ERASMUS  courses for students of Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
University of Warsaw

Development of contemporary cities is determined by many different factors. The most important among them is globalization and technological progress. Major cities all over the world have been confronted with two vital inter-linked questions: how can social and spatial disparities and the resulting societal and spatial fragmentation be mitigated? How can local economic growth, international and inter-regional competitiveness and new employment opportunities be stabilized or achieved? Traditional, sectoral approaches to meet these and other challenges have often proved to be expensive and inefficient or even were a total failure. Therefore, new forms of urban areas development and new forms of governance have gained importance by involving different actors in decision making processes. The lecture is devoted to changing approaches to urban management, new techniques and instruments.

Spatial planning is a key instrument for establishing long-term, sustainable frameworks for social, territorial and economic development both within and between countries. Its primary role is to enhance the integration between sectors such as housing, transport, energy and industry, and to improve national and local systems of urban and rural development, also taking into account environmental considerations. It also aims at raising awareness of the importance of increased community involvement and social cohesion as well as of the role of all parties concerned in territorial development in the implementation of housing and related policies and in environmental protection. This course focuses on principles of spatial planning and its role in setting a framework for sustainable development at regional and local scale.