Call for Experts – ISOCARP UPAT Chapala

Call for Experts - ISOCARP UPAT: GUIDELINE DOCUMENT CHAPALA RIVIERA (MEXICO)

ISOCARP invites experts from a wide range of fields related to waterfront urban development to apply to be part of the ISOCARP Urban Planning Advisory Team – Chapala Lake Shore 2022.  

UPAT Chapala: ISOCARP Institute in cooperation with ISOCARP Society will organize, facilitate, and carry out a UPAT from August 1st to 6th in Chapala, Mexico on the topic of waterfront urban development, and addressing the challenges along the Chapala Lake shore. 

Date: August 1-6, 2022, Participants must arrive on July the 31st and depart August the 6th afternoon.

Location: Chapala Lake is located in Mexico, 30 miles (48 km) south-southeast of Guadalajara. It is easily accessible by highway from Guadalajara (50min) and Guadalajara´s International Airport (25min).

Site description: Chapala Lake, lies on the Mexican Plateau at 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level in the states of Jalisco and Michoacán. Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake, measuring approximately 48 miles (77 km) east-west by 10 miles (16 km) northsouth and covering an area of 417 square miles (1,080 square km). Despite its size, the lake is very shallow and is susceptible to infestations of water hyacinth. It is fed principally by the Lerma River from the east and is drained by the Santiago River, which flows out of its northeastern side. The lake is surrounded by many mountains and sierras and contains three small island.

Lake´s problems: The city of Guadalajara has relied on Chapala Lake as a principal source of water since the 1950s. Shortly after, a few consecutive years of poor rainfall dramatically decreased the water level of the lake. The level rebounded until 1979, when Chapala Lake’s water level began rapidly decreasing due to increases in urban water consumption. 

Erosion due to deforestation along the lake as well as the Lerma River has led to increased sedimentation of the lake, also contributing to loss of lake depth. The shrinking depth has also raised the lake’s average temperature, resulting in increased evaporation.

Simultaneously, the waters of Chapala Lake are polluted by municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes, coming primarily from the Lerma River. The increased presence of nutrients from the pollution combined with the warmer water has been a boon to an invasive species of water hyacinth.

The increase in water pollution has had devastating effects on the ecology of the lake. Fish stock has decreased dramatically and some endemic species are on the verge of extinction. Contaminated fish stock has also posed a serious threat to the health and livelihoods of people who depend on the fish for food.

The drop in the lake’s water level has uncovered political issues that had been hidden for many years. Its fast decay has raised concern in the surrounding areas and in the scientific community. 

Lake´s potential: The scenic setting, pleasant climate, picturesque villages dotting the shores, thermal waters SPAs, local folklore and good fishing, make the lake a popular resort and, increasingly by the late 20th century, an important retirement center for U.S. and Canada citizens

Promoting entity: This UPAT is promoted by a group of municipalities around Chapala Riviera together with civil society sponsors. Former ISOCARP Vice President Paco Perez will be in charge of local coordination.

UPAT purpose: There is a complex set of government plans and programs in all sort of maters upon Chapala lake and the urban settlements around its shore. There is also a number of civil society and NGO´s initiatives. Nevertheless, there is not a comprehensive view and strategic approach to lead the prosperous development
of Chapala Riviera in a wide scope and long term perspective. 

The purpose of having an ISOCARP UPAT is to launch a process of comprehensive regional planning and management of Chapala Riviera. The UPAT report will be the basis to further prepare a Regional Urban Plan, which is to be approved by all concerned authorities and looked out by society to secure continuity between public administration changes.

UPAT Objective The UPAT objective is to develop this comprehensive view and strategic approach in the shape of a preliminary Masterplan of the Chapala Riviera in order to:

  1. Have a qualified opinion on how to order the territory and how to take advantage of the potential of the lake´s riviera.
  2. Shape this opinion in a big vision approach, with a long term scope, but with sort term strategic actions.
  3. Have a convincing document to promote the initiative before third parties

UPAT Content

1. Urban mobility.
Problem: Vehicular traffic collapsed.

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– Vehicular traffic [Local traffic, Through traffic]– Pedestrian traffic.
– Bicycle traffic.
– Public transport.
– Public water transport (possibility in the future?)

2. Sewage.
Problem: Contamination with sewage due to lack of treatment and/or lack of operation of existing treatment plants, due to inadequate systems or lack of resources to pay for their operation.

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– More efficient, simple and economical alternative sewage treatment systems.
– Alternative management systems for the use, treatment and reuse of water.
– Other.

3. Basic infrastructure and services.
Problem: Even when Chapala Lake is an important touristic area, basic infrastructure and services are not quite at the required level.

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– Priorities in provision of basic infrastructure.
– Health services.
– Digital connectivity.

4. Lake shore.
Problem: The reduction of the lake water level, has left in some areas, an important amount of land uncovered by water. Despite this is public land, it is being invaded with
incompatible uses.

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– Use and treatment of these areas:

▪ Public use such as:
▪ Green areas, public spaces, sport courts areas?
Infrastructure?
▪ Urban facilities?
▪ Public services?
▪ Strategic sites?
▪ Private tourist use?
▪ Private agricultural use?
▪ Vehicle use?
▪ Other uses? 

5. Agriculture.
Problem:

– Intensive use of water in berry crops competing with urban water needs.
– Deterioration of the landscape with the plastic covers of the berry crops.

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– Mitigation of impacts to water.
– Mitigation of impacts to landscape.

6. Land uses.
Problem: Land uses are the result of historical growth inertia and it is considered that the Lake Shore potential is not being adequately exploited.

Proposals expected, in general terms about:

– Optimal areas for tourism.
▪ Regional tourism.
▪ Retired people.
▪ International tourism.
▪ Other.
– Optimal areas for agriculture.
– Optimal areas for urban facilities and public services.
– Optimal sites for the location of strategic facilities such as: education,
auditoriums, areas for exhibitions and congresses, etc.
– Other.

7. Urban regulation.
Problem: In recent years, urban growth in some municipalities around the lake, has been somewhat disorderly and there is no clarity on the priority aspects to be regulated, in order to achieve a convenient urban development

Proposals expected, in general terms about: 

– Land uses.
– Densities.
– Building heights.
– Panoramic views.
– Roof treatment.
– Others.

8. Urban Management.
Problem: There is no adequate coordination between the municipalities around the lake and it is considered that a coordinated management mechanism would be very beneficial for lake´s promotion and development.


Proposals expected, in general terms about:

– Intergovernmental coordination.
– Financing of public works and services.
– Shared management with the concurrence of the government, productive sectors
and society.
– Strategic projects for:
▪ Providing infrastructure, urban facilities and key services for social and
economic development, such as: education, auditoriums, exhibition and
congress areas, etc.
▪ Taking advantage of untapped potential.
▪ Trigger the development of less developed areas.
▪ Protect and/or improve the environment.

Areas of expertise required.
• Lake front urban development.
• Water optimal use, sewerage treatment and water reuse.
• Urban mobility.
• Touristic development.
• Urban regulation, financing and management.
(Someone with experience in managing landscape disturbance by agricultural plastic covers will be very helpful).

Information.
There is a good amount of information available about all issues to be addressed. An executive synthesis is going to be sent to team members once selected.

Language.
The UPAT language will be English and fluency is required. Each team member will have the help of a local student, also fluent in English, to develop technical work and translation.

UPAT program / July the 31st – August the 6th
Sunday 31: Team members arrival and UPAT kick off dinner.
Monday 1: Field trip around Chapala Riviera and visit to strategic areas.
Tuesday 2: Technical presentations from municipal authorities and NGO´s / Information analysis.
Wednesday 3: Diagnosis.
Thursday 4: Alternative analysis and municipal authorities feedback.
Friday 5: Proposal preparation.
Saturday 6: Proposal presentation and end of UPAT lunch.

Deliverables.
In spite of the scale and complexity of the UPAT topic and mayors expectations of the outcome quality, this so called Masterplan is to be developed in a short term basis as a conceptual approach.
At the end of the UPAT week in site, the proposal will be presented in Power Point (or the like) and four weeks later, the team leader will deliver a document in English with the proposed Master Plan.

Expenses.
The promoting entity will pay for all team members:

  1.  Round tourist class air fare.
  2. Local transportation.
  3. Accommodation.
  4. Meals.

Additional information: 

For more information about this call, please contact Taliah Dommerholt mail: dommerholt@isocarp-institute.org  

The Call for Experts will remain open till May 31st, 2022. Applications submitted after 23:59 on May 31st, 2022 will not be accepted. 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Assistant at ISOCARP Institute

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Assistant at ISOCARP Institute

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements.

Job Profile

We are seeking for a full-time staff member interested in urban issues to assist us on delivering our projects. The project assistant will support and assist us in the management of our multiple projects, both, within the EU and at a more international level. To apply for this position, you need to have at least 1-3 years of experience in EU projects.

Responsibilities 

Support the implementation of our projects:

Supporting the general project implementation of our Horizon 2020 projects

Facilitate and coordinate communication plans with partners and clients, act as a liaison between the organisation, the public and the media through different (digital) channels.

Supporting in the administration of projects financially. Experience in EU budgeting accountancy and financing is a strong asset.

Assisting in both managing the ISOCARP Institute and ISOCARP Society in organising and updating content libraries/repositories.

Capacity building:

Support the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops.

Have a good knowledge of transition governance processes. Hands-on experience with local level governments or stakeholder engagement is an added value.

Project proposals:

Assisting in the acquisition and research projects (i.e., Horizon 2020 etc.) including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, writing proposals, and drafting budgets.

Communicate and actively engage with high-level institutional partners.

In addition, you:

Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment.

Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders.

Can work independently;

Can coordinate several projects simultaneously.

REQUIREMENTS:

You hold a master’s degree in Social Sciences or other discipline and a strong interest in the urban spectrum.

You have minimum 2 years working experience in EU project administration and support, financial experience is a very strong asset.

You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch.

You have documentation skills and data management.

You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners.

You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset.

We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities).

WHAT DO WE OFFER:

36 hrs/week.

Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team.

The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments.

Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible.

Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment.

How to apply:

Please apply using this job application form

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and anticipated to start March 1st, 2022.

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Ms. Gisela Garrido Veron (Project Manager): garridoveron@isocarp-institute.org 

https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Communication Manager at ISOCARP Institute

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Communication Manager at ISOCARP Institute

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements.

Job Profile

We are looking full-time Project Communication Manager in capturing and exploiting the impact and activities of all internal Institute and external project related communications. The Communication Manager will contribute in the management of our multiple projects through developing strategies and monitoring communication and dissemination, managing social media, website management tasks, infographics and other multimedia graphics. To apply for this position, you need to have very good knowledge of WordPress and graphic design programmes – Adobe Creative Suite programmes such as, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premier, etc.

We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority. ISOCARP Institute accepts candidates from all nationalities.

Responsibilities 

Communication and Dissemination

  • Supporting the general project implementation specially on the management of communication and dissemination materials; 
  • Assist the management, programmes and operation teams in formalizing their presentation, designing handouts and booklets; 
  • Preparing eye-catching and engaging visual materials, handbooks, infographics and manuals; 
  • Assisting in both managing the ISOCARP Institute and ISOCARP Society in organizing and updating content libraries/repositories; 
  • Update and disseminate informative materials and recent events across our project social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. 

Graphic Design

  • Design and implement all types of graphic design work including reports, publications, posters, brochures, flyers, logos, banners, and multi-media creatives; 
  • Design promotional materials for disseminating within the organization and throughout the country as well as external stakeholders; 
  • Ensure project branding, style, and tone are implemented across all channels; 
  • Translate complicated technical terms into compelling and communicative visualisations.
  • Website Management
  • Plan, implement, manage, monitor and upgrade the organisation’s and the project’s websites; 
  • Update appropriate website content aligned to the organization’s strategy and events; 
  • Improve user experience of the websites regularly. 
  • In addition, you:
  • Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment; 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders; 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously; 
  • Assisting in the acquisition and research of projects, including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, and proposal writing.
  • Requirements

    • A highly motivated candidate with a (recent) Master’s degree in Communication Sciences, Graphic Design or other relevant discipline; Comms Internships and volunteering jobs during the studies are highly valued;  Passion for learning about urban development, sustainability and citizen engagement;  You are creative and talented in web design, infographics, and visual materials: knowledge of Adobe software, MS Office and WordPress is a MUST;  Knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript;   You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch;  You have documentation skills and data management;  You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset;  We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities).  

    What we offer

36 hrs/week negotiable; 

Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team; 

The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments including presenting results in international events/conferences; 

A competitive salary; 

Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible; 

Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment. 

How to apply:

Please apply using this job application form

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis with the anticipation to start March 1st, 2022

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Ms. Gisela Garrido Veron (Project Manager): garridoveron@isocarp-institute.org 

https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

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OPEN CALL for ISOCARP Members

Open Call for ISOCARP Members

The launch of Open Call for ISOCARP Members aims to foster a productive dialogue and knowledge exchange with the ISOCARP membership. In this view, ISOCARP Institute is seeking motivated members of ISOCARP to collaborate and support the development of upcoming activities across the Institute’s three pillars of Research, Academy and Practice. ISOCARP Institute is committed to a more inclusive ISOCARP ecosystem where all players within can come together, collaborate and develop fruitful exchanges. 

If you are interested, please read descriptions on the open calls below and apply using the link below.

1) ISOCARP Institute X Strelka KB – A1

On behalf of Strelka KB – Moscow, ISOCARP Institute is looking for experienced urban designers and urban planners to work on projects in Russia, CIS, Middle and Far East in the field of regional, territorial, and urban development, including Masterplanning.

Successful candidates should have strong design skills, at least 5 years of working experience in the field of urban planning or urban design (qualifications in the field of environmental and housing are preferable), be fluent in spoken English, and be available for long-term working travels (more than 3 months). Candidates should be available starting from January 2022. Contracts will be signed with Strelka KB.

2) ISOCARP Institute X Think City Institute

ISOCARP Institute and thinkcity Institute have agreed to develop together international capacity building programmes in the field of sustainable urban development and related areas as opportunities for local governments, private developers and other relevant stakeholders to share practical experiences and concrete lessons. Online courses (starting January 2022) will focus on the topics of spatial inequality and poverty reduction, prosperity of cities and regions, climate action and improved urban environment, and good governance for sustainable urban development. ISOCARP Institute is looking for experienced urban planners with at least 10 years working and teaching experience in the above-mentioned topics. Candidates will receive an allowance.

3) ISOCARP Institute X GIZ Egypt

ISOCARP Institute and GIZ Egypt are currently working on a possible Placemaking workshop with citizens and young local professionals on site in the Greater Cairo, as well as a Capacity building / UPAT workshop on place-led development and stakeholder engagement to take place also in Greater Cairo, both to be implemented early 2022. ISOCARP Institute is looking for young planning professionals, preferably from Middle East region, and experienced urban planners with at least 10 years working and teaching experience in place-led development and stakeholder engagement. Candidates will receive an allowance.

4) ISOCARP Institute X Dubai Future Academy

ISOCARP Institute and Dubai Future Academy (https://www.dubaifuture.ae) have agreed to develop an online capacity-building training on the topic of “Shaping Humanity’s urban future beyond 2030”. The aim of the course is to understand the future of the urban humanity, its evolution and how the future beyond 2030 looks like, which challenges and pathways shaping urban futures will dominate in the next decades, and how the relationship between human and technology will evolve. Four core courses will focus on the topics of Prospective thinking of Environmental Future, Human Future, New Paradigms and urban living conditions, and Urban Management towards 2071. ISOCARP Institute is looking for highly experienced urban planners with at least 20 years working and teaching experience in the above-mentioned topics. The courses will take place on December 13th and 14th, 2021. Candidacies to be sent before December 3rd, 2021. The candidates should be able to envision the future of the urban humanity beyond 2030. Candidates will receive an allowance.

5) ISOCARP Institute X Strelka KB – A2

ISOCARP Institute has been mandated by Strelka KB Moscow to implement a Review of their latest Publications on Master Planning in Russia. The Publications consist in 3 Books on Master Planning Approach, Methodology, Instruments and Tools. The Reviewers will have to read and analyze the publications, review the outputs, and produce an integrated report to be delivered by End of January 2022. ISOCARP Institute is looking for highly experienced urban planners with at least 10 years working experience in publication review and critical analysis related to urban and master planning. The work will be carried during December 2021 and January 2022. Candidates will receive an allowance.

In order to find ideal candidates, we ask you to complete a short form stating your interest, experience and profile. Please submit a short CV, statement of motivation and other related information using the link below.

If you have any questions concerning the Open Call for ISOCARP Members please contact info@isocarp-institute.org

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager at ISOCARP Institute

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager at ISOCARP Institute

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center 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 development and continuing education programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects, offers technical assistance globally, as well as engaged in capacity development projects with other international partners.  

Job Profile

We are seeking for a full-time staff member interested in urban issues to assist us in delivering our projects. The project manager will support and assist us in the management of our multiple projects, both, within the EU and at international level.  To apply for this position, you need to have at least 3-4 years of experience with at least 2 years in EU/international project administration. 

The ideal candidate is a motivated, independent and creative individual who is able to balance different tasks and responsibilities effectively and collaborate with the ISOCARP Institute team.

Responsibilities 

Support the implementation of our projects

Managing the general project implementation of our Horizon 2020 projects 

  • Facilitate and coordinate communication plans with partners and clients, act as a liaison between the organisation, the public and the media through different (digital) channels.   
  • Supporting in the administration of projects financially. Experience in EU budgeting accountancy and financing is a strong asset. 

Capacity Building

Support the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops; 

  • Have a good knowledge of transition governance processes. Hands-on experience with local level governments or stakeholder engagement is an added value; 
  • Project Proposal
  • Assisting in the acquisition and research projects (i.e. Horizon 2020 etc.) including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, writing proposals, and drafting budgets; 
  • Communicate and actively engage with high-level institutional partners. 
  • In addition, you:
  • Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment; 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders; 
  • Can work independently as well as in teams; 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously; 
  • Assists in the acquisition and research of projects, including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, and proposal writing. 
  • Have experience in managing and coordinating an international team. 
  • Requirements

  • You hold a master’s degree in social sciences, geography, urban studies, public administration, environmental sciences, or other discipline with a strong interest in the urban spectrum;  
     
    You have minimum 3 – 4 years relevant working experience with at least 2 years in EU or international project administration.  
     
    You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up consortia, project ideas etc. 
     
    You have documentation skills and data management; 
     
    You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners; 
     
    You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset; 
     
    We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities).  
     

     

What we offer

24 hrs/week (3 days) negotiable; 

Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team; 

The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments including presenting results in international events/conferences; 

A competitive salary; 

Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible; 

Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment. 

How to apply:

Please apply using this job application form

Deadline to apply: 30th November 2021 

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Ms. Gisela Garrido Veron (Project Manager): garridoveron@isocarp-institute.org 

https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Communication Officer at ISOCARP Institute

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Communication Officer at ISOCARP Institute

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center 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 development and continuing education programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects, offers technical assistance globally, as well as engaged in capacity development projects with other international partners.

Job Profile

We are seeking for a full-time Communication and Graphic Design Officer in capturing the impact of the organization for all internal and external communications. The Communication and Graphic Design Officer will support and assist us in the management of our multiple projects, with exposure in social media, website management tasks, infographics and other multimedia graphics.  To apply for this position, you need to have very good knowledge of WordPress and graphic design programmes – Adobe Creative Suite programmes such as, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premier, etc. 

The ideal candidate is a motivated, independent and creative individual who is able to balance different tasks and responsibilities effectively and collaborate with the ISOCARP Institute team.

Responsibilities 

Communication and Dissemination

  • Supporting the general project implementation specially on the management of communication and dissemination materials; 
  • Assist the management, programmes and operation teams in formalizing their presentation, designing handouts and booklets; 
  • Preparing eye-catching and engaging visual materials, handbooks, infographics and manuals; 
  • Assisting in both managing the ISOCARP Institute and ISOCARP Society in organizing and updating content libraries/repositories; 
  • Update and disseminate informative materials and recent events across our project social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. 

Graphic Design

  • Design and implement all types of graphic design work including reports, publications, posters, brochures, flyers, logos, banners, and multi-media creatives; 
  • Design promotional materials for disseminating within the organization and throughout the country as well as external stakeholders; 
  • Ensure project branding, style, and tone are implemented across all channels; 
  • Translate complicated technical terms into compelling and communicative visualisations.
  • Website Management
  • Plan, implement, manage, monitor and upgrade the organisation’s and the project’s websites; 
  • Update appropriate website content aligned to the organization’s strategy and events; 
  • Improve user experience of the websites regularly. 
  • In addition, you:
  • Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment; 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders; 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously; 
  • Assisting in the acquisition and research of projects, including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, and proposal writing. 
  • Requirements

  • A highly motivated candidate with a (recent) Master’s degree in Communication Sciences, Graphic Design or other relevant discipline; Comms Internships and volunteering jobs during the studies are highly valued; 

    Passion for learning about urban development, sustainability and citizen engagement; 

    You are creative and talented in web design, infographics, and visual materials: knowledge of Adobe software, MS Office and WordPress is a MUST; 

    Knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript;  

    You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch; 

    You have documentation skills and data management; 

    You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset; 

    We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities).  

What we offer

30 hrs/week; 

Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team; 

The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments; 

A competitive salary; 

Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home; 

Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment. 

How to apply:

Please apply using this job application form

Deadline to apply: 30th November 2021 

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Ms. Gisela Garrido Veron (Project Manager): garridoveron@isocarp-institute.org 

https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

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SSPCR 2022: call for sessions and side events now open

SSPCR 2022: call for sessions and side events now open

Submit by November 15th, 2021

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On behalf of the JUSTNature project team and Eurac Research, ISOCARP Institute would like to share the ‘The Call for Proposals for the 2022 edition of the Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions (SSPCR 2022) is now open. From today until the 15th of November 2021, it will be possible to send proposals for sessions. The deadline for the submission of proposals for side events is set on the 10th of January 2022.

SSPCR has come to its fourth edition and it is now recognised as one of the key platforms where researchers and professionals can discuss solutions to the issues of today and rethink the way we live. The 2019 edition gathered more than 200 participants from 38 countries, with 143 oral presentations and 19 posters.

SSPCR 2022 will take place from the 18th to 22nd of July 2022 in Bolzano (Italy), a place in the heart of the Dolomites where the traditions of the past intertwine with the challenges of the future.

SSPCR 2022 warmly welcomes contributions from different research fields, including urban and regional planning, environmental and social sciences, economics, transportation, engineering and energy-related studies, computer science and geomantic, as well as from the professional community.

Proposals for sessions and side events must be sent by email to the address sspcr@eurac.edu using the official template. Further information is available in the call for proposals.

ISOCARP Institute Special Session on Innovative Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities and Communities: From Research to Practice

ISOCARP Institute’s Special Session on Innovative Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities and Communities at 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

November 10th, 2021

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On Wednesday, November 10th , ISOCARP Institute organized a special session about innovative solutions for climate-resilient cities and communities in connection with the 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress. The Congress took place in Doha, Qatar, and brought together professional planners, architects, researchers, and policy-makers from around the world.  

Particularly, this session integrated into “Track 4: Resilience and Adaptability” of the Congress and discusses key elements regarding the shaping of strategies to enhance climate resilience in cities. Insights will be drawn from the ongoing Horizon 2020 EU projects in which the Institute is involved: +CityxChange, VARCITIES, and JUSTNature. 

The session targeted the general audience of the Congress and welcomed professional planners, practitioners, researchers, Young Professional Planners (YPPs) and government officials. 

The format of the session combined a panel discussion with an interactive exercise: a World Café. This promoted cross-learning and knowledge transfer between participants and speakers. 

The speakers discussed innovative solutions for climate resilience and provided insights from relevant EU projects. Participants were encouraged to reflect on opportunities and challenges faced by these projects and collaboratively apply a problem-solving approach.  

The session focused on the advancements driving forward the transition to low-carbon and resilient cities and communities. It considered innovations such as positive energy blocks and nature-based solutions, but also important elements to achieve successful long-term implementation, such as public engagement, political acceptance, and social justice. 

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Online workshop and conference: Mass Housing and Climate Change, Challenges and Solutions (EUD, Strelka KB, ISOCARP Institute and WUC)

Online Workshop and Conference: Mass Housing and Climate Change, Challenges and Solutions, organized by the EU Delegation to Russia, Strelka KB, ISOCARP Institute and the World Urban Campaign (UN-Habitat).

 September 18-20, 2021

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In Russia, approximately 70 million people live in mass housing units, the vast majority of which was built during the Soviet time, with little consideration for climate change and sustainability. This housing stock is in dire need of refurbishment today. However, Russia is not an exception. Mass housing units were erected both in Western and Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century, as well as on all continents. The stock of mass housing worldwide is so huge that it cannot be replaced in the foreseeable future for ecological, economic and social reasons; and it keeps on growing today. Mass housing units should be considered an opportunity for developers, architects and planners, as good solutions bear the potential to be reproduced worldwide. Their modernization could have a significant impact in the fight against climate change. 

The EU Delegation to Russia, together with urban consultancy Strelka KB, ISOCARP Institute and the World Urban Campaign, are organizing both an online workshop (18-19/10) and an online conference (20/10) on the theme of mass housing regeneration in the context of climate change.

The practical workshop is designed to bring forward solutions to regenerate mass housing units in the context of climate change. Participants will have the opportunity to work on a theoretical case study using the actual data from four locations in the world. 

The conference will bring professionals from the EU, UN-Habitat, ISOCARP, Strelka KB and others, who will share their experience on the challenges and solutions to address the inadequacy of mass housing in a changing climate. It will feature, among others:

– Didier Vancutsem, Director at the ISOCARP Institute 

– Christophe Lalande, head of the housing division at UN-Habitat 

– Hilmar von Lojewski, councillor at the German Association of Cities (Städtetag) 

– Christophe Hutin, architect 

– Michaela Kauer, Director of the Brussels Liaison Office of the City of Vienna and coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership

– Ekaterina Maleeva, project director at Strelka KB

– Alexandra Chechetkina, managing director at Strelka KB

The results of this event will be further presented online at the COP-26 on November 10th.

To participate to the workshop, please register here:

MASS HOUSING AND CLIMATE CHANGE ONLINE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION (typeform.com)

To participate to the conference, please register here:

MASS HOUSING AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (typeform.com)

For further information, please find the link to the official website of the event:

Strelka KB: Masshousing and climate change. Challenges and solutions — Homepage (strelka-kb.com)  

 

The project has been supported by the European Union Delegation in Russia.

 
 

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Urban Design Charrette Weifang China

Urban Design Charrette in Weifang (China) 

August 3, 2021

Urban Design Charrette in Weifang China

The Design Planning Workshop occurred from 4th to 10th July 2021. ISOCARP Institute selected a team of 5 (five) international member-experts to visit Weifang and work together with SEU team of planners, designers and students, and to achieve high-level results aimed to be published in China and abroad in 2021.  

SEU invited ISOCARP Institute to select a team of experts that assisted the team from SEU in the organization of the design, contributed to knowledge on urban design of the International City of Peace of Weifang through an urban design workshop. 

While the organization team and technical experts of SEU coordinated the workshop organization in Weifang with the international experts, including the Chinese technical experts, the involvement of the Chinese students of the SEU, the accommodation, and on-site activities, the ISOCARP expert team attended and visited the site with the local experts, worked and created urban design solutions for the City of Weifang, delivering innovative urban solutions and urban visions for the Weifang international centre of Peace.  

Together with the SEU team, the ISOCARP international experts developed design goals for the Ledaoyuan historical and cultural area, such as building the Ledaoyuan historical and cultural area into an Asian pivot for international humanitarianism and improve the international humanitarian network, reshaping the historical features of Ledaoyuan, promoting the overall coordination of the Ledaoyuan historical and cultural area and its surrounding area, and realizing the harmonious coexistence of history and existing. 

The international team successfully developed a renewal design and implementation path for the Ledaoyuan historical and cultural area that can be implemented. The findings were presented to the City of Weifang on the last day of the workshop, together with urban design solutions and recommendations.  

We thank the ISOCARP team members Björn von RandowAlex CamprubiChristian NolfThomas Fritzsche and Christian Hartmann for their attendance, contributions and highly appreciated ideas.  

Click here to download and read the final report of the workshop.