58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Brussels: retrospective

more than 400 participants!

Under the theme "From Wealthy to Healthy Cities, Urbanism and Planning for the Well-Being of Citizens", from 3 to 6 October 2022 in Brussels, the 58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress was a great success with 440 participants planners, experts, students and policy makers from 78 different countries to reflect on the place of health in the city.

The Congress began with a plenary session on the theme and its context, with international perspectives as well as local interventions. The official opening ceremony took place at Brussels City Hall.

On the following days, 5 leading international experts gave their specific perspectives during plenary sessions. These visions were then discussed in more than 50 sessions around the 4 sub-themes of the Congress: "Healthy Planet", "Healthy People", "Healthy Governance" and "Healthy Economy".

It was the opportunity for the Brussels Region, host city of the Congress, to present various projects and initiatives for a more resilient, sustainable and fair city:

  • 11 walks, bikes and runshops all over Brussels
  • 5 special sessions on key topics related to the theme
  • 2 visits around Tour & Taxis
  • 1 ISOCARP Run, a pleasant moment of running in Brussels
  • 1 Young Planning Professionals workshop with 19 young professionals from different countries, in the week before the congress.

Guided by international and Brussels professionals, they reflected on how to (re)design a healthy neighbourhood using a case study on Porte de Ninove. The results were presented during the Congress.

This exceptional event was made possible thanks to the support of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and thanks to the coordination by three regional institutes - Urban, Perspective and Brussels Environment, organisers of the Congress - in collaboration with the advisory committee, the Belgian members of ISOCARP and local, European and international partners.

©, Sven van Gestel
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