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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Manager / Researcher

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Manager / Researcher (28-36 h)

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague/Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Centre for Urban Excellence – a think tank empowering individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design and deliver capacity building and continuing education programmes. The Institute is involved in several EU research projects, technical assistance globally, engaged in capacity building projects with international partners, and more.

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We are looking for an experienced project manager and researcher with in-depth knowledge of international urban development, current trends and practices, who will continue to establish the Institute as the project office of the ISOCARP Society.

Your tasks will include the management of ongoing activities, development of new projects through project proposal writing, as well as coordinating and maintaining the relationship to the Society and its members.

We are looking for a motivated, independent and creative individual who is able to balance different tasks and responsibilities effectively and collaborate with the team in both Institute and Society.

The position will be based in The Hague (NL) but can be commenced in a flexible scheme due to restrictions of the pandemic. The office location will move in the coming months but will remain in the same region. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

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Webinar: Planning Disrupted

Webinar “Planning Disrupted” 

June 9, 2020

UPDATE 8 JUNE: The “Planning Disrupted!” webinar tomorrow is fully booked and the registration is closed since this morning. The interest in the webinar’s topic has been tremendous, and we are planning new online activities in the near future. Check our website soon for a summary of this event and information on upcoming webinars and online activities!

Join us on Tuesday, 9th of June at 11.00 CET at the “Planning Disrupted” webinar for an interactive take on the next steps in urban resilience and (disrupted) global planning.  Together with the collaborating partners from South Africa (eThekwini Municipality, SACN – South African Cities Network, SALGA – South African Local Governments Association, SAPI – South African Planning Institute and MILA) ISOCARP will defy critical thematic areas pertinent to urban planning during COVID-19 crisis across cities and regions. Practitioners, planning organisations, individuals and academia are welcome to join the “Planning Disrupted!” and formulate what kind of policy, planning and design actions should be undertaken in our cities, in South Africa and city of Durban in particular. What conclusions can we draw from the first wave of the pandemic, and how to move forward in a better way?

The webinar will start with a kick-off presentation of the ISOCARP UPAT workshop for the inner-city renewal of Durban. The results of this collaborative UPAT workshop between urban planning professionals of Ethekwini Municipality and ISOCARP experts are bundled in the PLAN Magazine publication. The kick-off presentation will showcase several possible approaches to inner-city renewal, from new mobility schemes towards greater walkability (the “road diets”) to some new design typologies and relevant financial instruments to spur more mixed-use, better social housing and quality upgrade of the inner-city public space.

The webinar will then move to the five Breakout Sessions, which will offer an interactive, broad and moderated discussion on the following topics:

1. Planning Practice in the Time Of Flux – moderated by SALGA and SACN.

The Session will deliberate on the changes and disruptions that are happening on the municipal level planning related to COVID, and take a concrete look what could be the new norms, the new leaderships and new formats for planning emerging from the crisis.

2. Dark Side of Planning Disruption – moderated by SAPI

Dark Side of Planning Disruption will reveal the “dangers” facing planning practice, such as increasing inequality and growing bureaucracy as results of primary Covid responses. How to deal with the “low resilience capacity” of the established planning schemes and processes? Mirror, mirror on the wall – what kind of planning we need for all?

3. Reset Opportunity for Density and Land-Use Planning – moderated by eThekwini Municipality

“Density Wars” seem to be at the heart of the post-COVID planning discussions. But if we can’t reset the existing frameworks of planning for more flexibility, simplicity and inclusivity NOW – when then? The Session will also reflect and re-prioritize what is of importance in land use planning for the inner city of Durban – through the lens of COVID.

4. Public Spaces as Life Line for Cities – moderated by ISOCARP

How can public spaces adapt in the times of uncertainty, and will we be able to reclaim them after the quarantine restrictions? Location and scale of public spaces matter, as well as their contribution to more resilient, inclusive and just city. What kind of role will public space have for the next inner-city making?

5. Relevant and Supportive National Planning – moderated by ISOCARP and SAPI

The crisis has revealed the bigger need for comprehensive planning on the highest, national level, covering primarily health facilities, housing, shelters, and all kind of supporting functions. The globalisation should not become the norm after the COVID crisis, and new economic pathways need to be found. Can urban data help establish relevant and supportive national (and local) planning and how? What kind of cross-sectoral collaborations we need?

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or proposals for upcoming sessions.

Call for Proposals for “Local Authorities: Partnerships for Sustainable Cities”

Call for Proposals for “Local Authorities:
Partnerships for Sustainable Cities” 

February 27, 2020

The European Union (EU) has published on February 12th 2020 a global call for Proposals for Local Authorities, seeking proposals to promote integrated urban development through partnerships built among Local Authorities of the EU Member States and of partner countries in accordance with the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development.

The deadline for delivering the proposals is March 27th 2020.


The Specific objectives of this call are:

• Strengthen urban governance;
• Ensure social inclusiveness of cities;
• Improve resilience and greening of cities;
• Improve prosperity and innovation in cities; and
• Strengthen institutional resilience in context of fragility.

We, at ISOCARP Institute, would like to support the Local Authorities applications with our knowledge and global network, sharing our experience in project development and implementation. The ISOCARP Institute can e.g. contribute with technical assistance, but much more support your application in achieving the four priorities of the call, which are:

• Contribution to the achievement of SDG11;
• Integrate the promotion of peer-to-peer learning;
• Promote multi-stakeholders and multi-sectors approaches;
• Promote the EU development cooperation Rights-based approach, encompassing all human rights.

Furthermore, ISOCARP Institute can support in achieving the triangular cooperation (partnership between two or more local authorities – host, EU partner, co-provider), with smart cities approach and job creation mechanisms.

What do you have to do?

• Based on the Call for Proposals, identify if your local authority is eligible in checking the lot and objectives your local authority is appropriate.
• Set up an appropriate working group developing the proposal, identify possible partners -including EU local authority- and co-providers.
• Define a working plan for proposal delivery before March 27th 2020.

 

Download the invitation letter from ISOCARP Institute and the overview of the call.

 

Do not hesitate to contact us at ISOCARP Institute if you need support.

 

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Storytelling Workshop: Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions

Storytelling Workshop: Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions

October 23, 2019

From the 23-25 October 2019, ISOCARP Institute was in Limerick (Republic of Ireland), participating in the second Consortium Meeting of the Horizon2020 Smart City project, +CityxChange.

We are a proud partner in this project, providing our expertise in areas which range from dissemination and communication, to helping our Follower Cities reach their 2050 goals on transiting to more sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establish a 100% renewable energy city-region.

After the first year, we took advantage of this face-to-face partner interaction to dive into key challenges which came up during the project implementation so far and develop joint outcomes which help us to move from the development phase to the deployment phase for the second year of +CityxChange.

ISOCARP Institute, represented by Tjark Gall, facilitated two workshops during the first day of the meeting, namely the Glossary workshop and the Storytelling Workshop – Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions.

The Glossary workshop aimed at developing a common understanding and definitions of central project terms, discussing contested definitions, aligning different usage of terms across project and laying foundation for citizen-friendly definitions and visual descriptions.

As the second workshop, we organised a storytelling workshop with the objective to exchange knowledge and best practices internally and externally on how to involve citizen effectively. The workshop was facilitated by Limerick County and City Council and ISOCARP Institute and took place in the Fab Lab Limerick – a collaborative space to engage, produce, and co-create.

The workshop was attended by 31 project representatives, three international speakers (online) as well as local residents from the demonstration areas of Limerick. The workshop aimed at way of creating a better understanding of the experiences, challenges, failures and successes of similar projects in engaging citizens as well as fostering interactive and progressive exchanges between external participants and the +CityxChange team. As overarching problem statements, three key questions were formulated:

  1. What techniques/tools/approaches are effective to inform citizens about energy-related concepts, projects, and necessary technical/financial details?
  2. How can effective collaboration between a representative group of the society and projects/cities be achieved? Which methods work; which do not? How to reach those normally not involved?
  3. How do behavioural changes evolve? What does it take to reach a community-driven process in which citizens take the leading role and become proactive prosumers?

With this starting point, the first part of the workshop was dedicated to learning from other projects and individuals working on similar challenges. Muriël Pels, advisor for international cooperation and EU funding affairs (H2020) at Municipality Utrecht and project partner of +CityxChange’s sister project IRIS presented the approach, challenges and successes in generating support from the residents in IRIS’ demonstration area in Utrecht. Ariane Lelieveld, one of the initiators of Blijstroom in Rotterdam, presented the motivation, and ups and downs of the solely community-run project in Rotterdam. Lastly, John W. Lee, the community representative of Tallaght, a community outside of Dublin, shared his story how to collectively transform their community into a more sustainable and energy-neutral one.

Afterwards, the external speakers discussed the three questions with smaller groups, accompanied by a collaborative brainstorming on best practices, learned lessons, and promising approaches. A compilation of the results and more detailed overview will be published on our +CityxChange project website soon. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

Training Jakarta 2019 – Team

Report on Global Professional Planning, Jakarta

Pre-Congress Capacity Building Programme:
Global Professional Planning

REPORT | September 7-8, 2019

The Podomoro University in Jakarta with a local support of CITIESLAB and the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP) hosted the first training programme organised by the ISOCARP Institute Academy. This newly-formed branch of the Institute is dedicated to offering international capacity building trainings and planning education for the management of cities relying on expertise of ISOCARP members.
 
The faculty composed of Jens Aerts, Ali A. Alraouf, Bernardus Djonoputro, Pedro B. Ortiz and Dhiru A. Thadani during the two-day programme tackled the topic of Global Professional Planning focusing on global best-practices to address current issues such as: urban growth, the management of metropolitan megalopolises, the contested role of human dimension in urban development, and local responses to global challenges. The workshop aimed at providing knowledge, instruments and tools to address the mentioned global urban problems, as well as offering the participants access to knowledge resources and shared practices to develop expertise and, thus, become specialists in particular areas of urban planning.

The training sessions were interactive and the response from local professionals was more than encouraging.  As a consequence, the Institute is motivated to organise capacity building programmes at future Congresses, as well as quarterly sessions at the international level in the future.

Day 1

The first session was delivered by Pedro B. Ortiz, Senior Consultant & Senior Fellow at NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, who provided an overview of urban regional and metropolitan planning. He focused on the emergence and importance of the conglomeration of cities at the metropolitan dimension in the last decades that has led to a necessary shift in the planning paradigm to address the metropolitan scale. Furthermore, he presented the main features and components which structure the metropolis of the 21st century, highlighting the main challenges in terms of governance, expansion and finance, as well as reflecting on the principles and actions of an effective metropolitan management.

Moving to the Indonesian context, Bernardus Djonoputro, the President of Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners, presented the Indonesia Most Livable City Index (MLCI), as result of a research to measure the state of liveability in Indonesian cities. Despite the strong diversity characterising the country, the study revealed how in general the largest Indonesian cities are still perceived as less liveable. The research was also the opportunity to present and discuss some challenges in the management of Indonesian cities, such as investing and financing gaps, the empowerment of local governments and the introduction of private public partnership.

The concluding lecture of the day was given by Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA, APA, FCNU, ISOCARP, on the topic of sustainable New Urbanism. The focus was on the centrality of the human dimension and public realm in cities. He illustrated examples of techniques and principles of New Urbanism, a human-scale urban design approach, where walkable blocks and streets, mixed land uses, proximity and accessible public spaces represent an alternative and sustainable model to the ‘placelessness’ of contemporary suburbia.

Day 2

The next day, Professor Ali A. Alraouf, Head of Research and Development at the Department of Urban Planning at Hamad Bin Kalifa University, Qatar delivered a lecture on urban waterfronts, presenting innovative case studies and suggesting different planning and urban design approaches. Specifically, he remarked the importance of shifting from the perception of waterfronts as edgy and pure visual landscape towards vibrant, resilient and inclusive urban spaces, where the dialogue between the city and the water is solidly reaffirmed.

The last presentation was delivered by Jens Aerts, the UNICEF Urban Planning Specialist, who also led an interactive workshop on child-responsive urban planning. The workshop aimed at providing knowledge and tools to put children in the centre of planning practice, highlighting how children-friendly cities are also healthier, safer and more sustainable. Nevertheless, it was also highlighted how planning for children still remains difficult to mainstream into the planning practice, and how further capacity building is required in order to design participatory processes with children.

The concluding session was organised as an interactive question and answer activity, were participants and instructors jointly discussed concerns and possible solutions to global planning challenges in light of impeding climate change. Judging from the positive response, the ISOCARP Institute Academy assesses that the first training in Jakarta was a success and we will certainly continue with this practice in future.

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Partnership with Strelka KB

Partnership with Strelka KB

On 11 September, at the 55th ISOCARP Congress in Jakarta, a partnership agreement between Strelka KB and the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners — ISOCARP Institute — has been announced. The organisations will join forces to further develop the methodology, designed by Strelka KB, which will allow them to improve cities by creating comfortable, human-focused urban environments and housing. 

Martin Dubbeling, President of ISOCARP: “On behalf of ISOCARP, the team of experts has reported to me that they are convinced that the “Integral Guidelines for Urban Territories” is an excellent document, that reflects the current challenges and proposes tools and solutions to improve Russian cities and the quality of life of their inhabitants”

Denis Leontev, CEO of Strelka KB: “Collaboration with ISOCARP is a recognition of Strelka KB’s methodology and approaches to the development of cities by the international professional community,” Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontyev noted.

Martin Dubbeling (left) and Denis Leontev (right) signing partnership agreement

The agreement between Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute touches on three key fields. One part of their joint work will be the development of practical solutions: projects for strategic development projects, methodical guides, master plans, urban planning regulations, and urban consulting services. The other two fields are research and education. The research is focused on the development of tools which will allow cities to evaluate the quality of realised projects and will allow for the improvement of legal mechanisms in the urban development sphere. The organisations will work to increase the qualifications of specialists in the field of urban planning and management (with online and offline courses and methodological guides). 

The agreement will allow them to attract additional experts from international organisations to the development process for Strelka KB projects in the fields of urban development and planning, housing policy, and international, regional, and national development banks. 

This is not Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute’s first time working together. The opinions of ISOCARP’s experts were taken into account in the development of the Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development. For the Moscow City Government’s “Moscow Street” programme, Strelka KB received the ISOCARP Award for outstanding achievements in the planning field. Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontev presented the project to the audience of the 54th ISOCARP Congress in Norway.

The Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development is a universal document that can help many countries that are undertaking active work to develop their urban environments, tackle the challenges of urbanisation and active construction, and handle the lack of qualified personnel. 

ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and specialises in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional training. Initiated as a world-class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence, it empowers individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. Its prime objectives are strengthening cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices, while serving as an Urban Think Tank facilitating the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities.

On 11 September, at the 55th ISOCARP Congress in Jakarta, a partnership agreement between Strelka KB and the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners — ISOCARP Institute — has been announced. The organisations will join forces to further develop the methodology, designed by Strelka KB, which will allow them to improve cities by creating comfortable, human-focused urban environments and housing.

Martin Dubbeling, President of ISOCARP: “On behalf of ISOCARP, the team of experts has reported to me that they are convinced that the “Integral Guidelines for Urban Territories” is an excellent document, that reflects the current challenges and proposes tools and solutions to improve Russian cities and the quality of life of their inhabitants”

Denis Leontev, CEO of Strelka KB: “Collaboration with ISOCARP is a recognition of Strelka KB’s methodology and approaches to the development of cities by the international professional community,” Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontyev noted.

The agreement between Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute touches on three key fields. One part of their joint work will be the development of practical solutions: projects for strategic development projects, methodical guides, master plans, urban planning regulations, and urban consulting services. The other two fields are research and education. The research is focused on the development of tools which will allow cities to evaluate the quality of realised projects and will allow for the improvement of legal mechanisms in the urban development sphere. The organisations will work to increase the qualifications of specialists in the field of urban planning and management (with online and offline courses and methodological guides).

The agreement will allow them to attract additional experts from international organisations to the development process for Strelka KB projects in the fields of urban development and planning, housing policy, and international, regional, and national development banks.

This is not Strelka KB and ISOCARP Institute’s first time working together. The opinions of ISOCARP’s experts were taken into account in the development of the Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development. For the Moscow City Government’s “Moscow Street” programme, Strelka KB received the ISOCARP Award for outstanding achievements in the planning field. Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontev presented the project to the audience of the 54th ISOCARP Congress in Norway.

The Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development is a universal document that can help many countries that are undertaking active work to develop their urban environments, tackle the challenges of urbanisation and active construction, and handle the lack of qualified personnel.

About ISOCARP Institute
ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and specialises in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional training. Initiated as a world-class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence, it empowers individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. Its prime objectives are strengthening cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices, while serving as an Urban Think Tank facilitating the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities.

About Strelka KB (visit website)
Strelka KB was founded in 2013. Strelka KB provides strategic consulting services in the field of integrated urban solutions and spatial planning. The structure of the company includes expert centres for Urban Anthropology, Urban Economics, GIS Analysis, Urbantech, Public Engagement, AR&VR, Communications and Design. The company works with experts in the fields of urban planning, design, transport, ecology, culture and art, and digital technologies. Strelka KB network of experts spans 45 countries.

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ISOCARP Institute Seminar at 55th ISOCARP Congress

ISOCARP Institute Seminar | 55th World Planning Congress

ISOCARP Institute Seminar “Solutions towards better Cities” 

11 September 2019 – 11.30 – 13.00

Cities are the place of economic production, knowledge and innovation – together with connectivity, creativity and services. As cities are dense, they also offer high potentials for energy savings and low carbon economies.
 
However, cities are also today confronted with several challenges: unemployment, segregation, climate change issues. Our ISOCARP Institute Seminar will focus on the implementation of good practices, by listening from leading companies from the private sector, and solutions developed by leading international organisations, partners or members of the ISOCARP Institute.
 
The Institute Seminar will present several initiatives and urban solutions from partners and members of the ISOCARP Institute: it will focus on training and capacity building and the initiative of ISOCARP Institute together with UN-Habitat; further, it will develop the topic of Smart Cities at the European level and demonstrate the results of European projects. Furthermore, our partners from ENGIE Tractebel will explain their best experiences in achieving urban solutions, and finally, our partners from STRELKA KB will present their achievements in Russia and abroad on urban guidelines and urban competitions.
 
The Institute Seminar will cover the topics of capacity building, research and practice, which correspond to the three pillars of activities of the ISOCARP Institute: Academy, Research and Practice.
 
The ISOCARP Seminar, a complete session towards integrated sustainable urban development.

Programme

11:30      Welcome
Didier Vancutsem, Moderator, Director ISOCARP Institute

11:35      Better cities and better training: UN-Habitat Strategic Plan and the Global Training initiative
Shipra Narang Suri, Director Urban Planning and Design Branch UN-Habitat, Nairobi

11:50      Evolution to Smart Cities – Key findings for European Cities 
Daniele Vettorato, EU Project Manager, EURAC Trento

12:05      The EU Research Project on Smart Cities – Positive CityxChange
Tjark Gall, Project Manager, +CxC Project, ISOCARP Institute, The Hague

12:20      Towards solutions for better cities: How ENGIE is developing global urban solutions
Etienne Drouet / Charles-Marie Delpierre, Senior Urban Specialists, ENGIE Paris         

12:35      Urban Guidelines and Urban Competitions – How cities can become better – the experience from Russia
Alexei Muratov, Partner Head of Strategies for territorial development / Ekaterina Maleeva, Project Leader STRELKA KB, Moscow

12:50      Podium Discussion + Attendance interaction
Speakers + Moderator ISOCARP

13:00      Closing + continuing discussion during lunch break