Planning for a Metropolitan Future - ESPON SPIMA research project final conference

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Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Bruxelles
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Since November 2016, EUROCITIES WG metropolitan areas has been closely following an in-depth qualitative study (so called, targeted analysis) on spatial dynamics and strategic planning in metropolitan areas (SPIMA). The research project was funded by the ESPON 2020 programme and commissioned by stakeholders from 10 EUROCITIES members spanning Europe (Brno, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Oslo, Prague, Terrassa, Torino, Vienna and Zurich). The final report  presents ground-breaking documentation and analysis of how the 10 cities and their surrounding municipalities and regions have been carrying out strategic planning. The research gives new insight into the processes and potential of spatial planning and changes our understanding of functional urban areas.

The conference, organized by Oslo, the lead partner together with ESPON and EUROCITIES on 6 February 2018 in the Norway House in Brussels, is aimed at policy-makers from cities as well as from national and European bodies. It is designed to present key findings and policy messages of the SPIMA project and related research, emphasizing the value of this evidence for guiding future policy-making. The SPIMA stakeholders seek to share and discuss the wider benefits of supporting and enabling spatial planning in functional urban areas. Successful planning and management of spatial development within metropolitan areas is an essential element for achieving policy goals across Europe. Being confident that local stakeholders and policy makers from all over Europe will feel inspired for the years ahead, the SPIMA stakeholders look forward to reflections and discussions of relevant policy approaches. “There will be a lot more work to do in communicating and using this study, and we hope to build on it in our future work through EUROCITIES” (Peter Austin, Oslo).


The conference language is English and participation is free of charge.

You may register using the button above. Please find the official invitation and a detailed agenda below.

   Official invitation to conference download/preview this file
    Draft conference programme download/preview this file

EUROCITIES staff contact

Marton Matko