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Short Outline
To: Judy van Hemert Peter W.F. Petrus
Executive director policy advisor
Secreteriat@isocarp.org secretariat Advisory Council for
Date: 13 April ’01 Housing, Spatial Planning and
Subject: call for papers Environment (NL)

ISoCaRP Congress 2001

Dear mrs. Van Hemert,

In answer to your e-mail of April 10 last, I send you the abstract of our proposed contribution to the IsoCaRP Congress 2001

Somewhere between fact and fiction……

What is this presentation about
Review of developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and the consequences for policies on housing, spatial planning the environment and traffic and transport

What makes it interesting for participants?
The Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment is giving consideration to a request for advice on the implications of the developments in the field of information and communication technology in a period in which the government is in the process of formulating new policies on housing, spatial planning, the environment, traffic and transport and water management. The proposed contribution to the Congress is a review by which the Council wishes to impart information and to set an agenda for a possible request for advice. It discerns a variety of problems to address in order to cope with the uncertain effects of ICT on society and spatial environment in particular.

Content and structuring
1. A short introduction to the trends that are developing simultaneously (digital revolution, globalisation, new economy) and influence society and the living environment. The availability of knowledge will grow enormously. This dissemination of intelligence will begin in the urban environment. As the remote controlled (satellite) links become more dominant it will be possible to become detached from familiar location patterns.
As long as the effects of ICT on the living environment are still uncertain, the public authorities can choose to fervently defend the collective values associated with the quality of the living environment and limit themselves to a ‘no regrets policy’.
2. Two questions form the starting point for the review of the agenda for advice to the Dutch Government:
I. The effects of ICT on patterns of behaviour in society
II. The interaction between ICT, policy and policy implementation

Starting on the basis of a pro-active and constructivistic approach society can and must make choices from the alternative claims on the use of the living environment.To foster this decision making process the Council utilises four criteria: economic efficacy, social justice, ecological sustainability and cultural identity.

New questions, elaborating on the two basic questions mentioned above follow from this, on the basis of which the agenda for advice is compiled: questions about
- ‘ICT and society’,
- ‘ICT and the living environment’ and
- ‘ICT and policy planning and implementation processes’

This contribution can be submitted to the Congress as a paper. The original version counts about 18 pages, but a more concise version (in the english language) can be produced easily.

How am I involved?
As project manager I supported the Council in preparing this review.

Which session?
I would suggest to submit this contribution to the Market Place Session

Could you provide more information about what is to be considered to be a Poster? I have made a scheme of the approach of the problem by the Council, drawn in colour pencil which might be reproduced in english. If you are interested, please let me know.

Name: Peter W.F. Petrus
tel. 070-339 2085/327 05 32
fax. 070- 339 1970

t.a.v. ir. P.W.F. Petrus
IPC 105
Postbus 30949
Review of developments in ICT and the consequences for housing, spatial planning, the environment and traffic and transport. This document is meant to ask the right questions in order to learn how to adapt the Dutch national policies on housing, spatial planning and environment to the digital revolution.
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