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2nd thematic workshop in Vienna

The 2nd thematic workshop was hosted by Vienna and Lower Austria and took place from 29 September to 1 October 2010 in Vienna. The topic Land-use and transport planning – Understanding urban sprawl was addressed.

The first day was dedicated to the topic ‘urban sprawl’ especially ‘understanding the development and the characteristics of urban sprawl’ in the Catch-MR metropolitan regions.

The results of the questionnaire identified land prices, improved accessibility and a preference on cars as the main drivers of urban sprawl. Living conditions, the imbalanced power between metropolis and region or the uncoordinated development appeared rather insignificant as sprawl drivers. In group discussions the results of the questionnaire were discussed with a focus on questions like:

  • What can each region learn from the interpretation of the questionnaire results?
  • Which of the presented drivers of urban sprawl can be influenced by planning and how?

photos, left: sum - Stadt-Umland-Management Wien/Niederösterreich; middle: Vienna City Administration, MA49; right: group photo, Catch-MR

Day two of the workshop concentrated on solutions for the problems of urban sprawl. The partners focused on cooperation as a key issue in regional planning. Three different forms of cooperation, which were established in the CATCH-metropolitan regions were introduced as good models:

  • Informal metropolitan cooperation (SUM – Stadt Umland Management – Metropolitan Area Vienna/Lower Austria)
  • Formal cooperation between municipalities (GR - Göterborg Region)
  • Cooperation between regions (Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg – Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg).

In the following discussion the strengths and weaknesses of each model and what each region can learn from the respective example were discussed.

Site visits included an excursion to surrounding regions of the metropolitan region Vienna and to the construction site of the Vienna Main Station.

A comprehensive documentation of the workshop (including the discussion results), the results of the questionnaire and a press release can be found here:

Documentation WS2 Vienna  (pdf – 4,8 MB)

Results questionnaire  (pdf – 2,8 MB)

Press release  (pdf – 11 kB)