Today's entry is more or less my diary entry for the day. This morning, we were at Town and Country Planning Department for this year's celebration of World Town Planning Day. What is it? WTPD is a day that celebrates planning to boost awareness and change the public's perception of planning. It is actually held on November 8th. Who knew?
For my TCP colleagues, did you know that historically World Town Planning Day was founded in Argentina by Professor Carlos María della Paolera in 1949? He also founded the Instituto Superior de Urbanismo at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His aim was to "advance public and professional interest in planning both locally and abroad" and create "a special day to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities."
That said, WTPD fell into decline after Professor della Paolera died, except in Turkey, which observed it alone for 20 years. It was revived in 1995 by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), and has been promoted steadily ever since. By its 50th Anniversary in 1999, it was marked in about 30 countries all over the world.
TCP had held a two day seminar last week. Today was more for fun. We had the walkathon after a strenous warm up and aerobic exercies. As usual I 'won' the walkathon after taking a shortcut. The rest of the activities were fun including a colouring contest which the minister said everyone present should take part. I won that too by getting 90 points beating the Deputy Minister by 1 point and the Minister by 5 points. If someone from TCP is reading this, can I have the scan of my colouring?
Strangely, I found colouring was therapautic and when I got home last night, I asked my son where his old colouring books were. We found a Bob the Builder and we coloured those.