Publication: Selected proceedings : Space is Luxury, 24th AESOP Annual Conference, Aalto University, FInland, July 7-10 2010
On the occasion of the 24th AESOP Annual Conference, the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Aalto University welcomed more than six hundred planning scholars and professionals from all over the world to Finland. The purpose was to discuss the manifold issues related to „space is luxury‟ and to explore the multitude of related planning issues in more than four hundred paper presentations. The rational for choosing such a title has many dimensions. In 2010, the world is clearly one that can be called „urban‟. In relative terms, more than half of the world‟s population dwells in urban settings – about one billion under „slum conditions‟ (UN Habitat, 2006). Not only in such a deprived situation, having quality space available equals commanding a „luxury‟! Planning and urban design are key factors in shaping and managing space and generate the wished for quality spaces (UN Habitat, 2009). The concept of space and concomitantly that of spatial quality includes different meanings and dimensions. Space is physical, including architecture and urban form (Borden, Kerr, Rendell, & Pivaro, 2001). Space is also socially constructed through various forms of human interventions (Massey, 2005). Space is contested and a reason for serious conflicts (Harvey, 2000). Space is presented and space represents (Lefebvre, 1991). For planning, the management of the competing uses for space requires complex interventions (Ache, 2010). The making of better places that are valued and have identity is an enduring ambition of planning (Hall, 1996). And, returning to the start of this brief reflection, the major challenge of spatial planning is to find solutions for a more sustainable urban millennium (Ministers for Urban Development, 2007).
FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING::Landscape planning
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