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International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP)

IMPP Volume V
The expanded edition of the International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP) was launched in Sitges, Spain, on 8th November 2008 to coincide with World Planning Day.

Unfortunately the IMPP Volume V is sold out. ISOCARP is working on Volume VI now. Until the IMPP Volume VI is released you can search for information here.

For whom is IMPP?
The planning system is the key instrument which balances property rights with the public interest by translating spatial development processes into physical form. In a globalising world cities have gained importance as drivers of the economy and have become key protagonists of sustainability while development is taking place at ever increasing scale. Such dynamic evolution requires planning to adjust and innovate relentlessly.

IMPP brings the expertise of some 150 authors, experienced practising planners, to the key stakeholders of the built environment. It is of interest to practising planners in both the public and the private sector, as well as to other professionals of the built environment. IMPP provides also a comparative reference compendium for academics and students in the field of spatial development, as well as an initial guide for planners, developers and investors with an international outlook. The IMPP is already being used around the world for international consultancy, educational purposes and as reference for international cooperation.

What is IMPP?
On the initiative of the past President, Javier de Mesones, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) illustrated these processes in its first International Manual of Planning Practice (IMPP) published in 1992, updated in 1995, 1998 and 2001. The current editors wish to acknowledge the great effort of the previous editors, Adriana Dal Cin (†) and Derek Lyddon whose work constitutes the basis of the new, much expanded 2008 edition of IMPP. The fifth edition gives a fresh insight into administrative structures, planning systems and physical development processes of cities and regions in the 21st century from a new perspective. The innovative aspect of this unique source of information is to emphasise the relationship between the planning system and its application in practice.

Owing to the generous contribution of some 150 authors worldwide, the editors Judith Ryser and Teresa Franchini were able to produce a compendium with one hundred and one new entries from five continents. Together, they reflect the complexity of the planning systems in the respective countries of the authors, how they are applied in practice and how they relate to the dynamic of the real world.

The book contains concise comparative syntheses of planning systems and practices in 101 countries worldwide and an essay on the state of the art and future outlook of planning. The interactive CD, searchable by country, author and keyword, constitutes an integral part of the book. It contains the full papers with illustrations produced by practising planners in their respective countries, together with the most recent previous entries, a full list of authors and an extensive database of contacts of planning ministries, associations of planners and academic departments related to spatial development in these countries.

The content of the country contributions of one hundred and one case studies in Africa, America, Asia, Australasia and Europe give a comprehensive panorama of the regulated development process and puts it into the perspective of real world experienceis. It is structured as follows:

  • General country information:  provision of the general country information (text, diagrams and maps dealing with location, size, characteristics of the country, population, GDP, topography, society, etc.);
  • Part I. The Planning framework: overview of the administrative structure, the administrative competences for planning, the legal framework of spatial, physical, strategic, structural, social, economic, environmental planning, the planning and implementation instruments and the development control mechanisms;
  • Part II. The Planning process: description of procedural aspects of plan making, development control, participation and appeal, as well as initiatives outside planning procedures;
  • Part III: Evaluation: critical comments on the planning system in practice, focusing on the gap between planning legislation and physical development, the future prospects of the planning system, together with other relevant comments.

The book would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship in cash and kind by the Scottish Executive Development Department, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Temanova Consulting  and Professor Michael Collins, as well as editing assistance of our planning colleagues from the UK, Spain and South Africa.

The Editors Judith Ryser (United Kingdom) and Teresa Franchini (Spain)

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