The RTPI’s forward thinking, long term policy series – Planning Horizons – was launched in Hungarian today at a conference in Budapest. Four papers covering health, governance and the economy, look at the long term trends and forces that will shape our cities and regions around the world. A fifth, Thinking Spatially which considers how policy affects the development of places, was translated into Hungarian in 2016.
Planning Horizons, which provide a long term, global view of planning, outline the critical role planners have in response to some of the major challenges of the 21st century. Some of the challenges have been present for some time - the need for quality affordable housing, improved public health and how to balance economic development with environmental protection. However, an additional set of factors, such as climate change, demographic shifts (including an ageing society), the rise of 'lifestyle diseases', and increasing competition in a globalised world now confronts us.
Launching the Hungarian version of Planning Horizons, Caitlin Jones, British Deputy Ambassador to Hungary said:
“British urban planners are among the best in the world and we have been training planners since 1909. British planners have a significant amount of expertise to offer and the British Embassy in Hungary is happy to support the two institutes as they strive to achieve better places in their respective countries.”
Stephen Wilkinson, President of the RTPI said:
“Our two countries are confronted by a number of shared challenges which planning can play a central role in tackling. The Institute is pleased to be able to make our policy papers available in Hungarian to share best practice and knowledge. We hope this will help equip politicians, planners and others involved in place making with the tools to make the best possible long term decisions.”
Imre Körmendy, President of the Hungarian Society for Urban Planning said:
“We are spoilt by our outstanding built heritage here but it is under threat from a range of factors. Making the Planning Horizons series available in Hungarian will help our planners, politicians and other decision makers take more informed, forwarding looking decisions. ”
The Hungarian language versions of Planning Horizons were launched today at an event with the Magyar Urbanisztikai Társaság (Hungarian Society for Urban Planning) and the British Embassy in Hungary.
Planning Horizons (in Hungarian):
Planning Horizons (in English):
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