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RTPI Commonwealth Summit Lecture

               Sir Terry Farrell

City making: the work of many hands

Thank you to all who joined us at our Commonwealth Summit Lecture on 16 April. If you wish to view the lecture slides, please click here


City making is the biggest business of the 21st Century across the globe and urban planning has a critical role to play. There is a huge demand for the very particular skill sets required, and in particular for creative, collaborative and proactive planning.


Sir Terry Farrell said: "Being awarded the RTPI Gold Medal has made me reflect on the state of our profession. The disaggregation of the public, private and voluntary sectors in the face of complexity had the most enduring negative impact. They see themselves in opposition, with the Town and Country Planning Act providing the rules of engagement. I have spent most of my life trying to bridge these enemy camps, to bring them together with a shared understanding of the best way forward rather than increasingly entrenched positions amplified by architects and conservationists arguing equally evangelical arguments. The world we live in is a complex one and these binary arguments are not fit for purpose. We are facing huge challenges like population growth, climate change, food security and a crisis of affordability in our cities which need creative and collaborative planning and joint leadership from all sectors."


 For more details on Sir Terry Farrell's gold medal, please take a look at our news story.


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Sir Terry Farrell




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