East Asia Planning History Prize

The aim of this Prize is to encourage young scholars of East Asia to engage in planning history and to publish their work in English. It is also meant to expand IPHS membership in East Asia. East Asia here includes ‘Eastern Asia’ and ‘South-eastern Asia’ defined by the United Nations Statistic Division.

The Prize is awarded for outstanding research in the planning history of East Asia published in English in the form of a refereed article (preferably single-authored, but first-authored possible) in an academic journal (not in the conference proceedings), in the previous two calendar years before an IPHS Conference (online or in print), by a native, citizen, and resident of a nation in East Asia 45 years old or under at the time of publication.

The Prize winner shall be an IPHS member at the time of awarding the Prize. The Prize includes a monetary award of 250 GBP and a certificate.

East Asia Planning History Prize Committee

  • Chair: Professor Emeritus Fukuo Akimoto, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Professor Shulan Fu, Zhejiang University, China
  • Professor Akihiro Kashima, Setsunan University, Japan
  • Professor Renato Leão Rego, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil
  • Professor Dirk Schubert, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany

Further information about the Prize and an Application Form can be obtained from the committee chair Professor Fukuo Akimoto (e: fa@kyudai.jp).

Awarded papers


Two awardees

Saito, S. (2021) ‘The disposition of building evacuation sites and war-damage reconstruction in Sendai: The projects and the relationships among public entities for the conversion of evacuation sites into urban planning sites.’ Japan Architectural Review 4(1): 129-143.

This single-authored paper by Graduate Student Shunsuke SAITO (Kyoto University) is a historical case study of city defense and reconstruction efforts in Sendai during and after WWII. The author, through diligent archival research, clarifies the relationship between building evacuation projects and the war-damaged reconstruction planning, and has precisely delineated the entire process of converting building evacuation sites into urban planning sites, with a high quality of investigative skills. This paper offers an important contribution to the under-researched topic of planning history of Japan. Therefore, this is worthy of the Prize.

Guo, L. and X. Rong (2020) ‘Taking the high ground: construction of the regional spatial order of Chang’an Area in Tang Dynasty’, Planning Perspectives 35(1): 115-141.

This first-authored paper submitted by Assistant Professor Lu GUO (Tsinghua University) is a historical study of the urban planning and design of the capital city of the most prosperous global empire of ancient China. The author has successfully identified the main strategy for the construction of the regional spatial order, using an original multi-level technical method: macro, micro- site selection and the layout of architectural complex, based on evidence from archaeology, literature and field study. The paper has made a new breakthrough in research perspective, content and methodology of planning history of ancient China, so deserves the Prize.

Honorable mention

Iwamoto, K. and C. Hein (2021) ‘The role of Dutch civil engineering in modern port planning in Japan (1870s–1890s)’, Planning Perspectives 36(3): 617-629.

This first-authored paper submitted by researcher Kazumasa IWAMOTO (National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management) explores the roles of Dutch civil engineers on the development of late nineteenth-century Japanese port engineering and planning. The author brilliantly illustrates Van Doorn, Mulder and De Rijke’s work on three ports (Nobiru, Mikuni, and Yokohama) on the basis of existing research, and intriguingly hints their influences on urban planning, which is expected to be proven. By focusing upon the Dutch influence, the paper has a great potential to show originality in broadening the research horizon of planning history of Japan and to attract widespread interest from the international readership.


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Kosuke Matsubara, “Gyoji Banshoya (1930-1998): A Japanese Planner Devoted to Historic  Cities in the Middle East and North Africa”. Planning Perspectives (Online: 14 Oct. 2015; DOI:10.1080/02665433.2015.1073610)

Shulan Fu, “Shan-shui Myth and History: The Locally Planned Process of Combining the Ancient City and West Lake in Hangzhou, 1896-1927”. Planning Perspectives (Online: 06 Oct 2015; DOI:10.1080/02665433.2015.1079795)

(Honorable Mention)Sanghoon Jung, “Oswald Nagler, HURPI, and the Formation of Urban Planning and Design in South Korea: The South-Seoul Plan by HURPI and the Mok-dong Plan”. Journal of Urban History, 40 (3), 585-605, 2014.


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Miao Xu (co-writer: Zhen Yang), “Design History of China’s Gated Cities and Neighbourhoods: Prototype and Evolution”. Urban Design International, 14 (2), 99-117, 2009.

(Honorable Mention) Chen Yu, “The Making of a Bund in China: The British Concession in Xiamen (1852-1930)”. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, 7 (1), 31-38, 2008.