The Habitat 3 conference in Quito this month is a critical opportunity to shape the practice of planning globally.
Today, it is the young people who most strongly uphold the ideal of Europe as a shared space, where people from different countries lie and work together. The Young Eyes project, that has involved teenagers from Poland, Latvia and Sweden and young professionals from Scotland, shows how young people can, and will, shape the future.
How do you create attractive and environmentally sustainable places? A new, updated edition of a major text provides powerful lessons and evidence.
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.
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?
There will be another 2 billion people living in urban areas by 2030. With a billion people now living in slums,and over 100,000 homeless people in Delhi, for example, it is no exaggeration to say that this is a critical decade for cities and the practice of urban planning.
The international agreement reached in COP21 in Paris should provoke a wide ranging review of planning policies around the world.
Place-based innovation is vital to making cities more inclusive, but much depends on local leadership.