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Nominations being accepted now for the 2017 Paul Davidoff Book Award

Tuesday, February 28, 2017  
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In 2015, about 15 books were up for consideration for the Paul Davidoff Book Award. We would be delighted to have as many, or more submissions for the 2017 Award.

The ACSP Paul Davidoff Book award recognizes an outstanding book publication promoting participatory planning and positive social change, opposing poverty and racism as factors in society and seeking ways to reduce disparities between rich and poor; white and black; men and women. The ACSP Paul Davidoff Book Award is presented by the ACSP at its annual conference to honor the memory of a revered and respected activist academic in the field of modern city planning.

Paul Davidoff was an unyielding force for justice and equity in planning. He viewed planning as a process to address a wide range of societal problems and to improve conditions for all people. He challenged academics and professionals alike to find ways to promote participatory planning and positive social change; to overcome poverty and racism and to reduce disparities in society. Before his untimely death, he implemented major contributions to the field as an educator, practitioner and intellectual. His influence in planning extends to this day. His work constitutes a watershed in the theory and practice of community planning.

The Paul Davidoff Book Award was established in 1985 by ACSP and is one of the most prestigious honors in the academic planning field. The award is granted biennially to the publication which most reflects Davidoff’s commitments and values.

A list of previous winners can be found in the ACSP Award Archives.

The eligibility requirements and guidelines for candidacy are as follows:

  1. The nominated work must be a book. If the nominated publication is an edited book, it will be considered if it is a coherent whole [other edited books, articles and reports are not eligible].
  2. The nominated work may have single or multiple authors.
  3. The nominated book must have been published within five (5) years of the date of the award.
  4. Previously nominated books may be re-nominated and will be considered anew.
  5. The nominated book must relate to the practice or theory of planning or provide critical background concepts or research important to the profession of planning.
  6. The nominated book must reflect Paul Davidoff’s commitments and values in a manner consistent with the high quality of all his endeavors.

Who may nominate:
Nominations may come from any individual or organization including publishers, academics, public or private organizations, agencies or institutions. Agencies are limited to three nominations; faculty and students may be involved in the identification of nominations.

The nomination process:

  1. Each nomination requires a submission of one copy of the book directly to each of the four committee members.
  2. Each nomination requires completion of the online nomination form. The online form will require the inclusion of the following information:
    1. The authors’ name(s), email address(es)
    2. The publication title, place and date
    3. A brief abstract of contents (200 words maximum)
    4. A summary statement of the consistency of the submission with the award purposes and the quality of the contribution
    5. The name and email address of the nominator
    6. No more than three (3) additional letters of support of the nominated book (optional) submitted as PDF documents
    7. Tracking numbers of the book shipments to each committee member

The form submission deadline is April 15, and one book must be mailed to each committee member postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.

We welcome your nominations!

Mail one copy of the book to EACH of these committee members postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.

Jason Corburn, Paul Davidoff Award Committee Chair

Department of City & Regional Planning
316 Wurster Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720-1850

Ananya Roy
1220 N. Orange Grove Avenue, Unit 10
West Hollywood, CA  90046
Gerardo Sandoval
3527 Regent Avenue
Eugene, OR  97401

Bill Goldsmith

209 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY  14850


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