The International Planning History Society (IPHS) endeavours to foster
the study of planning history worldwide. It seeks to advance scholarship
in the fields of urbanism, history, planning and the environment,
focusing particularly on cities from the late nineteenth century.
In 2000 a biennial book prize (the winner of which will be announced
at the Society's biennial conference) was instituted to recognise
research excellence in planning history. Subsequently a second prize
recognising planning history scholarship connected to a host city/region
was inaugurated. In 2004 two new prizes were inaugurated: for the
best paper by a postgraduate student delivered at the Society's biennial
conference and for the best paper on planning history published in
the preceding two years in Planning Perspectives. In 2009 a
new prize in East Asian Planning History was introduced to encourage
young scholars of East Asia (under 40 years old) to engage in planning
history and to publish their work in English.
Student Conference Paper Prize
Planning Perspectives Paper Prize
East Asian Planning History Prize
At IPHS conferences
a number of prizes are awarded:
Call for nominations: IPHS 2012 Book Prizes
At the 2012 IPHS conference in Sao Paulo two prizes will be awarded:
The two most innovative books in planning history written in English,
and based on original new research. Books must have been published
in the previous two calendar years (e.g. 2010-11). Books may be written
individually or joint-authored. Anthologies and edited works are
also welcome, but reprints and "readers" are ineligible.
The prize for each award is $250. The prizes will be awarded at
the IPHS conference and winners will
be informed in advance so as to facilitate participation at the Brazil event.
Nominations are thus invited from scholars and publishers.
Nominations will comprise a 400 word statement, a short CV of the
author(s), and 5
copies of the nominated book. (These materials will not be returned).
Nomination materials should be sent by November 31 2011 - if possible earlier - to: Prof.
Dr. Dirk Schubert,
HafenCity University, 22085 Hamburg, Winterhuder Weg 31, Germany.
Further information about the prize can be obtained from Dirk Schubert
40-428274513, E-mail: email@example.com).
Members of the book prize committee are:
Helen Meller (University of Nottingham, England),
Nihal Perera (Ball State University Muncie, USA),
Jose Luis Sainz Guerra (Universidad De Valladolid, Spain)
For more information about previous years' winners of the IPHS Book
Prize click here.
For more information on this year's prize click
The IPHS awards a prize for the best written paper by a postgraduate student on
a planning history topic presented at its biannual international conference.
This is a monetary prize of £100. The prize was first awarded at the Barcelona
conference in July 2004.
Guidelines for submissions:
- Entrants must register for the conference.
- The entrant must be currently researching at postgraduate level,
whether for a Masters thesis by coursework or research, or for
- No joint submissions with supervisors.
- The paper must be focused on planning history.
The International Planning History Society awards the Planning Perspectives
prize for the best planning history article published in that journal
every two years. The prize - a two year subscription to the journal
and £150 worth of Routledge books - is generously funded by
Taylor and Francis, publishers of Planning Perspectives. For more
information about Taylor and Francis and Planning Perspectives
East Asia Planning History Prize
Call for Nominations - IPHS EAPH PRIZE 2012
Starting in 2010 at the Istanbul Conference of IPHS, a prize has been offered in
the planning history of East Asia. It is awarded to the best article in a
refereed English-language academic journal published in the previous two
calendar years before an IPHS Conference.
The aim of this prize is to encourage young scholars of East Asia (under 40 years
old) to engage in planning history and to publish their work in English. It is
also meant to expand IPHS membership in East Asia. The winner shall be a member
of IPHS at the time of awarding the prize and should attend the São Paulo
conference in order to receive the prize and to present his/her work. There is a
cash prize of 250 GBP. As for the São Paulo conference, see:
To qualify for entry, work submitted for consideration should be concerned with
the planning history of East Asia: the countries and regions of China, Hong
Kong, Japan, the two Koreas, Taiwan and their neighbouring areas, including
their subregions and cities.
Applications are invited from scholars for publications that appeared between
January 2010 and December 2011. A complete application will consist of the
Application Form (including a 400 word statement and a short CV of the author)
and a copy of the publication. The period for receipt of submissions is only
from November 1 to December 31, 2011. Authors will submit their applications
electronically to the five EAPH Prize Committee members listed below.
Details on the EAPH award
can be found at this link.
Details on how to apply for the 2012 EAPH award are
The Official Announcement and Application Form with the email addresses of the
Committee members are available from: http://www.planninghistory.org/prizes.html
The Committee members are: -
- Professor Shun-ichi J. Watanabe, Tokyo University of Science, Japan (Chair of
the Prize committee)
- Professor Fukuo Akimoto, University of Kyushu, Japan (Vice-Chair)
- Professor Carola Hein, Bryn Mawr College, USA
- Professor Andre Sorenson, University of Toronto, Canada
- Professor Anthony G.O. Yeh, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Further information about the Prize may be obtained
from Professor Shun-ichi J. Watanabe
Management Principles of the East
Asia Planning History Prize
Report of EAPH Prize Committee to IPHS
President (March 2010)
IPHS EAPH PRIZE WINNER 2010
The 2010 EAPH Prize was awarded to Dr Miao Xu for her paper 'Design
History of China's Gated Cities and Neighbourhoods: Prototype and Evolution' in
Urban Design International, 13 (4), pp. 213-216, a paper composed with
Dr. Zhen Yang.
The EAPH Committee with regards to the award to Dr Miao state:
paper received the East Asia Planning History Prize because it is a very solid
paper that has made an important contribution to the understanding of the design
history of China's gated cities and neighbourhoods and how it influences the
design of gated neighbourhoods in contemporary China. The paper was published by
the reputable journal, East Asia Planning History Prize. Two main
features of gated neighbourhoods from the more than 2000 years old pre-1949
feudal period; the socialist period from 1949 to 1978; and to the post-socialist
era after 1978 were identified by the paper. One is the culture of collective
living with territorial control and the other is the introverted housing
compound with buildings and walls deployed around communal outdoor spaces. It
concluded that although the spatial forms of all gated communities present an
universal similarity in terms of the general 'fortress' like image, detailed
physical features may vary a lot to fit the very specific socio-economic urban
contexts. Although deeply ingrained in Chinese housing tradition and the history
of urban design, gated community in China today is economically sensitive,
especially to housing management.
In addition, Dr Chen Yu, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture,
National University of Singapore is designated as an 'honorable mention' award
for worthy scholarship not selected for the Prize for her work: 'The
Making of a Bund in China: The British Concession in Xiamen
(1852–1930)' in Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
(ISSN: 1347-2852), 2008, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 31-38. The reason is as follows: The paper
provides new insight into the development of the British Concession in Xiamen,
the Amoy Bund between 1852-1930, placing it in the context of other treaty ports
in China. This detailed account is based on little known sources that contribute
to the larger theoretical discussion of colonialism and the export and import of
Planning Perspectives Paper Prizes
Postgraduate Student Conference Paper