Campus hosts World Town Planning Day activities on November 5

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Oct 21, 2010

The UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) and American Planning Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, will celebrate World Town Planning Day 2010 on campus on Friday, November 5. This year’s international theme is “Innovations in Planning for Livable Cities in Asia and the Pacific.”
A reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the DURP Courtyard. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be two presentations, a film screening, and an awards ceremony in Crawford Hall room 115.  
The two presentations are by 1) Priyam Das, DURP assistant professor, on “Building Partnerships for Urban Governance and Planning: Lessons from India,” and 2) Associate Professor Jim Spencer and John Dietrich, Master’s candidate, both from DURP, on “Rapid Growth with Socialist Roots – a Presentation on Planning for ‘Green’ Development in Vietnam.” The film screening is “Dancing in the Park – Hanoi at its Millenium” by the UH Mānoa Globalization Research Center, Hen Hau Productions, and Redbridge Film and TV in Hanoi. 
The awards ceremony will honor Khaleda Rashid, honorary adviser of Bibi Khadeja Kalyan Sangstha, a non-profit social welfare organization, with the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Peter Rappa, extension agent with the UH Mānoa Sea Grant College Program, and Shabbir Cheema, director of the Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative (AGDI) and Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, with the Planners Who Made a Difference Award.  An APA Student Scholarship Award will also be presented.
World Town Planning Day was started more than 40 years ago by Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera at the University of Buenos Aires, to advance public and professional interest in planning.  Now celebrated in more than 30 countries around the world, the day is geared toward a gathering to share lessons, experiences and opportunities for innovations in engaging people and their communities in making cities resilient and livable in a global age.
Call DURP Chair and Associate Professor Dolores Foley at 956-2780 for more info.