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The Master planner is dead – long live the Matching planner! – Frank D’hondt, Senior urban planning advisor

By on October 5, 2016
Lecturer - profile

Name
Frank D’hondt

Title
Mac

Main affiliation
Senior urban planning advisor

email
dhondt.f@gmail.com

Country
Greece

Region
European Union

Qualifications
LinkedIn
Frank D’hondt

CV
http://uni.unhabitat.org/index.php?gf-download=2016%2F10%2FFrank-Dhondt-Bio-October-2016.docx&form-id=9&field-id=48&hash=a01694daf99553fb790f856e771edc8fe9207a4113a0c8cfa68c6830a1c2dc55

Biography
Frank D’hondt is a licensed urban and regional planner graduated at the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1985. Since then he has worked at all planning silks and for a large variety of governmental and non-governmental clients and stakeholders. Since 2005 he mostly works with UN-Habitat and undertook planning projects in Kosovo, Palestine, Nepal, Afghanistan and Kenya. He is currently drafting the Handbook to support the application and localisation of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning, UN-Habitat’s most downloaded document and acknowledged in the New Urban Agenda as a tool for implementing the Agenda.

English Proficiency
Fluent

Previous experience of recording video lectures
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Frequency of lectures
Now and then

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
Yes
16-20 Octoiber

 

PROPOSED LECTURE

Main themes
Planning and Design
Mobility
Governance
Capacity Development

Title
The Master planner is dead – long live the Matching planner!

Focus
The New Urban Agenda needs new urban planners as matchmakers between different interests and interest groups, to deliver the sustainable development goals.

Issues which the lecture addresses
Planning systems and approaches are rooted in 20th century Europe, while the authority of the architect-master planners even goes back to the Renaissance period. These systems and attitudes are not longer fit to address the urban challenges of today and tomorrow. The architect master planner has to make place for a multi-disciplinary team of planners that are able to listen and mediate before speaking out and drawing plans.

Short analysis of the above issues
The Old Urban Planner will need to ‘un-learned’ and re-trained to become the New Urban Planner. Planning Schools will play a crucial role but also planning professional organisations will need to re-programme their activities and outreach.

Propositions for addressing the issue
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Additional Reading Materials
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Draft presentation

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