Resources/publications

UN-Habitat has devised the Habitat Partner Universities Initiative as a means of promoting cooperation between UN-Habitat and institutions of higher education, as well as facilitating exchange and cooperation between universities in developing and developed nations.

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UN-Habitat recently announced the publication of 'The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets', the latest report in the series.

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In preparation for the upcoming AAPS 2010 conference on planning education (to be held from 5 to 8 October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), a background paper has been prepared to inform debate around planning curricular reform in Africa.

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The influential journal Planning Theory & Practice is offering free access to two important 'Interface' discussions: the first is entitled 'Wind power: Is there a planning problem?' (link here) whilst the second deals with 'Health at the heart of spatial planning' (link here).

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The two articles chosen by the AAPS editorial board for re-publication in Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, volume 4, are:

Kamete, A. (2009). ‘Hanging out with “Trouble-Causers”: Planning and Governance in Urban Zimbabwe’, Planning Theory and Practice, 10(1), pp. 85-103.

Winkler, T. (2009). ‘For the Equitable City Yet to Come’, Planning Theory and Practice, 10(1), pp. 65-83.

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The World Bank has provided planning practitioners and researchers with a vital information source in the form of the Open Data Initiative, which was launched on 20 April 2010 alongside the World Development Indicators 2010.

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UN-Habitat commissioned a series of background reports to enhance the Global Report on Human Settlements 2009 (subtitled 'Planning Sustainable Cities') by illustrating ‘empirical conditions and trends, as well as effective policy responses’. These are now downloadable, free of cost, on the UN-Habitat website (click here to visit the download page).

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UN-Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements 2009 available online

The UN-Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements was released in late 2009. The report included an interesting chapter on global planning education prepared by a team of GPEAN members. A number of AAPS members also contributed to other chapters. The full report is available for download by following this link.

Free access to the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) is available to institutions in developing countries.

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Prof Peter Robinson from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has just completed a book on strategic planning. This book will be of interest to anyone involved in built environment planning and development, to strategic planning theorists and practitioners in any field, and to urban historians and geographers who wish to understand the processes that drive the development of towns and cities.

It has been structured in the format of a textbook for students, a handbook for practitioners, or a training manual.

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The 2009 Global Report on Human Settlements, themed 'Planning Sustainable Cities', was released this week by UN-Habitat. Information is available online here

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Global Report on Human Settlements 2009

The 2009 Global Report on Human Settlements (GRHS) is to be published by UN-Habitat in October 2009. This edition is entitled: 'Planning Sustainable Cities'.

This publication includes a chapter on planning education that incorporates substantial contributions from a number of AAPS member schools.

The AAPS Editorial Board considered a number of journal articles submitted to it, and voted the following three in ranked order to submit to the International Editorial Board of Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, volume 4. We congratulate those who were successful.

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NEW BOOK:

WHY PLANNING DOES NOT WORK. LAND-USE PLANNING AND RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS IN TANZANIA. BY TUMSIFU NNKYA (2008)

Published by Mkuki na Nyota Publishers Ltd, Dar es Salaam. www.mkukinanyota.com

PO Box 4246, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ISBN 978-9987-449-68-2

This book presents a detailed account of land use planning practice in the context of public land ownership policy in Tanzania.

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AAPS 2008 workshop papers available for download

Papers from each of the member schools that participated in the AAPS workshop held in 2008 are now available in the 'Downloads' section.

Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning (DURP)

Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning (volume 4), edited by:
Thomas L. Harper, Michael Hibbard, Heloisa Costa, Anthony Gar-On Yeh

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