International Federation for Housing and Planning

International Federation for Housing and Planning

The International Federation for Housing and Planning is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning. The Federation organises a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for an international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Among these activities, the most prominent event is the annual congress devoted to a topical theme.

The official languages used in IFHP are English, French and German.


IFHP was founded in 1913 by Ebenezer Howard. Howard was the father of the 'garden city', a combined housing and planning concept designed to solve the problems of ever-expanding metropolitan cities and to create better living conditions for the people. Howard had established the Town and Country Planning Association in 1899 to promote these 'garden city' ideals. The establishment of IFHP with its principle of international exchange of knowledge and experience was a significant step forward for the planning profession, enhancing the promotion of housing and planning and improving the general standard of the profession.

The professional scope has since widened to include a virtually unlimited range of housing and planning themes, but international exchange is still the essential source of information and inspiration. [ [ IFHP website] ]


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