Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning and
Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Presentation on Evolution of Paradigms in Planning Education
Prof. Chris Webster
Dean, Faculty of Architecture
University of Hong Kong
Professor Webster will reflect on the changing paradigms that have dominated urban planning education in the UK over 100 years. One thing is clear: planning education follows changes in the skills demanded of planners and those skills follow closely the stage of development of an economy and even shorter-term business cycles. The talk is a repeat of one that Professor Webster gave recently at the 10th anniversary of Renmin University’s Department of Urban Planning and Management, part of Renmin University’s wider birthday celebrations. Urban Planning in China is currently having a transformation moment similar to the UKs after the post-war reconstruction phase quietened down into a more stable period in which cities needed to be managed not built.
Prof. Chris Webster is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong, and leads the HKUrbanLabs. He has degrees in urban planning, computer science, economics and economic geography and is a leading urban theorist and spatial economic modeller. He has published over 150 scholarly papers on the idea of spontaneous urban order and received over US$20M grants for research and teaching and learning projects. He was co-editor of Environment and Planning B for ten years. Books include Webster and Lai (2003) Property Rights, Planning and Markets, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar; Glasze, Webster and Frantz, (2006) Private Cities, London, Routledge; Wu, Webster, He and Liu, (2010) Urban Poverty in China, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; and Wu and Webster (Editors) Marginalisation in Urban China. London: Palgrave McMillan; and Sarkar, Webster and Gallacher (2014) Healthy Cities: Public Health Through Urban Planning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Professor Webster has nine prize-winning academic papers on urban theory.
Presentation on Envisioning the Future: Global Trends in Planning Education
Dr. Andrea Frank
Senior Lecturer, School of Geography & Planning
Planning education degree programs emerged in the early 20th century. Since then, planning curricula have been adapted time and again to ensure that graduates are able to address contemporary planning issues. By reviewing global trends based on national case studies, this presentation envisions planning education for the next decade, and proposes several context-dependent pathways to innovation in planning education.
Dr. Andrea I. Frank is Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, United Kingdom and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her research interest include regional planning, sustainability, green infrastructure, international planning systems, public participation as well as planning education and pedagogy. She has held positions on the Executive board of the Association of European Schools of Planning and was Chair of the council of the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). Her recent book – co-edited with Prof. Chris Silver (USA) Urban Planning Education – Beginning, Global Movement and Future Prospects – examines planning education systems and approaches globally through a longitudinal, comparative lens.
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