Editorial: Planners must steer urban strategy drive

Despite day-to-day pressures, I hope that all our readers will find the time to read Cliff Hague's report on the World Urban Forum (see page 18). The bad news is that many governments and international aid agencies have long given up on planning. The good news is that planning is now once again seen as part of any concerted strategy towards sustainable urbanisation. This should be a source of inspiration and encouragement to planners at all levels. However, Hague's suggestion that too many planners are mired in regulation while non-planners devise urban strategy deserves closer analysis. Planners must be at the forefront in formulating strategies and policies to shape the future of cities. But we have surely learnt enough about the link between policy and implementation to know that the job is not over once the grand design, whether for a district or a planet, has been laid out.

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