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complementary resources related to the Rapid Planning Toolkit

Online Learning Platform Now Live!

The Prince’s Foundation and partners have collaborated with University College of Estate Management (UCEM) to create an Online Learning Platform which will enable cities to learn about the Toolkit and implement it whilst building capacity at the local level. The Introductory Course is now live and can be found here. It is free and worth 8 hours of CPD endorsed by a number of organisations. Anyone with an interest in sustainable urbanisation can undertake the course, so register here now!  

Overview document

This document provides an overview of the Rapid Planning Toolkit, summarising the 4-Step process to creating an urban plan. It is designed to give an initial understanding of the steps involved and synthesises much of what is available on this website. The Overview Document is in a format that is easy to print and share widely. To view and download this document, click here.

CW Sustainable Cities Online Programme

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), with support from The Prince’s Foundation, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda (MININFRA), the Ministry of Local Government of Rwanda (MINALOC), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC) and the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE), worked with partners to curate an online programme on Sustainable Urbanisation in the Commonwealth. The programme ran from 24 June 2020 until 02 September 2020 and included eleven engaging sessions. The recordings of the sessions and associated material can be found here. A summary of the online programme can be found here.


In order to help promote knowledge exchange, mutual understanding and greater awareness on issues related to climate change and rapid urbanisation together with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Commonwealth Association of Architects has developed a lecture series for professionals, comprising a pilot programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). While targeted at qualified built environment professionals, the series may also be of interest to policymakers, city leaders and students alike. For further details of the programme, click here.

UN Habitat Resources

Urban Planning for City Leaders
Urban Planning for City Leaders is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers at a critical moment in human history. You can read and download this document here.

Sustainable Neighbourhood 5 Planning Principles
UN-Habitat’s ‘Sustainable Neighbourhood 5 Planning Principles’ approach is based on 5 principles that support the 3 key features of sustainable neighbourhoods and cities: compact, integrated, connected. These principles are:
1. Adequate space for streets and an efficient street network
2. High density -at least 15,000 people per km²
3. Mixed land-use
4. Social mix
5. Limited land-use specialization
You can read and download this document here.

City Wide Public Space Strategies: A Guidebook for City Leaders
This guidebook aims to achieve a holistic approach to the process of creating a city-wide public space strategy, consolidating and building on existing knowledge to provide a strong foundation for local governments to successfully achieve public space goals. You can read and download this document here.

Participatory Incremental Urban Planning Toolbox
The Participatory Incremental Urban Planning (PIUP) Toolbox is a step-by-step methodology to assess, design, operationalize and implement urban planning processes. By following the proposed timeline of phases, blocks and activities, the toolbox helps the different urban stakeholders to better understand urban planning processes and to assess at which stage they need to participate to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests considered as part of the city’s vision, policies, strategies, plans and projects. You can read or download this document here.

International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning
The International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning serve both as a source of inspiration and a compass for decision makers and urban professionals when reviewing urban and territorial planning systems. The Guidelines provide national governments, local authorities, civil society organizations and planning professionals with a global reference framework that promotes more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change. You can read or download the document here.

If you have a resource that would complement the Rapid Planning Toolkit and would like us to publicise it on our website, get in touch via the Contact us page.