at University of Ghent) LAURA SAIJA
(Research Fellow at University of Catania) MATĚJ STROPNICKÝ
(Vice-Mayor of Prague)
The discussion will be moderated by Petr Návrat, the team leader for public participation in planning at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development.
The discussion is free and open to the public. Working language is English.
Following the discussion, a documentary film called "Plan will be screened"