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Timisoara architecture annual – a_ta, the most important professional event organized by the Timiş branch of the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR), focused one its themed conferences on how other professions view and interact with architecture. Anamaria Vrabie was invited to be part of the panel which offered different perspectives on the current state of inter-disciplinarity in the field. The conference took place on November 8th 2014 in Timișoara and was an event curated by the a_ta team reflecting the…

03
Nov
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Strategic planning in small communities
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  • local development strategy . orase mici . participatory planning . planificare participativa . planificare strategica . small towns . strategic planning . strategie de dezvoltare locala .

This year our team was engaged in undergoing strategic planning processes with 5 small communities in Romania. The project consisted in offering assistance to 5 town halls to draft local development strategies for a 7-year timespan, helping them better prepare for mobilizing resources during the 2014-2020 EU programming cycle. Working in parallel with the same team in five different communities can be quite consuming but definitely full of insights. Our partner communities ranged from just 2 thou people (Bărbătești, în…

15
Oct
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EU – Chinese Cultural Dialogue, 6th edition
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  • EU-China dialogue . public spaces .

The 6th edition of the EU - Chinese Cultural Dialogue organized by European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and hosted by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) took place in Bucharest in October 2014. The EU-Chinese Cultural Dialogues aim to extend the existing cultural relations and the bilateral exchange activities into a long-term cultural dialogue on important topics of cultural cooperation between the two parts. The sixth edition explored the role and value of well-designed public spaces in Europe and…

20
Sep
  • Testing participatory planning in small communities
Testing participatory planning in small communities
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  • consultare publica . local development strategy . orase mici . participatory planning . planificare participativa . public consultation . small towns . strategie de dezvoltare locala .

Over the past weeks, our team embarked on public consultation processes in all five communities where we are currently undergoing strategic planning.  We have worked in this process with a community facilitator which has underwent participatory methods, with CERE and PACT, in different communities across Southern Romania. The main challenge of our team was to work with communities that have never gone through such a process before. It’s worth mentioning that the elaboration of local development strategies in Romania has…

15
Jun
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The relevance of Romania’s experiences in post-socialist urban development for the international development aid
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  • ARCADIA . conference . development aid . international development . post-socialist countries .

ARCADIA organizes each year a conference engaging development professionals as well as academia interested in the field of international cooperation and development. This year’s edition was held in June in Cluj-Napoca and aimed to debate on the approach to international development of new donors in the South East European region. We joined the event enthusiastically, having in mind one important consideration: Romania’s experience in urban planning and development, both before and after the fall of totalitarian regimes in CEE, is…

14
Jun
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The Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues
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  • bilbao . GMF . leadership . romania . urban innovation .

The Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues (BUILD) was the German Marshall Fund’s first event focusing exclusively on urban policy and leadership issues. Anamaria Vrabie was one of the 100 civic leaders and urban practitioners from GMF’s network in the U.S. and Europe who met in Bilbao between June 11-14, 2014, to discuss strategies for leading transformative change in cities. While the City of Bilbao and its recent transformation story offered the ideal background for discussing the importance of place-based…

22
May
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Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth
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  • cohesion policy . integrated territorial investments . investitii teritoriale integrate . romania .

'Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth' was the Salzburg Global Seminar session focused on the reformed EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, which took place at Schloss Leopoldskron from May 17 to 22, 2014. Anamaria Vrabie was invited to be part of a select group of 65 policy makers and practitioners of 30 countries over 4 continents, who conveyed for a thoughtful exchange of ideas on balanced development, multi-level governance, and the role of key role of cities…

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May
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Youth Engagement Index Bucharest
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Youth Engagement Index Bucharest was the workshop held in Bucharest on the 9th and 10th of May 2014 at the initiative of Urbego1with the clear scope of assessing, in a consensual manner, the participation of young people (18-34 years of age) in city affairs where they live. The first two previous workshops opening up this theme for debate were held by Urbego together with local partners in Valencia and Medellin. MakeBetter, having youth engagement as one of the main focuses…