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Department of Architecture


Planning consultation typically takes the form of a tick box exercise, one that typically elicits responses from around 2% of the population. This talk describes a series of pragmatic research projects that have sought to improve inclusion in spatial planning, culminating in a discussion of the Cambridge Room, an ‘urban room’ for Cambridge – its aim being to foster inclusive debate between communities, local authorities, universities, industry and practice. The particular focus of the room is on the inclusion of children and young people in decision making about their areas, and on the making of maps as the basis of an evidence-based planning system.

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