March 28, 2014
Conference convener: Prof. Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP
Hosted by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University with funding provided by the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.
Visionary thinking was, in many ways, the foundation of the modern city planning profession. Early planners like Burnham, Olmsted, Tugwell, MacKaye, and others used an emerging suite of analytical tools, reasoning, and design to paint exquisite pictures of what the future could hold: plans that the American Planning Association today celebrates as "landmark". As the profession has evolved and grown, however, planning has become increasingly ensconced within the routine administrative functions of local government. Somewhere in the middle of the 20th century a concern for predictability, risk avoidance, and conservatism impacted the very heart and soul of planning; we went from planning for the possible to planning for the probable.
This conference seeks to redirect the momentum of contemporary city planning back toward a creative exploration of what places could be instead of what they are likely to become. With a focus on the innovative work occurring in two sister regions, Québec (Canada) and New England (USA), the conference will offer the chance for comparison across the two regions and opportunities for improved collaboration and cross-fertilization. Speakers are invited to present research on the current landscape of visionary city planning in both regions and describe examples of what planning for the possible looks like on the ground today in Québec and New England.
Abstract Submission Guidelines
By Nov 1 submit:
- Proposed Title of Paper
- Abstract (300 word limit)
- Bio of lead author (100 word limit)
- Contact info: email, phone number
Responses to submissions will be no later than November 15
Paper Submission Guidelines
By Feb 1 submit:
- Paper between 5000-10000 words
- Short bio (100 words) for all contributing authors
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