Campus will celebrate World Town Planning Day activities on November 8

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Nov 4, 2011

The UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) and American Planning Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, will celebrate World Town Planning Day 2011 on campus on Tuesday, November 8. This year’s international theme is “Planning Disaster Resilient Communities.”
A reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the DURP Courtyard next to Crawford Hall. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a panel discussion and an awards ceremony in Crawford 115.  
A three-member panel discussion will be led by DURP Professor Karl Kim, executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC).  The panelists are:
  • DURP Assistant Professor Andrew Rumbach, who will address “Toward Resilient Indian Cities: Planning for the Formal and Informal.”
  • DURP Assistant Professor Ashok Das, who will discuss “Dealing with an Unnatural Disaster: What’s Different, What’s the Same?”
  • NDPTC deputy director and lead developer for the Center’s “Hurricane Resistant Community Planning & Building Design” course Dean Sakamoto, who will talk about “Design Shaped by Disaster: New Concepts for Hurricane Resistant Public Schools.”
An awards ceremony will honor University of North Carolina Professor Roberto Quercia with the Dinell Outstanding Alumni Award and The Keystone Center President and CEO Peter Adler, PhD, with the Planner Who Made a Difference Award.  
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.
For more information, contact DURP Chair and Associate Professor Dolores Foley at 956-2780 or