Conference Theme

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.


Cities, Modernity and City Planning in East Asia
Informal and Formal Urbanization Development
Diverse Planning Culture and its Commonalities
Harbour Cities and their Planning Histories
The Contribution of International City Exchanges and City Planning History
City Planning Legacy and a Sustainable Future
Concept and Methodology of Global/World Planning History
Pluralistic Urbanism and Urban Multicultural Planning

We also welcome proposals on topics relevant to the following sub-themes:

Urban Form
Urban Visions
Comprehensive Planning
Planning Legacy and Heritage
Cross-cultural Exchange and Colonization
Concept and Methodology of Global/World Planning History

Be that as it may, proposals on other topics relevant to urban and regional planning history generally and proposals for advanced interdisciplinary studies for specific areas in (comparative) urban and regional planning history are welcome as well.