Activity of INTA Community of Competence on Workspace Urbanism

International roundtable - Learning Cities. Managing Urban Change in Places of Connection
in Utrecht,The Netherlands - 27-29 June 2012

utrecht centraalstationThe Academy of Urbanism and the International Urban Development Association (INTA) within the Community of Competence Workspace Urbanism, have created European Learning City programme.

A common phenomenon of many European cities in the last forty years has been the restructuring of inner city land for improving places of connection for either road, rail or water transport systems. In some cases this has been triggered by the relocation of functions to peripheral sites, to improve functionality and accessibility, or in others redevelopment, to increase the value of the land while maintaining the connection functions.

These developments often take decades to complete, impact on the character and functions of the surrounding areas, and can be disruptive to the life and energy of the city.

The European Learning City programme aims to provide a platform for cities undertaking strategic multi functional public private partnerships (PPP) to come together to share experience, identify common problems, and propose lasting solutions to the transformation of inner city places of connection.

A first cycle

  • 3 "learning" cities to provide a case study project for external detailed analysis:

Hamburg, Germany (Hafen City);
Utrecht, the Netherlands (Centraal Station);
Bordeaux, France (St Jean Belcier).

  • 3 "reference" cities that will act as evaluators

Malmö, Sweden (Western Harbour);
Cardiff, UK
Tampere, Finland

  • 3 "observer" cities

Oslo, Norway
Milton Keynes, UK
Stuttgart, Germany


The main moment of this first cycle
is a two-day international roundtable in Utrecht from 27-29 June to present the 3 main cases and assess performance in small group discussions with representatives from the three main case, the three reference cases and the observers facilitated by a panel of practitioners from the Academy of Urbanism and INTA's Community of Competence on Workspace Urbanism.

The conclusions will clearly articulate the existing common principles, for successfully manage the structural change of existing inner city places of connection.

Downoload the program (Pdf)

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