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 review, building upon over 55 years of knowledge generation with the International Society of City and Regional Planners. New formats, such as City Labs, complement the programme. The primary activities are the expansion of the existing UPAT programme within ISOCARP, while simultaneously expanding and redeveloping the range of activities. New formats, such as City Labs, complement the programme.
Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs)
The two primary types of UPATs are Design Charrettes and City 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 of knowledge generation inside ISOCARP. City 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.