World Town Planning Day 2023

November 8, 2023 | Learn Globally, Apply Locally

Planners, urban designers and placemakers were invited to the 74th World Town Planning Day 2023 virtual online conference, hosted by the APA, CIP, and APA's International Division on November 8, 2023. This year's theme was: Learn Globally, Apply Locally, and focused on the value of learning from planning and planning cultures globally, fostering innovative, sustainable, and equitable solutions to address global challenges.

WTPD 2023 is a virtual global conference with events organized by Global Planners Network-member associations across time zones from morning in New Zealand to evening in USA/Canada.

33 speakers from 16 countries shared experiences with 820 attendees outlining innovations to promote sustainability, resilience, equity and social justice.

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2023 Schedule

NOTE: All times are EST | USA-New York | UTC-5

Opening Keynote: Urban Innovation Starts In My Backyard

10-11:00 a.m. EST

Speaker: Nicholas YOU, Executive Director, Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, Guangzhou, China

Nicholas You

Nicholas You is Executive Director of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, co-Chair of the Open Green City Lab in Shenzhen, and senior green finance advisor to the China City Development Foundation. He regularly advises central and local governments, technology companies and civil society organizations on urban sustainability, urban governance, and urban innovation, and has written and co-authored key policy papers for the U20. You previously served as the senior policy and planning advisor to UN-Habitat and as the manager of the Habitat II Conference held in Istanbul in 1996. He is the founder and honorary chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, former think tank and thought leader for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Siemens, ENGIE and the Global Cities Business Alliance.

New Challenges For Old Problems: Housing Affordability in a Comparative Perspective

11:15-12:15 p.m.EST

Speakers: Bishwapriya SANYAL | Augustina BIASONE | Carina ARVIZU MACHADO | Nicolas MAGGIO | Tenzin JAMATSHO | Jing ZHANG | Salvador HERRERA

Fostering Innovative Int'l Planning Education to Meet the Global Agenda for Planning

12:30-1:30 p.m. EST

Speakers: Olivier SYKES | Giulio VERDINI | Kristy MACARI

Planning Challenges In Ukraine

2-3:00 p.m. EST


Sustainability and Resilience: Fast and Fun

3:15-4:05 p.m. EST

Speakers: Nuwani KANGANA | Axel David MURILLO | Henry ONAWOLE | Lisa DALLA ROSA | Shea BRUER | Elizabeth SHAY

Sustainable Urbanization: Call To Action

4:15-5:15 p.m. EST

Speakers: Eleanor MOHAMMED | Peter OBORN | Kelley MOORE | Victoria HOBDAY | Lucy SLACK | Annabel BOUD

How Can Planners Support Recovery From Urban Crises and Build Adaptability to Future Challenges

5:30-6:45 p.m. EST

Speakers: Wendy SAUNDERS | Prof. Gavin SMITH | Stephen DREDGE

Equity and Social Justice: Fast And Fun

7-7:50 p.m. EST

Speakers: Abiya BAQUAI | Alejandra BEJARANO | Anna BROBERG | Ruth BERRY |Tilahon FIKADU

Closing Remarks

7:50-8:00 p.m. EST

2023 World Town Planning Day speakers grid

About World Town Planning Day

On World Town Planning Day, 8 November 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.

Argentinian professor Carlos MarĂ­a della Paolera, a graduate at the Institut d'urbanisme in Paris, started World Town Planning Day in Buenos Aires in 1949.

World Town Planning Day is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents each November. It is a special day to recognize and promote the role of planners and planning in creating healthy, prosperous communities.

APA members are invited to share their knowledge and leading practices with colleagues around the world on this day, and also to learn from international success stories in housing for all; building city resilience; planning responses to urban crisis; inclusive and ambitious climate measures and other areas that would enhance U.S. planning practice.

World Town Planning Day Resources

Global Planners Network

APA International Division

A Guide to Using Your Planning Skills Abroad

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