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World Town Planning Day 2019


8 November 2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of World Town Planning Day.

This year, RTPI President Ian Tant will be dedicating a 'blue plaque' in London to Sir Patrick Abercrombie, best known for his post-Second World War replanning of London.

Ian will also be joining Presidents and Chairs of other planning associations from across the world to call on planners to continue to champion the causes of equity, diversity and inclusivity in their work.

Follow us on Twitter @RTPIPlanners for full coverage on the day, using the hashtag #WTPD2019.


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Annual Conference of Urbanism, Hungary (6 November)

As part of the global community of urban planners, RTPI Head of Policy Richard Blyth will be giving the keynote speech at this event in Budapest organised by the Hungarian Association of Urban Planning (MUT). This year's conference will look at the link between economic uptake, urban development, quality of life, housing developments and social subsidies for housing. There's more details here.

Ageing and Place webinar, hosted by Canadian Institue of Planners (8 November, 12:00-13:00)

RTPI Planning Practice Officer Sarah Lewis MRTPI will be presenting on 'Creating better places for people living with dementia' as part of a webinar on Ageing and Place, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners. The webinar is part of a week-long online conference showcasing presentations on important planning issues and innovations from Canada and around the world. More details are available here.


There are also some special events for World Town Planning Day 2019 organised or supported by RTPI's International Commitee and the International Groups of the RTPI's regions and nations.

RTPI Yorkshire (7 November, 17:00-19:30)

Join us for a seminar with academics from the University of Sheffield addressing the challenges for planning in cities of the global South. Book your place here.

RTPI London (7 November, 18:00-21:00)

RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills and Christopher Tunnell (Director and Planning Leader, Arup) will be joined by leading planning professionals to discuss what the main challenges and innovations have been over the past 70 years and what lessons have been learnt for the future. Book your place here.

RTPI Northern Ireland (8 November, 10:30-14:00)

Join staff and students of Ulster University's Planning School (UPLAN) in a series of interactive workshops, bringing together school pupils, university students and local practitioners to explore planning's role in delivering the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Prof Janet Askew, Chair of RTPI's International Committee, will be attending. Find out more here.

RTPI Cymru (8 November, 10:30-15:30)

An event at the University of Cardiff's School of Geography and Planning will explore planning across the nations of the United Kingdom and celebrate 20 years of Welsh devolution. RTPI's Head of Policy Richard Blyth will be attending. There's more information here.

RTPI Scotland (8 November, 13:30-16:00)

Join us for an event at the University of Dundee to celebrate global planning and young planners, reflecting on the past 70 years and discussing challenges for the next 70. RTPI Scotland Convenor Julia Frost, along with representatives of the Planning and Architecture Division of the Scottish Government, will be attending. Book your place here.


Schools Competition 2019

RTPI's World Town Planning Day Schools Competition 2019 is designed to inspire students to take a closer look at both their local and wider environment and the many decisions that impact it. The competition is open to all UK secondary schools, with winning schools receiving prizes for the individual student and the school. Find out more here.


Blog posts

We'll be publishing two blog posts with a global feel on World Town Planning Day 2019. The first, on World Town Planning Day's past, present and future, is by Director of RTPI Scotland Craig McLaren. The second is by Dr Philipp Horn, lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield, and is entitled 'From colonial cultures of planning towards indigenous urbanisms in Latin America'.