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TIME TO RETHINK - LOCAL PLANS ARE NO LONGER FIT FOR PURPOSE!

We created a system that is now strangling our cities...

TIME TO RETHINK - LOCAL PLANS ARE NO LONGER FIT FOR PURPOSE!

WHY IT IS TIME FOR A COMPLETE RETHINK

Traditional plan making is born of the Modern Period, and has never been reconceptualised for the digital era. It is slow, bureaucratic and easily outdated. Is it still fit to deliver any ‘public good’? Most investors, planners and some of the most dynamic cities in the world think not.

Most people think it is a drag and a bore….

This is because our planning systems are still based on the understanding and priorities of 100 years ago - at a time of rapid urban growth as a result of industrialization. Back then, priorities were public health, the emergence of the nuclear family, literacy and primary services. The aspiration was to have clean and efficient cities, especially in recovery after the War.

In addition, at the heart of planning as we know it is the notion that urban development is a ‘public good’ and therefore the public sector must be in charge and lead both plan making and implementation. Well, the reality is now quite different. No local authority has the budgets and resources to launch housing programmes, provide new public parks and deliver state of the art public service facilities. 

In our times of open data and rapidly evolving Internet of Things, we still make the plans in the old fashioned way: collection of evidence reports, approvals and hearings, followed by a plan that is born already old. We still use the same methods and concepts today as we did before georeferenced data was invented. We use the new data, but then print it all out in a report and sever every possibility of dynamic study and real time updates.

WHY SMART PLANNING IS VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW

As cities become the most important habitat of humanity, there is a desire for better places to live and a different type of public sector intervention, driven by leadership, dynamism and efficiency.

People want to participate and shape the places in which they live. They know they have a lot to offer.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES + A NEW CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK for plan making can provide effective and dynamic strategies to think about the future of our cities and improve their management. 

Smart planning must be:

• Continuously updated

• Purpose driven and priority oriented

• Aimed at automating routine decisions

This Smart Planning approach is conceptually driven and progressive, aiming to build up from existing technologies and resources - within the parameters of existing legislation.

What is there to lose?

 

Written by

MARTINA JUVARA

MARTINA JUVARA

Director at URBAN Silence

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