The 50th year of the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies MSc (RUPS) was celebrated recently at the LSE, which over its history has educated over 600 students, from all around the world. Many of these have gone on to make significant contributions in the fields of planning, architecture and academia. It was therefore an exciting occasion for the alumni to come together with current students and staff, and celebrate the programme as well as the long-lasting friendships it has inspired.
The day began with presentations from current LSE staff on a variety of cutting edge planning and housing issues facing London in 2016 and finished with a wonderful reminiscence of the programme’s foundations by the former director Professor Michael Hebbert who also concluded the discussion with his review of the development of planning education at the School.
- Developing London’s Green Belt – Alan Mace and Fanny Blanc
- Planning Deregulation in London: The case of AirBnB — Nancy Holman and Alessandra Mossa
- Alternative Housing – Melissa Fernández-Arrigoitia
- Accelerating Housing in London – Christine Whitehead and Kath Scanlon
The evening reception gave all the participants time to come together and rekindle old friendships, while also making new connections between the programme’s former and current students.