Koos Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovation

The Koos Bosma 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, and 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, or Russian. 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 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).

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 Koos Bosma Award Committee members are: Professor Cor Wagenaar, TU Delft, The Netherlands; Professor Carola Hein, TU Delft The Netherlands; Professor Bogdan Tscherkes, TU L’viv, Ucraine; Professor Stephen Ramos, University of Georgia; Professor Irina Kukina, Siberian Federal University.


Conrad Kickert, Dream City: Creation, Destruction and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit (MIT Press, 2019).

The committee finds that the book Dream City – Creation, Destruction and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit is excellent, innovative, and well-deserving of the Bosma Prize. The committee praised your meticulous research that addresses Detroit with the respect, complexity, and depth that the case deserves. Committee members commented on the structural choice of seasonality, and how it further complicates the many fates and cycles of the Downtown and its metropolitan circumstance. The conclusion in particular, “A New Beginning: The Past as the Future,” underscores the complexity of conjugating urban pasts (fabric, economy, social groups, politics, etc.) forward. The Downtown as a locus for a forced chronological recognition demonstrates precisely the hubris, and ensuing crisis, of a Fordist pattern of urban production. The committee also recognizes the additional efforts in grant writing that enabled the high-quality maps and images. They are superb. The work is as insightful as it is challenging, and truly exemplifies the qualities that the Bosma Prize celebrates.

Ian Morley, American Colonisation and the City Beautiful: Filipinos and Planning in the Philippines, 1916-35 (London, Routledge, 2019).

The committee finds that the book American Colonisation and the City Beautiful: Filipinos and Planning in the Philippines, 1916-35 provides an excellent analysis of City Beautiful planning within the complex transition period of Spanish and U.S. Colonialisms in the Philippines. The committee praised your in-depth research of hidden histories of the ‘Americanization’ of the Philippines in the early years of the twentieth century. The book portrays the forging of the Philippine planning profession within this context, conjugating City Beautiful dictates with those of the Spanish Law of the Indies. The committee recognises the depth of research with original primary material as an important work on a subject for which, heretofore, little attention has been dedicated. In this way, the committee celebrates the book’s strengths, along with its place within broader planning history knowledge. The book also contributes a fascinating case study to the rich study on how planning and plans travel through international networks. The committee, thus, awards the Bosma Prize for the book’s high-quality and innovation.


Not announced.


Calabi, Donatella. Acqua e Cibo a Venezia, Venezia:Marsilio, 2015.