Celebrate World Town Planning Day 2022

November 8, 2022

9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. CT

 This year's theme is: Think Global, Plan Local, and will take a look at the role of the Planning Profession as central to the implementation at the local level of the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. CM | 4.5

Track 1: Local Planning Action for Sustainable Cities + Communities

Creating Smart, Sustainable, Resilient Communities and Cities

10–11:00 a.m. ET

This Session will present five separate technological advancements designed to emphasize the people behind smart technology: the "Smart Cultural Precinct @ Central", Hong Kong; "Urban Menus," an adaptable 3D tool and training program for participative and impact-oriented urban planning; the "HIJO development and Trinity project" in agriculture, property development, leisure and tourism, food, and port operations; Transit-oriented Development and Smart City initiatives in India; and a project by Urban Risk Lab from Japan.

Speakers: Dr. Sujata S. Govada, Founding Director, Institute for Sustainable Urbanisation (ISU); Laura P. Spinadel, CEO of BUSarchitektur and BOA, Creator of the URBAN MENUS; Rosanna Tuason-Forés, Chief Executive Officer, Hijo Resources Corporation; Zohra Mutabanna, Associate Director, Arcadis IBI Group; Mayank Ojha, Research Associate, Urban Risk Lab at MIT. Moderated by Chloe Delhomme, APA International Division.

Coastal Urban Flooding: Drowning Cities, Rising Vulnerability

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. ET

Cities are particularly vulnerable to floods due to their high concentration of people and assets, as well as their proximity to rivers and coasts. The poor and vulnerable often bear the brunt of floods and other natural disasters, due to living in vulnerable areas and having limited assets to recover from flood events. This session will explore how to enact inclusive climate action and plan for climate adaptation and mitigation in ways that improve development sustainability and social inequalities. Hosted by the APA International Division's Climate & Sustainability Working Group, speakers will present case studies from Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Speakers: Jessica Schmidt, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice; Pippa Brashear, Resilience Principal, SCAPE; Jian Vuh, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank; Piet Dircke, Global Leader for Water Management, Arcadis. Moderated by Kate Holmquist, Vice-Chair, APA International Division.

Track 2: The Role of Planning in SDG Implementation

Fast+Fun Presentations

2–3:00 p.m. ET

Moderated by Kate Holmquist, Vice-Chair, APA International Division and Principal Planner for WerkSTADT Urban Planning, speakers will share global perspectives and experience in planning for SDG implementation, and the central role of Planners and Placemakers.

Dianne Wakonyo, SPURS/ Humphrey Fellow
Hannah Arcuschin Machado, SPURS Research Fellow, DUSP, MIT: Expanding Bike Infrastructure–The Case of São Paulo
Jhapper Singh Vishokarma, Under Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of Nepal: Nepal Private Housing Reconstruction after 2015 Earthquake
Hussain Ziyath, Urban Planner, Research Fellow at MIT: Urban farming with land scarcity – Hulhumale', Maldives
Kate Holmquist, Vice-Chair, APA International Division, Principal Planner, WerkSTADT Urban Planning: The Role of Planning in SDG Implementation

Fast+Fun Presentations

4–5:00 p.m. ET

Moderated by Robin Scholetzky, APA International Division, speakers will share global perspectives and experience in planning for SDG implementation, and the central role of Planners and Placemakers.

Carla Mays
Kwadwo Afari Gyan: Housing Affordability implications for regional planning of Drainage Infrastructure, and inclusivity of decision-making
David Capelli,
Imran Ali Sultan: Global thoughts influencing private cities in Pakistan
Md. Nazmus Sadat

About World Town Planning Day

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.

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

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 cultural preservation, inclusive design, climate change innovation 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