Objectives and Activities

The project will address the issue of the improvement of environmental quality in smaller urban centres. The project seeks to address the issue of urban planning by focussing specifically on urban landscapes and open spaces in small towns.The European Landscape Convention specifically recognises the value of urban and peri-urban landscapes for the quality of life of the urban population which require a mix of larger and smaller urban areas to operate. The project will take a strategic approach to the promotion of active and informed involvement of a range of stakeholders - local authorities, urban planning experts and local businesses - in the process of shaping and revitalization of urban open spaces important for public life of communities from an early stage in the process. In this way UrbSpace will also address the prevention of socio-pathogenic phenomenon and criminality issues in urban open spaces.

These objectives will be achieved by realisation of the following activities:

  • state of art analyses in the participating countries of the principles of sustainable urban development and planning and benchmarking
  • definition of relevant criteria and principles for public space design in smaller urban areas with regard to all aspects of sustainable development (environmental, social and economic)
  • development of a joint strategies and tools for sustainable urban spaces involving relevant stakeholders to improve the planning process with respect to accessibility for all
  • development and realisation of pilot actions in different central space urban areas - designed and worked out through a participatory process by communities
  • ensuring a sound scientific approach and output quality through an international Scientific and Technical Committee
  • dissemination of results according to the project Communication Plan throughout the project lifetime at different levels (from local to European) and targeting different actors.

The partnership of the project comprises a variety of multi-sectoral organizations (local and regional authorities, uni versities, NGOs etc.) ensuring a multi-actors approach. The complexity of the poly centricism and urban spaces issues needs to be solved through transnational cooperation and the exchange of experiences, benchmarking and formulating common strategies. The pilot actions in different central target areas (urban, coastal and cross border) will examine the implementation of the joint strategy for sustainable urban spaces. The project duration is from November 2008 till October 2011.

Ekopolis Foundation The Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation Statutory city of Brno, City district Brno Municipality of Sopot Municipality of Brzeg Municipality of Nagykallo Vienna University of technology ORA - Subregional development agency Karst - Brkini University of Applied Sciences League for the Environment Lombardy RiSSC  Research Centre on Security and Crime Local Development Agency La.Mo.Ro.