As we need counselors when we are really distressed or event planners to conduct a successful event, so we need an Urban Planner to basically plan or architect our cities. With our cities and towns expanding at an unimaginable speed, it is time to explore a career in urban and rural planning.

As more and more people are migrating and shifting towards urban areas, in fact to urban lifestyle, there is a huge demand for sustainable urban development and urban planning. Also there seems a lot of pressure on the spatial planning system – with numerous interest groups trying to get their particular concerns addressed. That means urban planners increasingly have to act as arbitrators between competing interests.

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. They have to use the limited piece of terrain to accommodate the growing population but with keeping in mind the proper layout and environment.

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This is really coming out as a great alternative career in place of a fixed 9 to 5 job in the same workplace. But to make yourself feel truly satisfied and sure about taking up this career, you should know you possess skills such as Analytical skills to collect and analyse information from a variety of sources, such as market research studies, censuses, and economic and environmental impact studies, Communication skills to communicate clearly and effectively because their job profile involves presentations and meetings with a wide variety of audiences, including public officials and community members, Decision-making skills to weigh all possible planning options and conduct feasibility analysis to choose a realistic and appropriate plan of action and finally Management skills to manage projects, which may include overseeing tasks, planning assignments, organising resources and controlling results.

 

Some eminent persons who have earned name in this field:

  1. Le Corbusier

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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier ( October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was a Swiss-french architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern Architect. He was born in Switzerland and became a French Citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades; he constructed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America.

On July 17, 2016, seventeen projects by Le Corbusier in seven countries were inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as “an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement”.

2. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

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Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (born December 20, 1950 in Pennsylvania) is an American architect and urban planner of Polish-Livonian aristocratic roots based in Miami,Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton and her master’s degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.

She is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture.

3. Jockin Arputham

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He has worked for more than 40 years in slums and shanty towns, building representative organizations into powerful partners with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living. Arputham is the president of the National Slum Dwellers Federation which he founded in the 70s and of Slum Dwellers International[1]which networks slum and shack dweller organizations and federations from over twenty countries across the world. The National Slum Dwellers Federation works closely with Mahila Milan, a collective of savings groups formed by homeless women and women living in slums across India, and with SPARC, a Mumbai-based NGO, and together they have been instrumental is supporting tens of thousands of the urban poor access housing and sanitation.

Colleges that offer courses in Urban Planning:

  1. IIT, Kharagpur ( Master of City Planning,  Master of Regional Planning)
  2. IIT, Roorkee  ( Master in Urban and Rural Planning )
  3. Delhi School of Planning and Architecture
  4. School of Planning, Chennai
  5. CEPT University, Ahmedabad

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So we hope you find the best in you to choose the best career for yourself.