At its heart, the job of the urban specialists is to shape great cities and places – for people.
But people are often on the periphery – not at the centre – of city shaping change. Whether driven by disinterest and disengagement or active opposition and outrage, genuine participation is often missing from the equation.
Bringing people back to the centre of planning is our collective challenge as city-shapers. We know that an active and engaged citizenry is a core part of a city’s success and resilience. And that effective and genuine community engagement enables that participation.