About the 49th ISOCARP Congress


Have a look at the Call for Papers

Download the ISOCARP Congress 2013 Program

Highlights of the Congress

  • Opening of the Congress by Rob Molhoek MP
  • Keynote Speakers: Vanessa Watson and Amos Brandeis
  • Urban Design Workshop: Hassell (an international planning and design consultancy) have sponsored an urban design workshop on 2 October for 40 people to run parallel to the PIA/ISOCARP presentation. An evening reception in their offices for participants of the workshop is included. You will have to register for this event.
  • Session in partnership with the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Awards for Excellence 2013: As one activity of the exhibition of the 49th ISOCARP World Congress an accompanying exhibition on the ISOCARP Awards for Excellence will highlight excellent projects of city and regional planning.
    The exhibition will present the ISOCARP Award for Excellence as such and in particular the awarded projects of the 2013 ISOCARP Awards for Excellence.
  • Technical tours

Opening of the Congress by Rob Molhoek MP

Rob is the Member for Southport and Assistant Minister for Planning Reform. He currently lives on the Gold Coast with his wife Melinda and their four sons, not far from where he grew up in Southport.

Rob has worked in government, retail, broadcasting, media, wholesaling, entertainment, sport and development.

Elected to Gold Coast City Council in 2004, he oversaw the city’s finance management, human resources, capital works, infrastructure planning & development. As Chairman of Finance & Internal Services he was responsible for annual operating and capital budgets in excess of $1.2b. He worked with government on plans for Australia’s first Desalination Plant, the new rapid transit system and development of the city’s long term infrastructure plans.

Rob has a passion for community service and prior to his election to Parliament, Rob was the Director and National President of Bravehearts, the founding Chairman of the Gold Coast Community Fund and Chairman of the Gold Coast Titans Community Foundation.

Between his commitments to Southport and his portfolio responsibilities he spends any spare time with his family, enjoying the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle.

Keynote Speakers

Vanessa Watson 

Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and Deputy Dean of the faculty. She holds degrees from the Universities of Natal, Cape Town and the Architectural Association of London, and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.

Title of Speech: African Cities for Sale! Smart, Eco or just Profitable? 

Download a short bio and abstract: Keynote speakers

 Amos Brandeis

Amos Brandeis is an architect and urban planner. He is the owner and manager of a planning practice since 1994 (www.Restorationplanning.com), Ambassador of the International Riverfoundation (Australia) and former Chairman of Israel Planners Association (2006 – 2012).

Title of Speech: Planning for people and with them: Practical lessons from global experience

Download a short bio and abstract: Keynote speakers

Introduction to the Congress

Download the Introductory Report by General Rapporteur Jeffrey Featherstone

Track 1: Migration as the new face of Change
Amos Brandeis, Israel; Njeri Cerere, Kenya
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Track 2: Valuing What Already Exists
Co-Chairs: Silja Tillner, Austria; Belinda Yuen, Singapore

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Track 3: Community and Stakeholder Engagement 
Co-Chairs: Warren Batts, Australia; Pietro Elisei, Italy/Romania
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Track 4: International Planning Exchange
Co-Chairs: Agatino Rizzo, Italy/New Zealand; Stanley Yip, Hong Kong
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Track 5: Forum on Planning Education: Are we doing it right?
Co-Chairs: Griet Geerinck, Belgium; Saskia Spijkerman, The Netherlands
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Congress Theme

ISOCARP’s 49th World Planning Congress asks: What is effective planning practice at the global frontiers, whether planning for the local community, or mature metro, or mega-city, or vast urbanizing region?  Speakers and delegates will re-assess the lessons from the past and future practice at the new frontiers.  Valuable lessons can be gained from both successes and failures. Contemporary urbanization is different from past city development.  Above all else we have now entered the urban millennium so cities and city planning are critical to the majority of the world’s now urbanized population.  In this sense we have entered a “new world.”  The scale and speed of change challenge the traditional plans of governments in rapidly changing urban regions.  The drivers of urbanization may still be what they have always been – agglomeration advantages, economic opportunity, more exciting lifestyles, and intensified interactions – but their impacts are now multiplied many times over.

While traditional physical planning and urban form and design are still critical for sustainable outcomes they may need new thinking and new styles of planning practice to be effective.  Effective new styles of planning practice will build on past successes, if planners can find better ways of applying what they already know.  Discovery and new approaches are needed as well.The 2013 Congress seeks abstracts according to three topics to address the theme of frontiers of planning.  We seek cutting edge contributions towards this theme from a diversity of planners and urban specialists including practitioners, teachers, researchers, policy makers and urban managers.  We also seek abstracts on any relevant topic of city and regional planning as part of our International Planners Exchange.  Such abstracts may include best practice cases, planning methods and strategies.

Furthermore, we invite abstracts on the topic of planning education as part of the Forum on Planning Education. At issue is whether we’re doing it right.The 2013 Congress will offer concurrent tracks to correspond with the three topics, exchange, and forum. Authors should review the guidelines for Abstract and Paper Submission.  If you want your paper to be peer reviewed by ISOCARP’s Peer Review Panel, please note your request in your abstract.  For 2013, ISOCARP will accept and publish both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed papers.

  • Topic 1:  Migration as the new face of change
  • Topic 2: Valuing what already exists
  • Topic 3: Community and stakeholder engagement
  • International Planners Exchange
  • Forum on Planning Education: Are we doing it right?

For 2013, ISOCARP will conduct both an interactive forum and paper sessions to explore these stimulating questions.  We invite planners from the professional, academic, and managerial levels to offer their perspectives about planning education and ask whether our universities and accrediting bodies are teaching and certifying the right skills to meet the challenges of the global frontier.

Download a detailed description of this year’s Congress Theme and the different topics: Congress Theme.

Joint Day of the Planning Institute of Australia and ISOCARP

On Wednesday, 2 October, is the joint day of the Planning Institute of Australia and ISOCARP, with four sessions of presentations and discussion on four themes. Presentations are being made by winners of PIA planning awards and international speakers.

The sessions will conclude with a panel discussion on future planning.

Download: Brisbane Congress 2013 PIA program

Hassell Knowledge Precincts Case Study Showcase

This Showcase comprises two sessions held on Day 2 of the congress parallel to the PIA/ISOCARP presentation.  There is a maximum of 60 persons that can be accommodated, so prior registration for this Showcase is essential.

Public policies for science, technology and innovation have always been aimed primarily at creating and diffusing knowledge. In recent years, knowledge intensive industries have become a key driver for sustainable growth and are gaining increasing interest from the public and private sectors. We are now entering a new type of knowledge-driven economy or new form of ‘knowledge society’.

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Speakers and Topics – Hassel – Knowledge_Precincts_Brisbane_Congress_2013

General Rapporteur and Congress Team

Local Organising Committee

John Minnery (Chair); Warren Batts;  Michael Papageorgiou; Tathagata Chatterji; Laurel Johnson; Kaye Duggan; Severine Mayere; Laura Gannon; Glen Searle; Kerry Doss; Neil Sipe; John Brannock ;Ryan Smith; Sonia Kirby

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