World Town Planning Day is celebrated every year on November 8th. This holiday is dedicated to the mission of planning, structuring, and building cities. Urban planning is an important part of creating a 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 more than a technical process. Today, it is essential to plan and develop urban infrastructure while taking environmental factors into account. Urban planning is the foundation of any city’s development. This concept has been around since the days of the Egyptian civilization, though it has changed drastically in different historical periods. Urban planning is traditionally based on three factors: accessibility, communication, and 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, when cities were built on a grid to facilitate defense and convenience for residents.
- In the 15th century and later, more attention was paid to urban planning, making it a priority in the 20th century.
- Every city plan has a place for expanding the area of the city, as the population is inevitably increasing, which explains why cities appear to grow so quickly.
- Most European cities have been planned in such a way that the streets are comfortable and safe for pedestrians.
How to take part
Spend this day thinking about the area and city in which you live. Consider whether the houses and infrastructure are suitably located, if it is convenient for you to travel home every day, and if you get enough opportunities for a fulfilling life. The comfort and ease with which we can move around the city would not be possible without urban planning. Attend themed events to learn more about this important topic.
When is World Town Planning Day celebrated in 2023?
World Town Planning Day is observed on November 8 each year.