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STRATEGIC TERRITORIAL AGENDAS FOR SMALL
AND MIDDLE SIZED TOWNS & URBAN SYSTEMS
The STATUS Project:
M. Urb. Sabina DIMITRIU...
Presentation
• Contextand prioritiesofthefutureSouthEastEuropeareas
• WhereSTATUSfits
• STATUSmethodologyandresults
• Inst...
A(nother) look at the South East Europe
• EuropeanUnionexperience
stillnotmatured(especially in
TransitionCountries);
• Mo...
Priorities at the turn of the programming period:
• Focusingavailable cohesionpolicyresourcesonperformance-yielding
interv...
STATUS
BOOK
INCEPTION
PHASE
Stakeholder identification
Operational analysis
Policy analysis
Networking + State of the Art
...
STATUS
isfirstandforemost an
experience generating project.
10 area-based Operational
Analyses
10planandpolicy framework
r...
RESULTS
RESULTS
RESULTS
BUILDSEE Final Conference, 20 November 2014, Bucharest, Romania
Tools
Resources
SEE CITY
PLATFORM
In progress: The SEE City Platform
• Our EU-level spin-off
deliverable and the first
coo...
STATUS Final Conference, 28 October 2014, Alba Iulia, Romania
The Territorial Atlas
Free, open-source online tool assistin...
The Geoblogs
Open-source interactive interface tools
for direct participation. Can be used as
comment and consultation pla...
Sharing some of our experiences:
• Having a good methodology and meeting in the middle yielded
results: bridging top-down ...
Conclusions and perspectives
1. STATUS ending just represents a good start: It is in the hands of the
cities and regions h...
Sabina DIMITRIU | Town and Regional Planner
URBASOFIA | General Manager of EU Projects
sabina.dimitriu@urbasofia.eu| www.u...
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STATUS Project presentation

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The STATUS project is tackling the problem of incoherent urban and regional development in South Eastern European and neighbouring countries by jointly developing an approach that can help cities and regions in making integrated and sustainable urban agendas and place based strategies by participatory planning tools.

Its overall objective is to assist city authorities of the SEE (South East Europe) countries in developing Strategic Territorial/Urban Agendas, as a tool for sustainable and integrated development in line with 21st century standards, and in implementing Urban Centers, as places where to shape, together with active local actors, the planning process that leads to the definition of strategic visions and the design of integrated urban plans.

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STATUS Project presentation

  1. 1. STRATEGIC TERRITORIAL AGENDAS FOR SMALL AND MIDDLE SIZED TOWNS & URBAN SYSTEMS The STATUS Project: M. Urb. Sabina DIMITRIU, URBASOFIA STATUS Project Content Management
  2. 2. Presentation • Contextand prioritiesofthefutureSouthEastEuropeareas • WhereSTATUSfits • STATUSmethodologyandresults • Instrumentsforcooperation,diffusion,replication • Conclusionsandfutureperspectives
  3. 3. A(nother) look at the South East Europe • EuropeanUnionexperience stillnotmatured(especially in TransitionCountries); • Mostlycomprisingof centralizedstates:delegation anddevolutiondon’tcome easy; • Highpoliticalimpacton planning, leadingtolackof continuityandincoherent development; • Latentanduntapped potentialofparticipation in developingplanning policies;
  4. 4. Priorities at the turn of the programming period: • Focusingavailable cohesionpolicyresourcesonperformance-yielding interventionsthroughcooperation; • Developingcitiesandregionsthroughintegration oftopics,urban-rural areas, stakeholdergroupsandfunding; • Avoidingdispersionandlowreturnofinvestment; • Creatingownership, greatertransparency andbuy-in. …this is essentially where the STATUS Project comes in.
  5. 5. STATUS BOOK INCEPTION PHASE Stakeholder identification Operational analysis Policy analysis Networking + State of the Art CLEAR FRAMEWORK OF AVAILABLE DATA, CURRENT PLANNING TOOLS AND POOL OF LOCAL ACTORS URBAN PROGRA- MMING URBAN CENTERS Planning process results: Participative planning workshops: 1) Urban Problems 2) Possible solutions 3) Design of strategic agenda SEE WEB PLATFORMINTEGRATED ST/UA; POSTER PLANS, PRIORITY PROJECTS POTENTIAL FUNDING & PPP Urban Centers (4 UC) are set up Stakeholder groups operationalize Urban Task Forces (UTF) SUSTAINABILITY AND TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION Achievements: METHODOLOGY
  6. 6. STATUS isfirstandforemost an experience generating project. 10 area-based Operational Analyses 10planandpolicy framework reports and1comparativestudy 10UrbanTaskForces 30co-designworkshops 10IntegratedStrategicAgendas 4UrbanCenters 1Onlineplatformwithrepository, Geoblogs,TerritorialAtlas 1ScientificBook
  7. 7. RESULTS
  8. 8. RESULTS
  9. 9. RESULTS BUILDSEE Final Conference, 20 November 2014, Bucharest, Romania
  10. 10. Tools Resources SEE CITY PLATFORM In progress: The SEE City Platform • Our EU-level spin-off deliverable and the first coordinated platform of its kind in the South East Europe; • Compendium of all STATUS outputs and a toolkit for small and middle-sized cities; • Will deliver necessary tools for creating and implementing ST/UA; • Multi-level integrator (online Urban Center) http://www.seecityplatform.net/
  11. 11. STATUS Final Conference, 28 October 2014, Alba Iulia, Romania The Territorial Atlas Free, open-source online tool assisting planners, administrators and investors to assess the state of the art of plans and policies as well as development or investment plans and opportunities. http://status.graphitech-projects.com/final
  12. 12. The Geoblogs Open-source interactive interface tools for direct participation. Can be used as comment and consultation platforms for newly developed proposals as well. Aims and effects: 1. Enhanced participation: direct interface with the decision makers; 2. Greater transparency and buy-in at local level; 3. Better youth engagement; 4. Real-time response for new plans and policies; 5. More sustainable solutions, through innovative crowdsourcing.
  13. 13. Sharing some of our experiences: • Having a good methodology and meeting in the middle yielded results: bridging top-down with bottom up set a base for future coherent territorial development in partners • There is a real need for local participatory planning tools in the SEE, although that need may take time to become self-aware: longer projects may work even better • It wasn’t always easy: 1 Lead partner change, 3 Partner changes, late start, under-expenditure, 3 minor and 1 large budget shift, long and complex paperwork and processes • Good results require good expertise, especially in SEE : local administrations need more direct support both during and after Urban Development projects. A great methodology is not sufficient. • Good timing is also a factor: STATUS cities and regions are now prepared with ready-to-be-funded project portfolios for 2014-2020
  14. 14. Conclusions and perspectives 1. STATUS ending just represents a good start: It is in the hands of the cities and regions how they will use the results and knowledge generated from here on. 2. EU Level: 330 million EUR earmarked for urban innovative actions to meet the challenges of sustainable urban development in 2014-2020. STATUS Agendas can play the role of integrators for these initiatives 3. STATUS toolkit can be a delivery mechanism for co-designed, community endorsed solutions and can help bring much-needed larger scale projects to the top of investment lists (see Romania’s POR approach to integrated urban development) 4. The tools created (Geoblogs, Territorial Atlas, UTFs, etc) are easily replicable and can help cities to better use EU funds, to work together with their citizens and to develop in a coherent, integrated, sustainable manner.
  15. 15. Sabina DIMITRIU | Town and Regional Planner URBASOFIA | General Manager of EU Projects sabina.dimitriu@urbasofia.eu| www.urbasofia.eu THANK YOU!

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