Mission and vision

The IFLA Working Group ‘IFLA/UIA’ MoU is based on the the spirit of cooperation renewal in 2012.  It strives to “advocate working as a team with other professions, each making a particular contribution to addressing local or larger scale issues”.

The industrialisation, technological advancement and rapid urbanisation of the 20th Century contributed to the formation of young urban professions and their identities. The 21st Century with its mega cities, messy democracies and IT revolution, now calls these professionals to move towards encompassing the traditional design objectives of the past with the management of the social processes that are constantly re-shaping the human habitat.

As never before, urban professionals are involved in fulfilling a crucial mission of mediator – One the one hand between the civic society and the power and on the other between counterpoising interests of diverse social groups within civic society.

This mission requires a JOINT EFFORT which our working group sets up as a motto.

In the light of MoU’s with several professional organisations, among them with ISOCARP, UIA, ICOMOS and – recently – MRDU the Working Group has developed three objectives which are: elaboration of common strategy, overcoming sectoral fragmentation and breeding idea of emphatic design.  

Members of the group are convinced that fulfilling these objectives will contribute to keeping the world on a sustainable track, to identify priorities in everyday practice and to unite members of each professional union around the idea of empathy through design.


Joined short term action plan for World Council in Montreal 2017

The acknowledgement of the social nature of space as priority on all levels of urban practice – educational, private professional and governmental – should be a result of the implementation of these objectives.

  1. These acknowledgements have to be fixed in a commonly created and signed document, which, similar to the Landscape convention, has to be promoted on the regional levels and ratified by local governments. The draft of this document should be created during WC in Montreal.
  2. In order to prepare material for this document –  the current situation need to be explored in interdisciplinary working. Therefore the IFLA UIA working group preparing to undertake preliminary survey on ongoing joint projects in all regions of the world.   The results of the survey should be discussed, possibly corrected, completed and analysed during the WC.
  3. Based on the step 2, a list of the “tools” will be created. These tools can be initiatives to create a  set of guidelines (in form of books or booklets) for inclusive design, collaborative planning; integrated governance and sectoral structures, as well as established face-to-face “JOINT EFFORT” initiatives in creative collaborative forms (e.g. “urban ambulance” team, consulting in an interactive form governments, local authorities or professionals of hot issues etc.) The list should be discussed with local institute of architects, planners and constructors so that memorandums can come actively into force around the globe
Members of this working group are:
Helena Gutmane, Chair
Prof Sung-Kyun Kim, Member, IFLA Asia-Pacific
Anna Luiza Artesi, Member
Indra Purs, Member
Parastoo Eshrati, Member

Project contacts:

Contacts for IECN project
Allan Rodger, Co-convener (UIA): allan@rodger.id.au
Tony Williams, Co-convener (IFLA): tony.williams@tii.ie
Project Working Group: iecn@iflaonline.org


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