Passion for strategic spatial planning has too rarely endured, thus undermining precisely what it needs, which is a long term perspective.
Here in UK, and particularly in the North of England, museums and public galleries are being closed down as councils struggle to cope with real reductions in income forced by the UK government's austerity programme. In USA it is a different story.
In 1995 I was invited to speak to a landmark conference in South Africa for the transition of planning after apartheid. I reported on my visit in my monthly magazine column.
A simple grid plan for urban extensions should be the basis for managing rapid urbanisation says a new UN-Habitat report.
I am pleased to confirm that I will become Chair of the Cockburn Association in June, when the present Chair, Lord Brodie, steps down.
Civic pride and civic trust are important for community cohesion and well-being, but are being eroded by austerity and a centralised system of planning and local government. This was a central theme of the inaugural Scottish Civic Trust Annual Lecture which I delivered in Edinburgh on 2 March.
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.
With the review of planning in Scotland underway (I am due to appear at a "Roundtable" on 23 Feb), I was minded to look back at what I wrote in The Scottish Planner 17 years ago on the consultation "Land Use Planning under a Scottish Parliament".
New Zealand's right-wing minority government is amending the legislation that defines the planning system, to address what it calls problems with "cumbersome planning processes".
China's slowing growth and rising debts have sent tremors through global markets. Urbanisation has been integral to the near double digit annual growth over recent years, so what does the slow down mean for regional and local development within China, and in particular for the local authorities?