Placemaking puts people at the heart of the planning process and empowers communities to shape the future of the places they live in. Engagement and participation are key to this integrated approach that seeks to create better places for living: walkable streets; welcoming public spaces; lively neighbourhoods and, crucially, planned with people in mind.
The current economic crisis, over reliance on fossil fuels, and climate change have created opportunities – indeed, imperatives – to build resilient places and communities that can readily adapt to the many challenges and impending changes. The way in which we, as urban and spatial planners, respond to these opportunities through spatial analysis and urban design frameworks will be pivotal in achieving long term development planning goals.
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Call for Papers & CUF 2014 Host Website:
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May 14 – 16, 2014
Accra Beach Hotel – Christ Church, Barbados
Events and Tours:
Participants of CUF 2014 had the opportunity to go on one of two tours of their choice and experience a different side of the island during their visit. The options included the Historic Bridgetown and Garrison tour or the Barbados Blue Watersports catamaran tour. Tours took place on May 17, 2014
CUF 2014 was designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean Urban Sector as well as to support the collaborative efforts of Planners in the Caribbean and the wider Americas.
- Building Green Economies: Caribbean Case Studies
- Conserving Our Heritage: A Gift from the Past to the Future
- Moving Towards Energy Efficiency: Alternatives and Opportunities
- Building Strong and Resilient Communities
- Involving Communities: Emerging Tools in Participatory Planning
- Professional Planning Practice, Education & Training in the Caribbean
- Local Economic Development for the Caribbean
CUF 2014 was co-hosted by the Barbados Ministry of Defence and Security, Prime Minister’s Office (BTCDP), the Barbados Town and Country Planning Society (BTCPS), and
blueSpace – The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management
(CNULM), along with CARILED as a new partner under the auspices of CARICOM.