It is 50 years ago since I took up my first post as a professional planner. This anniversary moment provides plenty to reflect on.

Urban Transformation and “New Style” Urbanisation in China was the theme of a major conference hosted by the University of Glasgow.

Three contrasting films prompt important questions about the nature of communities, past and present, rural and urban.

A paper in a leading scientific journal calls for much greater engagement of scientists in urban policy and practice.

The recent World Urban Forum was an opportunity to show UK engagement with urbanisation as a global issue. It was missed.

Today at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur I went into three events, which spanned a wide range of themes and places.Each in its own way provoked thoughts.

South Africa is engaging fully with the New Urban Agenda, and posing some fundamental questions about what it means to be a planner in today's world.

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.

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?

 A new study looks at what the Dutch have been doing to revitalise the centres of medium-sized towns.

A new film reflects on Stockholm's modernist architecture and public spaces, showing how experiencing places can contribute to wellbeing.

Citizens in Edinburgh are voicing concerns at the way the capital city's built environment and greenspaces are being managed.

How can cities in the rapidly urbanising world benefit from Smart City approaches to urban management?

I recently visited Luanda, Angola's capital, to deliver workshops on sustainable development and urban planning. I was able to gain a first hand experience of the dramatic and controversial changes in the city.

The guest blog by Klaus Kunzmann reflecting on the likely impact of Trumps's victory prompted me to respond with some more ideas.

I gave the Cockburn Association annual lecture in Edinburgh on 27 October 2016. I have now written it up and you can read it.