Can we design cities for happiness?

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The ITPSL has issued a circular to all its members regarding the planning certification for the Land Subdivision, Amalgamation etc. Please follow the link to access the details.

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Pathikada Sirasa TV: Plnr Piyal Silva, Plnr. Indu Weerasoori (March 26, 2019)

[Shared on 26.03.2019]
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Higher Diploma in Urban Planning (Part II Examination)

The inaugural session of the Higher Diploma in Urban Planning was held on March 16, 2019 at Construction Equipment Training Centre (CETRAC), Pelawatta.

ITPSL Corporate Building: Progress of construction

ITPSL Annual Sessions 2019

Discussion Forum

Colombo’s Future: Emerging Morphology of the Commercial Capital

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ITPSL Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the ITPSL for the year 2019 was held on March 29, 2019, followed by the Annual Sessions and members' get-together at Club Hotel Dolphin, Negombo.

Spacemaker scores $25M Series A to let property developers use AI

[Shared on 17.06.2019]
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Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that’s created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding.

The round is jointly led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from investors in property and construction tech, including Nordic real estate innovator NREP, Nordic property developer OBOS and U.K. real estate technology fund Round Hill Ventures. A number of earlier investors, including Norway’s Construct Venture, also followed on.

Described as “the world’s first” AI-assisted design and construction simulation software for the property development sector, Spacemaker claims to enable property development professionals, such as real estate developers, architects and urban planners, to quickly generate and evaluate the optimal environmental design for any multi-building residential development. To achieve this, the Spacemaker software crunches various data, including physical data, regulations, environmental factors and other preferences.

“Today developers and urban planners plan sites largely ‘by hand’ — meaning they can explore 20-30 options at most as they try to optimise for a multitude of regulatory, design, environmental and economic constraints,” says Spacemaker co-founder and CEO Håvard Haukeland.

“Given the rate at which urban populations are increasing, we can’t build sustainable and liveable cities by continuing to rely on those methods. New urban developments need to make the best possible use of the available land to create comfortable spaces for residents while balancing stringent planning regulations.”

This, explained Haukeland, means answering questions such as: How can we find the best way to orient a building to optimise how much heat is needed and save energy? How can we optimise for sunlight in all the apartments in a development in the Nordics? Or conversely, how can we optimise for shade in a much sunnier country?

“Architects and developers are thinking about all those things, while at the same time trying to balance regulations and other factors such as noise, wind and accessibility,” he says... [read more]

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Young Planners' Forum


The Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka (ITPSL) was established under the provisions of Parliament Act No 23 of 1986 is the professional body responsible for enhancing the Town Planning Profession in Sri Lanka. The Institute was brought into existence to promote the profession of Town & Country Planning in Sri Lanka and to enhance the standard of the profession in the country in keeping with global trends and developments in this field. The Institute also plays a lead role in expressing its professional opinion on matters directly and indirectly concerned with urban and regional development of Sri Lanka and has offered its advice and services to the Government, Semi Government Institutions as well as Provincial and Local Authorities.