For over two decades, ISOCARP has been leading International Young Planning Professionals’ Workshops (YPP) -traditionally organised prior to annual congresses, to provide young planning professionals with an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural setting, share their experiences on real-life planning problems, and exchange ideas and learn from each other as well as from senior colleagues.
In years, the YPP Workshops has been complemented with several additional projects including National and Regional Young Planning Professionals Workshops (NR-YPP). In addition, young planners can benefit from ISOCARP’s large network of planning professionals through courses, workshops, awards and other activities that are co-organised or endorsed by ISOCARP. These build the base of the Young Planning Professionals’ Network .
YPP Workshops aim to provide young planners with the principles and practices of effective contemporary urbanism and practical knowledge. The workshops are intended to stimulate the professional interests and the development of planning skills of younger planners. The objective of the workshops is to provide workshop participants with hands-on practical experiences. YPPs work in a studio setting under the guidance of international experts from among the members of ISOCARP as well as local experts. It already effected in strengthening the professional abilities of more than 500 young planners (so-called YPPs) throughout the world.
- International Young Planning Professionals’ Workshops (YPP)
- National and Regional Young Planning Professionals Workshops (NR-YPP)
- Young Planning Professionals’ Network
History of the YPP Workshops
In 2016, ISOCARP celebrated an important event in the history of the Society – the 25th anniversary of the Young Planning Professionals’ Programme.
The Young Planning Professionals’ Programme was initiated in 1991 by one of the most appreciated members of our society – Estefanía Chavez de Ortega at the 26th ISOCARP Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since then, it has become tradition to organise the workshops in the week preceding the ISOCARP annual World Congress in order to provide unique opportunities to Young Planning Professionals (YPPs) to share their experiences in an attempt to resolve complex and multi-dimensional planning problems. The YPP Programme, together with workshops and intensive training programmes, has become a source of meaningful debate, and new ideas and rejuvenation for the Society; and have made a huge impact on participants’ professional lives and contributed towards making life-long friendships beyond borders, languages, cultures and professional backgrounds. It is now not only a unique opportunity for Young Planning Professionals and post-graduate students from around the world to meet and exchange technical and scientific knowledge, but also a basis for making life-long friends.
Please follow the links below to see more than 25 years of ISOCARP YPP history!
2018 – Bodø
2018 – Kristiansand
2017 – Portland, USA
2016 – Durban, South Africa (*)
2015 – Netherlands, Germany, Belgium
2014 – Gdynia, Poland
2013 – Brisbane, Australia
2012 – Perm, Russia
2011 – Wuhan, China
2010 – Nairobi, Kenya
2009 – Porto, Portugal
2008 – Dalian, China
2007 – Brussels, Belgium
2007 – Antwerp, Belgium
2006 – Istanbul, Turkey
2005 – Bilbao, Spain (*)
2004 – Geneva, Switzerland
2003 – Cairo, Egypt
2002 – Athens, Greece
2001 – Enschede, Netherlands
2000 – Cancún, Mexico
1999 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1998 – Azores, Portugal
1997 – Ogaki, Japan
1996 – Jerusalem, Israel
1995 – Sydney, Australia
1994 – Prague, Czech Republic
1993 – Glasgow, United Kingdom
1992 – Cordoba, Spain
1991 – Guadelajara, Mexico
In 2016, the tradition continued in the 25th Anniversary of Young Planning Professionals’ Programme, during the 52nd ISOCARP congress in Durban, South Africa. Click on the link to read YPP Special Edition: “25 Years of Young Planning Professionals Workshops 1991-2016“.
In 2005, ISOCARP celebrated the 15th Young Planning Professionals Workshop Anniversary during the 41st ISOCARP Congress in Bilbao, Spain, with a Special Newsletter Edition: A Retrospective of Personal Experiences “Down the Lane with ISOCARP“
10th Young Planning Professionals Workshop Anniversary Special Edition:
For details on all YPP Workshop reports, see our YPP Publications section.