Beyond the Metropolis – 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress 2019

With urbanization continuing at pace and a globalizing economy, metropolitan areas are morphing into megacities. How does scale become power and define new global roles for megacities? What can urban planning and development strategies do to promote liveability, well-being, sustainability, innovation and responsive governance for their dwellers? Come to Jakarta, one of the largest and fastest sinking cities in the world, to explore contemporary challenges that megacities face and solutions that work on the ground.

Join ISOCARP at the plenaries and discover your global community of urban professionals in the tracks.

Track 1: LIMITLESS CITIES and urban futures: planning for scale
Track 2: BESIDES THE MEGACITY and other cities: planning for balance
Track 3: LIVEABLE PLACES and healthy cities: planning for people
Track 4: KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES and identity: planning for culture
Track 5: SMART FUTURES and sustainability: planning for innovation
Track 6: CHANGING ENVIRONMENT and risk: planning for resilience
Track 7: URBAN GOVERNANCE and planning profession: planning for future

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ISOCARP Annual World Congresses

2018 – Cool Planning: Changing Climate and our Urban Future
54th ISOCARP Congress,
Bodø, Norway, 1-5 October 2018

2017 – Smart Communities
53rd ISOCARP/OAPA Congress,
Portland, Oregon, USA, 24-27 October 2017

2016 – Cities we Have vs Cities we Need
52nd ISOCARP Congress
Durban, South Africa, 12-16 September 2016

2015 – Cities Save the World: Let’s Reinvent Planning
51st ISOCARP Congress
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 19-23 October 2015

2014 – Urban Transformations – Cities and Water
50th ISOCARP Congress
Gdynia, Poland, 23-26 September 2014

2013 – Frontiers of Planning – Evolving and declining models of city planning practice
49th ISOCARP Congress
Brisbane, Australia, 1-4 October 2013

2012 – Fast Forward: Planning in a (hyper) dynamic urban context
48th ISOCARP Congress
Perm, Russia, 10-13 September 2012

2011 – Liveable Cities: Urbanising World. Meeting the challenge
47th ISOCARP Congress
Wuhan, PR China, 24-28 October 2011

2010 – Sustainable City / Developing World
46th International Planning Congress
Nairobi, Kenya, 19-23 September

2009 – Low Carbon Cities
45th International Planning Congress
Porto, Portugal, 18-22 October

2008 – Urban Growth without Sprawl
44th International Planning Congress
Dalian, China, 19-23 September

2007 – Urban Trialogues
43rd International Planning Congress
Antwerp, Belgium, 19-23 September

2006 – Integration and Disintegration
42nd ISOCARP Congress
Istanbul, Turkey – 14 -18 September 2006

2005 – Making Spaces for the Creative Economy
41st International Planning Congress
Bilbao, Spain, 17-20 October

2004 – Management of Urban Regions
40th International Planning Congress
Geneva, Switzerland, 18-22 September

2003 – Planning in a More Globalised and Competitive World
39th International Planning Congress
Cairo, Egypt, 17-22 October

2002 – The Pulsar Effect 38th International Planning Congress
Glifada, Athens, Greece, 21-26 September

2001 – Honey, I Shrunk the Space – Planning in the Information Age
37th International Planning Congress
Utrecht, The Netherlands, 16-20 September

ISOCARP Annual World Congresses

2000 – “People‘s Empowerment in Planning”
Cancun, Mexico

1999 – “The Future of Industrial Regions – Regional Strategies and Local Action towards Sustainability”
Gelsenkirchen, Germany

1998 – ‘Land and Water – Integrated Planning for a Sustainable Future”
Azores, Portugal

1997 – “Risk Assessment and Management: Planning for an Uncertain Future”
Ogaki, Japan

1996 – “Migration & the Global Economy: Planning responses to disintegrating patterns and frontiers”
Jerusalem, Israel

1995 – “Adaptation and Mediation in urban planning”
Sydney, Australia

1994 – “Expanding Demands on Planning”
Prague, Czech Republic

1993 – “Cities, Regions and Well-being”
Glasgow, United Kingdom

1992 – “Cultural Identities and Unity”
Cordoba, Spain

1991 – “Planning for Leisure – the Challenge of Tourism”
Guadalajara, Mexico

1990 – “The Environment and the City”
Warsaw, Poland

1989 – “Communication Technology and Mobility and their Impact on Urban Structure and Form (25th Anniversary)”
Basel, Switzerland

1988 – “Urban and Metropolitan Peripheries”
Taormina, Italy

1987 – “Planning and Actions for Shelter for the Homeless”
Delhi, India

1986 – “Research for Urban Planning Practice”
Paris, France

1985 – “Implementation of Planning – Non-Governmental Actions in Urban Planning”
Berlin, Germany

1984 – “Implementation of Planning in Small Towns – Agents of Action”
Braga, Portugal

1983 – “Implementation of Planning: The Partners”
Amsterdam, Netherlands

1982 – “Habitat for All: What is the Solution?”
Istanbul, Turkey

1981 – “Renaissance of the City, How?”
Stockholm, Sweden

1980 – “Planning and Education”
Tunis, Tunesia

1979 – “Planning and Energy”
Strasbourg, France

1978 – “Evolution of Urban and Regional Planning with Regard to Changes in the Society”
Montreal, Canada

1977 – “Urban Change and Urban Structure: How to Regain Coherence”
Athens, Greece

1976 – “Demands on Land”
Helsenki, Finland

1975 – “Planning for our Inheritance”
Edinburg, United Kingdom

1974 – “Urban Planning and Political Decision”
Munich, Germany

1973 – “Integration and Segregation in Urban Land Uses and Activities”
Zurich, Switzerland

1972 – “Visual Qualities of the Built-up Environment”
Gothenburg, Sweden

1971 – “Physical and Economic Planning”
Antwerp, Belgium

1970 – “Education of the Planner”
Aix-en-Provence, France

1969 – “The Integration of Public Transport in Town Planning Policy”
Dusseldorf, Germany

1968 – “Preservation and Life of Historic Sites in Urban Planning”
Torino, Italy

1967 – “Texte Programme of ISoCaRP”
Lyon, France

1966 – “The Urban Developments in the Region”
Coimbra, Portugal

1965 – “The Position of the Netherlands in a Uniting Europe”
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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