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Regular fixtures in the calendar of international planning events are listed below. To find out about other events, join the RTPI International Development Network to receive its monthly e-Bulletin which always includes a round-up of planning events and other opportunities to meet.


8 November 2016 - World Town Planning Day

This year the RTPI will be celebrating World Town Planning Day via a number of events and holding a staff charity lunch.

All will be promoted throughout the day on our twitter accounts. Please follow us on: @RTPIPlanners and @internatRTPI! Further events are being braodcast by our fellow planning institutues and can be followed on the website.

Use #WTPD2016 and help us promote planning


You can also attend the following events




To Book

12.00-14.00 Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge - seminar Anglia Ruskin University, Chlemsford
16.00-18.00 A Conversation About Cities: Global and Local Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
18.00-20.00 Gypsies and Travellers: The Forgotten Housing Need Anglia Ruskin University

Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2016

Lecture by Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor at University College London

University College London
Wed 9th Nov 18.15 - 20.30

The City Dilemma: Have we reached the limits of growth? 

Colliers, London



History of World Town Planning Day

Founded in Argentina by Professor Carlos María della Paolera in Buenos Aires in 1949, World Town Planning Day is held on or around 8 November every year. By the time of its golden jubilee in 1999, it was being marked regularly in about 30 countries all over the world including the UK. RTPI Regions now regularly hold WTPD events in early November to celebrate planning and planners.

Since 2009 RTPI and its sister planning organisations around the world have run an international online conference for World Town Planning Day. Co-organisers now include the planning institutes of Australia, South Africa, the USA and Canada with the International Federation for Housing & Planning and the Ibero-American Federation of Planners. These on-line meetings have covered Resilience in a Changing Climate (2009), Healthy People, Healthy Places, Health Planet (2010), Going Public (2011) and Smart Communities Connect (2012). In 2013, the topic was Planning and Water: you can read reports on key sessions from our members  and listen to the recordings of each session.