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World Town Planning Day 2016

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!

Other exciting news is that the annual online global conference will be broadcast  live on twitter this year @WTPDonlineConf! To register please website.

Planning has been recognised as being critical in delivering current and future sustainable communities as identified in the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed by nations at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in October. 

So use #WTPD2016, follow us on twitter @internatRTPI and  AWTPDonlineConf or attend an event and help us promote to planning and planners!



Events are being held in Chelmsford, London, Belfast and Edinburgh and the Scottish Quality Awards for Planning are also taking place in Edinburgh on World Town Planning Day!

Our annual Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture and 3 RTPI accredited universities (Anglia Ruskin, University College London and Ulster University) will also be holding events on 8 Novmber. 

The festivities will continue on 9 and 10 November with RTPI London and RTPI South East Scotland and Scottish Young Planners Network hosting evening sessions on the 9 and 10 November. You are welcome to attend the following :




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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, Chelmsford

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

Thurs 10 Nov

17.45 - 20.00

Equal by Design

Merchant Street, Edinburgh


 Finally, planning academics at Ulster University (RTPI accredited) - UPLAN- have orgnised an interactive afternoon of activities to celebrate World Town Planning Day on 8 November. In attendance will be local school pupils, undergraduate students on Ulster's PLanning, Regeneration and Development Course, and doctoral research stduents in the Built Environment Research Institute. Participants will hear from Phil Williams (RTPI President) and Professor Greg Llloyd (Emeritus Professor at Ulster University) on the role of planners in creating local responses to the global challenge of climate change.  Local practioners will also be on hand to give their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. In break-out groups participants will discuss future proofing development in Belfast, Northern Ireland and will create a manifestor addressing the theme of 'Local Resilience in the face of global challenges' which will be presented to Belfast City Council after the event.

You can follow the UPLAN team @PPD_UltserUni.

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 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.  All information can be found at www.planningtheworld.