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Urbego*

: young planning professionals platform Urbego members understand the world of planning and how to operate in it. We’re talented, curious, innovative and ready to share our thoughts and new crossovers, even though we’re not big names or celebrities (yet). *URBEGO means city-metropolis in Esperanto, an international language created to facilitate communication among people from different countries. This is also what we want to achieve with this platform developing new thinking and common horizons.

We Believe that there is a need to address

some specific issues of the planning profession, deepen cultural and professional aspects, promote collaboration between young planners and institutions, enhance the potential of young planning professionals, sensitize the community to the importance of the planning profession to meet people’s needs through the improvement/enhancement of visibility and responsibility of young urban experts.

We See a general impoverishment of

the planning debate and the uncertainty of the future of this profession, a difficulty in recognizing a shared professional ethic and defining a new role for planners today. As young planners and students we want to have a space in the professional debate in finding a common direction and clear priorities for planning activities at different levels.

We Decide

to create a platform of young planning professionals to gain a new voice in the planning debate, to engage new generations as agents of change in planning and create a platform for discussion and research on urban issues. URBEGo means city-metropolis in Esperanto which is an international language created to facilitate communication amongst people from different countries and become a second language common to everyone. This is also what we want to achieve with the platform: develop a new thinking and common horizons. An important goal is to provoke a reflection on the future role of planners in the changing context. This network is also an opportunity to share experiences and ideas among young planners and


students, to develop a common direction for the profession, to create synergies and work together on specific development projects, and to create a new intermediary body which has the capacity and the commitment to develop collaboration or partnership with private actors or public institutions on specific projects.

We Propose the provision of up-to-date

information on best practices, planning trends and new developments that can be applied to different projects. to participate in the activities organized by IFHP and to organize a continuous program of meetings (national scale events and an international meeting once a year), workshops, consultations and round-tables. to develop a dialog among young professionals and private and public institutions to find opportunities for collaboration.

We Envision in the planning debate , starting

from a re-conceptualization of the garden cities theory and practices, adapting the hypothesis of calm de-growth , voluntary simplicity and the lively-city. A sort of revolution in planning cultures is necessary to replace traditional development goals

Reevaluate the traditional concepts of planning, privileging the social project of the city that is, in its original meaning, “polis”, a space of politics and relations. In this process it is important to identify and include all the different identities that constitute the city. React to rapid urban transformation; it is necessary to go beyond the theories and try practical actions to address concrete and topical urban issues. Monitoring and evaluation are fundamental aspects of the profession to learn from the experiences and readjust theories and strategies. Redefine the priorities of planning and a new ethic of the profession. Redistribute the responsibilities of city development among the different actors. The role of planner has to be redefined as a mediator that is able to listen to people’s needs and expectations and translate them into competent and specific answers. Relocalise urban functions and organize the metropolitan area as a network of autonomous centers. It is necessarily a different use of the territory, meaning to live (inhabit) the existing city in a new way more than the design of new urban centers.

Reuse traditional city places adapting the spaces to new needs, uses and meanings. Reduce the ecological footprint of cities, plan compact cities, improve the efficiency of waste management, promote sustainable mobility and energetic independence. One of the main qualities of the future city is climate resilience.

We Plan a program of activities which

promotes the passion, ideas, and proposals of young planners. The general theme of the activities is related to the rethinking and updating of the garden cities concepts and the Latouche program and it is discussed and defined year by year by the Urbego members. Program of activities 2012-2013 the general theme will be “Adaptive planning”. Just for URBEGO: Young Planning Professional Award (YPPA) Programme This programme will be run and organized by IFHP and ISOCARP in connection with AESOP and the European Urban Summer Schools (EUSS) and through the Dutch ministry for planning (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment). The aim of the award programme is to assemble and communicate inspiration for professional


participate in Andreas Faludi’s conference on 2nd of June at the Universite Paris IV Sorbonne. They will write an article for the IFHP blog about the themes emerging during the conference.

planners by inviting young planning professionals to present their ideas, projects, plans and proposals about European spatial planning. This award is for a three-year period (2012-2014). The theme in 2012 will be 'Adaptive cities: new ideas for action’. There will be some prize money available for the best entries. Urbego Blog The blog could be used as a bottom-up source of ideas to develop and a space to share projects or interesting experiences. Moreover, the blog could be used as a new space to promote IFHP initiatives targeted at a young audience. To start this blog it is important to contact existing groups/networks of young planners within The Netherlands and abroad. Junior Consulting activity program within IFHP/URBEGO A group of students/young professionals (from Urbego) that are supported or oriented by a "mentor" with experience on the subject matter (another IFHP member). This group can do some consulting job/project for some clients (which could be an IFHP corporate member or other). All this, would be coordinated by the IFHP secretariat. This program could constitute an enriching experience for students and at the same time clients receive useful ideas and recommendations for a very competitive price (i.e. significantly less than any other consulting firm would charge), that covers students/mentors and coordinator expenses and a symbolic "salary" for the work itself.

Urbego: First meeting The Urbego Platform will organize a meeting a few months before the IFHP Congress (2-3 days in duration; possibly in January or February 2013). This meeting could be considered a preparatory moment to deepen some specific themes. The proposed slogan for this event is “Think Town Today” to underline the necessity to find a new way of thinking about urban issues. The winners of the competition EUSS 2012 would be asked to present their research during this event. The results of the meeting would become the Urbego Network’s contributions to the Centenary Congress. This meeting could be a workshop on a relevant case, based on the Plug-in experience in Amsterdam or a tour in a city which presents a particular issue which is relevant for the discussion. URBEGO in IFHP programs: Study Visits The young planners professionals will be more and more involved in the IFHP Professional Visits and they will exchange their impressions and photographs in the IFHP blog. On the 26-28th of April, two young professionals have been recruited by the Secretariat to participate in the April 2012 professional visit to Wroclaw, Poland. Andreas Faludi Lecture Urbego will be actively involved in the program lectures of eminent planners and planning related experts organized by IFHP-AESOP. Two Urbego members will

IFHP World Congress A group of young planners are invited to participate in the field visit to Gothenburg on the 17th of September. We propose the organization of a workshop in Gothenburg, during the IFHP World Congress 2012, gathering twenty young international urban professionals from different fields) to work on an urban planning and development theme, proposed by Gothenburg Municipality within the general framework of “Inclusive Cities”. Peter Hall Lecture Urbego, within the “adaptive planning” program, will have a one or two day meeting in London, in December/January 2013, before the Peter Hall Lecture to discuss the conference theme and to define some questions that will be asked at the lecture. As an alternative this meeting/discussion can take place on the blog and Mr. Hall's answers can be communicated through social media (blog, you tube, facebook). UN Habitat Webinar A forum about “adaptive housing” could take place on the Urbego blog before the UN habitat webinar. The main issues/themes which come out of this online discussion will be addressed during the webinar.


les cahiers, IAU l’Institute d’Amenagement et d’Urbanisme d’Ille-De-France is organizing a colloquium on Garden cities principles. For this event, it will publish a specific edition of les cahiers on the topic of garden cities in collaboration with IFHP. It could be interesting to involve young planners and students in this project, by calling for articles and research on the topic of garden cities. A specific question could be to be to translate and reconceptualize the garden cities theories for contemporary contexts, especially the European metropolis. Implementation lab The adaptive city working group has developed methods for the implementation lab in which topical experts from IFHP are invited to work with local authorities on a spatial problem. A typical implementation lab takes place over three days and results in useful and implementable solutions for the sites in question. During the period 2012-2013 the participation of Urbego members will be prioritized in one Implementation lab. centenary congress On the occasion of the IFHP centenary congress-london, June 8-11th 2013- Urbego could contribute with a specific research/ project on the proposed general theme ”Adaptive planning”. The Urbego could organize another meeting before the IFHP congress. This meeting could be considered as a preparatory moment to deepen some specific themes that could be presented at the centenary congress, to make the presence of Urbego visible and active. Observer Status IFHP council IFHP recognizes that few young people (<35 years old) are members of the organization. The lack of young urban professionals and students means that IFHP is missing out on the creative ideas, inspiration, enthusiasm, and up-to-date knowledge that young people can contribute. Furthermore, the knowledge and experience of the older generation will be lost without a younger generation to act as recipients. For this reason,

after the centenary congress it is important to include one or two representatives of the Urbego within the IFHP council. This choice has a strong metaphorical meaning, a sort of passing of the to assure the continuity and permanence of the Federation in its second century. Working groups For the reasons mentioned above, the IFHP working groups (Spontaneous city, climate Resilient cities, Housing, Mobility and the city) should strategically involve at least three new young members in their programs. In this way the young generations can contribute to the content frame of The IFHP and become a bridge between working groups’ research and Urbego activities.

For suggestions & questions Giulia Maci g.maci@ifhp.org Denis Burke d.burke@ifhp.org The Urbego network is facilitated by International Federation for Housing and Planning www.ifhp.org +31 70 3244557 linkedIn Group: Young Urban Planning Professionals and Students (YUPS)

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