European Spatial Rsearch and Planning

Quarta-feira, Junho 25, 2008

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-661-3016 x116

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Europe’s experience in recognizing coherent regions that share common goals provides potential lessons for regional planning in the U.S., according to the latest volume in a series on European spatial planning published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

European Spatial Research and Planning(Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2008 / 304 pages / Paper / ISBN: 978-1-55844-177-4), edited by Andreas Faludi, is the third in a series that addresses spatial planning, research, and policy in Europe. The first two were European Spatial Planning (2002) and Territorial Cohesion and the European Model of Society (2007).

“The European Union’s experience with spatial planning provides some lessons for the United States,” said Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. “We are beginning to realize the value of recognizing territorial cohesion and shared goals in economic competitiveness, transportation infrastructure, and environmental protection.”

Research by the Lincoln Institute has shown that “megaregions” such as the Boston-Washington corridor can be a useful framework for planning infrastructure investments or environmental controls. But there are few policy applications that recognize the coherence of such large regions in the U.S.

European Spatial Research and Planning taps into the treasure trove of research in the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) which has yielded many studies on the real and anticipated outcomes of European territorial policy. Evidence to support the agenda of the European Spatial Development Perspective, now called the Territorial Agenda of the European Union, is detailed in chapters that examine polycentricity, demographic trends, natural hazards and climate change, and evolving policy and politics.

The volume includes a rich visual presentation of color maps and graphics, including scenario-based analysis of future conditions.

About the Editor

Andreas Faludi is professor of spatial policy systems in Europe at the OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Advance praise for European Spatial Research and Planning

“ … a uniquely scholarly achievement that synthesizes the key results of ESPON. This is a research tour de force that will be essential reading for all students of European urban and regional planning.”

-- Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London

“Faludi and his colleagues provide a thoughtful and accessible account of some of the key findings of ESPON research. This volume not only unpacks the evidential basis of the European spatial policy, but also contributes to the advancement of evidence-informed society.”

-- Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University

“This book offers a comprehensive overview of the search for evidence to support the agenda of the European Spatial Development Perspective. It is valuable as a source of information and inspiration for fellow planners across the Atlantic.”

-- Maros Finka, Professor at the Institute of Spatial Planning, Slovak University of Technology at Bratislava

“This indispensible tool helps readers understand the present critical condition of the EU Territorial Agenda, wavering as it is between an effective and deeply needed European approach to spatial development planning and the risks of a new rhetoric.”

-- Roberto Camagni, Professor of Urban Economics, Politecnico di Milano

For review copies, please contact Anthony Flint at The Lincoln Institute, a think tank founded in 1974, is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation and taxation of land. The Web site is:

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