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24/10/2019

Olafiyin Taiwo: My view on... sustainable urbanisation

Olafiyin Taiwo believes that achieving a better quality of life for all in an urbanising world is only possible with effective planning processes

Unplanned urbanisation can lead to severe consequences such as increased crime, inequality, environmental pollution, vulnerability to disaster and inadequate basic shelter.

However, sustainable urbanisation presents an opportunity for improved security and equality, economic growth and development, climate change action and resilience.

Five resolutions were adopted at the recent inaugural UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, including a strategic plan for the period 2020-2023. Planning is crucial as an integral tool in achieving the outcomes set out in this plan, with urban planning and design forming one of four fundamental ‘drivers of change’.

"Inclusive engagement of all segments of society in the planning and management of cities and communities is paramount"

Inclusive engagement of all segments of society in the planning and management of cities and communities is paramount in ensuring more equitable access to public space, basic and social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities.

It is safe to conclude that achieving a better quality of life for all in an urbanising world is unsustainable without effective urban planning processes.

Olafiyin Taiwo is a planner with the London Borough of Ealing, co-founder of Life Brooks International and a member of RTPI’s International Committee.  Follow her on Twitter @OlafiyinTaiwo

Image | Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area Plan, Hong Kong

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