I did a short stint at the UK & Ireland Planning Research Conference a few weeks ago on the interface between urban futures, planning and health & well being.
in the end I didn’t use the slides, but they are posted so you can use them if you want
points in plenary discussion were really interesting
1. Think about systems of cities not cities
Polycentric cities – strategic planning across cities. But still nuanced to the unique features of places
Mayors/Mayoral powers and softer convening power
2. Planning and children
Children mostly don’t feature
Planning for freedom not planning playgrounds.
Lived experience for children should be reflected in the process
3. Forgotten spaces
Green facades and green scaffolding – AQ, Heat island
Run gardens into streetscapes
4. Existing spaces as well as planning new developments
5. Cross sector use of evidence. We under capitalise on this at great scale to get more change
what no longer has traction in sector and will have great traction in a sector where it will be seen as new and innovative
Inevitably will be wheel reinvention as people “discover” things they think are “new”
6. Ideological prejudice
The answer is always based on your worldview and starting point
Ask a bunch of DWP, sustainability, economist types about the answer to a problem and they give you an answer based on that worldview.
This can apply to anything, that’s not “wrong”, but does need consideration
7. You can’t predict what the world will be like in 50 years’ time
Future is unknown – don’t try to predict. 50 years ago we predicted that we would travel to work on a rocket pack. We didn’t predict mobile phones.
What you plan for will come to pass – so make sure you have thought carefully about what you want.
Think long term – trends and challenges – “mission not a battle”.
It reminded me of this stuff Oxford Martin – And Now For The Long Term
- Mega trends – demography, mobildiy, society, geopolitics, sustainability, health, tex
- Challenges – society, resources, health, geopolitics, governance
- Creative Coalitions – climate change, NCDs
- Innovative, Open and Reinvigorated Institutions: Decades, not Days, independent, accountable institutions with long term horizons, sunset clauses on those, open politics, make the numbers count, tax reform
- Revalue the Future – people AND tec, perverse subsidies – hydrocarbons, sugar?
- Invest in Younger Generations: Attack Poverty at its Source
- Establish a Common Platform of Understanding – collective vision for society
It’s well worth a read
8. Places v people. Local v strategic master planning
Ground up. Plenty of will to connect to communities
Vol comm sector doesn’t tend to be focused on planning
Strategic framework provides protection to those with no voice and protects market forces to ensure the city does the right thing