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RTPI helps celebrate World Town Planning Day

08 November 2012

The RTPI's Map for England initiative was shared world-wide at the World Town Planning Day online conference on 7th November.

This year's conference theme was Smart Communities Connect. 

Peter Shand, the RTPI Map for England Project Officer, and 25 other speakers from all over the globe, came together to present ways of applying information technology and social media to planning. The key messages coming out of the conference were Share and Consult: if we want to create the best possible communities, we need to share information, and if want the best decisions based on good information, we need to consult widely, using every possible channel of communication: Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook and geo-tagging - though there is still a role for print media.

The RTPI is looking to develop the Map for England and is seeking views. Please check out the Website for more details about how to take part in the debate.

The WTPD online conference has been organised every November for the past four years by the international departments of national planning institutes in Australia, Canada, South Africa, USA and the UK, working with the International Federation for Housing and Planning and the FederaciĆ³n Ibero-Americana de Urbanistas: FIU, which unites planners in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Europe and Latin America.