AESOP European Urban Summer School 2011

AESOP European Urban Summer School 2011

Quality of space – quality of life

AESOP European Urban Summer School QUALITY OF SPACE - QUALITY OF LIFE hosted by Lusofona University, Lisbon will take place since 24 September till 1 October 2011.

In cooperation with:

European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU)

European Urban Research Association (EURA)

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP


AESOP European Urban Summer School for young planning professionals

AESOP European Urban Summer School aims at bringing together young professionals and experienced academics and practitioners across Europe to discuss planning issues.

We expect that it will facilitate trans-European understanding of planning matters and, as a consequence, will help with improving quality of life. These aims correspond with AESOP objectives enumerated in AESOP Charter. We wish to involve both EU and non-EU countries into the project knowing that AESOP has no geographical limits of membership.

AESOP has offered its resources in teaching at European Urban Summer Schools. This idea may facilitate trans-European exchange and foster a debate on the most important planning topics. It may promote every involved actors as bodies being able to help politicians and other stakeholders in spatial development and management issues.

This concept doesn't involve economic profit. European Urban Summer School should be a platform of debate and exchange.

The first edition of EUSS in 2010 was hosted by Wrocław University of Technology, Poland (to learn more and download ‘Urban Change. The Prospect of Transformation’ – book being a result of EUSS 2010 please visit (

EUSS 2011 will be hosted by by Lusofona University, Lisbon ; future hosts will be selected through a call for proposals procedure.

Soon EUSS 2011 website will be open for registration.



Urbanized space reflects the society and its culture but also creates spatial dimension of civilisation. In this sense there are two direction of this significant flow – not only space is being produced by the society but also society is being shaped (or at least - influenced) by the urban structure. The question how many facts from our history would not have happened if the urban pattern had been different has to remain unanswered but spatial dimension of our cultural and technological evolution is indisputable.

This is one of the important reasons why topic of quality of urban space is so important.

Since 2007 majority of world population lives in the cities, therefore the problem has global dimension and relates to the quality of life of majority of population. Cites were influencing culture and civilisations even when they were inhabited only by very small portion of population, now, being an everyday environment for majority of world population they are the essential component not only of our future development but also of our quality of life.

During EUSS 2011 we would like to explore the definition and meaning of quality of urban space and its relation to the quality of life. Analysing carefully selected cases we would like to ask numerous questions: do they lack quality? what is quality itself? How it does relate to urban space? what is essential about quality of urban space?  are there components increasing quality of space? what kind of mechanism affect quality of space? 
But description and analysis are not our goal. They help with understanding but they do not deliver the answer. 
We would like also to look for the methods for evaluation, monitoring and improving quality of urban space. We would like to compose the guidelines for assessment quality of urban space and comprising the set of tools for refining it. 
We would like to offer a solution not only ask the question.

But description and analysis are not our goal. They help with understanding but they do not deliver the answer.

We would like also to look for the methods for evaluation, monitoring and improving quality of urban space. We would like to compose the guidelines for assessment quality of urban space and comprising the set of tools for refining it. We would like to offer a solution not only ask the question.


EUSS 2011 Committee:
Head of School: Prof. Diogo Mateus, Head of the Department of Planning, Lusofona Univeristy
AESOP Coordinator: Prof. Izabela Mironowicz, AESOP Secretary General, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Prof. Mario Moutinho (Rector of Lusofona Univeristy), Prof. Anna Geppert (Universite Paris IV-Sorbonne),Joao Teixeira (ECTP), Derek Martin (IFHP), Prof. David C. Prosperi (Florida Atlantic University, USA; ISOCARP)



European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU)

The European Council of Spatial Planners - Conseil européen des urbanistes (ECTP-CEU), founded in 1985, brings together 24 professional town planning associations and institutes from 22 European countries.

It is an umbrella association providing its members with a common framework for planning practice, planning education, continuing professional development and the definition of professional responsibilities.

ECTP sets standards of education and conduct for the planning profession; identifies, celebrates and rewards examples of good planning all over Europe, and engages in dialogue with local, national and European government.

Planners are enablers and specialists in spatial analysis and interaction, committed to working with other professionals across disciplinary boundaries to advance the sustainable development of the both the natural and the built environment.

The current work of the Council includes:

•    Dissemination of the revised New Charter of Athens on planning European cities in the 21st century;
•    The design of a Vision enhancing the quality and efficiency of cities and urban life in Europe;
•    The production of a guide to spatial planning and territorial cohesion;
•    The publishing of the proceedings of major conferences on European spatial development and the preparation of forthcoming conferences;
•    The preparation of the European Urban and Regional Planning Awards.

To learn more about EURA please visit:


The International Society of City and Regional Planners

ISOCARP is a global association of experienced, professional planners. Founded in 1965 with a vision of bringing to-gether recognised and highly qualified planners in an international network. ISOCARP is a NGO, recognised by the United Nations and the Council of Europe and with a consultative status with UNESCO. Learn more about ISOCARP please visit:



The International Federation for Housing and Planning is a world-wide network of professional institutions and individuals of many signatures active in the broad fields of housing, urban development and planning. With a main focus on sustainable development, the Federation organises a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for the international exchange of knowledge and experience in these professional fields.
To learn more about IFHP please visit:



The European Urban Research Association (EURA) was launched at an international conference held in Brussels in September 1997. The association was established to respond to the need for a new kind of urban research association ? one that would engage directly with policy debates relating to cities, encourage multidisciplinary research on urban issues and, in particular, encourage cross national research and policy exchange. Consequently, the aims of EURA are: (1) to encourage international exchange and co-operation in relation to urban research; (2) to stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-border urban research, and (3) to contribute to urban policy debates.

With members in more than twenty countries EURA is a vibrant network of urban scholars and practitioners. The association has its own academic journal: Urban Research and Practice. Launched in March 2008, the journal is establishing itself as a leading international journal on urban change and urban policy making. The association organises regular conferences and workshops on urban issues and also publishes a EURA Newsletter twice a year covering new developments relating to urban research. EURA facilitates the exchange of ideas and fosters the transfer of good practice in urban research and policy. There are two classes of membership: Institutional Membership and Individual Membership.
To learn more about EURA please visit:



AESOP was established in 1987 in Belgium as an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purposes and operates according to its Charter.

With over 150 members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Given this unique position, AESOP strengthens its profile as a professional body. AESOP mobilizes its resources, taking a leading role and entering its expertise into ongoing debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals. AESOP promotes its agenda with professional bodies, politicians and all other key stakeholders in spatial and urban development and management across Europe.

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Professors euss 2010


Guido Cimadomo -March, Univeristy Of Malaga, Guido Cimadomo Arquitectos, Seville, Spain

Giancarlo Cotella-March, Phd In Spatial Planning And Local Development, Politecnico Di Torino, Torino, Italy

Petrit Dollani-Phd In Economics, Tirana Univeristy, Faculty Of Economy, Department Of Management, Tirana, Albania

Pietro Elisei-Dr. Urban Planner, Ion Mincu University, Bucharest, U-Space Rome And Bucharest, Italy And Romania

Dirk Engelke-Phd In Planning, Pakora.Net & Univeristy Of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

Teresa Franchini-Dr. Arch. Polytechnic School Ceu-San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain

Richard Hammilton-Ba Msc Mipi Mrtpi, Urb Town Planning, Dublin, Ireland

Deljana Iossifova-Dr. Arch. School Of Architecture And The Built Environment, University Of Westminster, London, Uk.

Dagmar Jäger Director Architektur.Studium.Generale A.S.G., Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Studio Jp3, Berlin, Germany

Nikos Karadimitriou-Master And Phd In Town Planning, Bartlett School Of Planning, Univeristy College London, London, Uk

Ivan Kucina-March, University Of Belgrade, Serbia

Fedor Kudryavtsev-Phd In Architecture, Urban Studies Laboratory Of Moscow Institute Of Architecture & Archnova, Moscow, Russia

Josefina López Galdeano-Ba, Ma, Town And Regional Planner, Ion Mincu Univerity, Bucharest, Univeristy Of Granada, Granda, U-Space Bucharest-Rome-Granada, Granada, Spain

Piotr Lorens-Phd And Dsc. In Urban Planning, Gdańsk Univerity Of Technology, Faculty Of Architecture, Gdańsk, Poland

Stephen Lorimer-Maud, University College London, Bartlett Faculty Of The Built Environment, London, Uk

Júlia Lourenço-Msc In Civil Engineering, Phd In Planning, Universidade Do Minho, Minho, Portugal

Stefan Netsch-Master In Town Planning, Hogeschool Rotterdam, Sab Advies Groep Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Tomasz Ossowicz-Prof. In Architecture And Planning, Faculty Of Architecture, Wrocław University Of Technology, Wrocław Development Office, City Urban Designer Of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

Judith Ryser-Arch.Dipl. Epf-L/Sia, Msc(Hons) Ucl, Mcioj, Cityscope Europe, London, Uk

Federico Salmerón Escobar-Andalucía Consejería De Vivienda Y Ordenación Del Territorio, Junta De Andalucía, Seville, Spain

Ulysses Sengupta-B.Arch Hons, Dip.Arch, University Of Nottingham, Nottingham & Softgrid Ltd., London, Uk

Didier Vancutsem-University Of Applied Sciences Munich-Weihenstephan & Vancutsem Stadtplaner Landschaftsarchitekten, Munich, Germany

Michael Vout-Ba. Dip La. Dip Ud. Maud. Mli. Mrtpi, Vice-Chair Of The West Midlands Rtpi Urban Forum, Telford And Wrecklin Council, Uk.

Wawrzyniec ZipserMsc And Phd In Spatial Planning, Wrocław University Of Technology, Faculty Of Architecture, Wrocław, Poland