By CED Communications
Photo courtesy of SACRPH
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Professor of Architecture Margaret Crawford completed her year as the president of the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) by delivering the presidential address at the 2017 SACRPH Conference on Oct. 22 in Cleveland, Ohio, titled “Adding People to Planning History.”
Crawford argued that planning historians should focus on the the gaps between planners and citizens by looking more carefully at the subjects of planning. Since everyone’s lives, livelihoods and experiences are shaped and impacted by planning and policy decisions, the human implications of these decisions consitute a vast territory of untapped investigation for scholars.
CED was well represented at the conference, with twelve Ph.D. students and recent graduates presenting papers.
The Society for American City and Regional Planning History is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and to bridging the gap between the scholarly study of cities and the practice of urban planning. The organization’s members come from a range of professions and areas of interest, and include historians, architects, planners, environmentalists, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, and students and scholars from across the country and around the world. To learn more about SACRPH, visit their website.