IPHS 2014 Call for Papers

2014 IPHS Conference, St. Augustine, Florida, USA.
July 20-23 2014
Event theme: ‘Past as a Guide to Sustainable Future’

International Planning History Society Conference – 2014
“Past As Guide to Sustainable Futures”

The College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, with support from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, proposes is hosting the 2014 IPHS Conference, July 20-23, based upon the theme, “Past as Guide to Sustainable Futures.”. The conference city is a model of sustainability and adaptation. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in North America and whose town plan is recognized on the US National Historic Register. The IPHS conference will occur in the midst of a four-year remembrance that includes the 200th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution, the 500th anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon in Florida and by official accounts North America, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which had direct ties to St. Augustine, and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. St. Augustine remains a vibrant walkable city with a rich array of historic sites of national importance, including the Castillo de San Marcos situated along the city’s waterfront. There are several other forts in the city and adjacent area. St. Augustine boasts historic houses and structures preserved and managed by an array of local organization, museums that showcase different phases of St. Augustine’s development. The city’s signature complex, the Hotel Ponce de Leon and its companion buildings (opened in 1888) now function as the academic buildings of the Flagler College campus. Two other Flagler structures serve the city, one being the main offices of city government and a museum, and the other a high-end hotel, the Casa Monica.The Conference will use many parts of this walkable city. For example, the Flagler College campus classrooms, auditorium and the Ponce itself, will accommodate many of the conference activities. Yet, adjacent to the Flagler campus is Government House, a historic structure that previously served as a post office and then as government offices (including those of the local preservation officials) which is being restored and converted into a multi-use space under the stewardship of the University of Florida. Indeed, the University of Florida, in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, is engaged in improvements and management of more than thirty historic and re-production structures within the main historic core of St. Augustine. The intent of the conference is to embed participants, even for their short stay, in the life of this historic walkable city.

It is also worth noting that St. Augustine is situated in St. John’s County, one of Florida’s more affluent waterfront areas. In addition to its historic attributes, the area boasts some of the finest water-based recreation. It is also home to the US Golf Hall of Fame (with several terrific golf courses), and its proximity to several of Florida’s major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville to the north and Orlando to the south) provides another set of complementary urban amenities for conferees.

The conference will include at least two full days of sessions, at least one-half day for local tours within St. Augustine (and beyond), and the opportunity for some pre- and post-conference tours beyond St. Augustine.

Conference registration costs are still being determined but will be kept as low as possible through the use of various public spaces (with less onerous space costs) and through local sponsorship of conference activities. There will be an optional conference dinner held in the opulent dining space of the former Ponce Hotel (which currently serves as the Flagler College student dining area). There will be published proceedings for the conference that includes a full body of paper abstracts and a more limited volume of papers accepted through a refereed process.

Accommodations in St. Augustine are plentiful and affordable. Within walking distance of the historic area, downtown and the Flagler College campus, there more than 600 hotel rooms and a wide variety of inns and bed-and-breakfast accommodations, ranging from $60- $200 per night. The elegant Casa Monica Hotel, adjacent to Flagler College, will serve as the lead accommodation for conference participants with a reserved block of 120 rooms (virtually the entire hotel). Information on accommodations, travel recommendations, and registration will be available on the IPHS 2014 web site available by May 2013.

Proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, roundtable discussion sessions, and poster presentation are welcomed on the conference them and on all aspects of planning history. The call for proposals, with full details on the submission process, will be available by May 2013.

In the meantime, mark your calendars and consider joining us in historic St. Augustine, Florida, in July 2014 for a truly remarkable gathering,

For inquiries and further information about the 2014 conference, contact:
Christopher Silver, PhD, FAICP
Dean and Professor
College of Design, Construction and Planning
University of Florida
331 Architecture Building
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 352-392-4836
Fax: 352-392-7266
IPHS Secretary General
Editor, Journal of Planning History

Details from the 15th IPHS conference (2012) in São Paulo, Brazil can be found here.