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World Town Planning Day schools competition

World Town Planning Day #PlanTheWorldWeNeed

Last year's competition closed in December - winners will be announced shortly!

Our annual competition allows young people to look at the environmental urban planning issues in their local area and to introduce them to the role of town planners as a potential career. It celebrates the power of change and how town planners are integral to developing new sustainable ideas for the places we live and work, and the competition task can be linked to many subjects:

A competition pack provided background information for teachers on the task for pupils.

Town World Town Planning Day was founded in 1949 to advance public and professional interest in planning, both locally and abroad.  Also known as World Urbanism Day, is a day to give special recognition to the ideals of community planning and sustainability. It is a day when planners from across the world celebrate achievements, and show citizens and decision makers how good planning is a key part of the solution.

Previous Winners

Each year, the competition is linked to World Town Planning Day (World Urbanism Day) and asks students to take a closer look their local and wider environment and the many decisions that impact it.  Last year the winners used our #PlanTheWorldWeNeed topic to focus on sustainable development.

In the video below, one previous winner re-imagined the city of Birmingham. They re-purposed existing infrastructure, created an environmentally friendly space which brought people of different cultures together.

Challenge for Change

We asked young people to work with town planning superhero Agent Plan-It on our 'challenge for change'.  Students wrote and drew lots of proposals on how to create better towns and communities, thinking differently about the environment, and how best to use our streets and parks, as well as the ways we learn, work and communicate.  We received hundreds of entries and with the assistance from RTPI Ambassadors and the RTPI President, the top twelve were chosen.

See Agent Plan-It announcing the winners and their clever ideas: