The 3 Pillars of ISOCARP Institute
ISOCARP Institute supports public and private institutions through a variety of programmes, including the Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs), technical assistance and technical review, building upon the over 55 years of knowledge generation inside ISOCARP. Technical assistance and review are a central aspect of the practice pillar, delivering scientific review of planning documents or planning system analysis. The expansion of the existing UPAT programme with further development and adaptation to the current trends with urban labs, design charrettes and think tank workshops -such as Urban Thinker Campus (UTC) of the World Urban Campaign is another priority.
Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs)
The two primary types of UPATs are Design Charrettes and Urban Labs.
Design Charrettes are collaborative design workshops during which members of ISOCARP rapidly work together with their planning and design colleagues from the Charrette host city, municipality or organisation. Design Charrette participants jointly analyse the Charrette’s location and topic, and sketch designs to explore and share a broad diversity of possible ideas and solutions.
Urban Labs are design-based, collaborative projects in which selected ISOCARP members work jointly in an interdisciplinary team with a host city, municipality or organisation. The team typically consists of planners, architects, landscape architects and engineers, but also of citizens, city officials and other stakeholders, depending on topic and context. The aim is creating a design and implementation plan or conduct research-by-design on a specific topic, in a participatory approach of co-creating.