Keynote Speeches

Lawrence Vale, MIT

Prof. Lawrence Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002-2009, and currently directs the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI). He was president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for 2011-2013. His many books examining urban design, housing and planning include five that have won national or international prizes:  Architecture, Power, and National Identity; From the Puritans to the Projects; Reclaiming Public Housing; Planning Ideas That Matter (co-edited with Bish Sanyal and Christina Rosan); and Purging the Poorest.

Lawrence Vale’s talk has been recorded and can be viewed through collegerama. 


Shun-ichi Watanabe, Tokyo University of Science

Prof. Shun-ichi J. Watanabe is Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo University of Science, where he has taught the theory and history of city planning for 24 years before his retirement in 2014. Born in 1938, he got B.S. in Arch. (Tokyo, 1961), M.C.P. (Harvard, 1964) and D.S. in Engineering (Tokyo, 1973) and has served as the visiting scholar at universities in UK, USA, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. He is one of the research pioneers in planning history in Japan and is the author or editor of seven books in comparative planning, planning history and community building (Machizukuri). Currently he is working on a book project that would examine the formative process and unique characteristics of the City Planning Act of 1919, which will soon cerebrate its 100th year of history. He has served as a council member of IPHS since its inauguration in 1993, now also as the Chair of its East Asia Planning History Prize Committee.

Shun-Ichi Watanabe’s can be rewatched here. 


Han Meyer, Delft University of Technology Han Meyer is Professor of Theory and Methods of Urban Design at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands since 2001. He has published a number of books concerning the fundamentals of the discipline of Urbanism, the present state-of-the-art of Dutch Urbanism and on the transformation of port-cities. His present research focuses on ‘Delta-urbanism,’ considering the possibility of an integrated approach of urban planning and design, hydraulic engineering and port development in delta-areas. Recent publications include: New perspectives for urbanized deltas. Amsterdam: MUST publishers (eds.) 2015, Urbanized Deltas in Transition. Amsterdam: Techne Press (eds.) 2014, New Orleans after Katrina: Building America’s Water City. Built Environment, 40(2), 281-299, 2014, (The End of) The State of the Delta (and What Might Follow) and OASE#93 84-99, 2014, Delta Urbanism: New Challenges for planning and design in urbanized deltas, in Built Environment Vol.40, nr 3, 149-155, 2014.

Han Meyer’s lecture can be watched here.


Gordon Cherry Memorial Lecture

Jyoti Hosagrahar, Columbia University

Jyoti Hosagrahar is a professor and Director of the SUI Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York; UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in India where she is also Chair of the Ph.D. program; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International (SUI), an NGO in Bangalore, India. She is member of the national Advisory Committee for World Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and serves as a technical expert for UNESCO on historic cities, culture and development, and urban sustainability. She is an expert for the UN Habitat III Policy Unit on Socio Cultural Urban Framework, and heads the ICOMOS Task Force on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development.

Jyoti Hosagrahar’s lecture at IPHS 2016 can be watched here. 


Key Note Lunch Lecture

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

Michelangelo Russo is full Professor of Urban Planning and is the head of the Laboratory of Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, where he is currently the Coordinator of the PhD Program in Architecture. He was a member of several national and international research groups, currently in the unit of Naples Programma Prin 2012 “Re-cycle Italy. Nuovi cicli di vita per architetture e infrastrutture di città e paesaggio” and Programma  Faro “Cilento Labscape”. He is the president of the national executive of the SIU – Società Italiana degli Urbanisti, and in 2013 he was in the scientific coordination of the XVI Conferenza Nazionale Siu, “Urbanistica per una diversa crescita”. His research deals with the themes, the knowledge and the phenomena of contemporary urban design in relation to the mutations of the city, urbanized areas, landscapes, interaction space / country.

Michelangelo Russo’s lunch talk is available here. 


The Prize Award Ceremony as well as the closing ceremony of the IPHS 2016 conference can be rewatched here.