Seven teams of students joined RTPI London at Arup’s Fitzrovia HQ on 19 November to compete in the inter-university planning quiz.
Many people study planning in London. But how engaged are they with the RTPI? More to the point, how much do they really know about planning and its connection to the world of general knowledge? RTPI London decided to launch a regional planning quiz this autumn. The intention is to repeat it annually.
There was a healthy turnout, with approximately 30 students in seven teams, representing UCL, LSE, University of Westminster and LSBU. We also had a delegation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne! (placement years).
Arup hosted and sponsored the event, providing refreshments and food, including some superlatively good scotch eggs. Arup Planning Group Leader Chris Tunnell welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about Arup’s highly-regarded planning graduate scheme. Maybe some of the attendees will be applying this weekend?
With plenty of refreshments and pen in hand, the night began with a picture quiz. Photographs of ten buildings; each one either a winner of the Stirling Prize or the Carbuncle Cup. Is beauty objective? Do prizewinners look good after they’ve been completed? LSBU stormed this round. Clearly it engenders a positive sense of aesthetics.
Subsequent rounds included planning (obviously), famous quotes (on planning), architecture, transport and general knowledge. Who knew that the fictional countries of Syldavia and Borduria featured in The Adventures of Tinitin? The UCL team with the Belgian member certainly did.
The quiz was won by the smallest team; the ‘Baker Street Duo’ from the University of Westminster, who won £50 worth of book vouchers and tickets to the 2016 London Planning Awards. LSBU were second. Third prize went to ‘The Magpies’ from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
All in all, the night was a great success. It challenged and engaged students to reflect on planning and general related topic areas and provided many students with the chance to find out more about RTPI London. For 2016, we are looking to engage a student representative. Any students interested in doing this, you would be most welcome. Please e-mail Lucy Barton or Andrew Dorrian.