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Machizukuri under the spotlight

18 October 2012

george pepler award 2012Lorayne Woodend, a Development Plans Officer at South Lakeland District Council, was formally presented with the George Pepler International Award for 2012 at yesterday's (17 October) General Assembly.

She will be travelling to Japan to study machizukuri (community building), a concept similar to that of Localism. The award was presented to her by RTPI President Colin Haylock.

Pictured right: Lorayne Woodend receiving the award from RTPI President Colin Haylock at the RTPI's General Assembly.

Winning the award and heading to Japan is a 'dream come true' for Woodend on a trip that will see her combine her love of planning and the Far East. "I am absolutely thrilled! It feels like it is the culmination of having just completed my 3-year distance learning MA in Town and Country Planning, which really fuelled my interest in planning as an international topic, along with the influence of my keen interest in Japan, Japanese culture, learning from and understanding other countries and community involvement."

For more information about the award, click here.