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|Faculty Award - John Friedmann Book Award|
This award is presented in even-numbered years only.
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.
John Friedmann is a widely-recognized planning scholar with an exceptionally distinguished career. He 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.
Deadline for Nomination
The deadline for submission of all nomination documentation is June 1 using the form below.
Specifically, the Selection Committee is looking for:
The following documentation should be submitted using the form below as one PDF document:
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.
Biography of John Friedmann
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).
Past Award Winners
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