PhD Juho Luukkonen rewarded with the 2014 Planning Thought Award

The Evolution of Planning Thought project organized an international Planning Thought Award competition to recruit early career planning scholars to contribute to the Evolution of Planning Thought project.

The awardees were expected to be passionate about planning and keen to understand the roots of planning on the basis of oral histories.  The project sought for scholars interested in looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the international disciplinary debate on what planning is, might and/or should be in the future.

On April 3rd 2014 the Planning Thought Award Jury (Laura Saija, John Friedmann, Paul Benneworth & Beatrix Haselsberger) nominated 4 award winners out of 39 applications. The Planning Thought Award went to: Sabrina LAI (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, IT), Kathrine QUICK (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, US), Chris MAIDMENT (Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, UK) & Juho LUUKKONEN (University of Oulu, Finland).

The awardees were invited to a week-long intensive symposium in Vienna in May 2014, where they had a chance to conduct face-to-face interviews with highly respected planners from the first planning generation.  These inter-generational dialogues sought to challenge the seniors of the planning discipline to come forward with messages that have contemporary and future salience.  The results of these discussions will be made available in different publishing formats.  On the one hand, one of the concluding chapters of the book The Future of Planning: Personal Stories in the Evolution of Planning Thought is dedicated to disseminating these discussions.  On the other hand, the Editors of the book seek to jointly write an Interface article to be published in the Journal Planning Theory and Practice with the award winners.

More information about the Evolution of Planning Thought Project and the award: http://info.tuwien.ac.at/planning-thought/index.php/home.html

Last updated: 3.6.2014