UrbanPlan UK delivers targeted, one-day workshops for 16-18 year-olds, most of whom study geography and business studies A Levels. The workshops bring real estate to life in a way designed to be relevant to the syllabus and compelling for young people.
ULI has adapted the UrbanPlan US model for UK state secondary schools in partnership with EdComs, a market leading award winning British educational consultancy. It followed a detailed feasibility study and pilot run in three very diverse London schools in November 2014.
ULI and EdComs have designed the programme to be delivered free of charge, to fit readily within the curriculum and class timetables, and to minimise the impact on teachers’ workload. Easy-to-use multimedia resources have been created, including a teachers’ toolkit, templates, 3D models for pupils to work with as well as briefing films and a mobile app.
The UrbanPlan UK Workshop Scenario
The workshop focuses on the redevelopment of a site in a hypothetical town. Students are grouped into teams to form property companies responding to a call for proposals from a fictional local council. Each team member assumes a role and through these roles students develop an understanding of the various market and non-market forces and stakeholders in the development process. They must reconcile the often-competing agendas to create a well-designed, market-responsive, and sustainable project. Teams address challenging financial, market, social, political, and design issues; develop a 3D model of their plan; and present their proposal to the “city council” (made up of the industry volunteers), which awards the development contract to the winning team.
UrbanPlan UK Delivery
Each one-day workshop is led by a professional Facilitator (a qualified teacher). The Facilitator is supported during the project by the industry volunteers who challenge the students to think more critically about urban issues and the specific responsibilities of their role, as well as engage in interactive discussions with students on their own project work or specific professional challenges. The volunteers help students relate these issues and decisions to challenges set by the UrbanPlan UK workshops. Volunteers also fulfil the role of the city council representatives and hear student presentations, challenge their proposals, and award the development contract to the winning development team.