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for young planning professionals


DATE: Sunday 8th to Sunday 15th September 2013


PLACE: San Pablo CEU University, Madrid, Spain



At a time of abrupt changes, when the old urban models are quickly becoming obsolete and inefficient, there is an opportunity to look into the future to envisage new strategies. We intend to work on the wounds inflicted on the city by the speculative urbanism: there is a need to bring into question the existing model of urban growth, working from the present situation towards new theoretical and practical visions to recycle our cities. This is the chance to put forward proposals to challenge the uncontrolled urban growth, to review the situation of the new suburban territories, and to regenerate the consolidated fabric of the inner city.

Instead of lame, simplistic, speculation driven solutions we need a multiple and diverse urbanism, capable to adapt to complex situations. New strategies may include reusing the city, rethinking the territory, generating activity, diversity, complexity and density.

New strategies may consider how to enhance participation of the citizens in the making of the city. Would it be possible an urbanism that deals in a more responsible manner with people needs?


Why Madrid?

The burst of the housing bubble in Spain has triggered a deep crisis regarding the city as project. Latent problems, such as the lack of a territorial model, the unsustainability of urban projects, the precariousness and the urban poverty, have emerged. The economic crisis and the different administrative problems have left behind ghost cities and abandoned extra-large urban projects. All these aspects are in the midst of the debate over flexibility in urban planning boosted by the process of revision of the current Madrid Master Plan, carried out by the local administration. The need of a coherent territorial model for the capital city, center of an extended metropolitan region, has become crucial. Issues such as suburban growth, mobility, landscape and natural resources, pose new challenges and raise important questions about the sustainability of the current model.


Working Scales

Participants will explore the possibilities of spatial planning in order to deal with the present day challenges affecting European cities within the context of deep economic crisis. Taking Madrid as a case study, the current urban problems are evident at least in three urban situations:

Border areas: The construction/development boom in Madrid took shape in a number of urban projects in the outskirts of the city. Often oversized and with deficient urban spaces, these projects remain in some cases uncompleted or largely uninhabited. In others they are just an enormous vacant land raising a big question mark on the future of the city. We propose to work, reflect and develop strategies against the backdrop of these territories. Can we work with the reality of these failed urban fragments? How can we deal with this no-man´s land that lies amidst a waste of infrastructures, new housing developments and old neighborhoods?

Inner fabric: After decades of urban improvement, the central area still keeps some patches of urban deprivation for which regeneration projects aiming to improve the existing conditions are needed. We propose a reflection on the problems and possibilities of the consolidated city. What new strategies can be implemented? How to preserve complexity and social mixture improving living conditions?

Urban voids: Within the compact city empty or underused areas are demanding planning references and urban design proposals to allocate strategic urban demands. The next development of the city will take place within its limits, but the time for the grand urban projects seems to be over. The idea is to locate potential sites of urban interest and work with them. Can we envision new approaches for the urban development of our cities, at the same time sustainable, exciting and responsible? Can we change the city from within?



Based on the case of the city of Madrid as an example of expansive urban growth, the summer school aims to recognize the economic, cultural, social and environmental assets and shortcomings of the recent urban planning practice in Europe, and to identify new planning visions for contemporary cities.

To meet this double objective the summer school reviews conceptual approaches and practical instruments. 
The conceptual approach, lead by tutors, lecturers and guests, provides a wide perspective that ranges from Madrid, giving an insight of the current urban status and the content of the new master plan ready to be approved, to a European vision provided by different case studies. The practical approach will give to the young professionals the opportunity to apply their knowledge in producing planning and design proposals for selected new urban pieces of urban or metropolitan interest, inner neighborhoods and urban voids.



Events take place at the Polytechnic School, which has facilities for lectures and workshops, working space and internet access, among other facilities. To favor their development some activities could be carried out in other selected venues.



Prospective participants – young planning professionals, graduated no earlier than in 2003 – can apply to the 4th European Urban Summer School via EUSS2013 website. The website application procedure is already open here.

Deadline of application will be 30th June 2013, 23:59 GMT. The selected participants will be notified by 14thJuly 2013. Deadline for transferring summer school fee: 21st July 2013. Transfer of the fee is a final confirmation of participation.

Experienced professionals and academics can apply to teach and tutor at the 4th European Urban Summer School. The organisers will cover the costs of travel and accommodation. 
Prospective tutors can apply by submitting a CV and a short outline of a lecture or workshop around planning, design or research that they could offer at the EUSS via email to the Head of EUSS 2013 and EUSS2013 Coordinator. There is no fee for tutoring. The application process will close on 7th July 2013. Selected tutors will be notified by 28th June 2013.





Deadline of application for participants: 30 June

Deadline of application for tutors: 7 July

Notification of accepted participants: July 14

Deadline for payments:  July 21

Notification of selected tutors:  July 28

EUSS: 8-15 September



As a touristic city Madrid offers a wide variety of accommodations at different rates. Participants will be offer help in booking their accommodation.

Head of EUSS 2013: Teresa Franchini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Coordinator of EUSS 2013: Juan Arana (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Representatives from involved planning organizations: Dominique Lancrenon (ECTP-CEU), Piotr Lorens (ISOCARP), Derek Martin (IFHP), Izabela Mironowicz (AESOP) 
Representatives from the hosting university: Federico de Isidro (Head of Polytechnic School San Pablo CEU University) and Teresa Franchini (Director) and Juan Arana (Coordinator)



The Directorate responsible for planning at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (I&M) is encouraging young planning professionals to provide new ideas on the forms, methods and possibilities in spatial planning needed to face present-day challenges facing our human settlements. It is therefore using the European Urban Summer School (EUSS) as the main forum to organise an International Young Planning Professionals Award (YPPA), giving them the opportunity to present their proposals on planning methods, explaining why these ideas can be considered innovative and of a broader, more general application.

You can win your participation in EUSS 2013. Read more about YPPA 2013 here.

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