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World Urbanism Day 2022 – November 8

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World Urbanism Day - November 8 2022World Urbanism Day(WUD), also known as World Town Planning Day,  is annually celebrated across the globe on 8th November to recognise and promote the role of thorough planning in creating livable communities.

  • The day focuses on the aims, objectives and progress of urban and regional planning across the globe.
  • The day recognises the ideals of community planning which bring professional planners and the general public together.

The observance of WUD is promoted by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).


World Urbanism Day or World Town Planning Day was initiated in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to advance public and professional interest in planning.

What is urbanism?

Urbanism is the study of how the population of urban areas, such as towns and cities, interact with the built environment.

Urban planning is the practice focusing on the physical design and management of urban structures and urban sociology.

Principles of Urbanism includes Walkability, Connectivity, Mixed Use and Diversity, Mixed Housing, Quality Architecture and Urban Design, Traditional Neighborhood Structure, Increased density, Green Transportation, Sustainability and Quality of life.

Importance of Urban Planning:

Urban planning affects our transportation system, infrastructure, layout, and prescribed densities of our residential, commercial, and industrial areas and more.

58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress:

i.The annual ISOCARP World Planning Congress is the main activity of ISOCARP which focuses on a planning theme of foremost international interest.

ii.The Congress takes place in a different city every year since 1965.

iii.The 58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress was hosted by Brussels-Capital Region and State Region and State Secretary, Pascal Smet, in Brussels, Belgium from 3rd to 7th October 2022 focused on the intersection of planning, well-being and socio-economic justice.

  • The theme of the 58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress is “From Wealthy to Healthy Citie”.