MLA+ Director Markus Appenzeller together with Juaneé Cilliers is organising presentations and sessions in the Track 6: Changing environment and risks at ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Jarkata.

The 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress is held in Jakarta/Bogor, Indonesia from 9-13 September, 2019.

Track 6: Changing environment and risks

As the congress team, Juanee Cilliers (Chair Person Urban Planning North-West University) and Markus Appenzeller (Director at MLA+, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture) is organizing and hosting the Track 6, changing environment and risks, with 9 sessions.

Key takeaways: to deal with effects water and heat, the currencies of climate change, we need to
– take a much more integral approach in which we address problems on a systemic level and from there develop sets of solutions for all key aspects of the water system instead of only focussing on singular aspects.
– treat cities as an integrated parts of ecosystems and where they are not, work on integrating them.
– use local and locally inherited knowledge in crafting low tech climate adapted solutions before resorting to technology.
– strengthen planning policy and regulatory frameworks to reduce surface water runoff, increase local water storage capacity as well as ventilation and shading.
– removing of administrative hurdles in streamlining of institutional and policy setup to allow for complex and multi-Level projects with a holistic approach.
– a change in the way complex solutions are approached and managed on the level of funding, especially when global financial institutions are involved.

ISOCARP World Planning Congress

ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) 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. One of the main activities of ISOCARP is the organisation of its annual World 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.