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World Town Planning Day

Celebrate World Town Planning Day and discover the importance of urban planning for sustainable communities!
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Celebrate World Town Planning Day on Nov. 8 and get ready for a day dedicated to urban planning and development! This special occasion has been celebrated since 1949 with the aim of highlighting the importance of well-thought out town planning in creating sustainable cities and communities. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about urban development, from understanding zoning regulations to recognizing the different elements that make up successful towns and cities. So mark your calendars and join us in celebrating this amazing day!

History of World Town Planning Day

World Town Planning Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1854</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Modern Urban Planning</div><div class='timeline-text'>The cholera outbreak in London led to the beginning of modern urban planning when Dr. John Snow's map-based studies led to improvements in urban sanitation and infrastructure.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1898</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Garden City Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>Utopian planner Ebenezer Howard proposed the Garden City Movement, promoting self-contained communities surrounded by greenbelts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1926</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Zoning Ordinance in America</div><div class='timeline-text'>The validity of zoning ordinances was upheld by the US Supreme Court in the "Village of Euclid, Ohio v. Ambler Realty Co." heralding a new era in urban planning.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1947</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UK Urban Planning Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Town and Country Planning Act was passed in the UK, requiring planning permission to be granted for land development.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1949</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Town Planning Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera, from the University of Buenos Aires, established the first World Town Planning Day to highlight the role of planning in creating livable communities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sustainable Development Goals</div><div class='timeline-text'>The concept of sustainable urban development was emphasized in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, placing urban planning at the forefront of global efforts to create sustainable communities.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Town Planning Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a planning event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out your local chamber of commerce or other organization to find local events related to town planning. There may be a town hall meeting, a panel presentation, or even a community gathering with experts in the field.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a planning museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities have museums that are dedicated to the history of town planning, architecture, and urban development. Check out one of these museums and learn about how cities were planned in the past.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read up on planning topics</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to brush up on some of the current issues and topics related to town planning. Read books and articles, watch documentaries, and follow blogs to get a better understanding of the industry.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer with a planning organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for volunteer opportunities with organizations related to town planning. This could include helping out with an urban design project, writing for a newsletter, or organizing an event related to town planning.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a neighborhood clean up</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a neighborhood clean up event and get people involved in taking care of their community. Encourage people to pick up trash, paint buildings, trim bushes, or whatever else is needed to improve the visual appeal of the neighborhood.</p></div></div>

Why World Town Planning Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Town Planning promotes sustainable growth</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By establishing plans for future developments and land use, town planners help ensure that the growth of cities and towns is done responsibly. They take into account the needs of businesses and residents, as well as environmental and infrastructure constraints, to ensure that any new developments are in line with a community's vision.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It reduces traffic and congestion</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Town Planning helps reduce traffic and congestion by developing transportation networks that are efficient and effective. Planners take into consideration the volume of cars on the roads, public transit systems and bike routes so that citizens can have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation options.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Town Planning creates livable communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The goal of Town Planning is to create safe, enjoyable and livable communities that people can call home. Planners take into consideration the needs of all citizens - no matter their age or background - when creating safe pedestrian pathways, parks, playgrounds and other amenities needed for a thriving community.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for World Town Planning Day

World Town Planning Day FAQs

When is World Town Planning Day?

World Town Planning Day is celebrated on November 8 every year. In 2024 World Town Planning Day will occur on a Friday.

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