Business as usual? What next for Planning?

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Planning Conference- Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, D8
Thursday December 5th 2013 9.00 – 17.00 p.m. followed by wine reception

The last few years could not be described as business as usual.  So what next for Planning? Join us for a discussion on ways to turn current challenges into opportunities to explore new ways of working towards a more collaborative urbanism.  See here for the conference poster and here for the programme.

The idea for the conference arose from the publication of ‘The Planners Workbook’; 12 stories about planning in Dublin City.  The positive reaction to the Workbook suggests that there is an opportunity to have some debate about the role of the planner and planning in the contemporary Irish context, and to reflect on the qualities that the planner needs in order to respond to complex urban challenges at many different scales. Joining us to share their own stories and to open the debate on the role of planning will be speakers from planning, university, other urban professions and the wider community, including the Dublin City Manager, City Planner and Lord Mayor. 

The recent years have been difficult ones for all professions associated with the built environment, set against the backdrop of economic decline and virtual paralysis in the construction sector. These very difficulties have given pause for reflection, put the spotlight on assumed value systems, and prompted questions on how planning can contribute meaningfully to a difficult interim context and a less certain long-term future. Process is emerging as a key focus area. While funding for major projects and infrastructures is delayed or deferred, a tremendous bottom-up energy is visible from multiple city and self-help groups, many using modern technology to create new dynamics. Planning is challenged to connect, enable and complement this groundswell of citizen groups seeking to make a positive difference. Understanding the role of collaboration would seem to be an important starting point. 

The conference theme is influenced by the Workbook, and hopes to ventilate the mind-set of the profession in answer to the above. Like the Workbook it will not aim to be a panacea to all questions and issues facing planners. It will however give us a chance to air some very positive trends and reflect on mind-set changes that are adjusting the balance and focus in modern planning.

To Book your place please email: fiona.brady@dublincity.ie

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