The Urbanists

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.

“Progress in Australian planning history: Traditions, themes and transformations”

Robert Freestone, “Progress in Australian planning history: Traditions, themes and transformations” Progress in Planning V91, July 2014 pp. 1-29

Abstract:

Planning history is a distinctive strain in modern planning scholarship that provides dividends in the broader understanding of planning’s aims, development, impacts, achievements and limitations. Since the 1970s, with the infusion of more critical social science and creative humanities perspectives, planning history has developed a global reach characterised by cross-cutting themes and international institutions but research remains largely organised on a national basis. This review of recent and cutting edge literature deals exclusively with the Australian realm: its origins, governance, preoccupations and potentials. The major focus is on recent (mainly post-2002) literature and contributions capturing of innovative takes on the historical development of planning. Like urban history, planning history takes shape primarily within topical clusters and Abbott’s (2006) threefold characterisation of urban history concerns for planners provides a useful typology. Against this backdrop, the paper describes the culture, structure and progress of planning history studies from an Australian perspective. It establishes an interdisciplinary framework with other adjectival histories (architectural, urban, environmental, social), reviews recent path-breaking research organised around six major themes resonant of wider planning concerns, and reflects on directions for future research.

Highlights

• 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.

CFP 12th International Conference on Urban History, Lisbon 2014

The Call for Papers for the 12th International Conference on Urban History “Cities in Europe, Cities in the World” is now open. The online submission form can be found at
http://www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt until 15 October 2013. After this deadline, session coordinators will make a selection of accepted proposals and authors will be notified about their decision by 15 December 2013.

Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group Conference, NZ: CFP extended

The 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) will take place in Wellington, New Zealand between February 2 and 5, 2014 hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture

The call for abstracts has been extended until the end of April.

Further information on the Call for Papers and conference subthemes can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/uhph2014

Please contact Morten Gjerde on morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz with any queries.

CFP: Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group Biennial Conference, Wellington NZ

The 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) will take place in Wellington, New Zealand between February 2 and 5, 2014 hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture

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Conference Theme: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History

Urbanisation represents a dynamic flux of social histories and natural ecologies woven together across time. The interaction between settlement and landscape told through conflict, discovery, heroism, failure, imagination and policy at different scales presents a rich lode for histories informed by an environmental perspective. This conference affords a special opportunity to explore these interrelationships but will welcome all contributions related to urban and planning history in Australia and New Zealand.

Wellington is an inspired location in which to consider the complex relationships between cities and their settings. It is situated in a dramatic landscape, with the built environment perched between rugged, bush-clad hills and a magnificent harbour.

Call for papers

The Conference Committee has made a call for paper abstracts. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 March 2013. Further information on the Call for Papers and conference subthemes can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/uhph2014

Please contact Morten Gjerde on morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz with any queries.