Back for its second year, the now annual ‘Inter-University Planning Quiz’ was attended this year by 9 teams representing Newcastle (1), Cardiff (1), London South Bank (2) and UCL (5). After the customary introductions it was ears at the ready for a quiz kindly put together by John Cooney, who also adopted the role of quizmaster for the evening.
The first three rounds put to the test the students’ knowledge of London, planning and world cities. As with all good planning quizzes, there was mention of Ebenezer Howard, the green belt and planning ministers that had such short stints in office they were hard to recollect.
After three engaging rounds thoughts turned to the half-time refreshments and a chance to network and meet students from the different universities. A curry dinner was provided for all in attendance, whilst the RTPI London team tallied up the scores at the halfway point. A special mention at this point goes to the team member from Newcastle who flew in for the event. I’m told he also had other plans whilst in London but we will still give him a shout out for his commitment!
Following the interval it was back to business and the final two rounds. These comprised of a music round and a general knowledge round to close proceedings. Whilst negotiating quizmaster Cooney’s questions, the students were also tasked with a challenge to deliver the best drawn map of London. Creativity and accuracy were the judging criteria for this one and the stand out winner belonged to the ‘Bartlett Babes’ (UCL).
Following a nervous wait for the results, the much sought after title of quiz champions went to ‘University Challenged’ (UCL) with a rather impressive score of 48 out of 58. The team led at the half way point and kept their nerve to secure top honours.
RTPI London would like to thank all the students for making the effort to attend the event and contributing to a fun evening for all. A big thank you also goes to Arup for kindly hosting the event and to Open Cities for sponsoring the top prize. Please do join us for a future event and keep up to date with all that we are up to on the website, Twitter and our newly launched Instagram page.
Winning Team – Congratulations to ‘University Challenged’ (UCL)
2nd Place – Planners (UCL)
3rd Place – Planners and other Natural Hazzards (UCL)
Best Team Name – Eucalyptus (UCL)
Best drawn map of London – Bartlett Babes (UCL)