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RTPI blog round-up: Young Planners' Conference 2019 highlights; One planner's journey back to university

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 26 October-20 December, 2019

Young Planners' Conference 2019 highlights

Two young planners from Scotland have given their thoughts on the 2019 RTPI Young Planners' North East Conference.

By Ailsa Anderson and Jay Skinner, who are both members of the Scottish Young Planners Network Steering Group.

What do architects need to know about planners?

Architects are specialists in designing buildings, planners are specialists in designing places. As all good history students know, it was the rapid, unchecked industrialisation and building development of the 19th century that led to the first Housing and Town Planning Act 1909...

By Victoria Hills, chief executive at the RTPI.

One planner's journey back to university

According to RTPI employment statistics, 59 per cent of planners work in local authority, 30 per cent in the private sector, 9 per cent in the third sector and there are only 2 per cent who work in ‘other’ fields. I am one of the 2 per cent with employment in the ‘other’ category, having moved away from more traditional planning roles into the higher education sector...

By Jennifer Russell, town planning manager (estates & buildings) at the University of Glasgow.

Arguing the case for a unified digital planning system

The digital transformation of the planning system is already happening. But while the future might already be here, it’s not yet evenly distributed. The challenges of austerity are more pronounced in planning departments than most others, with budgets reduced by 50 per cent since 2010[1], which means the capability and resource of local planning authorities to design and deliver a more efficient, transparent and accessible planning service is fractured.

By James Harris, policy and networks manager at the RTPI, and Stefan Webb, director of digitising planning at the Connected Places Catapult.

Being a planning trustee with the Theatres Trust

Theatres are amazing places; places where we go to watch, listen and be inspired; places where we go with friends; places where we go to perform.

For the last five years, I have had the honour of being planning trustee with the Theatres Trust. This has been a rewarding role, but my term is coming to an end, so the Theatres Trust now needs a new Planning Trustee...

By Ann Skippers, a chartered town planner and 2010 RTPI president.

Confidence and challenge in the North East

Over several decades, the iconic Spanish City “pleasure garden” in Whitley Bay fell into sad disrepair while time and the weather took a serious toll on the building...

By Ian Tant, president of the RTPI.

Reconnecting to the web of life

In the face of growing street protests and alarming news reports about global species decline what can planning authorities do to address the biodiversity crisis? Dr. Rosalie Callway, from the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning, outlines a new RTPI practice advice note that aims to help...

By Dr. Rosalie Callway, project officer at Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning.

New ways to think about CPD

The RTPI has long recognised the importance of CPD, leading the way with a scheme in 1992 - well before many other professional institutes. A CIOB study showed that members of the public trust a professional more if they are a member of a professional body. Ongoing CPD is key to maintaining this trust and demonstrating the value of planning to the public...

By Andrew Close, head of careers, education and professional development at the RTPI.

From colonial cultures of planning towards indigenous urbanisms in Latin America  

Across the world, colonial cultures of planning have profound spatial, social, cultural and economic implications and contribute to processes of displacement and exclusion. This is particularly the case in Latin America where colonisers destroyed precolonial cities and built new ones on top of their ruins...

By Dr Philipp Horn, lecturer in urban studies and planning at the University of Sheffield.

World Town Planning Day – past, present and future 

In 1949, Argentinian urbanist Professor Carlos Maria Della Paolera put out a call to planners and urbanists everywhere. He wanted 8 November 1950 to be the first ever Día Mundial del Urbanismo, or World Urbanism Day. This, of course, is now more commonly known in the English speaking world as World Town Planning Day...

By Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland and Ireland.

The future of the planning profession

Planning in the UK is evolving in a variety of ways. As RTPI research on The UK Planning Profession in 2019 has recently shown, this includes a growth in the proportion of chartered planners operating in the private sector, a widening range of specialist professionals informing planning activity, and a regulatory environment subject to continual reform and adjustment...

By Dr Matthew Wargent, Dr Emma Street & Professor Gavin Parker, University of Reading.