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World Town Planning Day

Celebrate planners & planning on 8 November!

Every year on 8 November planners from around the world celebrate World Town Planning Day!

We showcase the achievements and skills of town planners in helping to create more sustainable communities. Celebrations include the biggest online planning conference, community festivals, school children's competitions and fund raising events. 

The RTPI is actively involved and every year we choose an international charity to donate to. Each year's events are announced on this page and on Twitter (@internatRTPI) and LinkedIn (RTPI international).

The World Online Planning Conference Committee invites planners and those interested in planning to present or particpate with a worldwide audience. See for further details. 


How Can You Get Involved?

Be creative! You can be as active as you want but help us to showcase what good planning is and why planners are needed with the help of local residents to create better areas for not only us but future generations to live, work and socialise in.

So, let your imagation run wild...

Organise an event in your local neighbourhood, organise an after work event at your office, invite students and planners to take part in a conference at a university, organise an activity with school children or take part in the the world's biggest Online Planning Conference or be a social media campaigner and promote the hashtag #WTPD2018 on Twitter!

Let us know on what you have planned and we'll help promote your activities too!

The world needs planners! The New Urban Agenda calls for good planning! So join us in celebrating good town planning on 8 November!

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 every year on the 8th  November. It is now celebrated by over 40 countries all over the world including the UK!

The World Town Planning Day Online Conference

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 online meetings have covered Resilience in a Changing Climate (2009), Healthy People, Healthy Places, Health Planet (2010), Going Public (2011) and Smart Communities Connect (2012), Planning and Water (2013), Equality in the city (2014), Housing Regeneration: Strengthening Communities (2015) and Planning around the World (2016).  All information can be found at

RTPI's activities on 8 November 2016 - World Town Planning Day

Last year the RTPI celebrated World Town Planning Day with a number of events and a staff charity lunch.  Donations went to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Our events were actively promoted throughout the day on our twitter accounts @RTPIPlanners and @internatRTPI and at one stage World Town Planning day was trending at number 10 on Twitter!

The annual online global conference was 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.

RTPI Events:

Events were held in Chelmsford, London, Belfast and Edinburgh and the Scottish Quality Awards for Planning also  took 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) also  hosted events for students, school children and planners. 

Festivities continued afterwards with RTPI London and RTPI South East Scotland and Scottish Young Planners Network hosting evening sessions.

Finally, planning academics at Ulster University (RTPI accredited) - UPLAN- organised an interactive afternoon of activities with local school pupils, undergraduate students on Ulster's Planning, Regeneration and Development Course, and doctoral research students in the Built Environment Research Institute. Participants heard from Phil Williams (RTPI's President in 2016) 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 were also on hand to give their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Finally, participants worked in groups and discussed future proofing development in Belfast, Northern Ireland and created a manifestor addressing the theme of 'Local Resilience in the face of global challenges' which was presented to Belfast City Council after the event.

see linsk to some of these events:

Anglia Ruskin University

Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge - seminar

A Conversation About Cities: Global and Local

Gypsies and Travellers: The Forgotten Housing Need 

Professer Michael Batty (University Collge London) and RTPI Gold Medalist

Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2016

Colliers (London)

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

Merchant Street (Edinburgh)

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