Welcome to the 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

Welcome words: ISOCARP President - Martin Dubbeling

"Nationwide energy infrastructures on sustainable energy will change the way we use, build, plan and design our landscapes and cities. Wind parks, solar fields and electric and thermal storage facilities will have an impact on land use in and around cities. Regional planners, landscape architects and urban designers play a crucial role in leading the way towards revisioning and recreating our landscapes and cities."

Welcome words: Minister of Municipality and Environment - Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie

"Over the past few decades Qatar has rapidly developed and Doha grew into a metropolis. We are committed to make all the cities of Qatar, especially Doha, a model for contemporary, environmentally friendly and human scale cities through sustainable urban planning."

Welcome words: Chairman of the Local Organising Committee - Fahad AL Qahtani

"The Congress will establish the long-awaited platform to discuss the globally significant issues like: future of post-oil cities, metabolic cities, diversifying the economies, mobility and connectivity, resilience, culture and liveability."

Welcome words: ISOCARP Secretary General and Co-chair of the World Planning Congress Committee - Frank D'hondt 

"We are no longer dreaming but stepwise (re)designing cities powered by renewable energies where citizens move around by mostly walking, cycling and using public transport. The transition into the post-oil city still needs a sea-change though and it will require thoughtful planning and change management. The 56th World Planning Congress in Doha will provide a platform to cross-fertilize urban theory and praxis for innovative urban green deals, using Doha's new downtown area as an open air Congress podium."

 Welcome words: General Rapporteur - Piotr Lorens and Co-Rapporteur - Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha

"New times need new planning. It is not only about new themes and topics, but also a new level of integration. This refers not only to particular issues, but also to the new dialogue between theoreticians and practitioners, between institutional stakeholders and local communities, and finally – between professionals representing various traditions, cultures and having different experiences. Only then we will be able to start getting ready for the future."
H.E. Eng. Fahad AL Qahtani, Ministry of Municipality and Environment