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Covid-19: The impact on urbanisation and the natural environment – PODCAST

Ken Creighton, RICS Director of Thought Leadership guides a panel as they explore and examine the short, medium and longer term impacts of COVID and what opportunities have and will arise from the crisis.

Mandakini Devasher, International Development Consultant: Water, energy, food, gender and climate change in South Asia
Davina Rooney, CEO Green Building Council of Australia
Will Waller, Arcadis Build to Rent Market Leader
Benjamin Towell, Senior Architect at Building and Construction Authority Singapore


The RICS World Built Environment Forum Insights podcast series brings you debate and discussion with industry leaders, future thinkers and disruptors around the latest future thinking on the global megatrends affecting the built and natural environment.

A link to the Podcast Series: HERE

The Rise of China’s Inland Cities

InlandChinaCoastal cities like Shanghai, Mumbai and New York have traditionally been centers not only of trade but also of commerce, culture, and wealth. They monopolize infrastructure investment and media attention, and occupy the longings of aspirational youth seeking stimulation and opportunity.

The world’s opportunistic inland cities are happy to take the development pressure off troubled coastal cities, and in the past two decades many have done so with the gusto of global ambition.

READ MORE HERE China’s Inland Cities 

Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life Conference

logo-wuf7It is estimated that more than two thirds of the world’s population lives in cities where income inequality has increased since the 1980’s. In many cases, this increase has been staggering.

Inequalities are present in urban spaces, with cities divided by invisible borders that take the form of social, cultural and economic exclusion.

Slums, the face of poverty and urban inequality, continue to increase in most countries of the developing world, perpetuating the lack of access to basic services and political representation to the most vulnerable communities.

Cities, then, are a critical component in addressing the inequality problem. Their design, governance, and infrastructure have direct impact on the lives and opportunities of their inhabitants.

The World Urban Forum is the largest United Nations conference on sustainable urban development and cities and meets every two years.

The next meeting is 5th to 11th April 2014 in Medellin, Columbia

For more information click HERE

New garden cities won’t deal with short-term housing crisis

Building garden cities across parts of England will not solve the housing crisis, according to the Coalition’s Liberal Democrat planning adviser.

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, a Liberal Democrat peer who has recently overhauled planning rules for the Coalition, said “three garden cities are not going to make a major difference” because of the length of time it would take to build them.

The comments, reported in Planning magazine, are at odds with remarks from Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, who said last week that ministers had to be “honest and upfront” about where it plans to build new garden cities.

The new cities – which could be comprised of tens of thousands of new homes – would be built in areas considered to be Conservative heartlands and would lead to an outcry from grassroots activists.

For the Full Article click HERE


I was recently commissioned to run a workshop in Manila, Philippines entitled “New Town Development Strategies“. Timely perhaps, given the current resurgent interest in New Town development as a means of addressing the rapid rise in population around the world.

As part of that workshop I decided to produce this website so that delegates could not only continue the debate but also as a means of providing ready access to the wealth of information that informed the presentation in some way or other.

The Document Library contains listings and links to useful sources of information.

I will also be updating and blogging as the new wave of debate on New Town development makes progress, whether negative or positive.

Do please feel free to contribute.

Delegates hard at work considering strategic new town locations

Delegates hard at work in Manila considering strategic new town locations