Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Urban acupuncture

Urban acupuncture includes the idea of working with local communities to identify their skills and resources, particularly in large urban areas with informal settlements. Skills may range from trades to arts, and communities may identify additional resources needed such as trades colleges or theatres. These goals are then presented to local urban authorities to be incorporated into strategic plans. What do you think of this approach?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Contemporary urban planning in Iran

What is the extent of public participation in urban planning in Iran? What challenges does this create? Give an example.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 9 Australia

What is the similarity between the Australian and US governance systems, and how does this differ from New Zealand.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 8 Nigeria

How do you see Nigeria in the next 10 years with and without a solution to the urban challenges of today?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 7 Samoa

What is meant by SIDS, MIRAB economies and SITES? List what you think are the main issues challenging such nations?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lecture 26 August Japan

Broadly speaking, what were the main influences on Japanese urban planning over the past two-and-a-half thousand years?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog 5 South Africa

Identify a particular planning issue needing to be addressed in South Africa. Briefly outline how you might go about addressing the issue.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Week 4: United States Part 2

What does ‘regulatory taking’ mean in the context of the United States planning system? What is being balanced when considering regulatory taking? What is another form of ‘taking’?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lecture 3: United States Part 1

The concept of multi-level governance is gaining interest globally. It involves a partnership between local and central government in terms of creating strategies, rules and regulations. Give an example of how this process occurs in the United States.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


What are the four broad historical periods for China? Describe two influences of the earliest period on urban design. What do you think might be the benefits of these approaches?