At the heart of INTA's mission is the transfer of know-how on strategic urban development. Members from over 60 countries use INTA as a platform to share and support practice and experience among peers, across departments and sectors.INTA stands for the open exchange of knowledge with the ambition to make urban development projects worldwide more sustainable, balanced and connected.
Several methods are used within INTA to facilitate the dialogue between stakeholders. The INTA Roundtable is the most accessible format of INTA's activities. During two to three days a selected group of international INTA members with specific experience in a certain field is invited by the host institution to review the current state of a particular urban development project or strategy. After optional site visits, the INTA practitioners engage in a roundtable discussion with local decision or opinion makers. Presentations are followed by reactions from the local experts, translating the international practice to the local context. This interaction generates an inspiring and constructive, forward-looking dialogue.
The INTA Roundtables produce refreshing and heartening ideas, concepts and visualizations on the future challenges of a city or region. The result is a lively and interactive conference in an original and inventive format.
Members of INTA have in common their broad interest in the role of cities and regions as motors of social, cultural and economic development. They are looking at new ways to address how urban territories function and what they might look like tomorrow. Which instruments are and will be available to prepare for changes?
The background of members is diverse: from central and local government policy-makers to community actors; from planning consultants to architects; from business leaders to researchers. The pluralistic approach makes it possible to fully grab the problems and opportunities facing present-day cities and territories.
Within the global membership, groups of practitioners with interests in particular development issues started being formed. They have now grown to become INTA's Communities of Competence; thematic cross-disciplinary clusters working together on issues, identified within the membership, to most likely have an impact on urban society and business, in order to jointly develop new understandings in the field, develop tools and instruments for implementation, identify new collaborations, and target the recommendations of the INTA network to the particular demands of the membership. The Communities of Competence feed the roundtables with the latest knowledge in the field.
INTA's strength lies in bringing together the hands-on practice of its members, each of them confronted with increasing constraints in time and resources to deliver more efficient work. The Communities of Competences are called for to put together new knowledge, insights, visions and ambitions with tools and methods for implementation, while challenging traditional tools and patterns of urban organization.
INTA is not a consultancy agency. Members come to INTA to voluntarily transfer their successes and failures, and receive recommendations about their own work and visions. INTA activities do not replace consultancy work: INTA is not involved in the follow-up of a project and it is not the purpose to produce roadmaps, blueprints or master plans. The mission of INTA is to create a learning mechanism, where in a neutral and inspiring environment, the dialogue becomes part of the larger design and planning process, allowing stakeholders to review their current development and assess their world position.
How to invite a Roundtable
Any INTA member institution can invite a Roundtable. The host is responsible for the provision of the facilities, the travel and lodging of the speakers and an administrative fee for the organization of the roundtable, which enables the preparation of the Communities of Competence. It is recommended that several parties jointly fund the Roundtable to ensure the involvement of diverse stakeholders.