ApolitikA - National Guidelines for Quality and Culture of Building


2013 - 2020

The initiative for the development and adoption of the document on Architectural policies was launched by the Department of Architects of the Croatian Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers in Construction and the Association of Croatian Architects at the 1st Congress of Croatian Architects in 2004, and was continued at the 2nd Congress of Croatian Architects in 2007. Within the context of the 3rd Congress of Croatian Architects “Apolitika 2013” held in 2010, guidelines for the development of a Croatian architectural policy were promoted, and work on defining and developing the document began. Recognition of the role of architecture in terms of its cultural, aesthetic and social value led to the signing of a common Statement by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, the Physical Planning Council of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Chamber of Architects, and the Association of Croatian Architects. With this Statement they committed to promote and actively participate in activities related to the adoption of the document, whereby the creation of a national platform was initiated. The Architectural policies document, which states the public interest in the quality of the overall built environment, will necessarily be integrated into policy as a catalyst in the process of sustainable develoment, and become part of the concern for the public space, the advancement of design values founded on local specificities, the protection of health, the climate and security.


Architecture and Building Culture Policy of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic


The Architecture and Building Culture Policy of the Czech Republic is a conceptual strategic document of national impact approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 22 on 14 January 2015. Its main objective is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of the environment created by construction and to increase interest in the creation of a harmonic urban environment. This policy sets out the vision and the objectives, and seventy specific measures. It is a tool of initiation and incentive rather than of restrictions and regulations.


National Architecture Strategy



The National Strategy is based on three pillars: identifying diagnostic elements relevant, comprehensive and shared; sharing with relevant stakeholders; setting up a organization of elaboration and follow-up. In connection with the proposals of Patrick Bloche's report on "architectural creation" July 2014 and the report of Vincent Feltesse and Jean-Pierre Duport following the "Consultation on Higher Education and Research in Architecture" of April 2013, this Strategy aims to establish with the partners the main principles of a policy in favor of of architecture, to make visible and structured the many existing actions, to identify the levers and future commitments of public and private actors and to promote initiatives and appropriate experiments. This whole approach meets the ambition to promote a discipline and a practice fundamental to the comfort and quality of life of all. The challenge is to create the conditions for architecture to develop ingenious responses to the questions of the future posed by contemporary society. The National Strategy for Architecture, on the one hand, is based on principles, on the other hand objectives and commitments, and will include an action plan with a monitoring mechanism and evaluation, which can be supplemented by partnership agreements and calls for initiatives. To prepare the National Strategy, three working groups (see appendix) were formed around three objectives - to raise awareness, innovate, develop. Driven by professionals, Grands Prix Architectural and Urban Designers and Young Architects and Landscape Architects (AJAP), the groups were each made up of about ten people, representative partners of the economic, cultural and professional actors of architecture and living environment, as well as civil society, elected representatives of local authorities, parliamentarians, experts in architecture, practitioners and scientists.


Baukultur report Built Living Spaces of the Future – Focus City 2014/15


2014 - 2015

During the work on the Baukultur Report 2014/15, the meaning of Baukultur as perceived by the population and municipal administrations alike was determined with the help of a survey. <br>Overall, the population values a built environment that is well looked after, and sees this as the key task of Baukultur, in particular with regard to historic buildings. Local authority personnel responsible for Baukultur place great emphasis on the conservation and upkeep of valuable historic buildings, but primarily associate Baukultur with aesthetic qualities and with the creation of identity. By contrast, people in small communities more commonly associate the term Baukultur with the maintenance / refurbishment of old or historic buildings, while in large cities people primarily associate town 29 year-olds, the term Baukultur needs to be explained – they cannot imagine what the term m / urban planning and design with the term. However, for one fifth of 18 toight refer to </p><p>For local authorities, some of the most important criteria of Baukultur include local identity, design quality, the conservation and upkeep of high-quality historic buildings,manship. To date, technical innovations, integrated development, flexible and adaptable structures, or social aspects and high-quality work are not associated with Baukultur by local authorities.


Icelandic Government Policy of Architecture


2014 - 2018

The first national design strategy for Iceland will enhance the importance of design in all conception, development, and manufacture of products, with the aim of strengthening Icelandic companies’ competitive position and increasing value creation.

Prepared by a work group put together by The Ministry of Industries and Innovation and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture, the design strategy discusses the role of design in the Icelandic society in the following three categories:

Education and knowledge to develop, promote and strengthen design education

Work and support environment to increase professional emphasis, simplify solutions, and encourage initiatives.

Promotion to instruct, promote and exhibit Icelandic design projects locally and internationally.


Government Policy on Architecture


2009 - 2015

The Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 was launched in October 2009 and provides the appropriate framework for architectural policy up to 2015 and beyond and is led centrally by Built Heritage and Architectural Policy. The policy places an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, incorporates architectural heritage in a holistic integrated manner, and encourages and supports high quality modern architecture. The policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy within the Programme for Government in areas such as built environment research and quality place-making.


Cultural Policy Guidelines 2014-2020 Creative Latvia
Architecture Industry Strategy


2015 - 2020

The purpose of this policy is to create the necessary conditions for the creation and sustainability of a quality living space based on high quality architecture, to strengthen the national identity of a country through the use of architectural values, resources and competences, to engage and educate public, as well as representation of the interests of all groups, to promote of the competitiveness of the architectural industry, improvement of its legal framework, creation of favorable conditions for creative business and export of architectural services.


Action Agenda for Architecture and Spatial Design: Building on the Strength of Design


2013 - 2016

The agenda sets out initiatives and tools that the national government in the Netherlands wants to use to strengthen the position of designs and designers.The thrust of policy is directed towards ensuring that architecture and spatial design make an excellent and effective contribution to the spatial and cultural development of the Netherlands and, partly as a result of that, to strengthening the country’s international economic position (investment climate, exports and competitive position). By making this effort, the Cabinet wants to help assure the existence of an architecture and spatial design sector that is and remains economically vital, socially relevant and culturally innovative.


National Policy on Architecture and Landscape



The general guidlines of this policy are: promotion of architectural and urban planning design and constitution of a quality built environment, conservation and qualitative improvement of the built heritage, creative and sustainable management of the architectural heritage, increasing awareness and knowledge of citizens on architectural, urban and landscape culture, incorporation of the idea of architectural and landscape values into administrative decisions, advancement of exemplary public construction policies, promotion of proposals for specific programmes for development of the PNAP, promotion of education on architecture and the landscape


Architecture and Politics An architectural policy for Sweden


2010 - 2015

Through its publication Architecture and Politics, the Swedish Association of Architects plots the bearings for such a policy. An architectural policy starts with a vision but is to no less a degree a tool for continous development. With this publication we seek to open a dialogue on how we in Sweden can develop the vision of a sustainable society with high quality of life. We hope too thatthis publication will help to define the steps along the way.