From October 3 to 7, 2022, Brussels will be the host city of the 58th edition of the ISOCARP World Planning Congress. The event will be themed “From Wealthy to Healthy Cities”.
Founded in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), which counts 700 members in 85 countries, has grown to become a global network of city and regional planners, creating and sharing knowledge for better cities, promoting education and planning practice, and supporting city and regional planners in all places and all fields of activity – professional practice, administration, policy making, teaching and research.
One of the main activities of ISOCARP is the organization of an annual World Planning Congress which focuses on a planning theme of foremost international interest. Attended by some 350-500 delegates, ISOCARP Congresses are small enough for personal interchange of ideas on a given theme, yet big enough to encompass a broad professional and international range.
According to the Brussels government, hosting this 58th World Congress is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the health-environment relationship, which is at the heart of many city policies. Pascal Smet, Brussels Secretary of State for Town Planning, Heritage and European and International Relations, has been appointed host for the event.
The regional public service urban.brussels will be in charge of the organization of the congress. Urban. brussels will collaborate to this end with perspective.brussels and Bruxelles Environnement, with the help of visit.brussels. Several events will be held jointly with the European and international institutions headquartered in the city.
The theme of the 58th edition will launch a global debate on the post-COVID-19 evolution of cities and how health can play a greater role in urban planning.