The aim of ISOCARP’s 54th Annual Congress is no small feat: the Society is calling on the best and brightest of the planning profession to come to Bodø, Norway and tell us how to save civilisation. Nothing less. The future of civilisation now more than ever depends on the way
we plan and manage our cities and towns. Their role in the evolving planetary climate drama is three-fold – cities and towns are the villains; the victims, and the potential saviours. Villains – because urban areas are the principal consumers and polluters of the tiny habitable layer on our planet we call the ‘biosphere’. Victims – because more than half of humanity lives in urban areas, and almost all of them are exposed to some form of climate impact. Saviours – because the possible remedies and solutions can be applied efficiently, effectively and in time, only when populations are concentrated. So the root cause of, and the solution to, the global climate crisis are fundamentally urban.
Planning Profession:The rise of specialists and the fragmentation of cities
At this congress i will present on the rise of specialists in the planning profession in the post World War II (traffic engineers, urban environmentalists, urban sociologists, housing specialists, retail specialists). I explore how specialists in their single-minded quests are fragmenting cities at the detriment of urban sustainability.