Instituted by the American Planning Association (APA), Orissa’s capital Bhubaneswar was recently chosen for Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award-2017. The Bhubaneswar city was honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8th, 2017. The city bagged the prestigious award for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process. The APA Awards jury selected Five Excellence Award recipients in total.
The Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award is named after Pierre L’enfant, a French-born American architect and civil engineer. He is credited for designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D.C. The American Planning Association (APA), created in 1978 and an independent, not for profit educational organization representing the field of urban planning in the United States has named an award in his honour to recognize excellence in international planning. APA boasts of 35,000 members from over 100 countries.