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.
Inside the slums and gated communities the opportunities and obstacles to sustainable and inclusive urban development can be seen.
The passing of the Scottish Planning Bill marks the end of a tortuous period, during which it even seemed possible that the Bill might be withdrawn, so heavily had it been amended. However, the conflicts that surfaced are unlikely to go away.
At the recent Innovation Circle Network conference I spoke about China's One Belt One Road vision. This blog sketches and comments on this ambitious transnational project.
A new study looks at what the Dutch have been doing to revitalise the centres of medium-sized towns.