We are living in extraordinary times, where the speed of global urbanisation is defining a future that is incredibly different to now, and even more so to yesteryear. Dramatic change is evident in all environments in which we live.
Urban planners have the immense responsibility of managing this change.
In a world that feels to be spinning ever faster, the role of planning (and planners) is very powerful. Planners are critical change leaders – balancing the aspirations of a strong community, good design, better places and sustainable outcomes, amidst economic and political machinations.
Strategic and regulatory frameworks are established to reflect the objectives of our cities and communities. It is then the role of the planner to positively shape the economic, physical and social character of our environment to achieve these ambitions.