TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF PLANNING

Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2020

Volume 4, Issue 2,  ISSN 2566-2147


EDITORIAL

Olivier Sykes

This issue (4.2) of Transactions of AESOP brings together a series of papers which reflect on the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) document which was adopted by the then member states of the European Union (EU) in Potsdam, Germany in 1999, and is published shortly after the adoption in ...



EUROPEAN SPATIAL PLANNING BEYOND SOVEREIGNTY

Andreas Faludi

By definition sovereign, States find themselves inescapably in a situation of permanent competition. Moreover, given that an inherent quality of sovereignty is to exclude obeying whomever else, nobody, neither individuals nor institutions can arbitrate between them. This being the case, in the international arena power becomes the one and only ...


DOES TERRITORY REALLY MATTER AND, IF SO, HOW?

Frédéric Santamaria, Bernard Elissalde

The ambitions of the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) in relation to the development of European Union space seem to have been dissolved in the notion of territory which has become a key word in EU Cohesion Policy. The term ‘territory’ has been the subject of many debates, from attempts ...



THE ENTICEMENT OF THE ESDP: MOTIVATING (FUTURE) PLANNERS TO ENGAGE WITH EU POLICIES

Eva Purkarthofer

The impact of European policies strongly depends on their interpretation and application by domestic actors. This is especially true in fields such as European spatial planning and development, which are characterised by informal agreements and fragmented competences. Consequently, EU policies only gain importance if domestic actors consider them relevant and ...


EXPLORING THE FUNCTIONAL AREA APPROACH IN EU URBAN STRATEGIES

Carlotta Fioretti, Martina Pertoldi

A vast literature has investigated processes of spatial reconfiguration, contributing to the emergence of a ‘new urban question’ that not only reframes traditional urban issues but also challenges our understanding of what cities are today. Be that as it may, the ‘European city model’ still remains current, particularly with regards ...