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Jul252018

Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award [prize]

 

 

My doctoral dissertation Networked Utopia: the Architecture and Urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company Satellite Citiesdefended in Madrid in 2016, has been selected as the recipient of the Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award 2018 of the International Planning History Society (IPHS).

The award, created in honour of Anthony Sutcliffe (founding member of IPHS and Planning Perspectives), recognizes the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English and completed during the two years preceding the IPHS biannual conference. There is no restriction on topic, but submissions that most directly and innovatively address the internationalism of the modern planning movement in line with much of Sutcliffe’s work were especially welcome.

According to the jury: “There are many reasons to highlight the great value this work: first because of the way in which the thesis provides a fascinating transect of the history of universal, early modern and modern approaches to urbanism and their manifestation in the urbanistic conceptions of the Bata Shoe Company Satellite Cities, including their transformation right through to their ‘post-industrial’ existence; secondly, the way in which it traces the transformation of the classic models from Howard, Garnier, and Le Corbusier linking them to the emerging concepts associated with Fordism; and thirdly, the way in which it provides an original account of the different shape the developments took in different climates. Furthermore, and more importantly, because of the highly original way in which it traces Harvey’s and Scott’s notions of ‘universal’ or ‘high modernism’, as well as of ‘ideals, types, myths and models’, through the development history of almost a century of this bundle of case studies in different parts of the world and right through to the cutting-edge developments of the technologies of the 21st century. Among the additional reasons that make this work the favorite are its design and graphic presentation.”


I received the award on the closing ceremony of the IPHS Conference in Yokohama (July 16-18, 2018).

 

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