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Special End of Year Newsletter
A look forward to 2017

December 2016 


Dr. Matei Cocheci, Content Manager

The year 2016 has been an enthusiastic one for urban and regional planning professionals across the world.

At global level, urbanization is recognized as one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. Consequently, the draft of the New Urban Agenda was adopted during the Habitat III Conference which took place in Quito in October 2016. With the concentrations of people and economic activities in cities posing massive sustainability challenges, the UN has agreed on three transformative commitments for sustainable urban development. [...]

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Towards the future

Dr. Pietro Elisei, URBASOFIA Director
PhDc. Sabina Dimitriu, Manager of EU projects 

2016 was a very demanding year for URBASOFIA. We had to balance implementation of projects and design of new proposals, we felt the effort of our first lustrum. It was a year for closing many interesting chapters: Projects on the Framework Programme 7, on the Swiss-Romanian Grants, Strategies and Plans, but also opening others. So this new year we, really start anew: [...]
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In a time of big promises for urban transformations, the YPLAN - Young Placemakers Initiative Book opens a well-articulated discussion on how to begin to mend a simple relationship, based on concrete actions and policies, between the communities of Bucharest and the highly neglected public space.

The book is a high-quality expert publication presenting not only the results of the participatory redesign project YPLAN, but also a view on a future public space policy for Romanian cities. 
Get your Christmas present! [download the full Book]
Urban Innovative Actions call open

URBASOFIA strongly recommends the new European Commission initiative called Urban Innovative Actions. The new Call, launched on December 16, focuses on circular economy, urban mobility an integration of migrants and refugees.

We are looking forward to supporting Romanian cities in the design and implementation process of innovative UIA proposals! 

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