Society for American City & Regional Planning History
Toronto Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 3-6, 2013

Welcome to SACRPH’s 15th National Conference on Planning History, which took place in Toronto, Canada!  Our conference began with a pre-conference tour, plenary session, and reception on Thursday, October 3rd, before launching into 70 panels and roundtables, a Presidential address, publishing workshops for journals and university presses, a poster session, and a book exhibit on Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th. We concluded with rare glimpses into Toronto housing, planning, and urban life via walking and bus tours on Sunday, October 6th. This review of the conference, which was published in the International Journal of E-Planning Research, provides further background and impressions on the proceedings.

The registration fee ($160 for students, $285 for SACRPH members, and $355 for non-members) included all of the above sessions, plus two breakfasts, two lunches, and three catered evening receptions. Graduate students were also invited to an additional reception. We also offered single-day registration options and add-on tours.

Please follow the links below to find out more details.  You can also connect with us on Facebook to share tips, exchange ideas, and otherwise stay up-to-date on conference-related happenings and discussions. Thanks to everyone who joined us in Toronto!

Conference Links

Schedule Tours
Program and Abstracts
Local Information
Registration Guidelines for Presenters
Hotel For Students
Transportation Call for Papers (closed)

Patrons / Sponsors / Friends

For helping to make the 15th National Conference on Planning History possible, SACRPH wishes to thank all those members who have volunteered their time, as well as the following institutional supporters:

Patrons ($5,000 or more)
Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning, University of Toronto
Brookfield Partners Foundation
Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto

Sponsors ($1,000-$4,999)
Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto
Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough
E.R.A. Architects Inc.
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Neptis Foundation
Urban History, published by Cambridge University Press
Urban Studies Program, Innis College, University of Toronto
Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University

Friends ($500-$999)
Public Works Historical Society
Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of California at San Diego

Panel Sponsors
Cambridge University Press, publisher of Urban History
Sage Publications, publisher of Journal of Planning History and Journal of Urban History
Taylor & Francis, publisher of Planning Perspectives

Continuous Professional Learning Certification

Attendees of the 2013 SACRPH Conference are eligible for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits through the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI). For further information, see the website of the OPPI. Those wishing to self-report their credits should see the CPL website. Thanks to David Gordon, Queen’s University, for his help in coordinating this certification!

Program Committee

Kristin Larsen, University of Florida (Co-Chair)
Nancy Kwak, UC San Diego (Co-Chair)
Julian Chambliss, Rollins College
Andra Chastain, Yale University (Grad student representative)
Louise Dyble, Michigan Tech
Robert Fairbanks, UT Arlington
Carola Hein, Bryn Mawr College
Matt Lasner, CUNY/Hunter College
Carlos Rodrigues, NJ Builders Association
J. Mark Souther, Cleveland State University
Robert Lewis, University of Toronto (Liaison for Local Arrangements)

Local Arrangements Committee

Robert Lewis, University of Toronto (Chair)
Matthew Farish, University of Toronto
Paul Hess, University of Toronto
Andre Sorensen, University of Toronto Scarborough
Zack Taylor, University of Toronto Scarborough
Richard White, University of Toronto Mississauga


Regarding local arrangements, contact: Robert Lewis or Richard White.
Regarding the conference program, contact: sacrph2013@gmail.com.
Regarding SACRPH or the website, contact the Webmaster.

Selected Past Conferences

SACRPH holds a national conference every two years. The conference provides a forum for historians and planners to present current papers as well as to attend workshops on current planning history topics. The conference also features in-depth tours and workshops on historical and contemporary planning issues in the host city.

2011 – Baltimore, MD
2009 – Oakland, CA
2007 – Portland, ME
2005 – Miami, FL
2003 – St. Louis, MO
2001 – Philadelphia, PA & Camden, NJ
1999 – Washington, DC
1997 – Seattle, WA
1995 – Knoxville, TN
1993 – Chicago, IL
1991 – Richmond, VA
1989 – Cincinnati, OH
1987 – Columbus, OH
1986 – Columbus, OH


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