SCUPAD in Ethiopia and our year ahead

The following message was written by our current and past presidents Roberto Rocco and Stephen Goldsmith reflecting on our congress in Addis Ababa and our future work. Following this message, I have included some photos providing impressions of our visit to Addis Ababa.


Dear SCUPADians:

Greetings! Our Congress in Addis Ababa was a great success. With close to one hundred people attending our opening plenary session, we had an engaged audience that included our members, students from the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), and distinguished faculty members. The discussions were meaningful and addressed challenges that citizens in Addis are facing at scales that we have not usually addressed in our Congresses.

In our effort to bring our ears and eyes to the city to understand more about the scope and urgency of rapid urbanization in Addis, we came away with both a deeper understanding of the challenges they face and new relationships with committed professionals wanting to expand collaboration with SCUPAD and individual members. Zegeye’s tireless work, along with his extraordinarily generous staff and colleagues, made the event a life-long memory for all of us. For this, we publicly express once again our heartfelt thanks to Zegeye, staff and students at EiABC.

Of particular note was the presentation by physician Dr. Molla Gedefaw, who serves in the Ministry of Health in Addis. Dr. Gedefaw eloquently described the consequences of planning practices in the region that fail to address the complexity of environmental, social and economic interdependencies. Specifically, he pointed out the need for what he described as a “multi-sectorial approach to planning.”  As he described the public health problems which are emerging there due to a lack of integrated planning policies, we heard about the increasing rates of asthma, diabetes, automobile and pedestrian accidents and obesity that his office has to manage. “Nobody ever consults with us when making planning decisions,” reported Dr. Gedefaw. He went on to say that, “we are the ones who have to respond to the health consequences of planning decisions, yet we are not involved in the planning processes at all.” His words, along with his commitment to the health of those living in Addis brought our audience to new places of understanding and a new sense of urgency regarding our work.

As SCUPAD enters a new phase in its existence, with increasing participation of people from the Global South, we hope to build upon both the energy and wisdom that grew out of our time in Addis. We believe that the new voices we heard in Addis can join our chorus of devoted professionals in ways that can inform all of our work, no matter where we live. SCUPAD’s future as an organization is committed to expanding knowledge and advancing creative responses to the problems people around the world are addressing. The role of SCUPAD in working together with professionals, academic and citizens has never been more promising, or as urgent.

Our next Congress in Salzburg will address the urgency of migration, all types of migration, as another example of the urgent problems we face around the globe. We will be sending more information to you very soon. Until then, please know that we look forward to seeing you again at the Schloss in May 2017, and beginning a new chapter in SCUPAD’s legacy of engagement.

With all good wishes,

Roberto Rocco, President                                                Stephen Goldsmith, Immediate Past President

The following photos give some impressions from the congress and student workshop:

2017 Congress “Displacement: Our World in Motion” Call for Papers and Contributions from practice

Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD)

Please, enrol for the conference using this LINK:

SCUPAD Congress- May 11-14, 2017, Salzburg, Austria

Congress Topic: Displacement, Our world in motion

The 2017 SCUPAD Congress will address challenges faced by cities and regions everywhere struggling to provide healthy and fair environments for an increasing number of new citizens.  Professionals, policy makers, NGOs, citizen-practitioners, activists and academics come together to discuss ideas and practical accounts of their experiences in trying to provide space for the new arrivals.

The deadline for proposals was February 20, but you are welcome to participate in the discussion and social activities, even if you haven’t presented a proposal.

Every year, millions of people leave their birthplaces, either voluntarily or forcibly, to look for economic or educational opportunities, a safe environment or simply a better life. This has implications for how our cities and regions are managed and designed.

According to the United Nations, the migrant stock rose from 154.2 million in 1990 to 231.5 million in 2013[1]. Global movements of people are triggered by large structural processes such as globalization, modernization, and blatant inequality between the Global South and the Global North. Although most immigration policies are dealt with by national states, it falls on the shoulders of local governments to find solutions to house and integrate millions of new citizens every year.

We expect to look deeply at a wide range of problems, from the flagrant gentrification of central London, a consequence of moneyed immigrants locating to that area to housing policies in German cities where the arrival of about a million refugees in 2015 has created economic and social changes.

We will discuss relevant accounts of experiences from all over the world. We are particularly interested in policies, projects and actions that aim to provide new arrivals with healthy environments for living, while integrating them in their host society.

The SCUPAD Congress takes place from Thursday May 11 to Sunday May 14, 2017 at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Information on registration costs is available on the SCUPAD website:

Founded in 1965, SCUPAD fosters an important personal and professional exchange among academics policy makers, and practitioners dealing with spatial planning and development issues around the world.   Our congresses traditionally have taken place in the city of Salzburg, Austria. However, we have recently initiated a policy to promote a congress elsewhere every two years. Last year, our congress was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

For more information on SCUPAD see 

Final programme:

If you have difficulties visualising the programme on your browser, please download a PDF HERE.

SCUPAD membership is not mandatory for participation in the congress, but members have some advantages and slightly different fees. Please consider joining the SCUPAD community.

Membership fees vary according to your place of residence and there are special fees for ‘young professionals’ (34 years old and younger).

Membership fees vary according to the income classification of your country of residence (High income, Upper middle income, Lower middle income, or Low Income). For example: Austria is considered a high-income country, while India is a low income country. Please check the classification of your country HERE:

Income Level of the place where you lice (this is not your own income) Values in euros
Member Student (yearly application) Young Professional (34 and younger, yearly application) Senior Member (65 and older, one time application)
Category A High Income 90 25 euro 45 60
Category B Upper Middle Income 60 15 30 40
Category C Lower Middle Income 30 10 15 20
Category D Low Income 5 0 0 0
Congress Fees (values in Euros)
Members Non-members
Regular 130 260
Early bird (until April 15) 120 250
Young professionals (34 and younger) 65 130
Early bird young professionals (until April 15) 60 125

Staying at the Schloss Leopoldskron (the conference venue) is a great experience. We encourage participants to join us at the Schloss, but we understand you might want to make other staying arrangements

Hotel fees Schloss Leopoldskron Fees include all meals
Prices for 11/12/13 May Per night/ single room Per night/ double room
Participant (older than 34) 170 150
Young professional (34 and younger) 140 120

Please, enrol for the conference using this LINK:

If you wish to stay somewhere else, you will need to pay your meals at the Schloss Leopoldskron separately. These are the rates for separate meals at the conference venue:

Only Lunch:  per day €38,00 (including juice and water)

Only Dinner : per day €38,00 (including juice and water)

Lunch+Dinner : per day €76,00 (including juice and water)

For further information, please contact:

Roberto Rocco, Andreas Schulze Bäing and Petra Hirschler

What Makes SCUPAD Great?

This post was first written by our then vice president Ivan Stanic. We repost it here to give you an idea what is great about SCUPAD and how it differs from other meetings of planning and development experts:

There might be larger and more prestigious planning associations, but … how often can one participate in multi-national, trans-generational and inter-disciplinary discussions with young as well as experienced professionals covering the wide range of fields planners and development experts?
Once a year at the annual SCUPAD Congresses.

Does a property developer willingly sit at the same table with a published academic, community activist, planning consultant, public official, young professional or even student to discuss pending planning issues, whether closer to global concerns or simple, yet complex real practical situations?
At SCUPAD Congresses always!

Obtaining first-hand presentations on planning and development issues worldwide, as well as responses from the actual person involved with either their preparation, decision-making or implementation reinforces respect for perseverance and commitment of the individual person – the planning professionals working as a consultant, public official, elected person or teacher or the team: the player driving the development or planning process.
SCUPAD provides those presentations.

It is always amazing to hear concerns that could easily be uttered by oneself, from the lips of a person living and working halfway around the world, a person coming from a different territory, planning culture, societal development condition or general experience: The questions sound the same, yet their understanding varies, as can be seen from successes on similar issues resolved by private planners or adequate governmental responses, but even learning that successful procedures used in one place can often lead to the opposite end result elsewhere.
SCUPAD discussions widen your understanding.

Of course, the pre-condition for any successful organisation that strives for better planning, empathy in development and good will is the open-mindedness of its members and desire to regularly think and rethink one‘s professional positions in our ever-changing world.
SCUPAD opens your mind.

Meeting annually in an almost iconic, globally revered place provides the necessary setting for self-comtemplation, while the Alpine backdrop induces a specific humbleness and modesty, which can erase the boundaries conditioned by social standing, professional dogmas or cultural and historical blinders one carries intentionally or unknowingly in one‘s mind.
Schloss Leopoldskron provides this for SCUPAD!

Since 1966 SCUPAD has organized congresses dealing with contemporary planning and development issues, which were attended by planners from every continent. Recently, with better promotion policies, the obtained know-ledge has become available to all individuals that desire more ethics, empathy and exchange of ideas in planning through the publication of congress materials
… available on the SCUPAD Website.



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