Biennial VII - Budapest 2007

VII. Budapest, Hungary: 21 to 23 June 2007


Making Places

For the first time, a biennial was celebrated in the capital of the ancient Iron Curtain, organized by the Hungarian National Federation of Agencies of Urban Planning. The motto selected for this Biennial was Building Sites.
The Conference addressed the design of the urban environment in an interdisciplinary way: it covered a wide range of topics, such as sustainable practices, future visions, latest concepts, generic competences, community concerns, effective control, and the role of culture and innovation, focusing on the challenges faced by urban planners in the process of creating livable places.
The two-and-a-half day program was full of the best practices: plenary sessions, followed by simultaneous mobile workshops, visits, as well as an exhibition of plans and projects from the world. The following seven topics were addressed:
• Interactions of innovation and urban development.
• The creative city: cultural economy as a generator of urban and regional development.
• The role of urban design in the creation of the leisure environment.
• The impact of major events.
• The revival of recreation: sustainable urban communities.
• The quality of urban spaces through development control.
• Generic competences for adequate urban development.

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