Geocoding addresses in QGIS with MMQGIS, Tabula and LibreOffice.

Geocoding is basically the process that transforms street addresses into geographic coordinates, which can be further processed. Previously I've stayed away from geocoding in general as it seemed a complicated process, which requires large chunks of time and a lot of patience, especially when this process starts from a PDF file. However, sometimes this process is necessary. A recent tragic event in Bucharest, Romania made me reconsider this technique as I took into account the benefits of having a map representing the buildings classified as buildings exposed to seismic risk.…

Keep reading

About me and this blog (again)

I'm Alexandru F. Ghita, urban & regional planner, independent consultant and researcher based in Bucharest, Romania. Some of you might know me as the author of the European Spatial Planning Perspective (ESPP), a blog I created in 2012 in order to bring more attention to the field of European spatial planning and make it more digestible for the general public (read more about this below). My work in brief My training and education in the field of urban & regional planning is the basis for much of my work, however,…

Keep reading

Call for 16 twinning partners. Multi-level governance study in support of Europe 2020

The consortium I am part of as a consultant, lead by Spatial Foresight was commisioned by DG Regio to carry out a “Study on promoting multi-level governance in support of Europe 2020”. The study aims at generating lessons from policy experiences and at stimulating the learning and exchange between regions. As part of the study we are looking for 16 twinning partners (European regions or cities) interested in partnering with 8 case study regions on improving multi-level governance: DEADLINE 22 January 2014 The study focuses on two specific policy fields…

Keep reading

Priorities and values in the decision-making process

I wrote about common values across EU countries before. My conclusion at that time was that “common” is not always so common, thus decision-making is not always comparable. These days there is a hot debate in Romania, concerning the gold exploitation of the Rosia Montana area using cyanide, which at an international level is considered in general an abomination, but one that could in some respects bring economic development in this particular case. Or at least this is the hope. In my case, this situation made me ask a simple…

Keep reading

European Spatial Planning Consultancy

Dear readers, I will start out this post with an apology for my absence and lack of content in the last months. My absence has been motivated by my efforts to put together a number of projects in different fields and directions, which I am proud to say have started to bear some fruitful results. As a direct result of the work I have done, I am happy to announce that in the coming weeks I will be launching my own consultancy office in Bucharest, Romania, which will mainly focus…

Keep reading