On World Town Planning Day 2019, I was part of an event in Dundee organised by RTPI (Scotland) with the theme "Through the Years, Across the Globe". Discussion during and after prompted me to ponder Scotland's messages to an international audience of planners and urbanists.
The recent World Urban Forum was an opportunity to show UK engagement with urbanisation as a global issue. It was missed.
The EU has rightly made the issue of Ireland a central element of the Brexit negotiations. What might be the territorial impact of creating an external border between Ireland and Northern Ireland?
The 2006 World Urban Forum was a significant step on the road to creating a New Urban Agenda. Here is my first hand account from July 2006 of how we went about re-inventing planning.
Earlier this week I was honoured to receive the OBE for services to planning, at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
The Habitat 3 conference in Quito this month is a critical opportunity to shape the practice of planning globally.
Twenty years ago I became RTPI President. Here is the text of the speech I gave to RTPI Council on my inauguration. It ends by reaffirming the manifesto published in 1975 by the Radical Institute Group, of which I was one of the founders.
I was elected Convenor of the Scottish Branch of the RTPI for 1983. The picture shows how the Branch's magazine reported it.
In 2013 I helped RTPI construct a timeline to tell the story of planning 1914-2014 for their centenary year. Inevitably the focus was on the Institute itself and events in the UK. However, it set me wondering what a “World View” of planning over that 100 years might look like?
The Foreign Ministers of the 28 European Union countries have called on Israel “to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure” in the village of Susiya in the West Bank. Eleven members of the US Congress have also written to Secretary of State John Kerry about the plight of the village.