UT-92 Sustainable Spatial Development

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urban Design
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: Serin GEAMBAZU, Claudia PAMFIL, Alexandra COLȚOS, Laura TUCAN, Matei COCHECI, Anca GINAVAR, Miruna DRĂGHIA, Anca GINAVAR (titular disciplină Master Dreptul Urbanismului: Teritoriu și Dezvoltare Durabilă
Learning outcomes:

The course aims to the knowledge of the concept of sustainable development and its evolution as well as to the understanding of the relationships between the objectives of sustainable development and the ways in which urban planning and design efforts contribute to their achievement. Analyzing, in a pragmatic way, the way in which planning and design for the transformation of space at various scales can help in achieving sustainable development will concretely make clear the objectives to which urban planning and spatial planning documentations must respond, in correlation with specific legislative provisions.


1. Concept. Evolution. Dimensions of sustainable development in relationship to the scope of urban planning and spatial planning documentation. Participatory process for Habitat 3 – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda

2. Sustainable development objectives, criteria and indicators
Leipzig Charter – RFSC - Reference Framework for sustainable cities (2007 - 2010)
The new Leipzig Charter (2o2o) – good governance, partnerships, rural-urban cooperation
Launch of paper theme 1 - case study analysis – given PUZ (zonal urban plan) initiated by Local Public Administration, in teams of 5 students (5 dimensions of the sustainable development).

3. Sustainable development at the scale of a neighborhood / city area - area based interventions - integrated approach - social inclusion and space

4. Sustainable spatial development and the Urban Policy of Romania https://citadini.ro/baza-de-date-urbane/

5. Presentations and discussions paper 1 - PUZ analysis initiated by LPA
6. Presentations and discussions paper 1 - PUZ analysis initiated by LPA

7. General Urban Plans (PUGs) for sustainable development - studies and criteria in the approval procedures

8. Regional / territorial planning for sustainable development

9. Sustainable development and funding programs (European funds)

Launch of the topic of paper 2 - case study – County Spatial Plan (PATJ) – given case studies data and teams of 6 (with one student from the Master of Urban Planning and Spatial Planning Law)

10. SDTR and PATN sections - relationship with national strategies (Roma integration, climate change, etc.) - comparison with planning systems in other European countries

11. Presentations and discussions paper 2 - PATJ analysis (workshop on a Saturday)

12. Applied research for sustainable development in the EU: Horizon 2020 research projects

13. Green Deal - reducing the impact of climate change, New European Bauhaus (not only for architects)

14. Summary and guidance for the examination paper (individual)

Teaching Method:

Courses, 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 5 students (environmental protection, social field, cultural field, economic field, 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


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

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
Noua Carta de la Lepzig – 2020: Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good

Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context — 2021 edition
European Commission: Measuring progress towards a more sustainable Europe - Statistical books 2007- monitoring report of the EU sustainable development strategy, 2007

7. Sârbu Cătălin, Reabilitare urbană și dezvoltare – o dimensiune principală a tranziției socio-economice. Un exemplu de abordare – textura urbană, în volumul Dezvoltarea Durabilă, volumul II – Mecanisme și instrumente, Editura Universității din București, 1999 (coord. A. Vădineanu, C. Negrei, P. Lisievici)
8. Sârbu, Cătălin – Habitatul urban în expansiune periurbană, Editura Universității de Arhitectură și Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, 2005
9. Sârbu, Cătălin - Locuirea în România: O abordare-cadru, Editura Universității de Arhitectură și Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, 2006
10. Sârbu, Cătălin Redactare capitolul 4.1-Planificarea spațială, în volumul: Stategia Națională pentru Dezvoltare Durabilă a României Orizonturi 2013-2020-2030 (ISBN 978-973-0-06104-8
11. Vădineanu, A., Dezvoltare durabilă – Teorie și practica, Vol. I, Ed. Universității Buc., 1998
12. Philippe Outrequin, Catherine Charlot-Valdieu, Analiza proiectelor de cartiere durabile in Europa, Editura Universitară “Ion Mincu”, Bucuresti 2011