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World Town Planning Day 2017 Schools Competition

How would you make your local place more inclusive resilient and sustainable?

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We were impressed with the creativity of entries across all the age ranges. This competition is a fantastic example of how we can engage with young people in town planning. We look forward to seeing a new generation of planners help to make better places in the future! 

Lucy Seymour-Bowdery, Trustee for Young Planners, Judge for 2016

You are the next generation to live on planet earth and sustainability is one the 17 sustainable development goals for the world!


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals defined by the United Nations to tackle the world's biggest problems by 2030. They have been set for the regeneration of the world's key urban areas.

Get outside and use your knowledge of Geography, Science, Design, Citizenship, Computing and the Environment to show us how you would make your local place more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

You could choose your street, a park, a shopping centre or your whole town or village. Grab your sketchbook, pens, tablet, camera or phone and create up to 5 images that show us how you make your local place more:

  • Inclusive: Planning for everyone, regardless of age, ability, gender or background.
  • Resilient: Planning for a place that strengthens our ability to respond and recover from the impacts of climate and demographic change, but also to prepare and plan for them.
  • Sustainable: Planning for a place that improves our quality of life without damaging the quality of life of future generations.

We look forward to seeing a new generation of planners help to make better places in the future!


Competition details

What should my entry look like?

Your entry should include up to five images. Each image needs a caption (maximum 100 words for each image). Please use the following Entry Template.

You could include photos, drawings, collages, cartoons, diagrams, maps, graphs or charts. It's up to you! Be as imaginative and innovative as possible. Remember to think about how to make it inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

The images and captions should tell us:

  • What your local area is like now
  • What you think your place should look like in the future
  • The problems or issues your local area might face
  • What you would do to change it for the better
  • The effect that your solution would have

What are the judges looking for?

We are looking for entries that show:

  • creative use of materials
  • innovative town planning ideas
  • clear explanations of why and how you would make those changes
  • use of relevant local information and data
  • awareness of sustainability issues

Where can I look for inspiration?

Planners may use drawings, models or computer programs to showcase their ideas. You could create a model of your local place and take images of the place before and after.

Have a look at local maps or your council's plans for your area and then create your own version for the future.

Learn more about planning and sustainability using our resources for Primary and Secondary schools.

Increase your knowledge and awareness of planning and sustainability issues using some of our resources. Our Horizon projects look at big issues like "Future Proofing Society" and "Promoting Healthy Cities".

Remember, we want your ideas to be innovative, practical and presented in a creative way.


Extra Information

What is World Town Planning Day?

World Town Planning Day is a special day that recognises and promotes the role of planning in creating liveable communities. It is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents.

How can I find out more about being a Town Planner?

As a Town Planner you could make better, more sustainable places for everyone to enjoy. Town planning is a varied career that could see you planning a major development like the Olympic Park, influencing government policy at a local or national level, or protecting buildings and coastlines. To find out more, have a look at our webpages or download our careers brochure.