Call for abstracts: 52nd ISOCARP Congress, Durban

Friday, 18 March 2016
Call for abstracts: 52nd ISOCARP Congress, Durban

The 52nd ISOCARP Congress will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 12-16 September 2016. The deadline for abstract submissions is 4 April 2016.

The Congress will address the theme 'Cities We Have vs Cities We Need'. This theme has been conceived as a catalyst to foster transdisciplinary ways to interpret the past and conceive the future of cities. This requires a reflection on current practice of planning and the making of cities and for the generation of different ways in which the cities we need are created. It calls for sharing of knowledge and practice about cities as well as innovative ways in which desirable cities of the future are created. The theme provides an opportunity to work toward collaborative solutions for the challenges faced by the cities we have in order to create the cities we need in future.

The Congress will include:

  • 500 participants from 60 countries, with speakers from academia, practice and government
  • Urban experts and keynote speakers
  • Technical workshops - site visits and discussions
  • ISOCARP projects (UPAT, YPP, MSRL)
  • ISOCARP publications
  • ISOCARP awards
  • Young planning professionals
  • Matchmaking
  • Membership opportunities
  • Social and cultural events
  • Post-congress tours and accompanying partners tours

Abstract submissions are now open.

You can upload your abstract to address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Transforming human settlements
  • Planning activism and social justice
  • Envisaging planning theory and practice for the next decades
  • Urban planning and policy making in times of uncertainty, fragility and insecurity
  • Intelligent cities for people
  • Planning for an interlinked and integrated rural-urban development

The organisers are looking for papers, research results, practical experiences, pilot projects, spatial strategies, plans and case studies.

Read more about the Congress sub-themes by clicking here.

Early bird registration is available until 30 June. For more information about fees, please click here.


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