UT-92 Sustainable Spatial Development

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Territorial Planning and Regional Development
1st Year, sem 1, 2022-2023 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 4
Urban Planning and Territorial Development
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh Vera Marin
Teaching Staff:
invitați: Irina ZAMFIRESCU (Facultatea de Sociologie - UB), Anca GINAVAR (titular disciplină Teritoriu și Dezvoltare Durabilă la Master Dreptul Urbanismului - Facultatea de Drept - UB), Miruna GRIGORESCU (companie dezvoltări imobiliare), Claudia PAMFIL (Centrul de Planificare PMB CJ Ilfov).
Learning outcomes:
The course aims to ensure a solid understanding of the relationships between the objectives of sustainable development and the ways in which urban planning and design efforts contribute to their achievement. The main focus will be placed on analyzing the roles of various stakeholders involved in the planning and design processes for the transformation of space at various scales in relation to their commitment towards sustainable development. Hence, pragmatic ways in which urban planning and spatial planning documentations must respond to this challenge will become clear, in correlation with specific legal provisions.
1. The dimensions of sustainable development in relation to urban planning and territorial development documentations (Law 350 principles). The Sustainable Development Goals SDGs (Global principles) and the New Urban Agenda (UE principles)

2. Criteria for Sustainable Development Goals - Leipzig Charter, RFSC - Reference for Sustainable Cities (2007 – 2010)

3. The roles of urban actors - New Leipzig Charter (2020) – good governance, partnerships, urban-rural cooperation, etc.

4. Sustainable development at the scale of a neighborhood/city area - area based interventions - integrated approach: SPACE and economic development, environmental protection, social inclusion and cultural aspects.

5. case studies: Zonal Urban Plans (PUZ) initiated by the Public Authority
in teams of 4 students (4 dimensions of sustainable development + good governance)
6. teamwork, presentations and discussions– analysis of PUZ initiated by APL
7. teamwork, presentations and discussions– analysis of PUZ initiated by APL

8. Sustainable spatial development in Romanian policies and legislation: Urban Policy and New Urbanism Code
9. General Urban Plans (PUG) for sustainable development – substantiation studies and criteria in approval procedures
10. Regional/territorial planning for sustainable development in relationship with national strategies (Roma integration, climate change)

11. Sustainable development and funding programs (European Funding Programs) - reducing the impact of climate change, the New European Bauhaus

12. Launch of case study - County Territorial Plan (PATJ)
13. Team work, presentations and discussions – analysis of a PATJ

14. Synthesis and guidance for the exam paper (individual)

Teaching Method:
Lectures, video presentations, individual works, electronic support for the courses
Paper 1 - 30% of the grade: sustainable development and space on the scale of an area of the city - analysis of a PUZ initiated by the Public Authority: central area / protected built area / brownfields type area / large collective housing / urbanization area / urban area marginalized / Teams of 4 students (environmental protection, social field, cultural field, economic field) - each student has to consider good governance
Paper 2 - 30% of the grade: sustainable development and space at the scale of a county (analysis of PATJ in teams of 6 = 5+ 1 student from the Master of urban law applicable law / invoked legislation)

Examination Paper - Individual: 30% - a case study identified by the master student - urban planning or design for sustainable development - and a synthetic analysis - power-point with at least 10 slides in which there is a reporting between the proposals in the documentation / document and something that had an actual impact in reality.
10% active attendance at courses / presentation of individual paper in exam zoom meeting
Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context — 2021 edition

Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities, agreed on the occasion of the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion, Leipzig May 2007 https://www.rur.ro/download/1183

The New Leipzig Charter – 2020: Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good


Agenda 21/1992 - (Chapter 7th – Human Settlements) http://www.un-documents.net/a21-07.htm

Guiding Principles for Sustainable Spatial Development, Hanover 2000 European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT) (Council of Europe, 2001) https://rm.coe.int/1680700173