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The congress will take place at University College, London (UCL). The Wilkins Building on the Main Gower Street campus will provide an impressive setting for the congress. 
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The IFHP Centenary Congress is the pivotal event of the centenary year. At its100th birthday the IFHP’s congress tackles key issues facing the future of cities head on. It takes a retrospective and prospective view of cities, reflecting on the lessons of the past and asking what tomorrow holds for human settlements, how the future of cities can be shaped, and what practical solutions are required to establish the sustainable societies of tomorrow.

Cities are constantly changing, forever in transition from one state to the next. Tomorrow's cities need to be resilient to environmental risks and able to withstand economic shocks. They must be inclusive in terms of how they are governed and planned; becoming places in which social justice shapes the physical and economic fabric.

The three themes of cities in transition, resilient cities and inclusive cities give shape to the congress tracks, each dealing with cross cutting themes linking to the environmental, social, demographic, political and economic challenges facing cities and urban populations, and aiming to present an inspiring, positive vision and exploration of solutions to address these challenges.

The congress will take place over 4 days between the 8th and 11th June 2013. There will also be related ‘fringe’ events happening on the 12th June. Where The main venue for the congress will be University College, London, home of the world renowned Bartlett School of Planning, located in London’s Bloomsbury, a short walk from St Pancras International train station. Venues in East London and across the capital will also be used for related events.

The congress will attract up to 800 delegates from across the globe. Around 50% of this international audience is expected to be from the UK. The IFHP centenary congress will include a range of activities, study tours and interventions to attract delegates from across the built environment profession – practitioners, policy makers, academics and students. The congress will provide a springboard for the future of the IFHP and contribute to the programmes the IFHP will tackle in the coming  century.

The congress will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from a range of study tours providing practical learning at projects throughout London as well as at the world’s first Garden City at Letchworth. Parallel track sessions following the congress themes will provide opportunities for focussed debate, complemented by plenary sessions where delegates can debate big issues led by high profile speakers. There will be a dedicated networking area at UCL proving delegates with an opportunity to touch base with existing contacts and make new ones from around the world. A private meeting room will be available upon request. There will be an exhibition from the congress sponsors as well as an exhibition of the work from the IFHP 2013 Student Competition, showing visions for tomorrow’s garden cities provided by the planners, architects and urban professionals of tomorrow. The younger and also the more experienced urban professionals will have an opportunity to learn from one another through the URBEGO programme which runs through Track 1 of the congress programme.

To complement the main congress activities, a number of exclusive events will be taking place including a TCPA reception at the House of Commons Pavilion Terrace overlooking the Thames, and a meeting at the House of Lords. Specific events will be held by EAROPH (Asia–Pacific) members, and Dutch, Danish and German speaking delegations. A number of cultural and arts events will complement the programme. A reception on the final evening of the Congress will provide an opportunity for all delegates to get together, reflect and exchange thoughts and ideas about a tomorrow for cities.