Town and regional planning is a profession that promotes and manages change through the planning, design, implementation and management of public interventions in the development and use of land. These interventions can vary from site to supranational level, and aim to widen choice, promote equity, ensure sustainable human settlements and improve the quality of people's lives. The guiding motive of the profession is the generation of viable alternatives to existing settlement types.
At the current juncture in South Africa's history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments. The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.
At the Department, we pursue equitable and sustainable development of people through:
On this website you will find information about our academic offering, the Department and its staff, our research focus areas, photographs of student activities, and answers to frequently asked questions about what urban planning is, what planners do and where they work.
Please contact us should you require any additional information.
Prof Karina Landman (Head of Department)
Tel +27 (0)12 420 3531
Email: [email protected]
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