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SPACES: Where do they begin, where do they end?
Urs Thomann & Rudolf Graf
18:00 (CET)/19:00 (EEST) 16 July 2020
In planning today, regions are primarily understood in functional terms. Historically, however, they have quite different roots. As a result of the effect and interaction of natural and human factors, they can also perceived differently. Located between the sovereign levels of government, regions often move in a space full of contradictions. Just as regions rarely have clear boundaries, their planning has less of a clear structure and more of a patchwork. Thus, however, regions also hold potential for particularly effective cooperation: Viable projects instead of plans! Quasi bottom-up instead of top-down, sustainable projects can be supported that meet tangible local needs and have a direct impact on the quality of life.

What it takes to create SPACES that take the future of their communities and environment hand in hand will be discussed in the presentation and will be further investigated in CANactions School Program SPACES.

Spatial Planning for Accessibility, Cooperation and Economic Sustainability (SPACES) Program focuses on the application of European inter-municipal cooperation practices and subregional spatial planning tools to a group of real-life functioning formed territorial communities—amalgamated hromadas. The SPACES program works with a group of neighboring Ukrainian amalgamated hromadas and focuses on coordinating their joint actions to increase the accessibility of services and economic growth of the territories.

Urs Thomann is Swiss urban planner, co-founder and co-curator of Education at CANactions School. As a practitioner, has been promoting new tools for guiding Urban Development in Ukraine, curated the development of the Integrated Urban Transport & Spatial Planning Strategy for Vinnytsia and mentored the first phase of the Integrated Urban Development Concept for Zhytomyr. Mentor of CANactions School Program SPACES.

Rudolf Gräf is an architect with a degree from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), established the Vitamin Architects office in Romania, and worked on land use and urban development plans. Mentor of CANactions School Program SPACES.

*Spatial Planning for Accessibility, Cooperation and Economic Sustainability (SPACES) Program is supported by the European Union under the
House of Europe programme.

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