UrbanPlan’s mission is to create a sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions through the education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals so—together—we can create better communities.

What Is UrbanPlan?

UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging exercise in which participants—high school students, university students, or public officials—learn about the fundamental forces that affect real estate development in our communities. Participants experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges. To learn more about all three formats, please click here.

For 2018, ULI Asia Pacific launched 3 pilots within the region at the cities below:


UrbanPlan Hong Kong
UrbanPlan in Hong Kong launched its pilot 12-14 March 2018 spread over four days in the format targeting towards high school students. The four day pilot included training of volunteers and workshops with two groups of grade 10 students (55 students in total) at Independent Schools Foundation (ISF) Academy based in Cyberport, Hong Kong.

The programme delivers targeted, one-day workshops for 16-18 year -olds. The workshop scenario:

  • Students were grouped into teams to form development companies and respond to a request for proposal (RFP) to redevelop a blighted site in a fictional city.
  • Each team member assumed one of the five roles: financial analyst, marketing director, city liaison, neighbourhood liaison, and site planner. Through these roles, students develop an understanding of the various market and non market forces and stakeholders in the development process.
  • The teams had to reconcile the often compelling yet competing agendas to create a well-designed, market responsive, and sustainable project. Teams address challenging financial market, social, political, and design rules. Each student team also developed a 3D model of their plan and present their proposal to a mock City Council comprised of volunteers of senior industry experts.

UrbanPlan Hong Kong’s pilot models after UrbanPlan United Kingdom format, to learn more.

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MANILA, Philippines

UrbanPlan in Manila launched on 26 February 2018 over five days in the format targeting towards university students where professors and faculty attend training and workshops to facilitate the course for their students. The project aims to develop land use professionals – developers, planners, architects, investors, and policy makers – who are more sophisticated and effective when they enter the workforce. The curriculum spans 15 class hours. De La Salle University is the university that hosted UrbanPlan’s pilot in Manila.

Similar to the UrbanPlan for high school, the format at the university level also have teams of students with each team member assuming one of each of the five roles- financial analyst, marketing director, city liaison, neighbourhood liaison, and site planner- to respond to an RFP to redevelop a 5.5 block blighted site in a fictional city. At the end of the curriculum, students present to a City Council made up of ULI member volunteers who are experts in the industry.

UrbanPlan Manila’s pilot models after the UrbanPlan University format, to learn more.

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On 6 March 2018, ULI Asia Pacific teamed up with the Centre for Liveable Cities to pilot the UrbanPlan for Public Officials programme. Over 25 public sector players attended the workshop including representatives from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Housing & Development Board, National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. They spent half a day role-playing as competing development teams responding to a hypothetical RFP for the redevelopment of a site in a fictitious town. Many participants found the exercise to be both challenging and enjoyable and agreed unanimously that their perspectives had broadened.

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If you are interested to know more about UrbanPlan in Asia Pacific or would like to support this initiative, please contact us at asiapacific@uli.org