8. 11. 2019. THE ‘DAY OF SPATIAL PLANNING’ CONFERENCE WAS HELD The Institute for Physical Planning of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County organised a conference upon the occasion of World Town Planning Day. World Town Planning Day was begun in 1949 by Prof Carlos Maria della Paolera from the University in Buenos Aires in order to improve public and professional interest in planning, at home and abroad. Since then World Planning Day has been marked on the 8th November in 30 countries on four continents. Every year planners from around the world participate in the day of activities, striving to raise awareness of the importance of planning in their communities, in professional circles and in the wider public. The conference was held on 8th November 2019 in the conference hall of the Grand Hotel Bonavia in Rijeka. Director of the Institute for Physical Planning of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Adam Butigan gave the meeting an introductory speech, followed by Erik Fabijanić, the President of the County Assembly, after which there were speeches from eminent professionals according to the programme: Introductory lecture ‘Spatial planning – necessity or obligation?’ by Professor Tihomir Jukić from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb ‘Acceptable tourism capacity – has the time come?’ a lecture by Neven Ivandić PhD from the Institute of Tourism The lecture ‘Experiences in collaboration of planners and local government units’ by architect Tatjana Rakovac from Urban Studies in Rijeka The lecture ‘The Institute – the guarantor of the quality of the physical planning system in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County’ by the assistant director of the Institute Duško Dobrila After this followed an active discussion which included mayors, heads of departments and other participants, as one of the key parts in the rational management of space. This was the first of this kind of conference in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. All participants expressed an interest that these kinds of meetings are held in the future.