International Roundtable in Lisbon, Portugal - 8-10 May 2011
The City of Lisbon, Parque Expo and INTA have organised a forward-looking Roundtable to explore the new dimensions of urban regeneration and mobility and its impacts in neighbourhoods and centralities. Set in a rapidly changing economic and social context, with profound implications on cohesion and integration of cities, the discussions focused on innovation on policy, processes and products needed to deliver better quality of life, and on policy change that might be required.
Today's urban development entails an understanding of the new factors that are shaping the socio-spatial aspects of cities and the institutional structures that manage them. How then to promote a cohesive and inclusive city, open for everyone? Improving mobility of the people within a metropolitan area should be part of an integrated approach of the development of the territory.
The aim of the Roundtable was to illustrate how innovative planning and mobility can help policy makers to respond effectively to intensification and cohesion strategies, and to inspire the various urban stakeholders to strive for an imaginative, ambitious approach to future policy development, area frameworks and individual projects. Speakers from Guimarães (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden), Turin (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland), Reunion (France), Burgos (Spain) have presented their urban cases and contribute to the debate
The Roundtable was organised by the City of Lisbon, INTA and Parque Expo, the territorial development agency in charge of large-scale planning in Portugal, created to develop the site of the Expo in 1998 which remains under their management authority.
Scope and context
People live, exchange and build communities in neighbourhoods. In the era of globalization and metropolisation, cities are becoming more and more like archipelagos of disconnected islands promoting exclusion and segregation. Therefore, neighbourhoods sometimes do not seem anymore to be able to welcome populations in a high quality of life allowing their inhabitants to enjoy what offers the district but also the rest of the metropolitan area. Future urban development needs to take place within an understanding of the factors that are shaping the socio-spatial aspects of cities and the institutional structures that attempt to manage them. How then to promote a cohesive and inclusive city, opened for everyone? Giving access to mobility of the people within a metropolitan area should be part of an integrated approach of the development of the territory.
What kind of mobility?
Do we focus only on metropolitan scale and infrastructure? What kind of policy to connect the different centralities of the town?
Mobility should indeed promote social mobility and a better access to employment, education and leisure. What kind of innovation could help to promote local mobility (social and spatial), within neighbourhoods? How to enhance the quality of the service in more depraved districts or isolated districts?
The growth of the aging population gives a new perspective for the spatial development of the territory. How to renew old neighbourhoods maintaining the local population in situ? How to promote accessibility to this population?