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Balanced territorial development

Summary

    The URBACT Knowledge Hub brings together good practices from across the EU, with the latest urban trends, to fill the gaps and make sure that the learning is within everyone's reach. Understanding the theory and practice of urban and spatial planning remains of central importance for urban practitioners and decision-makers at city, national and EU levels.

    Why it matters?

    For more than 15 years URBACT has been promoting an integrated and participative approach to urban development among city representatives and local stakeholders.

    This approach has evolved since the beginning of the millennium, with important steps such as the Leipzig Charter. Signed in 2007, it enshrined the principles of 'Balanced Territorial Development'. Although this may initially appear quite abstract, it relates to fundamental questions relating to the good functioning of our cities:

    • What challenges are best resolved at which levels?
    • How are decisions made and by whom?
    • How can vertical and horizontal collaboration be encouraged?

    URBACT City Lab #4 explored these questions through three different territorial lenses: the neighbourhood level, the metropolitan dimension, and from the perspective of small and medium-sized cities. It confirmed the central role spatial issues continue to play in urban policy.

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