To mark the 70th World Town Planning Day, 8 November 2019, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is engaging in a wide range of activities across the country promoting the planning profession and its remit to do so much to enhance the quality of life through the built environment.
RTPI President Ian Tant has joined the Presidents of planning professional Institutes, Councils and Associations involved in the Global Planners Network to write an open letter saluting planners around the world and calling on them to continue to champion the causes of equity, diversity and inclusivity in their work.
The letter also references planning’s role in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and says:
Planning is central to humankind’s efforts to address climate change and take decisive action to safeguard our land, homes, economies and natural habitats.
How planning our physical environment can help to tackle climate change is also the topic for RTPI’s World Town Planning Day Schools Competition which closes on Monday 11 November.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, a number of SMPs have supported a motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Sarah Boyack MSP to mark World Town Planning Day.
In London, RTPI President Ian Tant has dedicated an English Heritage blue plaque to honour Sir Patrick Abercrombie, President of the RTPI in 1925 and founding father of modern, post-World War 2 town planning.
A number of other events are being held across the UK, Europe and North America to celebrate town planning and the role of planners in creating environments for the benefit of communities. Follow events as they unfold on social media using #WTPD19.
Full details of all RTPI's events for World Town Planning Day 2019 can be found here