Pat Troy on the legacy of Tom Uren, who died last week.
Proposals are welcome for the 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) to be hosted by Griffith University and held on the Gold Coast, Queensland between Sunday 31 January – Wednesday 3 February 2016.
Icons: The making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities
The use of icons (projects, places, plans, people and/or practices) to tell stories of urban environments is longstanding. The stories which these icons produce tell us something about ourselves and our everyday urban lives, as well as the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural context of urban environments. They can also prompt questions about the histories and realities of the icons themselves. Moreover, cities increasingly strive for distinctiveness of some kind in an increasingly globalised world. This distinctiveness is frequently achieved through the making of new urban icons, visual, tangible, imaginary and or real. The striving for iconic status can be problematic when it marginalises and polarises people and ways of being. Meanings can also be ascribed which have little relevance to the wider urban context.
This conference offers a special opportunity to explore these histories of iconographies – past, present, prospective. Suggested sub themes relate to the histories and/or planning of the following in urban and regional settings:
- New critical appreciations of neglected and established urban icons and icon-making processes.
- Planning and development of hard and soft infrastructures, including monuments, buildings, streetscapes, precincts, landscapes, plans and projects, branding etc.
- The import/export of iconic ideas.
- The environmental impact of urban icons.
- Dealing with the heritage of icons (cultural, natural, indigenous).
Papers should be based on original research and may focus on one or a combination of sub themes. In addition, proposals related to other aspects of urban and planning history, in and of relevance to Australia/New Zealand, are welcome. Full papers will be peer reviewed for publication in the conference proceedings. You are required to register and attend the conference for your paper to be published in the proceedings.
The Gold Coast provides a perfect example of an environment with a history constructed around the creation and representations of iconic forms. It has striven for ‘iconic’ status through adaptation from places such as Florida and California. It has sought hallmark events like the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2018. Its current light rail project emulates the global turn to sustainable transport infrastructure. And there are less glamorous stories below the glittering surface.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015.
Abstracts are to be submitted on the attached abstract template and emailed to Caryl Bosman: email@example.com
Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers (4000 words text max) for publication in the peer reviewed conference proceedings.
A conference website with further information will be available soon.
Hosted by: Griffith University, Urban Research Program
Conference Convenors: Dr Caryl Bosman, Dr Aysin Dedekorkut–Howes and Paul Burton
Please contact Caryl Bosman on firstname.lastname@example.org
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CALL FOR SESSIONS
The 13th International Conference on Urban History ‘Reinterpreting Cities’ will take place in Helsinki from the 24th to the 27th of August 2016.
The call for session proposals is now open until March 1, 2015. Proposals can be submitted on the website https://eauh2016.net/ – and session organisers will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance in May 2015.
The European Association for Urban History encourages cross-disciplinary and international research on urban history. Therefore the Association invites you to submit sessions that are as comparative and interdisciplinary as possible. Furthermore, we give priority to sessions, which are co-organised by scholars from different countries.
In the summer months David Nichols and Elizabeth Taylor present a one-hour talk program on Melbourne public radio 3RRR, known as The Urbanists. Recent guests have included David Wadelton of the Northcote Hysterical Society, Dr. Ruth Lane of Monash University talking about hard rubbish and ‘geographies of waste’, Assoc. Prof Marco Amati of RMIT discussing planning exhibitions, Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Phil Heywood of QUT discussing the planning ramifications of the Queensland elections, and many others. The program is the summer replacement for the RRR show Einstein A-Go-Go; to listen to past programs, go to the station’s listen on demand page and follow the links to access the Einstein A-Go-Go timeslot.
Robert Freestone, “Progress in Australian planning history: Traditions, themes and transformations” Progress in Planning V91, July 2014 pp. 1-29
- • The culture, structure and progress of planning history studies from an Australian perspective are described.
- • Timely stocktake of literature focusing on recent (mainly post-2002) contributions.
- • An interdisciplinary framework for work at the interface of architectural, urban, environmental, and social histories is established.
- • Six major strands of cutting edge work resonant of wider planning concerns are established.
- • Reflections on the direction of future research needs and opportunities.
The proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand (February 2014) are available on-line via the Victoria University Centre for Building Performance Research [CBPR] website
Registrations are now being accepted for the 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, 2–5 February 2014
Conference website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/uhph2014