On November 8, 1949, the world first recognized World Town Planning Day, sometimes called World Urbanism Day. Originally founded by an Italian scholar, World Town Planning Day is celebrated in more than 30 countries today.Urban planning is the process of creating or improving the natural, built, economic, and social environments of urban areas. Urban planners help government officials, businesses, and everyday citizens create communities by balancing interests such as transportation, open space, retail and industrial business, homes and apartments, schools, and health-care facilities.World Town Planning Day has activities that address many aspects of city life. A 2011 seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, for example, featured speakers who specialize in independent living for disabled citizens. A major online conference in 2013 brought urban planners together to discuss the different ways they address “the fluid challenge”—water shortages, water demand, flood, drought, and climate change.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry business Noun
sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
member of a country, state, or town who shares responsibilities for the area and benefits from being a member.
large settlement with a high population density.
climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change disabled Adjective
person who has a physical condition that limits one or more major life activities.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
Encyclopedic Entry: drought environment Noun
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
overflow of a body of water onto land.
Encyclopedic Entry: flood government Noun
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
to identify or acknowledge.
having to do with the sale of finished goods to consumers.
meeting for holding discussions on a specific topic.
to study, work, or take an interest in one area of a larger field of ideas.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.
having to do with city life.
urban area Noun
developed, densely populated area where most inhabitants have nonagricultural jobs.
Encyclopedic Entry: urban area urban planning Noun
process of creating or improving the natural, built, economic, and social environments of urban areas. Also called city planning.