About The Centenary

Throughout 2013 IFHP is celebrating its’ Centenary year. The Centenary will deal with the need for a new thinking about the present and future development and planning of human settlements.

The IFHP was founded in 1913 under the slogan ‘Cities of To-morrow’. At that time Ebenezer Howard and his contemporaries saw the huge social, environmental and health problems in Europe’s rapidly growing industrial cities and thought up a then quite radical overall concept for a better living urban environment – the Garden City. Planning as a new profession arose in order to deliver the spatial answer to burning social questions.

In 2013 The IFHP consists of members from some 60 countries who use the IFHP as a platform to exchange knowledge, expertise and information. The centenary deals with the need for a new thinking about the present and future development and planning of human settlements and a thought-provoking and innovative programme of activities takes place to celebrate and provide a platform for the next 100 years of the IFHP. The lectures, tours, interactive events, gatherings and virtual opportunities taking place during the centenary year create opportunities to share, discuss and develop solution-orientated knowledge for a better urban future. The activities target and involve many different professions, interests and ages of participant and include nations from across the world all with an interest in the continued sustainability of our towns and cities.

Download the Centenary activities calender (pdf).