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11.12.15 - Cooperation between Switzerland and Serbia.
A workshop with experts on Urban Planning Methods & Instruments was organized in Belgrade within the SPUDS project (Support to Process Urban Development in Serbia) and funded by SNSF-SCOPES Institutional Partnership.

The post-socialist transition induced substantial changes in society, public policy, urban economies and structures, and significantly transformed existing urban development processes (UDPs) in Serbia. Within the framework of an SNSF-SCOPES Institutional partnership, the SPUDS project unites the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) and the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning (IAUS) in order to support the gradual building of a new heuristic approach to urban issues in the post-socialist transitional context in Serbia. In the long term, conclusions drawn from the workshop could be beneficial with regards to biased decision making processes, insufficient and weak institutional regulations, provisory evaluations, controlling and monitoring systems for plans, policies and projects.

Analyse of urban planning methods by a group of experts

In the current context, a one-day expert workshop was organized at IAUS in Belgrade on 27th October 2015. Its main aim was to analyse and discuss diverse urban planning methods and instruments in European, developing and emerging countries in order to consider successful practices/experiences and their possible application in a post-socialist context. It was thematically divided into five parts: (A) an introduction to the SPUDS project and its significance for the local context in Serbia; (B) a selection of 3 presentations devoted to urban models in Europe and to urban planning methods in the Global South (with two examples: poor cities in Africa and intermediate cities in Haiti); (C) a presentation by IAUS researchers focused on the up-to-date institutional practices of post-socialist urban planning in Serbia; (D) a further elaboration on the abrupt shift from a socialist to a neo-liberal economy at the neighbourhood level in Belgrade (Savamala district) through three presentations by experts in Belgrade and a PhD student from EPFL; (E) 2hours of panel discussion and conclusions.

Bearing in mind the financial constraints of the SCOPES Institutional partnership, the workshop speakers were the team members of CODEV (Professor Jean-Claude Bolay, Abigail Kern, Marija Cvetinovic) and IAUS (PhD Tamara Maričić, PhD Slavka Zeković, PhD Miodrag Vujošević) The guest speakers were from Switzerland (Julien Woessner, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer) and Belgrade (Borislav Stojkov, urban planner, and Professor Ksenija Petovar, sociology). Furthermore, the workshop was exclusively organized for a selected group of local experts (8-12 participants) from different backgrounds (research, administration, practice).

Knowledge exchanges and recommendations for researchers

Bearing in mind the financial constraints of the SCOPES Institutional partnership, the workshop speakers were the team members of CODEV (Professor Jean-Claude Bolay, Abigail Kern, Marija Cvetinovic) and IAUS (PhD Tamara Maričić, PhD Slavka Zeković, PhD Miodrag Vujošević) The guest speakers were from Switzerland (Julien Woessner, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer) and Belgrade (Borislav Stojkov, urban planner, and Professor Ksenija Petovar, sociology). Furthermore, the workshop was exclusively organized for a selected group of local experts (8-12 participants) from different backgrounds (research, administration, practice).

Author:Marija CvetinovicSource:Cooperation
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