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- ItemOpen Access14th AESOP Head of Schools Meeting in 2019(Association of European Schools of Planning, 2019) AESOPThe 14th AESOP Head of Schools meeting in 2019 will be hosted by University of Ljubljana (UL), jointly by the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering and Biotechnical Faculty. The date coincides with the 100th anniversary of the UL, and the topic of ‘Planning and the Disciplinarity Question’ was chosen to celebrate the contribution of planning disciplines to the challenges of transition of the academia towards ‘Xdisciplinarity’. The notions of single-, multi-, trans- and interdisciplinarity (jointly referred to as Xdisciplinarity) have been introduced over the past decades and has been addressed by AESOP at numerous occasions and various outlets. However, due to the changing nature of issues planning is facint, the topic continues to be relevant at various levels, including the input of applied knowledge into planning education. In practice, Xdisciplinarity requires both a good understanding of the planning discipline and of other disciplines it interacts with; and skills and competencies for collaborating with different professionals. These requirements are translated to planning programs. The question is what kind of Xdisciplinary knowledge makes students sufficiently equipped to tackle contemporary and upcoming urban challenges and what are the implications for the planning curricula. In addition, it is important to consider the roles of the planning practice, the market needs, and the academia in shaping these curricula. Therefore, this 14th meeting of the heads of AESOP institutional members is taking on the perennial theme of Xdisciplinarity with an intention to grasp the shifting meaning and scope of it for planning education. The program will include five sessions, two plenaries and three break-out session.
- ItemOpen AccessAESOP Yearbook 2007-2008(Association of European Schools of Planning, 2008) Geppert, AnnaLast year, our 21st conference was held in Naples, with about 600 participants coming from forty countries inside and outside Europe. More than 400 presentations were given in fourteen tracks subsumed under the main theme of the risk society. Overall, a very successful conference for our association. Obviously, AESOP has grown strong over its twenty years of existence. In 2008, we have 111 full and 43 associate members coming from 25 countries - i.e. schools in which planning education follows our requirements and have therefore become a member of the association. What is more, these are schools which share our ideas and the quality criteria, which we promote for a planning education in Europe. In addition, more schools are coming now from the new European Union Member states expressing an interest in closer cooperation with AESOP. This is a huge and growing international structure - up until now working entirely on a voluntary basis, which limited our capacities. What is very positive therefore was the decision made by the Council of Representatives in Naples to raise the membership fee from 2008 and to progress towards a professional secretariat for AESOP, strengthening a core function in our organizational structures – the Secretary General.
- ItemOpen AccessAESOP YEARBOOK 30th Anniversary Edition(Association of European Schools of Planning, 2017) Pinho, Paulo; Bailão, JoanaBuilding the AESOP community has contributed to defining better planning as a discipline. In 1995, overcoming the diversity of planning cultures, languages and institutional frameworks, AESOP established its Core requirements for quality in Planning Education (see section 4). Against the multiplication of evaluation agencies and criteria which are sometimes inappropriate for planning, we discussed quality in a changing European Higher Education Area (Geppert & Cotella, 2010; Mironowicz, 2015). The next step, achieved thanks to the commitment of Francesco Lo Piccolo, was the creation of our own label for planning programmes (see section 18). The AESOP Certificate of Quality promotes the independence of planning as a scientific discipline, still often dominated by other disciplines such as architecture, civil engineering or geography.
- ItemOpen AccessAESOP YEARBOOK. Silver Jubilee Edition(Association of European Schools of Planning, 2013) Mironowicz, IzabelaUsually a Yearbook is meant to be a momentum to reflect on the latest year, with all its actions and developments. This AESOP Yearbook is only partially a reflection of last year’s developments. It is above all the result of an explosion of activities within AESOP, which makes this Yearbook more a catalog of new initiatives and which forced us to delay its date of publication substantially. The time needed to compose this Yearbook drained away to other ‘more pressing’ activities. These initiatives having a focus onward, pushing AESOP into the future in a highly exciting way! Nevertheless, reflection remains a crucial means of interaction between the organization and its members. The Yearbook is a necessity to share within the community initiatives, developments and their directions. This sharing allows members of the community to reason along with those initiating the various developments that are now ongoing, either to comment on, to critique, to advice, to follow or to join forces. This Yearbook therefore is reflecting on and sharing among us all those initiatives that turn AESOP into something special: AESOP being the most active and dynamic planning schools association there is globally! It is something to be proud of.
- ItemOpen AccessSpace for Species: Redefining Spatial Justice(Association of European Schools of Planning, 2022) Jürgenson, Evelin; Leetmaa, Kadri; Pastak, Ingmar; Grišakov, Kristi; Raagmaa, Garri; Tammis, Toomas; Põdra, Kätlin; Muru, Toomas; Metspalu, Pille; Sooväli-Sepping, HelenOur motivation behind this title is to explore space in terms of all species, the environment in general as well as various territories and habitats, including different kinds of spaces as well, such as cultural spaces, for example. Under this title, we would unite the aspects of legislation and justice, technological solutions and developments, the concept of a smart city, considering the smart city infrastructure as a method for inclusion or exclusion. Although Estonia is small, the country and its landscape and cityscape are very versatile. The low population density has given rise to scattered urbanisation and planning also focuses on scattered areas. The title would enable to find a balance between the track topics that have remained throughout the congresses and new thematic sessions in order to promote interdisciplinarity and enable people from narrower planning research fields to come together to see the big picture, co-operation, the interrelations between areas and how things affect each other.
- ItemOpen AccessSPACES OF DIALOG FOR PLACES OF DIGNITY: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning(Universidade de Lisboa, 2017) Ferreira, José Antunes; Simões, José Manuel; Morgado, Sofia; da Costa, Eduarda Marques; Cabral, João; Ramos, Isabel Loupa; e Silva, Jorge Batista; Baptista-Bastos, MiguelIn an uncertain world that is rapidly changing economically, socially and culturally, cities and territories have become the common ground for resilient breakthroughs in the policies and practices of planning and design. These extreme times urge us to shift towards renewed actions in urban and less urbanised territories. Societal changes, disparities in population growth and incomes and consequential impacts on the sustainability of social services and labour markets, climate change and extreme natural events, complex social-economics trends, challenge us to debate and seek paths that lead to a progressive common future. The planning and urban minded communities are invited to join efforts under the flag of the next congress topic – SPACES OF DIALOG FOR PLACES OF DIGNITY: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning. A few of the ideas we may want to provide a platform for discussion include developing people’s wellbeing, promoting integrated and flexible planning approaches, encouraging collective engagement in urban and environmental management, inclusiveness and multiculturalism. From one of the most western cities in Europe we believe that we may address potential European urban futures and the need for opening effective dialogue and cooperation with other corners of the globe. We look forward to welcoming you in Lisbon and engaging with you in discussing these challenges.