Planning for rapid urbanisation: the state of the architectural profession in the Commonwealth

1 Apr 2018
Commonwealth Association of Architects

The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) ‘Survey of the Profession’ is the first such survey to have been undertaken in over thirty years1 and represents an attempt to assess the capacity of the profession to help deliver the targets contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while responding to the United Nations predicted increase in the worlds urban population of 2.5bn by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.

Well-planned cities contribute to economic, social and environmental well-being while poorly design places are more likely to result in social exclusion, poverty and environmental degradation, as recognised by a growing number of international agreements.

The findings of the survey reveal critical issues in some of the countries of the Commonwealth which are rapidly urbanising and are among the most vulnerable; issues which will be of concern to policymakers and professionals alike.