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World Town Planning Day 2016 Schools Competition

How would you make your local place more sustainable?


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

As part of this year's World Town Planning Day, we asked you to grab a camera, get outside and show us what your local place looks like now and how you would make it more sustainable.


You used your knowledge of Geography, Design, Citizenship, Computing and the Environment to show us how you would change that place for the better.

The panel of Young Planner judges were excited and impressed by the range of ideas and visual creativity in many of the entries.

Thank you to everyone who entered for the creativity and effort you put into your entries. We are very pleased to announce that the winners are:


Jack Anderson (aged 14) from Grove Academy, Dundee

Rory Fitz-Gerald (aged 17) Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Devon

Kavin Sivarajah (aged 11) from Saint Olaves Grammar School, Kent

Vaibhav Vinod (aged 13) from Saint Olaves Grammar School, Kent

Click on the winners' names to have a look at their winning entries!


Entries were judged on whether you told 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

Judges also awarded points for:

  • 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

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

The theme for 2016 is 'Cities and Climate Change, local responses to a global challenge'.

How can I learn more about sustainability?

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

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. Schools, colleges and careers events can also request a visit from an RTPI Ambassador by contacting