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RTPI helps to make World Town Planning Day a huge success.

06 November 2015

InternationalcoverRTPI was at the heart of celebrations to mark World Town Planning Day (WTPD) this week.

The Institute helped to put on a number of activities, including an international online conference, which attracted over 500 planners from across the globe.

The conference included presentations from planners in Canada, the USA, Iceland, South Africa, India and Malaysia. RTPI staff were closely involved and gave popular presentations on housing regeneration and healthy cities. A new guide, Delivering Better Development: The role of the urban and rural planner was also launched. 

Peter GOur international chair

Peter Geraghty, Chair of the RTPI's International committee, pictured, said: "There aren’t many opportunities of the scale of World Town Planning Day to highlight the valuable work that urban and rural planners do. I am therefore, delighted that the International Committee was able to make a contribution to World Town Planning Day by launching, in conjunction with the Global Planners Network, a  guide to Delivering Better Development: the Role of the Urban and Rural Planner".

"This publication and the accompanying podcast complemented the presentations and workshops that took place in locations across the UK including London, Bury St. Edmunds, Dundee and Cardiff. World Town Planning Day is a chance to draw attention to the major challenges facing the world and for planners to take pride in showcasing the work they have undertaken to address these challenges. The event is going from strength to strength and I am already looking forward to next year.”

RTPI International Policy and Research Officer, Marion Frederiksen, who was a member of the committee which helped to organise the conference, said:

Lunch"More planners than ever before took part in celebrating World Town Planning Day this year and the feedback has been fantastic. It was great to be part of a series of events which linked planners from around the world to discuss solutions to some really big issues on housing that will be discussed at Habitat III."

On the day

Other events that helped to celebrate the day included:

  • A special exhibition at the University of Dundee featuring Patrick Geddes, the father of modern town planning
  • Planners representing RTPI  East of England, RTPI Cymru and RTPI Scotland joining the international conference
  • RTPI young planners in London and Edinburgh holding networking events with overseas planners
  • RTPI staff holding a lunch with international dishes to raise money for charity (pictured above)

There aren’t many opportunities of the scale of World Town Planning Day to highlight the valuable work that urban and rural planners do. I am therefore, delighted that the International Committee was able to make a contribution to World Town Planning Day by launching, in conjunction with the Global Planners Network, a  guide to Delivering Better Development: the Role of the Urban and Rural Planner 

Delivering Better development

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

More information

Listen to a short podcast with Marion talk about 'Delivering Better Development

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