Youtube is a media giant. The platform hosts a LOT of videos about any subject, from cats to volcanic eruptions.

As learning is a lifetime process, Youtube is a gold mine for knowledge professionals like environmental planners.

I enumerate ten videos that you should watch to gain a global perspective of local issues in urban planning and development.

When I was an assistant professor, I used some of these Youtube videos as reflection exercises. I encourage you to do the same and find similarities in your local setting!

7 principles for building better cities

What it is about

Building better cities (what Charles Montgomery calls happy cities) must combat one key villain: sprawl.

Why you should watch it

Building cities to accommodate growing populations must be geared towards climate-change adaptation and mitigation.

As environmental planners, our responsibility is not only for the present generation but also for the future generations.

The Future of Cities

What it is about

Features sustainable cities globally in an exciting and inspirational manner.

Why you should watch it

Urban planning starts with vision. The examples cover cities in both the developed and the developing countries.

Although planning should always be contextualized to the real situation, the examples will help environmental planners learn what cannot work.

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Lagos: Africa’s Fastest Growing Megacity

What it is about

Highlights the struggle to balance global development and local citizen issues.

Why you should watch it

Lagos is a model for megacities in the developing world. The sustainability of cities involves social acceptability and inclusivity of every sector.

Filipino environmental planners will surely relate to the difficulty of managing dense populations in limited space.

Japan’s Independent Kids

What it is about

Encapsulates the relationships between cultural geography and urban planning. Japan’s case demonstrates how culture influences infrastructure and vice versa.

Why you should watch it

Children are the future of generations.

Urban planning is especially required to promote the safe movement of children.

The video demonstrates the great influence of culture to urban choices, highlighting how accessibility of safe transportation and infrastructure has been molded by the Japanese culture of work.

Why a Shrinking French City Is Making Transit Free

What it is about

Insights from the mayor of Dunkirk, France about the importance of public transit and making it free.  The mayor describes free public transit as both environmentally and socially beneficial.

Why you should watch it

At present, public transit is more a privilege than a right. More efficient and comfortable transit tend to be more accessible to higher-income people.

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Environmental planners and other sectoral planners should strive to rid the roads with discriminatory modes of transportation, towards what Dr. Cresencio Montalbo calls “dignity of travel.

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The best stats you’ve ever seen

What it is about

A 2000s presentation by the famous Hans Rosling about preconceived ideas towards global population data and information

Why you should watch it

More than technical expertise, environmental planners should be able convey their message to stakeholders with established principles. The environmental planner is not expected to change peoples’ views but for peoples to consider their message for sustainable urban planning.

Read: Here are sustainable cities in the Philippines!

How megacities are changing the map of the world

What it is about

A global perspective about megacities being more influential in the global framework than countries.

Why you should watch it

Megacities are expected to increase in both number and size. As megacities grow, their roles as functional centers also increase in importance.

The talk by Parag Khanna provides an array of research ideas about global cities.

Read: An Overview of Secondary Cities!

What is the tragedy of the commons?

What it is about

A comprehensible animation about the “tragedy of the commons,” a fundamental principle in environmental science, particularly resource management.

Why you should watch it

Albeit being heavily debated and revised through time, the tragedy illustrates the worst-case scenarios of improper resource management. The tragedy is not confined in natural resources management – even street parking, public space and waste management exhibit the principle.

Interested in solid waste management planning?

The next generation of African architects and engineers

What it is about

Presents ingenious architectural ideas from Africans including floating houses and communities

Why you should watch it

Urban planning requires creativity because urban areas have less space for high populations. The ideas of African architects and engineers prove that contextual interventions are the most effective.

Reel Time: Isinulat sa Tubig

What it is about

Demonstrates the importance of inclusive infrastructure projects, especially in remote parts of the Philippines

Why you should watch it

Environmental planning is a technical and political exercise.

The realization of infrastructure projects clings on both the capability of the government to complete projects and the willingness of the government officials to prioritize these projects.

Watch the whole playlist!

Suggest videos for increasing environmental planning knowledge!

Do you have other videos about urban planning? Link these videos in the comments!


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