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Planning with People
The “Planning Disrupted” series hosted it's second Webinar which focussed on Planning with People. This time participants took a deep dive into what planning with people means. The webinar engaged with approaches and Covid19-induced opportunities within the local and international planning context. 

The event was hosted in collaboration between eThekwini Municipality, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), South African Cities Network (SACN), South African Planning Institute (SAPI), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).

Facilitated by SACN, the Webinar created an accessible, interactive platform for conversations on cities, inner cities – spaces of opportunity and inclusion. It brought together about 232 planning and built environment professionals and interested organisations and people, worldwide to discuss critical thematic areas pertinent to planning and prevalent during this crucial time of the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted planning … as we know it!

"The webinar has evolved since the first session. There is much interest to have follow-up sessions and politics and planning have emerged as possible topics. There is richness from people's experiences to build in future webinars. The topic that connects everything is ‘planners as bridge builders’ between politics, design and people. Planners need to try to build skills as bridge builders and moderators between the different parties, that is their role for the future," said Milena Ivković, Director Urban Planning Advisory Teams and Member of the Board of Directors at ISOCARP​. 

"The webinar approach was insightful. It is important to keep planning feasible, planning is measured to what can be done and how the city would look like. Planning is becoming more consultative and fosters the importance of participation; less technocratic and more social approach is necessary. This is the decade for big change, in terms of the various global agenda’s i.e. NUA. In terms of planning in Africa, the role of councillors is pertinent. And they should be invited for future engagements, " said Sara Hoeflich from UCLG. 

The webinar provided a platform to ask difficult questions and have provocative and honest conversations amongst participants. It is envisioned that through the partnership between ISOCARP, SACN, SAPI, SALGA and MILE more webinars under the ‘planning disrupted flagship will be hosted soon.




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