World Town Planning Day is celebrated every year on November 8th. The holiday is dedicated to an important mission – planning, structuring and building cities. Urban planning is a sphere thanks to which we have an organized, livable space. The event was first celebrated in 1949 at the initiative of Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera. Another name for the holiday is Urbanism Day.
Urban planning is much deeper than just a technical process. Today it is important to plan and develop urban infrastructure taking into account environmental factors. Urban planning is where the development of any city begins. This concept has existed for as long as the Egyptian civilization, but it is obvious that it has changed in different historical periods. Traditionally, urban planning is based on three factors: accessibility, communication, transport. Specialists who work in this field apply knowledge from various industries – engineering, architecture, psychology.
- For the first time, planning of urban infrastructure began in the third millennium BC, in those days the state was built on the principle of a grid, which facilitated defense and was also convenient for residents.
- In the 15th century and later, more attention was paid to the planning of urban infrastructure, in the 20th century it became a priority.
- It turns out that in every city plan there is a place for expanding the area of the city, because the population is inevitably increasing. That is why there is a feeling that the city grows in size so easily.
- Almost all European cities were planned in such a way that the streets were comfortable and safe to walk on foot.
How to celebrate
Spend this day thinking about the area, the city where you live. Think about whether the houses and infrastructure are comfortably located, is it convenient for you to travel home every day, do you get enough opportunities for a fulfilling life? The comfort and ease with which we now have the opportunity to move around the city would not be possible without the application of the principles of urban planning. Visit themed events, you will learn a lot of new and interesting things.
When is World Town Planning Day celebrated in 2022?
World Town Planning Day is observed on November 8 each year.