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Message from the President

Korea Planning Association
Welcome all who visited KPA website

The 24th President of Korea Planning Association
Kim, Hong Bae

At present, the urbanization rate in Korea reaches 92%. This means that all human activities such as politics, society, economy and culture take place spatially in the city, and thus the competitiveness of the city becomes the competitiveness of the nation. Therefore, in order to solve the problems that arise in the process of development and development of the nation, we must first think in the urban dimension. Our association is a group of city planning experts who are concerned about the urban issues and seeking logical methods and solutions.

The Korea Planning Association (KPA) established in 1959 is an academic organization consisting of about 6,000 individual members and various public and private organizations as of January 2016. The size and composition of these members indicate that our association is an academic representative in city planning field in Korea.

KPA has been leading the supply of national infrastructure such as highway construction and industrial complex development. In addition, we have been leading the development of new towns for housing supply and balanced development, ranging from new towns such as Bundang and Ilsan to Sejong city and innovation city.

Recently, we are leading the planning discourse and planning paradigm such as resilient cities, world cities, U-city and healthy cities to respond the changes in conditions such as climate change and globalization, IT innovation, declining birthrate and aging population. In addition, we are focusing on future issues such as North Korea's national land development and city planning after unification and the exports of city planning platform to developing countries.

More than anything, the great boasts of our association are vigorous and have high level academic activities. The Journal of Korea Planning Association (JKPA), an official journal of KPA, is the top journal of the 'Korea Citation Index (KCI)' cited by the Korea Research Foundation and is one of the Korea's leading journals selected by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Korea. In addition, we have International Journal of Urban Sciences (IJUS) published through Routledge. IJUS is currently listed on SCOPUS, and we are working to prepare for SSCI listing.

The monthly magazine "Urban Information" that conveys urban planning related issues quickly and accurately in Korea. This magazine is a must-read list for civil servants in 260 local governments throughout the country. In addition, we publish a large number of textbooks for students studying in the field of city planning, and publicize the city planning field to the general public through the publication of various planning books.

Our association produces and spreads new academic knowledge through many academic conferences including the spring and autumn academic conference. It also plays an important role in formulating national land and city policies and establishing public policies through planning seminars and discussion sessions on pending topics. Since 2000, our association has been organizing the “Korea City Grand Prize” awarded by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs to evaluate the city management ability for local governments. We also organize 'City Day' events to celebrate and commemorate the social calling of all employees in city planning related fields.

As mentioned above, we briefly introduced the activities and contributions of our association, but it is impossible to explain them individually. Therefore, I would like to ask all those who visited here to take a close look at the website carefully. In the future, our association promises to carry out its academic and social role more and more firmly, and I would like to express my gratitude to all those who visited our homepage again.