Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

Open Call for Papers Planning and the New Urban Agenda: TPR 2020 Initiative

Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

Open Call for Papers Planning and the New Urban Agenda: TPR 2020 Initiative

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In a rapidly urbanising world the twenty-first century is being seen as the 'urban century' with international debates and reflection on cities across a range of political arenas and policy agendas. Yet though cities and urban regions are seen as being key sites of economic and social progress in the twenty-first century, they are also facing many challenges surrounding social equity and environmental pressures. Recognising this, in 2016 both the UN and the EU adopted New Urban Agendas.1 Similarly, China as the country which has urbanised most rapidly in the last two decades, also published its New Urbanisation Plan in 2014, seeking a human-centred and environmentally sustainable approach to urbanisation.

The Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All which accompanies the New UN Urban Agenda notes that:

By 2050, the world's urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century's most transformative trends. Populations, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts, are increasingly concentrated in cities, and this poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety and natural resources, among others.

The Quito declaration also commits to Reinvigorating long-term and integrated urban and territorial planning and design in order to optimize the spatial dimension of the urban form and deliver the positive outcomes of urbanization' and the New Urban Agenda Implementation Plan states We will strive to improve capacity for urban planning and design and the provision of training for urban planners at national, subnational and local levels'. Meanwhile amongst other objectives the Urban Agenda for the EU Strives to establish a more effective integrated and coordinated approach to EU policies and legislation with a potential impact on Urban Areas and also to contribute to territorial cohesion by reducing the socioeconomic gaps observed in urban areas and regions'. The goals set in China's New Urbanisation Plan are also very comprehensive and ambitious, including integrating urban and rural development, making basic public services available to rural migrants in cities, optimising spatial layouts of city system, and achieving ecological and environmental sustainability. …

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