UPAT in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

June – August 2020

Planning Disrupted! webinars

In 2018, an UPAT project on urban renewal took place in Durban, South Africa. The planned follow-up seminar on the UPAT Durban project was scheduled for March 2020, and cancelled because of the rising COVID19 pandemic. In consultation with the hosts of the 2018 UPAT project, the eThekwini Municipality, the seminar was extended to a digital webinar format, and titled “Planning Disrupted!”. 

The aim of the webinar was to use the worldwide crisis to re-examine the role of urban planning, its topics and methods, and post-pandemic steps forward. Together with e-Thekwini Municipality, MILE (Municipal Institute of Learning) , SACPLAN, SACN ( South African Cities Network) SAPI (South African Planning Institute) and SALGA (South African Local Government Association) ISOCARP has hosted so far two very successful webinars. More then 500 participants (at both webinars) from Africa and South Africa, Europe, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and USA participated and shared their stories, professional experiences and ideas on how to improve the planning practice in the cities around the world, post-COVID.  

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