Conflicts in Planning Policy and Practice in Queensland, Mellini Sloan, QUT

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Conflicts in Planning Policy and Practice in Queensland, Mellini Sloan, QUT

  1. 1. University academic perspectives onincorporation of urban planning intosecondary school geography curriculumOr, really, how I would like to help you (even better)stimulate interest among your current (my future)students in pursuing planning studies at universityMellini SloanLecturer, Queensland University of Technologymellini.sloan@qut.edu.au new york city skyline – spraypaintstencils.com
  2. 2. QUT’s Planning Course I teach the units in magenta… 1st Year 1st Year 2nd Year 2nd Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester Introducing Urban Development Site Applied Professional Learning Economics Planning Law Stewardship Project Planning Planning Processes Business of Land in Urban Development & Consultation Skills Introduction Population Geographic Development Assessment to Planning & Design & Urban Studies Information Systems & Infrastructure History of Land Use <STUDENT SELECTED <STUDENT SELECTED Built Environment Planning MINOR UNIT> MINOR UNIT> 3rd Year 3rd Year 2nd Year 2nd Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester Urban Environmental Planning Urban Community Design & Management Planning Practice Planning Negotiation Project Unit Planning Theory Thesis & Conflict Resolution (Transport Planning) & Ethics Geospatial Development Research Regional Mapping Process Methods & Metropolitan Policy <STUDENT SELECTED STUDENT SELECTED Work Integrated Regional MINOR UNIT> MINOR UNIT> Learning Planning Practice
  3. 3. Composition of Commencing Planning Cohorts 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 2006 (77) 2007 (83) 2008 (97) 2009 (84) 2010 (80) 2011 (64) Year (Number of Students in Cohort) Domestic School-Leaver Domestic Non-School Leaver InternationalData from QUT course reports.
  4. 4. 2012 Commencing Planning Cohort & School Subjects Geography 54%
  5. 5. Why I am here
  6. 6. Minors Selected by 2010 Commencing Planning Cohort Geography 24%Graphic shows minors of Planning (UD40UDP) currently enrolled in the 2012 offering of Environmental Planning & Management unit, a unit generally undertaken in 3rd year
  7. 7. Why I am hereSecondary School Preparation 1st Year 1st Year 2nd Year 2nd Year 1st Semester Introducing Professional Learning Stewardship of Land 2nd Semester Urban Development Economics Project Planning in Urban Development ? 1st Semester Site Planning Planning Processes & Consultation 2nd Semester Applied Law Business Skills Introduction Population Geographic Development Assessment to Planning & Design & Urban Studies Information Systems & Infrastructure History of Land Use <STUDENT SELECTED <STUDENT SELECTED Built Environment Planning MINOR UNIT> MINOR UNIT> 3rd Year 3rd Year 2nd Year 2nd Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st Semester 2nd Semester Urban Environmental Planning Urban Community Design & Management Planning Practice Planning Negotiation Project Unit Planning Theory Thesis & Conflict Resolution (Transport Planning) & Ethics Geospatial Development Research Regional Mapping Process Methods & Metropolitan Policy <STUDENT SELECTED STUDENT SELECTED Work Integrated Regional MINOR UNIT> MINOR UNIT> Learning Planning Practice
  8. 8. Unbearable Lightness of Being a First Year Student / Time of great change – school-leavers suddenly have MANY choices / Research tells us first year uni students struggle with social integration… if they feel isolated they struggle more, likely same as at school. / Using social media in first year planning subject to help build student social networks, finding out a lot about first year students FROM the students themselves / Choose planning because they are excited about directing future development, creating future cities / Not really sure what planners “do” / Eager to engage in conversations about planning & possibilities for societal and built environment change, reduction of impacts on resources / Initially struggle with translation of abstract ideas (theory) into practice / Once they get “it”, can’t get them to shut up 
  9. 9. Sorting out what planning is – a broader perspective planning is the process of making decisions to guide future action... shaping cities, towns and regions by managing development, infrastructure and services. balancing the built and natural environment, community needs, cultural significance, and economic sustainability, planners aim to improve our quality of life and create vibrant communities. as well as assessing development proposals and devising policies to guide future development, planners work in areas as diverse as housing, energy, health, education, communications, leisure, tourism and transport. They create new, and revitalise existing, public spaces, conserve places of heritage and enhance community value. planning institute of australia (2005)
  10. 10. Understanding what constitutes “good” planning ... helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. planning helps community members envision the direction their community grow and will help them find the right balance of new development and essential services, protection of the environment and innovative change. american planning association (2008)
  11. 11. What the ABS says planners doadvise governments & organisations recommend measures affecting on urban & regional planning & resource land use, the environment, public utilities, planning community facilities, housing & transportation present narrative & graphic plans, programs & designs to groups & individuals devise & recommend use & development of landcompile & analyse data on economic, legal, political, cultural, demographic, sociological, physical & environmental factors affecting land use confer with government authorities, communities, architects, social scientists, lawyers, & planning, development & environmental specialists australian bureau of statistics (2006)
  12. 12. Providing a theoretical framework through traditional resources Resource Materials
  13. 13. Synthesis of planning practice & history in Australia Resource Materials
  14. 14. Recent plans, policies, guidelines – some less recent than others Resource Materials
  15. 15. Recent plans, policies, guidelines – some less recent than others Resource Materials
  16. 16. Using multimedia resources to help students understand planning Resource Materials historic urban citizen public preservation renewal perspectives participation hope & radical brownfield active public holistic change reuse transport space thinking
  17. 17. Using multimedia resources to help students understand planning Resource Materials•Joe Bjelke-Petersen demolition of Bellevue Hotel & Cloudland Spurs Historic Preservation -http://vimeo.com/24442912•Urban renewal in 1960s NYC – Activist Jane Jacobs and Planner Robert Moses in Conflict -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUeuQT6t7kg&feature=fvwrel•The Castle as a pop culture intro to citizen perspectives on development•Battle for Brooklyn (documentary) – urban renewal and public participation, recently airedon ABC•Jan Gehl, renowned planner, author public space studies for almost all Australian cities ofscale - http://fora.tv/2011/05/02/Jan_Gehl_Cities_for_People•HighLine in NYC – treuse of disused transport infrastructure – Ed Norton talks aboutpossibility•Janet Sadik-Khan on diversification of transport in NYC -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDMf7VG5pXM•William H. Whyte – how people use public space – Social Life Small Urban Spaces -http://vimeo.com/6821934•Jaime Lerner – Former Mayor of Curitiba – hope and holistic thinking – REALLY FUNNY -http://www.ted.com/talks/jaime_lerner_sings_of_the_city.html•Even more… http://www.streetfilms.org/

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