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Planning and planners in the 21st century

This presentation reflects on Bill Chandler's 40 years experience as a practitioner

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Chandler House, University College London
Urban Design Network

Coincidently, 2014 is the centenary of the founding of RTPI, Gordon Cullen’s birth, the beginning of World War One, the founding of the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London - and now it is also the year of the sad passing of Sir Peter Hall.  There is much to reflect on: the role of planning and planners; the planning ‘profession’ and the RTPI/PIA; and planning education.

‘Modern’ planning has been driven by the inequities of the industrial revolution, by galloping urbanisation, globalisation, and technology.  But the imperatives for the 21st century are clearly different from the 19th and 20th centuries, and implications for planning and urban design are significant.  They require a radical rethink of how we ‘do it’.  Fundamental to addressing this challenge is seeing the world through a ‘planning and urban design’ prism, not the reactive seductions of ‘politics’, ‘economics’ and ‘law and order’.

This presentation reflects on 40 years experience as a practitioner, a reality check on what has worked and what hasn’t worked.  It includes frustrations, but essentially it is a celebration of successes, with an optimistic approach to challenges for the next 40 years.  The presentation addresses implications of macro imperatives (climate change, increasing and ageing population, under-investment in infrastructure), with case studies to show how both macro and micro planning and urban design has made, and can make, a positive difference.  The emphasis will be on the importance of transcending traditional tools by embracing dynamic and culturally-relevant community engagement, effective inter-disciplinary working, and the arts to create and maintain truly sustainable and equitable environments for all people and the communities they inhabit.

This is a joint event from the RTPI's International Development & Urban Design Networks

Note about the presenter:

Bill Chandler, a highly experienced city planning, transport and design consultant, specialises in planning strategy and urban design, devising functional, attractive and efficient places for communities to live.  He has worked extensively for all levels of government, the private sector, institutions and the community sector on both major projects and detailed design.  Bill was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to urban design and planning and a Lifetime Achievement Award by PIA, and was co-editor of the recently awarded book ‘Urban Voices – celebrating urban design in Australia’.