Greeting from the Convenor

Dear all,

It is our great pleasure and privilege to introduce the plan for the 18th IPHS Conference. The next IPHS Conference will be held in July 15-19, 2018, in Yokohama, Japan. The Planning Heritage Study Group as the host institution will welcome you to Yokohama.

The conference theme is “Looking at the world history of planning”.

Rapid globalization has enabled people to frequently cross over national boundaries and interact with each other, however, on the other hand, it has also caused various conflicts. Tolerance of different cultures,  justice and rights are sometimes forgotten in the face of political and economic decisions and social  reality. The world is not currently at peace. In such circumstances, how can an academic planning history group contribute?

Through the history of city planning, we are able to concentrate on a higher interest in the diversity of our world which makes it richer and to contribute ourselves to promoting further mutual understanding. In order to see the bigger picture of autonomous planning and urban cultures which have fostered our diversity through influential encouragement, it is necessary to build our understanding of perspectives in the real world history of planning.

We believe the role of the International Planning History Society is rooted in this understanding and contributes to building these perspectives. The theme of the conference is to establish the idea of framing the knowledge of the International Planning History Society based on the fundamental diversity of a world history of planning, and to find common ground with unique and diverse East Asian planning history.

The City of Yokohama, with a population of 3.7 million and located 30 kilometers south of Tokyo, is easily accessible by major international airlines, is full of interesting planning heritage of the Japanese modern period and is a walkable, fashionable and, above all, very safe city. The main venue is Yokohama Port Opening Hall, built in 1918 and refurbished in 1989. It is located in the city center near Chinatown, surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants and hotels. So the real venue could be considered as the City itself. The Hall has many rooms and a large auditorium with 481 seats. We are organizing various committees in order to make the conference enjoyable and meaningful for all participants.

See you next time in Yokohama.

Yours sincerely,


Convenor of IPHS 2018 Yokohama
The University of Tokyo