Thank You!

Thanks to all participants of the conference for coming to Delft and making the 17th IPHS conference a fabulous event. We hope that you have had a good remainder of your stay and a safe return.

Please don’t forget to check out the proceedings that are available at our website, via bkbooks and amazon. You can also download all volumes at once by clicking here. Also note that the whole series of proceedings is currently being organised as a repository at Furthermore, you can send in your IPHS 2016 paper for publication in Planning Perspectives.

Photos from the event will be made available through our facebook page and via twitter. We will also provide you with more information on the organisational team of the 2018 conference there.

See you in two years in Yokohama!

Best wishes from the organisational team of IPHS Delft 2016,

Carola Hein

IPHS Conference Proceedings

The 8 volumes of the proceedings of the 17th IPHS conference with all abstracts and select peer-reviewed papers are open access available and free for download at BK Books:

Some copies can be purchased at the Book exhibition or ordered through amazon.

You can also download all conference proceedings at once by clicking here.

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Activities during the 17th IPHS conference

Many activities will take place during the upcoming IPHS conference. It is still possible to register and pay for these activities during the conference. You can also reserve your spot by emailing

On Monday 18th July the Conference Reception will take place in Museum Rotterdam, located in OMA’s most recent building in Rotterdam, the Timmerhuis.

On Tuesday 19th July several half day tours are taking place. Willemijn Wilms-Floet will guide us through the courtyards of Delft, Het Nieuwe Instituut will open up the Dutch architecture archive, there’s a Vermeer excursion and it’s possible to experience the TU Delft campus in a tour led by PhD students.

On Wednesday 20th July there are still some spots left for a unique boat tour through Delft to the conference dinner.

On Thursday 21st July it is still possible to join a full day excursion to experience the rich history of Dutch planning. Paul Meurs will guide us through the Dutch Delta Works, Frits Palmboom will show us around the Ijsselmeer with special attention to the planning history of Van Eesteren, Paul van de Laar and Hilde Sennema will guide us through the old and new parts of Rotterdam, and Erik van der Kooij will guide an excursion to Amsterdam.

Guidelines for Presentations

During the 17th IPHS conference, 15 parallel panels will take place in different rooms, each panel consisting of 4-5 panelist (and a chair).

The session chairs have already made arrangements with many of their panelists and their indications should be followed. If this hasn’t happened, we suggest that speakers and chairs contact each other before their sessions and meet during the coffee break preceding their session in the conference room.

For sessions where the chairs have not made arrangements, we propose that in a session with four people, every speaker has 20 minutes to present, in a session with 5 people every speaker has 15 minutes to present, so that we can leave sufficient time for discussion.

Each room will be equipped with a computer and AV and there will be a specification on how to use it. However, the building is big, the rooms are dispersed and the equipment varies among the rooms. We therefore recommend that speakers get to their room early and upload their presentations on the local computers.

Final Conference Schedule Now Online




We are happy and proud to announce that the final conference schedule is now online. Take a look at here or click on the picture to the left.

We look forward to meeting you all in Delft this summer!

NEW! IPHS Koos Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovations

Starting in 2016 at the Delft Conference of IPHS, a new prize will be offered to recognize the authors of books (monographs or edited volumes), major articles or other academic contributions (including innovation in the digital field) developed by single authors or groups, that question accepted views and break away from the standard histories, expanding and modifying planning history enhancing its critical potential. We welcome submissions of outstanding innovative research in the field of planning history, published or developed in the two calendar years preceding an IPHS Conference. The work may be published or presented in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, or Japanese. Every effort will be made to include publications in other languages, although there may be practical limits based on the abilities of the IPHS Council Members. All potential applicants should contact the committee immediately if they would like to submit in a language not listed above.

The winner shall be a member of IPHS at the time of awarding the prize and should attend the bi-annual conference (Delft in 2016) in order to receive the prize and to present his/her work. There is a cash prize of 250 Euro (and a waiver of the registration fee in Delft).


Call for Nominations

Applications are invited from scholars for publications that appeared between January 2014 and December 2015:
All submissions must be combined into a single file PDF format, including the submission (or a link to it), the application form and a brief biography of the author with full contact details.
The period for receipt of submissions is only from 1 January to 30 April 2016.

Applications or nomination should be sent electronically to with heading: Submission for the Koos Bosma Award. 

Conference Registration Open

The registration for the 17th IPHS conference that will be held in Delft, 17-21 July 2016 is now open. Click here to register. For more information on registration and for all other questions, please send an email to

More information on registration fees can be found here. IPHS offers a reduced conference fee for non- or underemployed scholars and PhD-students. In addition, a limited number of registrations will be waived for graduate students and non- or underemployed scholars or retired faculty members who have an accepted paper. To apply, send an email to before March 15th  and include a letter of motivation and a reference letter.

Update on Abstract Submissions

The IPHS conference in Delft from 17-21 July 2016 on the topic of History-Urbanism-Resilience promises to become a very successful event. We have received more than 550 exciting proposals for panels, papers, and roundtables from around the world.

Given the high amount of abstracts we received, we will send out the abstract reviews a little later than planned, between the 5th and the 10th of February.

Submission deadline extended to 17 January 2016

The IPHS conference in Delft from 17-21 July 2016 promises to become a very successful event. We have already received close to 250 exciting proposals for panels, papers, and roundtables from around the world. Some panel organizers are still looking for participants and other potential authors have asked for an extensions, we have therefore extended the deadline proposals for panels, papers, roundtables or other events to 17. January 2016.

Please also check the draft schedule of the event (click here) and the announcement for half and full-day field trips. Check out the IPHS Facebook and LinkedIn pages, notably if you are planning to join a panel. You can find a list of already proposed panels here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Delft! Please also spread the news through your networks.

Call for Proposals – win the Atlas of the Dutch Urban Landscape!

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This website is now open to accept paper and panel proposals: click here to submit your proposals.

For the first three (accepted) proposed panels (3-5 speakers), we offer a copy of Reinout Rutte’s forthcoming English version of the beautifully illustrated Atlas of the Dutch Urban Landscape.
For the first ten (accepted) papers, we offer a selection of books including copies of Over Holland and of the first volume of the Series in Inaugural Speeches at TU Delft on Van Lohuizen and Van Eesteren.

We look forward to your applications!

Keynote speakers

Hereby we proudly announce the keynote speakers of the 17th IPHS Conference 2016:

Lawrence Vale, MIT
Han Meyer, Delft University of Technology
Shun-ichi Watanabe, Tokyo University of Science

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Jyoti Hosagrahar, Columbia University

Keynote Lunch Lecture

Michelangelo Russo, Unina (Università Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II)

Please click here for more information. 

Conference theme: History – Urbanism – Resilience

Over many centuries, cities around the world have demonstrated an astounding resilience as they have prepared for, responded to and recovered from natural and man-made disasters. In view of current challenges from earthquakes and tsunamis, from climate change and sea level rise, from migration and demographic transformation to war and terrorism, this conference invites papers that engage with the theme of resilience and the diverse tangible and intangible structures that support it.

We particularly welcome contributions that investigate urban form, urban visions, comprehensive planning, adaptive design, governance structures or policy making as related to danger, destruction and rebuilding in the modern era. This includes research on physical rebuilding, as well as economic restructuring, governance, and related social, ethnic, migratory, religious, and issues and implications.

The Netherlands is an ideal location to address this topic. Spatial planning, regional planning and urban planning have a long history; in fact, many Dutch cities wouldn’t exist without extensive preventive planning strategies many of which can be adapted in the face of rising sea levels. Delft for example, the conference venue, is two meters below sea level.

We also invite proposals on other topics relevant to the modern history of urban, regional and environmental planning generally. We encourage papers with a comparative and cross-disciplinary approach by historians, academic and practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, preservationists, public policy makers, and graduate students. In addition to individual proposals, proposals for themed sessions and round tables are welcome. Only peer-reviewed papers by presenters attending the conference will be included in the conference proceedings.