Showing posts with label RTPI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RTPI. Show all posts

Thursday, 24 October 2013

University of Ulster student Alex O'Hara receives the 2013 RTPI Joanne Mathers Award

Research into the importance of integrating public health issues with urban planning has secured a top award (the 2013 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI NI) Joanne Mathers Award) for a student from the University of Ulster’s School of the Built Environment.

Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment,
Alex O’Hara, recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and
Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Alex O’Hara from Ballyclare, graduated earlier this year and undertook his research with Belfast Healthy Cities, a citywide partnership working to improve the population’s health equity and wellbeing.

He reviewed a wide range of existing national and international publications to identify why planning matters to health. His research supported the view that a quality built environment can greatly affect the standard of health and wellbeing of those who interact with it.

Alex’s research also showed that further work needs to be undertaken to improve the level of mutual understanding and integration between planning and health professionals.

Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, said Belfast Healthy Cities was delighted with the quality of Alex’s work.

He added: “His research provided added value to the organisation’s commitment to developing knowledge of building healthier cities. It also has the potential to inform wider practice in Northern Ireland, demonstrating the benefits of students undertaking ‘real life’ research projects.”

Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment at Ulster congratulated Alex on his “well-deserved” success.

He said: “These are exciting and promising times for planning in Northern Ireland, with a reformed land use planning system in hand, the Review of Public Administration and the introduction of community planning to take place shortly - and this prestigious award reflects these ambitions.

“It is richly deserved by Alex and I wish him every success in his career. The School of the Built Environment is very proud of him.”

Caption (l-r): Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment, Alex O’Hara, student recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015 | Assembly Buildings, Belfast | Fri 1st Feb

RTPI Northern Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute present The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015. The first in a series of conferences takes place at The Assembly Buildings Conference Centre (Spires), Fisherwick Place, Belfast on Friday 1st February at 9.15am.

"The Planning System in Northern Ireland is on course for a root and branch transformation that will see the vast majority of its statutory planning functions devolved from central government departments to eleven new Councils in 2015. The transfer of most planning functions to new district councils effectively involves the creation of a completely new planning system for Northern Ireland - a system which requires new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all participants in the planning process. The process of transformation is already underway and structures are currently being put in place to facilitate the new dispensation."

Saturday, 22 January 2011

RTPI NI Place Matters conference - 24th Feb 2011

RTPI NI hold their Place Matters Conference on 24th February 2011 at Wellington Park Hotel.

RTPI conference booking form. Click to enlarge/print.

More info: RTPI Ireland

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

RTPI and RSPB Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards 2010/11

The RTPI/RSPB NI Sustainable Planning Awards are open for entries. Find out more and download an entry form via the RSPB website: click here.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

RTPI NI Urban Design Series - The Value of Place-making

The Value of Place-making
28th September 2010
Titanic House

Click the flyer above for more info.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

RTPI - Movement Matters - 27th May

The RTPI present their Movement Matters conference at Ebrington on 27th May.

Click above to enlarge the flyer

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment publication “Sustainable Cities” 2009 identified transportation as a key hallmark of a Sustainable City and identified that:
"there is an absolute priority to integrate transport and planning in urban areas, to reduce the need to travel".

Achieving this reduction requires decisions on planning and transportation to be integrated:
“A mix of uses - residential, business and entertainment - together with sufficient, suitable densities, is vital to ensure adequate demand for public transport service. Making a car unnecessary should be a primary consideration in choosing or permitting development of any given site.”

This Conference will examine the key challenges in achieving sustainable transportation and its impact on place making. It will look at the political, cultural, strategic, physical and financial issues to be addressed and will draw on case studies and experience elsewhere.