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Sustainable Spatial Development

PROPOLIS: Sustainable Spatial Development in European Urban Regions (2000- 2002)

PROPOLIS ('Planning and Research of Policies for Land Use and Transport for Increasing Urban Sustainability') is one of the first projects commissioned in the Thematic Field 'The City of Tomorrow' of the 5th RTD Framework Programme of the European Union. Objectives of the project are the further development of theories about the interaction between transport and spatial development. the improvment of planning, simulation and evaluation methods and the identification of planning policies for making urban regions in Europe more sustainable. To achieve these objectives, existing land-use transport models of seven European urban regions (Bilbao, Brussels, Dortmund, Helsinki, Inverness, Naples, Vicenza) are enhanced and complemented to enable them to forecast the impacts of different policies on spatial development and indicators for the evaluation of their effects on sustainability. The task of IRPUD in PROPOLIS is to analyse the relationship between environmental quality and location behaviour, to refine and complement spatially disaggregate environmental and location models and to apply the urban simulation model developed at IRPUD to the urban region of Dortmund for the evaluation of a common set of policies to be examined. PROPOLIS is a co-operation with partners from Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Belgium. The project is a follow-up to the SPARTACUS project completed in 1998.

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Spiekermann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wegener

Further information: http://www.spiekermann-wegener.de/pro/propolis.htm

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