NEW EVENT: Women in Planning Christmas Party! Booking now open

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Join us on the 5 December from 6.30pm at Drake and Morgan (down stairs bar, nearest station King’s Cross) for an evening of networking and merry making!

Places are limited and we would advise to book early to secure your free ticket. Tickets can be booked via the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-christmas-party-tickets-15693687241

We look forward to seeing you there!

Women in Planning Committee

This event is kindly sponsored by Osborne Richardson

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About our sponsor:

Osborne Richardson have been established for 25+ years in the property recruitment industry, specialising in Town Planning, Surveying, Environmental Health and more general Real Estate sectors. Henry Taylor (Private Sector Town Planning) and Thomas Atkinson (Public Sector Town Planning) will be attending our event so please speak with them on the night or email them in advance if you have any questions you would like to discuss with them – Henry@osbornerichardson.com or Thomas@osbornerichardson.com.

Follow Osborne Richardson on Twitter:

@OsborneRichards @townplanner_rec 

Built By Both – Inspire// Network- 17 November 2016

Women in Planning continue to support the brilliant work of this year’s graduate cohort at Barratt Developments PLC. The graduates are fundraising for The Prince’s Trust Million Makers project 2016 via Golden Bricks ( read more here – http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/ – it is a brilliant idea!).

One of the projects the graduates have decided to deliver is Built By Both. So what is it? Don’t ask us but read what the graduates say about it:

“Built by Both’s main objective is to inspire young women to embark on careers within the built environment and show credit to those already working in our industry. We aim to promote this initiative via educational experience days for students and networking events for young women to meet inspirational role models. With an emphasis on the current demand for housing in the UK, partnered with a skills shortage and poor representation of women in these roles, we are really excited to inspire the next generation of builders, engineers, architects, planners, developers and more.”

Please do show your support for these graduates by attending the next event:

Date: 17 November 2016

Venue: Aedas, Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1AT

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Buy tickets here http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/built-by-both-tickets-nov

We are recruiting!

Women in Planning are growing and we want your help.

Our Network has a strong reputation for delivering events in London as well as supporting other like-minded networks.

We are now looking for dedicated committee members to assist with our work.

As a committee member you will be:

  • event co-ordination
  • sourcing sponsorship
  • managing communications
  • attending bi-monthly meetings (starting on 21 September 2016)
  • an ambassador for the network.

If you are interested in joining the Committee (along with Alison, Charlotte and Mary) get in touch either by emailing womeninplanning@gmail.com or via social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook), as we would love to hear from you.

 

Women in Planning supporting new LGBT network – Planning Out

Women in Planning are proud to be supporting a new LGBT network Planning Out. One of the founders, Simon Brooksbank, was inspired by our Helen Hayes event earlier this year. We are glad the discussion about diversity, equality and inclusion in the planning profession is infectious!

Planning Out first event is on 28 July, read below for more details about the new network.

Planning Out

Planning Out is an LGBT network for professionals in the planning sector.

Planning Out has two key aims. Firstly it is a forum for professionals in the LGBT community to develop professional connections and friendships, learn best practice and share ideas from colleagues across the industry.

Secondly our aim is to provide a forum to encourage LGBT professionals to be themselves and be authentic in the workplace and in their everyday lives so that they can fulfil their potential.

We welcome all people regardless of seniority, public, private, voluntary or academic sectors as well as those who are supportive of our cause. We also welcome professionals who are connected to the planning industry.
Launch Event
Planning Out’s Launch Event is on Thursday 28 July:

Date: Thursday 28 July
Time: 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start
Venue: Turley, 5, Charlotte building, 17 Gresse St, W1T 1QL
Booking and more information: http://planningout.eventbrite.co.uk

The event will feature speakers, drinks and great networking opportunities – limited spaces left!
#PlanningOutLaunch

Email to subscribe to updates planningoutlgbt@gmail.com
Twitter @planningout
LinkedIn Planning Out
Facebook Planning Out
Eventbrite Planning Out

 

Cities: the other dimension

Traditionally cities have been designed by men – from architects to city planners, surveyors and engineers – and the primary assumption has been that everyone is an able-bodied young person, going from home to work in a one-dimensional trajectory. The secondary assumption has been that the populace’s main journeys are indeed to and from work.

But from these assumptions come problems. Take the first, that everyone is able-bodied: a lack of stair-free access at transport nodes to assist those with disabilities, children, or even people travelling with luggage turns many people’s journey into a struggle.

And the assumption of the work-home trajectory has led to the unsustainable zoning of residential and economic land uses, which have traditionally been separated in city planning.

How does this affect the cities we live in?

Cities do not take into account all the unacknowledged work that people do. Things like childcare, which can make journeys around cities more complicated. Trip-chain journeys might, for example, start from home, first taking a child to day-care, then dropping off another child at school, before eventually reaching work, with the reverse journey including a supermarket visit before getting home. These activities are not well supported in our urban set-up.

If women were in charge of urban design, would cities look different?

Men and women have different experiences in cities. As more men take a larger role in childcare, they will notice accessibility issues. But women have experienced these for longer. Day-to-day they can be confronted with difficulties manoeuvring pushchairs and buggies around the urban environment. Furthermore, more women work part-time or from home, merging home and office. Some of these experiences relate closely to those with disabilities.

So, if more cities were planned by women they would not necessarily look different, but they would feel different. Women are for the most part more sensitive to the needs of others because they have for so long experienced at least some form of social exclusion. This would make cities more integrated and user-friendly, which could mean they were planned with better transport and more integrated mixed uses.

Would this mean the end of central business districts?

Probably. But these are already being planned out in favour of residential-led, mixed-use schemes. Canary Wharf now has a large residential population to match its economic one and it is planning to expand with the development of Wood Wharf.

What would cities designed by women mean for the property markets?

The diversity inherent in this new way of planning and designing cities would mean that the so-called comparables in the property markets may not be as explicit. Valuers and investors would have even more reasons to debate the “true” value of property. Real estate investment would need a long term strategy beyond the normal five-to-seven years. Long-term investments could lead to stability of property prices and less speculation around future value growth: a more sustainable economic model.

In short, more women could mean less boom and bust as less risk is taken.

Ultimately diversity in the built environment will change cities for the better by adding another lens to development decisions.

The above was authored by Clara Greed, professor of inclusive urban planning at the University of the West of England, Charlotte Morphet, senior consultant at planners Turley and co-founder of Women in Planning, Maria Wiedner, founder and chief executive of Cambridge Finance and RE Women, and Liane Hartley, founder of Mend and Urbanistas. It is based on their Women: Know Your Place discussion at the WOW Festival.

This article was first published on Estates Gazette.Com REWIRE blog. Read the original article at the following link http://www.egi.co.uk/news/cities-the-other-dimension/

 

Proud of Women: Politics and Planning – 10 February 2016 – Booking now open!

Women in Planning’s successful event series Proud of Women is back. We are honoured to have the RT Hon Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood join us for a unique event where she will reflect on her career in planning and politics.

 

Helen Hayes, Labour.

RT Hon. Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

Start: 18:30 (please allow time for security checks)

Finish: 21:30

Venue: Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 0AA

Click here to book

The event is kindly sponsored by

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