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Vitalizing City Centres through Integrated Spatial Planning (VISP)
Start date: Sep 29, 2003, End date: Jun 29, 2007 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of the VISP project was to develop a new transnational planning strategy, new methods and new ways of working for the creation of attractive and competitive physical, social, economic and environmental areas in the periphery of large cities in the North Sea Region through combining social, economical and environmental vitalization within spatial planning and by building on life-long learning, networking and complementarities and increased citizens involvement. Achievements: The VISP project carried out a guide book Integrated Spatial Planning that presents a model for practitioners summarizing the ways in which medium size cities can address major challenges and achieve successful city centre vitalization through integrated spatial planning practices.As an example VISP has influenced the library in the partner City of Kortrijk (BE) t broaden their concept of a new library into a Life Long Learning Centre in collaboration with adult education institutes and the music academy and a music club.During the lifetime of the project, VISP has won several awards in national competitions. For instance Drammens Central Square received the best award for integrated spatial planning in Norway. As well as this Tu-Technology GmbH in Hamburg-Harburg (DE) ended on the fifth place in the prestiges international competition the DIFA Award 2006 for the best European urban quarter in the field of life quality.VISP partners have in the lifetime of the project managed to effectively start up two transnational networks:• NSR Libraries Network initiated by Mölndal and Kortrijk and• European Design Cities Network.The European Design Cities Network initiated by Kortrijk (BE), supported by Mölndal (SE) and extended to cities like Eindhoven (NL), Milano (IT) and Essen (DE). This project has led by Eindhoven also managed to get through with a successful Framework Programme 6 application (ADMIRE) and is making rapid success in the design sector.

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  • 48.3%   3 008 550,00
  • 2000 - 2006 North Sea Region
  • Project on KEEP Platform
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