The Planning Association provides methodological support for grassroots groups in the field of strategic, democratic urban planning. The association was created in 2012 following initial French experimentation with community organising methods in poor city neighbourhoods in Grenoble. The goal was to accompany grassroots groups from the Villeneuve neighbourhood by providing methodological support inspired by the advocacy planning methods that led to the creation of the Atelier Populaire d’Urbanisme (APU). These experiments, inspired by community organising methods and advocacy planning, have contributed to a current aimed at training social leaders and developing the capacity to act of people living in poor city neighbourhoods. Experiments are accompanied by a research component in association with French universities. The Planning association participates in various local, European and international networks with the goal of exchanging practical and theoretical knowledge and developing advocacy campaigns aimed at local, national, European and international institutions for the Right to Housing, urban commons and the Right to the City.
The principal objective is to develop the capacity to act of inhabitants of poor city neighbourhoods, to engender new multi-actor dynamics in cities, and particularly in poorer neighbourhoods. We think the city is a pertinent level at which to resolve social, economic, democratic and environmental problems. Cities are, of course, just one of many actors (States, European and international institutions, etc.) but it is easier for citizens to become involved at this level.