Urban and territorial development in the Mediterranean countries is going through new phases; continuous changing scale of the urban area, expanding from neighbourhoods to city, from the city to agglomeration, from agglomeration to metropolitan area; importance of relations, cooperation and complementarities between territories particularly for the development of large structural facilities - roads, railways, maritime ports, science parks, poles of excellence and clusters, etc.
These new infrastructures, in turn, draw a new urban geography, shaping new hierarchies between territories, where the quality of life, and therefore the built environment, becomes an attractor for talent, investment and growth.
Over the past years, and thank to the engagement of its past President Mohamed Mbarki from Morocco, INTA has been very active in most of the Mediterranean countries through its members in the Region (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Malta, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco). To mark its commitment to the Region, INTA established a special task force ('Community of Competence') called TransMed that will work at the intersection of a technical urban theme - major infrastructure projects for sustainable urban development, with a geographical prevalence - the Southern Mediterranean countries.
The TransMed 'Community of Competence' intends to explore the interactions between urban regions, metropolises, infrastructure, and partnership funding, and the impact of these interactions on cross boarder cooperation.
The participation of INTA in the urban working group of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
would be thereby enriched.