Royal Town Planning Institute: Planning is key in making global urbanisation a force for good

Royal Town Planning Institute: Planning is key in making global urbanisation a force for good

RTPI’s international team emphasised the role of planning in turning rapid global urbanisation to more prosperity and opportunities for all in a week-long dialogue on the future of cities, hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London last month.

Janet Askew, Chair of the RTPI International Committee, said “rapid urbanisation is one of the main challenges which will define the 21st century”, and she called for more “dialogue, capacity building and knowledge exchange to turn this into a global opportunity rather than a threat to long-term sustainability”.

She added, “As towns and cities around the world experience ever increasing pressure from growing populations and climate change, it is all the more important that urban planning expertise and training is shared to help communities become more resilient against man-made and natural crises. The RTPI represents some of the most experienced planners in the UK and worldwide and is proud to have co-founded the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) to enable our members to get involved in situations that need support and help.”

"The RTPI represents some of the most experienced planners in the UK and worldwide and is proud to have co-founded the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) to enable our members to get involved in situations that need support and help.”

RTPI led sessions at the FCO’s Global Future Cities programme that was attended by 40 delegates from 19 cities. Geoff Payne, member of the RTPI International Committee and international development consultant, spoke about the causes of housing informality while Tom Venables, RTPI Trustee and Planning Director, delivered training sessions on Transport Orientated Development and the London Plan.

The UKBEAG brings together the collective expertise of more than 100,000 members of the RTPI, Royal Institution of British Architects and the Institution of Structural Engineers around the world to support a range of humanitarian and development partners in preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises from floods, droughts and earthquakes to conflict situations.

Their skills in sustainable development, planning, infrastructure, architecture, structural engineering and project management will provide critical expertise as well as technical capacity, remotely or in the field.

Victoria Hills, RTPI Chief Executive, said: “Working with the FCO in programmes like this one is a great opportunity to promote the value of planning in the global sustainability agenda and engage with international multilateral organisations like UN Habitat.”


Article by Michele Vianello
Photo Credits: Michele Vianello (CC)