Urban development forum on lessons and challenges of urban development2015-10-16
The ninth urban development forum that took place yesterday and was attended by many urban development professionals and representatives of responsible authorities discussed the lessons and challenges of Lithuanian urban development over the 25 years since the restoration of independence. Consequently, this year’s forum, as a matter of routine convened by the Ministry of Environment in autumn, was titled ‘The Retrospective’. This time Vilnius was chosen as the venue for the event.
‘The purpose of the forum is not only a retrospective look at the past and the assessment of problems and achievements, but also an attempt at looking into the future,’ said Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas. ‘Urban planning has changed substantially over the years of independence. Urban development plans were drawn up in the hope to see the country’s population increase, but the reality is different’. In his report the Minister discussed changes in the demographic situation of Lithuania and their impact on urban development, as well as the problems related to the training of specialists in architecture. He also spoke on how laws would be improved in this sphere. Amendments to the Laws on construction, territorial planning and the Architects’ Chamber have already been submitted to the Parliament for consideration. The draft Laws on architecture and municipal infrastructure development will also reach the lawmakers soon.
The participants of the forum noted with interest the report of the economist Žygimantas Mauricas that dealt with the social and economic prerequisites for sustainable urban development, the ideas of Robertas Dargis, President of the Lithuanian Real Estate Development Association, on the progress and challenges of this development in the country from the European perspective, the approach of the architect, Dr. Mindaugas Pakalnis, towards the changes and prospects of our urban development in 1990–2030, as well as insights of other reporters.
After the discussions, the participants of the forum adopted a resolution on issues debated.