Call for Papers: Journal of the American Planning Association

Deadline: September 30, 2014
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Journal of the American Planning Association
Call for Papers
Special Issue on Historic Preservation and Planning
Researchers are invited to submit webstracts of potential articles to the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) for inclusion in a special issue on the synergies and tensions between historic preservation and planning. This issue is planned to publish in late 2016 and will be guest edited by Jennifer Minner of Cornell University and Michael Holleran of the University of Texas at Austin.
Interested authors must submit webstracts to the guest editors ( and by September 30, 2014. These should not exceed 450 words and should follow the style guidelines at (For examples, see the first page of every article in recent issues.) By October 15, 2014, the authors of a subset of these proposals will be invited to submit full papers by January 31, 2015. These will receive a normal JAPA double-blind peer review. Papers submitted but not accepted in time for this special issue will also be considered for publication in a later issue.
Planning and historic preservation share roots as means of managing urban development (Page and Mason, 2004). Early experiments in land use control included building height limits to preserve historic views in Boston (Holleran, 1998), urban design guidelines for real and imagined historic fabric in Santa Fe (Wilson, 1997), and the adoption of historic districts in Charleston. By the 1960s, preservation became an act of resistance to the excesses of modernist planning and urban renewal. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was the culmination of grassroots sentiment that historic resources are worthy of protection and integral to the vitality of communities. Since that time, historic preservation has been incorporated into local government planning.
A generation ago, JAPA articles explored evolving interactions between the two fields (Birch & Roby, 1984; Gale, 1991; Baer, 1995; Robins, 1995). In the past two decades, this evolution has continued, but it has received less attention. This special issue aims to remedy that neglect.
Preservation practice has substantially overlapped with planning efforts. The National Main Street Center has strengthened small-city downtowns throughout the country. Local governments have used preservation as a means of community engagement and as a resource for neighborhood planning efforts as well as large-scale comprehensive planning (City of Los Angeles, n.d.). Preservation organizations have actively collaborated in Smart Growth initiatives. Recent research highlights the sustainability importance of preserving and retrofitting existing buildings and districts (Preservation Green Lab, 2014; Preservation Green Lab, 2011; Frey, 2008). There are many indications that planning and preservation successfully operate in tandem and with common cause.
Despite interrelated practices, preservation remains a distinct professional domain. Its language of architectural significance and historic integrity can seem alien to planners. Preservation programs may seem irrelevant to planning efforts, or preservation may seem a threat to visions of the compact and equitable city. Preservation has been perceived as counter to achieving higher density urban form (Glaeser, 2010).  Rem Koolhaas has even called preservation a “dangerous epidemic” that jeopardizes the health of cities (Ouroussoff, 2011). While some see preservation as a means of retaining a cohesive community identity and a sense of place, others view it as a tool of exclusion. It has been vilified and valorized by various urban theorists and community groups as a cause, symptom, and antidote to gentrification (Zukin et al., 2009; Zukin, 2004; Chusid, 2006.)
This special issue invites qualitative, quantitative, spatial and mixed methods research related to historic preservation and planning. Authors are invited to submit original work that advances the sharing of knowledge between the linked past and future of historic preservation and planning. Paper topics might include (but are not limited to):
●       Synergies between planning and preservation and future directions to advance areas of mutual interest;
●       Tensions between the aims of preservation and planning and proposals for ameliorating them;
●       Preservation and land use planning, including its use in Smart Growth, New Urbanism, or other related planning initiatives;
●       The role of preservation in economic development, revitalization and place-making;
●       Resilience planning and threats to historic areas facing increased natural disasters and sea level rise;
●       Preservation, gentrification and displacement;
●       Preservation as a tool for or an impediment to affordable housing;
●       Preservation, public space, and spaces of resistance;
●       Urban rightsizing and preservation;
●       Preservation regulation and property rights conflicts;
●       Quantitative and spatial methods of analyzing urban fabric and integrating preservation and sustainability planning efforts;
●       Assessments of the state of federal and local historic preservation and its place in planning practice;
●       Changes to planning and preservation as a result of advancements in information and communication technologies.

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Birch, E. L., & Roby, D. (1984). The planner and the preservationist: an uneasy alliance. Journal of the American Planning Association, 50(2), 194–207.
Chusid, J. (2006). Preservation in the Progressive City: Debating History and Gentrification in Austin. Next American City, (12), 23.
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