Lecture 2

lecture title

Planning for Rapid Urbanisation

delivered by

Ben Bolgar, Senior Director at The Prince’s Foundation


The CAA’s Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth identified a critical lack of professional capacity in many of the Commonwealth countries which are urbanising most rapidly and are among the most vulnerable. Much of this growth is being experienced in secondary cities in which there may be no professional built environment expertise at all. 

In this lecture, Ben Bolgar from The Prince’s Foundation describes a simple four step process, which can be used by communities anywhere to help produce a ‘bare bones plan’ that can be adopted as a guiding framework for future development. The process outlined by Ben has since been formalised into the Rapid Planning Toolkit, a copy of which can be found here.

This lecture was first broadcast on 09 July 2020 and was watched by over 255 participants from over 46 countries. The live recording of this lecture is available to watch here, with the pre-recorded version at the top of this webpage. The event was chaired by Kalim Siddiqui, President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects. In the live event, Ben was joined by Haja Halimah Lukay, Development Planning Officer from Bo City Council in Sierra Leone where the Rapid Planning Toolkit is being piloted. Upon conclusion of the lecture, Kalim, Ben and Haja were joined in conversation by Billy Cobbett, Director at Cities Alliance.

key concepts

Rapid Urbanisation, Urban sprawl, Growth Areas, Walkable Neighbourhoods, Bare Bones Planning

relevant SDGs

SDG9, SDG11, SDG12, SDG13, SDG15 

links to further information

The Prince’s Foundation
Rapid Planning Toolkit
Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth
Sustainable Development Goals
One World Link
UN Habitat, Participatory Incremental Urban Planning Toolbox

additional resources

Live lecture, first broadcast 09 July 2020, available here.
A copy of the Rapid Planning Toolkit can be found here.
A copy of the presentation can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
A copy of the speaker notes can be found here.