2012 Congress, Perm, Russia, "Fast Forward: Planning in a (hyper) Dynamic Urban Context"
The 2012 ISOCARP World Congress entitled "Fast Forward – Planning in a (hyper) dynamic urban context" took place in Europe’s easternmost city of Perm in Russia and attracted 450 experts from over 40 countries. More>
2011 Congress, Wuhan, China, "Liveable Cities: Urbanising World. Meeting the Challenge"
The 47th Congress was hosted by the city of Wuhan, China and was entitiled "Liveable Cities - Urbanising World, Meeting the Challenge". This theme reflects the central problem of the acknowledged world wide phenomena of the exponential and inexorable inward flow of people to cities and the consequent rapid expansion of urban development. More>
2010 Congress, Nairobi, Kenya, "Sustainable City / Developing World"
The 46th ISOCARP Congress on "Sustainable City / Developing World" was hosted by the City of Nairobi, and was the first such Congress to be held in sub-Saharan Africa since ISOCARP was formed in 1965.The Congress brought together 800 architects, engineers, town planners and environment specialists from 50 countries around the world. More>
2009 Congress, Porto, Portugal, "Low Carbon Cities"
The 45th ISOCARP Congress took place in Porto, Portugal. Questions raised were the following: How can spatial planners world-wide play their part in addressing the causes and effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions, now established as the principal cause of climate change? What techniques are appropriate in the planning and design of the Low Carbon Cities that will be needed in the future as our urban populations expand? More>
2008 Congress, Dalian, China, "Urban Growth without Sprawl"
The 44th ISOCARP congress took place in China which is a first in the history of the Society’s annual congresses since its foundation in 1965. The congress was well attended by 260 professional planners - 190 international participants from all continents, and 70 Chinese colleagues. > More
2007 Congress, Antwerp, Belgium, "Urban Trialogues"
The 43rd Congress “Urban Trialogues” held in the city of Antwerp in Belgium, focused on the strategic projects that must be implemented in agreement between a diversity of actors and stakeholders, mainly emphasizing the gap between planning and implementation. More>
2006 Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, "Cities between Integration and Disintegration"
The 42nd ISOCARP Congress took place in the beautiful city of Istanbul, Turkey, a city that embodies diversity and mixture both geographically and culturally. More than 400 hundred planners, both practising and academics,came together to discuss pressing urban issues and possible strategies to best face the challenges that our cities face. More>
2005 Congress, Bilbao, Spain, "Making Space for the Creative Economy"
The 41st ISOCARP Congress with the theme “Making Spaces for the Creative Economy” has hosted in the Basque city of Bilbao. The focus was on the transformations that some cities are facing as the result of the growing importance of what is known as the “creative economy”. More>
2004 Congress, Geneva "Management of Urban Regions"
One of the most important transformations faced by cities at the beginning of the 21st century is the emergence of urban regions. Innovative strategies are being developed to promote cooperation among major cities, which take advantage of their complementarities in order to construct a sustainable urban environment. In 2004, the 40th Annual ISOCARP Congress was held in Geneva with the theme “Management of Urban Regions”. > More
2003 Congress, Cairo "More Globalised and Competitive World"
The main task of this congress was to echange a wide variety of experiences and opinions among planners and researchers on territorial phenomena and urban / regional planning practices in a globalizing world.
The relationships between globalization and localism have been a recurrent theme in recent debates on cities and their dynamics and policies. In 2003, the 39th Annual ISOCARP Congress was held in Cairo with the theme “More Globalised and Competitive World”.
2002 Congress, Athens "The Pulsar Effect"
Similar conviction and energy was required to deal with ‘pulsar‘ effects, whether they emanated from specific political decisions or derived from more diffuse development strategies with less immediate and visible consequences. Interestingly, pulses initiated by local people, such as the revival of Genova differed from those imposed from the outside, for example by opportunistic developers. Mega-pulses included big bang or recurrent world events such as Olympic games, or mega-infrastructure projects like the channel tunnel or the Messina bridge. One-off events like World Youth Day could also act as pulses locally. Serial pulses took place in Canberra, while mass tourism or second homes provoke recurrent seasonal peak and trough pulses. Each of these types of pulsar events require different planning responses. There was a need to develop adequate planning tools, building on risk assessment and management techniques while combining planning for pulses with ecologically sustainable development requirements.