A major project to compare urban practices in 14 cities will be led by a team based in Glasgow University in Scotland.
The Habitat 3 conference in Quito this month is a critical opportunity to shape the practice of planning globally.
The zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, the declaration that the governments of the world will sign up to in October 2016, gives a prominent role to more proactive and inclusive urban and regional planning.
Public spaces are integral to healthy and prosperous cities. This was the theme of a major conference last week in the run-up to next year's Habitat III global summit. Place-making needs to be seen as contributing to the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The increasing global emphasis on the cities must not obscure the importance of rural areas and their links to cities. This is the argument in a valuable thoughtpiece by Christine Platt, Past President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners in reflecting on the preparations for the Habitat III summit in Quito in October 2016.