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RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2012

Sweeping changes, sweeping responses: the value of planning in the 21st century

Mitchell Silver Tower Bridge

  • This event took place on 20 November 2012, and was attended by 160 people.

  • Professor Nick Gallent (UCL) Chaired the lecture.

  • A podcast of the event is available and PowerPoint slides will be¬†online shortly.

Mitchell Silver (President of the American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer for Raleigh, North Carolina) enthralled a packed audience at the RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Annual Lecture. Professor Nick Gallent (UCL) kicked off the evening and introduced Mitchell, who spoke expressively about the need for good planning. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating, and at times surprising, evidence from the U.S., Mitchell showed that good strategic planning can add significant value to investment, and argued that communities need planners to "fall in love with planning again".

The inspirational lecture provided an invaluable insight into what planners are achieving in the U.S., and gave all those in attendance renewed confidence in the legitimacy of their roles as "guardians of the future".

The lecture was once again generously supported by Dalia Lichfield and kindly hosted by University College London.