The International Federation for Housing and Planning's Spring Conference 2005 was held in Portland, Oregon, USA, a city renowned for its innovative urban planning approaches, May 22-25, 2005. The City of Portland joined the International Federation for Housing and Planning
and the American Planning Association
to bring together planners and experts from around the world for an inspiring and informative event. The conference theme—The Intentional City: Applying local values and choice in a global context
—proved to be a timely and important topic for planners everywhere. The speeches and concurrent sessions examined the complex challenges of creating an attractive, vital, and healthy city while increasing globalization narrows the opportunities for strategic action.