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Planning and Environmental Management: Subject websites

Gateways and directories

  • Cyburbia: Urban Planning Portal This is the Internet's oldest portal site for urban planners and others interested in cities and the built environment, contains a selective directory of Internet resources relevant to planning and urbanism.
  • Planning Portal This portal is the first point of call for anyone who wants to find out about the planning system in England and Wales.
  • Sapling Sapling is the Architecture, Planning & Landscape INformation Gateway - featuring more than 1,100 reviewed links to architecture, planning and landscape-related websites.

Professional bodies and organisations

  • American Planning Association APA is an organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.
  • Association of Town Centre Management ATCM is Europe's largest membership organisation dedicated to helping town and city centres realise their natural roles both as prosperous locations for business and investment, and as focal points for vibrant, inclusive communities.
  • Chartered Institute of Housing The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people working in housing. Its purpose is to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the well being of communities. 
  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment CABE  is the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space.
  • English Partnerships This is the national regeneration agency helping the government to support high quality sustainable growth in England.
  • Environlink Northwest Aims to promote, strengthen and support environmental technologies and services companies in the Northwest of England.
  • European Landscape Convention The aims of the convention are to promote European landscape protection, management and planning, and to organise European co-operation on landscape issues.
  • Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) A not-for-profit organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment. 
  • International Association People-Environment Studies IAPS is an international association gathering all those disciplines which share a fundamental interest in environment and behaviour studies: environmental psychology, geography, architecture, urban design and planning.
  • International Federation for Housing and Planning IFHP is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning.
  • International Society of City and Regional Planners ISoCaRP is a non-governmental organisation bringing together planners in an international network. ISoCaRP has members from 70 countries. 
  • Landscape Design Trust The Trust is an independent organisation promoting quality of landscape through education and campaigning.
  • Landscape Institute The Landscape Institute promotes the highest standards in the practice of landscape architecture and management. Its main object is to regulate the way its members operate through its mandatory code of professional conduct.
  • Landscape Research Group The Landscape Research Group is concerned with all types and aspects of landscape, from wilderness to cities. Its purpose is to encourage the exchange of ideas and to promote research and practices that engage landscape and environment.
  • Living Places Living Places is an alliance of public bodies whose aim is to ensure that all communities, particularly those experiencing housing-led growth and regeneration, can benefit from cultural and sporting opportunities.
  • Planning Matters This site has been developed by the Royal Town Planning Institute to assist its members in continuing their professional development in an easy and cost efficient way. It will support and guide planners and built environment professionals through every stage of their career whilst carrying out their day to day jobs.
  • Resources for Urban Design Information RUDI is the largest web resource dedicated to urban design.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute The RTPI exists to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public and to influence the development of planning policy at regional, national, European and international level.
  • Town and Country Planning Association Online The purpose of the Association is to promote and improve the art and science of town and country planning.
  • Urban Land Institute The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
  • Urban Regeneration and the Environment URGENT is a thematic programme of research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. It aims to stimulate the regeneration of the urban environment through understanding and managing the interaction of natural and man-made processes.


Academic and research institutions

  • Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP is a network of universities and university departments that teach and conduct research within the field of urban and regional planning.
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis CASA is an initiative within University College London to develop emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with geography, space, location and the built environment.
  • Centre for Education in the Built Environment The primary purpose of CEBE is to provide discipline based support for learning and teaching in the built environment subject communities of architecture, landscape, urban planning, housing and transport. 
  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research CRESR specialises in research in the areas of social, urban and housing policy.
  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies CURDS is a multi-disciplinary research centre specialising in the economic and social development of cities and regions.
  • Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology CURE was established within the School of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester in 1999. Research at the Centre focusses on the organisation and activity of complex communities, both natural and human.
  • Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management CUDEM's main areas of research are spatial planning, governance, sustainability and urban and regional regeneration.
  • Centre for Urban Policy Studies CUPS was established in the University of Manchester to develop research on urban and regional policy. It now has an established reputation for policy-relevant research on the evaluation of area-based urban policy initiatives, regional development, spatial planning and housing.
  • European Academy of the Urban Environment EAUE encourages the exchange of experience amongst decision makers in all spheres of sustainable urban development. It maintains the SURBAN database which provides access to detailed information on cases of good practice in European urban development.
  • Global Urban Research Centre GURC was established in 2007 in the University of Manchester and is a multidisciplinary centre researching global urbanization, poverty, inequality and exclusion. 
  • Manchester Architectural Research Centre MARC was established in the University of Manchester in 2006. The Centre is developing a research agenda that aims at critically understanding the co-evolution of design and development strategies and socio-economic processes shaping cities.

Virtual libraries and resources

  • About Planning (US) Provides information about websites, publications, essays and news related to land use planning, growth management, comprehensive planning, smart growth, new urbanism and much more.
  • Communities and local Government Sets policy on local government, housing, urban generation, planning and fire and rescue.
  • Information resource for environmental professionals.
  • Global Development Research Centre Virtual Library on Urban Environmental Management  The Global Development Research Center is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practices, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information
  • Journal of Planning Literature - Provides access to full text articles from 1999 to date.
  • PlaNet PlaNet is a network for planning students. It encourages cooperation between young European people by promoting the exchange of ideas, culture and practical experiences.
  • Planetizen PLANetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design and development community.
  • Planning Commissioners Journal The PCJ is written for citizen planners, including members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. The PCJ covers a wide range of planning issues, focusing on how citizen planners can work most effectively.
  • Sustainable Cities Programme SCP is a joint UN-HABITAT/UNEP facility established in the early 1990s to build capacities in urban environmental planning and management.
  • Urban White Paper Summary and full report for the Urban White Paper ('Our Towns and Cities: The Future - Delivering an Urban Renaissance') published in 2000.
  • Urbanicity for Local Government & Urban Development Urbanicity is the worlds leading electronic publisher for all aspects of urban and sustainable development. The Urbanicity website provides a single portal for educational resources, conferences, internet resources and more, including a unique library of urban articles.
  • UrbanSim UrbanSim is a software-based simulation model for integrated planning and analysis of urban development, incorporating the interactions between land use, transportation, and public policy.
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