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Young Urbanists: Zoning, Learning from Abroad – South Africa

February 4 @ 18:30 20:00 GMT

Zoning: Learning from Abroad

South Africa 

Zonal planning systems have become a recurring theme in discussions about radical planning reform in England. But not all zoning systems are the same. This series takes a deep dive into different zoning systems across the world. The format for each event will be the same – one guest talking about the country they work in and its zonal planning system. It will be followed with a focused discussion around those key questions (and other questions the audience may have). These discussions will be written up to blog posts – setting how elements of the zoning system from that county could be translated into the English system. 


Janine Loubser is an urban planner from Cape Town currently completing a Masters in Spatial Heritage at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. She has been serving on the board of the Cape Town Young Urbanists Steering Committee since 2018. Intrigued by diverse contexts, her interest lies in cultural identity and people’s everyday experiences of urban life. Her experience is primarily in strategic spatial development frameworks, precinct planning and heritage resource management.

Tristan Sandwith, after studying Town and Regional Planning, Tristan first worked in provincial land use administration before joining a private planning firm (Headland Planners) in Cape Town. He has spent the better part of the past decade working in the development industry in South Africa, Mauritius and Nigeria, often simultaneously working on privately funded residential and commercial developments, state funded housing projects, as well as property research and due diligence utilising various tools to generate the necessary confidence for developers to undertake a project.

The session will be chaired by Vicky Payne, Senior Consultant – Planning and Urban Design, URBED. Vicky is a planner and urban designer working at URBED in Manchester. She is interested in how core principles of urbanism can be supported through strategic spatial planning and design coding. She is motivated by the potential to bake in sustainability at a macro scale through well-considered plans, and the opportunities this affords at site level. She has worked on a wide range of projects including the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a National Model Design Code for the UK. Vicky believes that everyone should be able to participate in planning and wants to explore how the industry and technology can make this easier. She is a proud member of the RTPI and a passionate advocate for high quality planning in the UK.


Where: Zoom – the link will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the event to those registered.

If you have any queries before then, please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk. 

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