IPHS 2012

The International Planning History Society (IPHS) was inaugurated in January 1993 as a successor body to the Planning History Group, founded in England in 1974.

The Society endeavors to foster the study of planning history worldwide; encourages and supports interest and place-based networks in the fields of planning history; 
 publishes a journal 
and organises conferences.

The proposed theme for the 15th IPHS Conference is "Cities, nations and regions in planning history". It addresses to the persistent question of how to overcome territorial disparities and asymmetries in the sphere of planning history. It is an attempt to detect connections and discontinuities, tensions and superimpositions, both in the processes of urbanization and the planning field. As such, it brings to the foreground practices, concepts, and meanings related to the links between cities, the nation and different regional scales.

The Conference that will be held in São Paulo is the first incursion of IPHS in South America. This is an opportunity to know one of the hugest cities around the world, locus of a multiplicity of ideas and forms of urbanization

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About São Paulo

The City of São Paulo, founded by Portuguese missionaries in 1554, has grown a great deal since early 20th Century. In 1900, it was still a relatively small city with less than 200,000 inhabitants. Now it is the largest city in Brazil, with an estimated population of over 11 million residents.

At the center of a heavily urbanized metropolitan area, São Paulo exerts a significant regional and national influence on commerce and finance, as well as in politics and the arts. The city is historically a land of ethnical diversity. Since the abolition of slavery in 1888 and all throughout the 20th Century, it has received large numbers of immigrants from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, as well as from other Brazilian states. Recognized for its cosmopolitanism, the city manifests a varied socio-cultural composition, as well as a privileged condition for international fluxes and exchanges.

The city offers a vast and diverse hotel and restaurant infrastructure; from international hotel chains like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Accor, Meliá, Radisson and Unique, to local neighborhood inns, there are 410 hotels with 42,000 rooms.

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