Young Planning Professionals' Programme
The Young Planning Professionals (YPP) Programme is a crucial component of ISOCARP’s dedication to promote and enhance the planning profession. The objective is to provide emerging professionals with an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural setting and share their experiences.
Since 1991, ISOCARP has been organizing YPP Workshops, bringing together young planners from all parts of the world. The workshops are brief, but very intense, brainstorming planning and design exercises in which our young colleagues work on real-life planning problems in the host city in an area defined by the local authority or university departments.
Over a concentrated period of three to four days, the YPPs work in closely-knit international teams, exchanging ideas and learning from each other. The workshops, thus, provide a synergetic platform where new ideas and creative solutions to complex and multifaceted urban issues are produced. The tangible results are then published in a Workshop Report. The intangible ones, however, stay in the hearts and minds of the participant YPPs, who not only learn from each other but make life-long friends.
In 2005, ISOCARP celebrated the 15th Young Planning Professionals Workshop Anniversary during the 41st ISOCARP Congress in Bilbao, Spain, with a Special Newsletter Edition.
For this newsletter as well as workshop reports: see Publications.
1991 - Guadelajara, Mexico
1992 - Cordoba, Spain
1993 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
1994 - Prague, Czech Republic
1995 - Sydney, Australia
1996 - Jerusalem, Israel
1997 - Ogaki, Japan
1998 - Azores, Portugal
1999 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2000 - Cancún, Mexico
2001 - Enschede, Netherlands
2002 - Athens, Greece
2003 - Cairo, Egypt
2004 - Geneva, Switzerland
2005 - Bilbao, Spain
2006 - Istanbul, Turkey
2007 - Brussels, Belgium
2007 - Antwerp, Belgium
2008 - Dalian, China
2009 - Porto, Portugal (YouTube)
2010 - Nairobi, Kenya
2011 - Wuhan, China
2012 - Perm, Russia
Short History of the YPP Programme
The Young Planning Professionals Programme was initiated in 1991 in order to provide unique opportunities to Young Planning Professionals to share their experiences in an attemps to resolve complex and multi-dimensional planning problems.
The first Young Planning Professionals' Workshop took place at the 26th ISOCARP Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico (1991). Since then, the elder members of ISOCARP have happily – and at times perhaps a little enviously – observed the competition for admission to the Workshop, the creative spirit of the Workshop itself, and the enthusiastic response of the participants. The YPP workshop has become a source of meaningful debate, new ideas and rejuvenation for the Society. 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.
YPP Workshops are brief-but-intense brainstorming and design exercises that resemble what architecture students know as ‘charrettes‘. In the established tradition of the YPP Workshops, you could hear the following comments by the young planning professionals: :"…our multi-skilled and multi-cultural team kicked off our work with a lot of enthusiasm and eagerness … After a bumpy start and a lot of deliberation of what we want to do, what we think we should do, what we could do, what we want to give comments about and what we had opinions about, we decided to make it even more complicated by facing a REAL SITUATION!"
This comment confirms how young professionals, through the Workshops, have the opportunity to develop new ideas, concepts or proposals for the area under study – as defined by Local Authorities or University Departments – that need new strategies and/or action plans.
Another benefit of the YPP Workshop is related to the quality of the new ideas, concepts or proposals that are prepared and presented. The Young Planning Professionals are required to defend their ideas in front of a critical jury, the participants of the annual congress. Thus, the working teams have to prepare a well-rehearsed presentation that frequently catches the special attention of the planning authorities. The host Local Authority or Planning Agency usually welcomes the fresh ideas that arise from the Workshops. Sometimes these ideas and inputs have even been used as inputs in their own strategies for the study area.
Since 1991, UNESCO has extended generous funding for the annual “Young Planning Professionals' Workshop”. For 15 years selected young planning professionals from all over the world had the benefit of a UNESCO grant for participating in the YPP Workshop. The growing number of ISOCARP members from the developing world is encouraging, particularly as the formative processes of the urban future of the world are taking place primarily in these countries. ISOCARP, as an independent think tank and as a network of professionals, can make meaningful contributions to the enormous tasks ahead. In this perspective, the YPP Workshops can play a significant role in bringing in new talent. With UNESCO support, the proportion of participants from developing countries increased significantly. ISOCARP thanks UNESCO for their support from 1991-2005.
The wonderful YPP‘s contributions on the occasion of the 15th birthday speak for themselves!
During the last few years sponsoring for the YPP Workshop is mostly given by the Local Organising Committee.