|History of PlaNet|
A bit of nostalgic here, read about the origins of the network and how it developped over the years...
Lisbon - 1st International Congress!
Some eager Portuguese planning students had the brilliant idea: "Why not organizing a big meeting and inviting students of planning departments from all over Europe?" They did it! From the 15 until the 22 of September ´96 the "International meeting of Students of Territorial Planning and Management" took place - organized by NET (Nucleo de Estudos dos Alunos de Territorio). 65 students from seven countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands) took part . A week filled with excursions, cultural events, discussions with politicians and a big social program became - also because of the great Portuguese hospitality - a big success.
The idea of an European Network of Planning Students was born! The participants of the Lisbon meeting took this idea back home to their universities and first local groups were set up.
Single Students from 8 universities from different countries came in Obidos, Portugal together to set up a very first outline for the organization and aims of the European Network of Planning Students. There the name PlaNet was born.
In August the (now so-called) 2nd International Congress for Planning Students was held in Amsterdam. The local group of PlaNet called ASAP (Amsterdam Student Association of Planning) managed to organize this congress and invited more than 60 students from 13 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey).
In November 15 Students from 7 universities met in Nantes, France to discuss the draft of PlaNet.
1998: The informal
After the 2nd International Congress for planning students in Amsterdam the localgroups started with their activities. The local group of PlaNet in Dortmund organized an one-week-seminar: "The structural change of the German Ruhr-District". ASAP from Amsterdam organized the "Hub", an audit about the future of Amsterdam. During two weeks in july twenty students visited seven Polish towns. Urbs Warszawa had invited us to this workshop. It was called "Polish Town - New Challenge".
The third international congress for planning students "Metropolis" was organized by PLANEK e.V. Berlin and PlaNet-Cottbus. 60 students from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Letvia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and United Kingdom discussed about the "urban scenery for a global future". At the last day of this congress PlaNet had been founded officialy.
1999: Natural risks
In the summer 1999 ASAP Amsterdam and IfR AK PlaNet-Dortmund organized a seminar on a boat at the river maas. 24 students from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany met at "The Workship" to work one week about ecological tourism. The 4th international congress for planning students "Planning in natural risk areas" was be held at the Azores, Portugal. The local group Net from Lisbon organized this "risky" meeting.
2000: Crossing the
This year PlaNet reached out for new borders, the result was a four week travelling conference including the cities of Amsterdam, Dortmund and Berlin in Europe as well as New York City and Boston in the US. The conference, named "tradingplaces", has been documented in a 350+ pages hardcover book and a multimedia CD-Rom.
2001: cITy: reload
or shutdown ?
In August 2001, Paris welcomed the 5th international congress for planning students. About 30 students from all over Europe came to discuss the impact of Information Technologies (IT) on city planning. This congress was organized by differents PlaNet local groups (ASAP Amsterdam, IfR AK PlaNet-Dortmund, Planek Berlin, SNIP Kaisersleutern) and took place at the "Institut d'Urbanisme de Paris", town planning school of the french local group Urba+.
The last week of August, PlaNet Copenhagen, a recently born PlaNet local group organized the 6th international congress for planning student. Speakers from all around the world (USA, Spain, Sweden, Danemark) discussed their view of the suburbs, where everybody tends to live nowadays. Besides the lectures and the field trips, two workshops took place and involved the 60 students from all other europe who came to attended this great meeting.
From the 18th untill 24th of July 2004 participants of the congress have thought over the processes of urbanisation existing in Wroclaw, especially in the context of the cities entering European Union in May 2004. more