John Friedmann Book Award

Deadline for Nominations - April 30, 2014
Awarded in even-numbered years
(photos of winners)

John Friedmann is a widely-recognized planning scholar with an exceptionally distinguished career.  He has contributed in many ways to the field of urban and regional planning, through his writings on planning theory, regional development planning, and world cities.  He is the author of 26 books and close to 200 articles, and has received many distinguished awards (see below).  He has also offered unstinting service to the planning academy, both through his varied teaching career and through his co-sponsorship of activities designed to support doctoral students in planning. 

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) has established the John Friedmann Book Award, approved by its Governing Board on April 13, 2013.  This award is presented to a book or comparable work that best exemplifies scholarship in the area of planning for sustainable development.  ACSP grants this award based on nomination packages submitted every other year, during the spring of even-numbered years, for presentation at the annual ACSP fall meeting (or other venue as determined by the ACSP conference schedule).  This award is complementary with the Paul Davidoff Award, designed primarily for books focused on social justice, and awarded during odd-numbered years.  Here are some of the general criteria for the John Friedmann Book Award:

  • Exemplary scholarship in the area of planning for sustainable development, at a range of scales, including local, regional, national, or international.The award selection committee is particularly interested in the two areas of (1) economic development or (2) ‘environmental’ or ’just’ sustainability, which are specific components of the broader field of “sustainability.”

  • An original work which is either an original book, other than an edited volume; a creative feature-length film; or other creative product of exceptional quality;

  • Written or presented in the English language;

  • During the previous five years.

Specifically, the Selection Committee is looking for:

a. The degree to which the book/topic addresses social learning, incorporates diverse perspectives, offers innovation in conceptualizing planning institutions (what they are, who they are, etc.), and addresses the role of planner beyond technical analyst;

b. High quality analysis or argument (if applicable);

c. Original thought, creativity, and innovation (i.e., what is really new about this work? How does it push the boundaries of knowledge?);

d. High quality writing, including the ability to transcend typical academic audiences; and 

e. Excellent overall exposition of the work (e.g., a narrative arc, clarity, layout, supporting figures, etc.).

Nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent to the award selection committee by the date specified for that year and should include one nomination letter and no fewer than two or more than four letters of support, along with an appropriate number of copies of the book as determined by the selection committee.  The selection committee, appointed by the ACSP President, will ideally include a diverse (by age, race/ ethnicity, gender) collection of scholars with a distinguished record of publication and scholarship as well as some knowledge of planning for sustainable development.

SELECTION COMMITTEE
The selection committee, appointed by the ACSP President, will ideally include a diverse (by age, race/ ethnicity, gender) collection of scholars with a distinguished record of publication and scholarship as well as some knowledge of sustainability planning.

2014 Award Committee

Julian Agyeman, Chair
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts University
97 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA  02155
julian.agyeman@tufts.edu

Phil Berke
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Texas A&M University
Langford A 311A
College Station, TX 77843-3137
pberke@unc.edu 

Kevin Krizek
Via Leandro Alberti, 12
Bolona, 40137   Italy
krizek@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU  

Connie Ozawa
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University
370A Urban Center, 506 SW Mill Street
or PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
ozawac@pdx.edu

Stephanie Pincetl
130 S. Sycamore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
spincetl@ioes.ucla.edu

Brief Biography of John Friedmann, University of British Columbia

Friedmann has taught at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (1956-58), MIT (1961-65), the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (1966-69), and the University of California at Los Angeles (1969-96, where he founded the Urban Planning Department in 1969 under Dean Harvey S. Perloff. After his official retirement from UCLA, he has served in honorary positions at the University of Melbourne, the National University of Taiwan, and since 2001, has held an honorary appointment at the School of Community and Regional Planning, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Throughout his life, he has been an advisor to governments in Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Mozambique, and in China, where he was appointed Honorary Foreign Advisor to the China Academy of Planning and Urban Design (2007).

He is the author of 26 books, including 9 edited/co-edited collections, and about 200 articles on a wide range of topics, from regional planning to urbanization, social development, and planning theory. His writings have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Farsi.

He is best known for his early work on regional development planning with William Alonso, the core-periphery theory of regional development, the theory of transactive planning and social learning, and the world city hypothesis. His current research interests are focused on urbanization processes in China. His most recent books include China’s Urban Transition (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and Insurgencies: Essays in Planning Theory (Routledge, 2011).

Among the many honors he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship and Honorary doctorates from the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile (1969) and the University of Dortmund (1988). He was honored by the Chilean Government in 1969 receiving the Bernardo O’Higgins Order (in rank of Commander); was the first person to receive the prestigious Distinguished Planning Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; and received the first UN-Habitat Lecture Award for lifetime achievement in the service of human settlements (2006).