Publication: AESOP YEARBOOK 30th Anniversary Edition
Association of European Schools of Planning
Building 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.