This book focuses on spatial planning – an important determinant of energy saving and renewable energy supply. Revealing the key driving forces for spatial development supporting the shift towards energy efficiency and renewable energy supplies, it shows the importance of integrated spatial and energy planning approaches for a timely and sustainable change of energy systems, thus supporting policies of climate protection. As operating within the context of renewable energy sources is becoming a major policy issue at the international, European and national level, spatial dimensions of renewable energy systems as well as challenges, barriers and opportunities in different spatial contexts become more important. This book analyses not only the fundamental system interrelations between resources, technologies and consumption patterns with respect to energy, but also the links to the spatial context, and provides guidelines for researchers as well as practitioners in this new, emerging field. It presents innovative analytical tools to solve real-world problems and discusses the most important fields of action in integrated spatial and energy planning including planning contents, planning visions and principles as well as planning process design and planning methodology.
“Is democracy in crisis?” Against the background of a visible loss of trust in political, economic, religious and other institutions in Japan and Germany, this question is being posed with increasing urgency. This volume brings together contributions from political sciences, sociology, economics, psychology, history, law, and educational science to shed light on the future of our democracies, economies, educational systems, party politics, national policies, and social-structural changes, as well as socialization in the family and school, and related value changes. By focusing on Japan and Germany, and including examples from Western Europe and East Asia, this publication will determine transnational tendencies and provide an understanding of the different consequences of development from country to country against the background of different historical-cultural traditions and institutional realities.
The past thirty years have seen a proliferation of new forms of territorial governance that have come to co-exist with, and complement, formal territorial spaces of government. These governance experiments have resulted in the creation of soft spaces, new geographies with blurred boundaries that eschew existing political-territorial boundaries of elected tiers of government. The emergence of new, non-statutory or informal spaces can be found at multiple levels across Europe, in a variety of circumstances, and with diverse aims and rationales. This book moves beyond theory to examine the practice of soft spaces. It employs an empirical approach to better understand the various practices and rationalities of soft spaces and how they manifest themselves in different planning contexts. By looking at the effects of new forms of spatial governance and the role of spatial planning in North-western Europe, this book analyses discursive changes in planning policies in selected metropolitan areas and cross-border regions. The result is an exploration of how these processes influence the emergence of soft spaces, governance arrangements and the role of statutory planning in different contexts. This book provides a deeper understanding of space and place, territorial governance and network governance.
As urban areas have grown and sprawl has spread in recent decades, metropolitan governments around the world have begun to look beyond city borders, establishing regional partnerships to help them deal with issues of transit, resource use, and more. Metropolitan Governance examines this trend through a close comparative study of seven metropolitan areas in Israel and Germany. While not neglecting the reasons behind these changes in governance, the authors pay particular attention to their effects on—and diminishing of—democratic participation and accountability.
Author: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft Düsseldorf
The structural exploration of the future of the Rhine-Ruhr region has been documented in this book - a commentary on the meaning of region, identity and tradition by MVRDV exhibited at NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf from November 15, 2002 - February 15, 2003.
Capital by European Federation of Building Societies
Urbane Raume sind von grosser Heterogenitat und Veranderlichkeit gepragt. Als Knotenpunkte der Weltgesellschaft sind Stadte Zentren wirtschaftlichen Handelns, politischer Partizipation und gesellschaftlicher Diversitat. Die Pluralisierung von Lebensstilen, die Verdichtung bestehender Nutzungsanspruche und der Wandel traditioneller Wirtschaftsstrukturen sind nur einige jener Herausforderungen, auf die eine moderne Stadtentwicklung reagieren muss. Welche gesellschaftspolitischen Anspruche pragen den Stadtdiskurs heute? In welche Richtung weisen stadtische Veranderungsprozesse? Und wie soll der offentliche Raum ausgestaltet werden, damit er nachhaltig genutzt und belebt werden kann? Der vierte Band der Reihe University - Society - Industry" diskutiert die Stadt der Zukunft aus vielfaltiger Perspektive. 24 Autorinnen und Autoren unterschiedlicher Disziplinen befassen sich mit stadtischen Entwicklungslinien und geben neue Denkanstosse zur Beschaftigung mit den Stadten von morgen. Neben sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Aspekten thematisieren sie stadtplanerische Konzepte und werfen trotz der Fokussierung auf den urbanen Raum einen Blick uber die Stadtgrenzen hinaus."