Carlos María della Paolera was an Argentinian professor in the post-war era with an international conscious who understood that the growth of international networks meant that planning knowledge also needed to be disseminated and celebrated. Paolera started World Town Planning Day (originally called World Urbanism Day) in Buenos Aires in 1949.
WTPD is now in its 73rd year and is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents on the 8th of November each year. It is a special day to recognize and promote the role of planners and planning in creating healthy, prosperous communities.
World Town Planning Day presents an excellent opportunity to look at planning ideals from a global perspective:
- Collaboration between professional planners, the public, and local decision-makers
- Ethical principles in the practice of planning
- Approaches that prioritize equity in community planning and development
On World Town Planning Day every year, planners and communities all over the world come together to celebrate how good planning improves the lives of people and benefits society at large, creating places where to live, work and play together.
This year World Town Planning Day will focus on resilience and how planning is key to enabling cities and communities to respond to the shocks and stresses of our time, creating place-based, integrated, and inclusive solutions.