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Events and new vital guide to planning help RTPI to celebrate World Town Planning Day

04 November 2015

InternationalcoverThe RTPI will be celebrating this year's World Town Planning Day (WTPD) with sister institutes and planners across the globe with a big programme of activity and the publication of a vital new guide, Delivering Better Development: The role of the urban and rural planner.

Aimed at non-planners including politicians, community leaders, architects, engineers, environmentalists and those interested in studying planning, the guide, written in conjunction with the Global Planners Network (GPN) , sets out a very powerful case for the part planning and planners can play in helping to tackle some of key challenges we face globally. 

RTPI International Policy and Research Officer, Marion Frederiksen, said:

"I am delighted that World Town Planning Day will be an even bigger celebration this year. We have put together some fantastic events for members to get involved in. Our new report will be used to promote the role of planning globally and how planners help to achieve sustainable development. We will also be using it to lobby governments in advance of UN-Habitat’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador next year."

Peter GPeter Geraghty, Chair of the RTPI's International committee, pictured, said: "‘World Town Planning Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the positive difference that urban and rural planning makes to the lives of people. It throws the spotlight on the good work that members of the Royal Town Planning Institute and fellow planners undertake throughout the world in creating a more sustainable future in the public interest. Planners should be justly proud of the profession and as Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s International Committee I am delighted we are launching, in conjunction with the Global Planners Network, a  guide to Delivering Better Development on World Town Planning Day.”

Listen to a short podcast with Marion talk about 'Delivering Better Development: The role of the urban and rural planner'.

RTPI Events


  • University of Dundee - 12pm to 6pm. Marion will launch the 2015 WTPD international online conference at the planning department of the University of Dundee (an accredited RTPI university) Students, staff and planners who have booked a place will be able to listen to the opening address and keynote speakers through the day.The University will also be promoting their Geddes Exhibition at the conference. 
  • RTPI East of England are holding an event at the Green Duck conference centre, Bury St Edmunds from 11.00am to 6.00pm. Prominent guest speakers include Steven Wood (West Suffolk Council) who will be presenting, Peter Geraghty and  Richard Summers (Past Presidents) and Paul Maison (Past Chair of the RTPI East of England region) - Book a place.
  • RTPI Cymru and Cardiff School of Planning and Geography (an RTPI accredited university) will be hosting an event from 4.15pm to 6.00pm at the Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff.  For further information and to attend - Book a place  
  • RTPI London have an event at Battersea Power Station, organised in conjunction with Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) London branch, and New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) There will be a panel of speakers from RTPI, the House Building Federation, Shelter and Battersea Power Station Corporation. Book a place 


  • RTPI East of England are hosting an event at the Green Duck conference centre, Bury St Edmunds, from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. Prominent speakers include RTPI Richard Summers (Past President) and Peter Geraghty (Past President and Chair of the International Committee). The RTPI's Victoria Pinoncély presenting her paper on Healthy Cities at 2.30pm. Book a place 

Eating the world

FoodimageRTPI staff in London will be celebrating with an international lunch, with all those taking part bringing in dishes from across the globe. All proceeds will go to charity.

 Read our blog on Celebrating World Cities Day and the role of planners