The transformative impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on cities was the focus of a major European, town planning conference held yesterday.
From Athens and Barcelona to Munich and Lillehammer, examples of how the Games have transformed cities and benefitted local communities were shared amongst the 300-strong attendees at the 12th annual conference of its kind.
Richard Blyth FRTPI, RTPI Head of Policy and Research said:
“Good planning ensured the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics was a more cohesive, better connected community living in places with higher standards of urban design. This conference gave the RTPI an opportunity to showcase the world class planning taking place in the UK and the positive impact it can have on our communities and economy.”
Mr Blyth told delegates how the Olympic Games and Olympic Games can foster cooperation on strategic planning in city regions, saying ‘cooperation between neighbouring councils can be mutually beneficial’.
Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI President of the RTPI chaired a session on the role of the Games in assisting cities to increase their climate and energy sustainability.
Harry Burchill MRTPI, RTPI Planning Policy Officer, presented the design aspects of the London Olympics, which helped create better connectivity, social cohesion and good design during the Young Planners’ Workshop.
The European Council of Spatial Planners’ (ECTP-CEU) 12th European Biennial of Towns and Planners was held at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Saint Denis on 29 June.
The ECTP-CEU comprises 25 professional planning institutes from all over Europe. It is an umbrella association which sets standards of education and conduct for the planning profession; identifies, celebrates and rewards examples of good planning all over Europe, and engages in dialogue with local, national and European governments.
Janet Askew MRTPI and John Downey MRTPI are the Institute’s representatives on the ECTP-CEU for 2017/2018.