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Carola Hein
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About My Work
Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning. She trained in Hamburg (Diplom-Ingenieurin) and Brussels (Architecte) and earned her doctorate at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in 1995. She has published and lectured widely on topics in contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning—notably in Europe and Japan—and has authored several articles and books on capital city issues in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Berlin, and Tokyo. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University, focusing on the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II and the Western influence on Japanese urban planning. Among other major grants, in 2004, she held a grant by the Brussels-Capital Region Government to investigate the urban location and architectural expression of the European capital function. In 2005-06 she has been working with a grant from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for research on Regional integration and land policies affecting the future development of Tallinn, Warsaw, and Budapest. In 2007, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil.
1. Hein, Carola (ed.) (forthcoming) Planning History Handbook, New York, Routledge
2. Hein, Carola (ed), History, Urbanism, Resilience, Proceedings of the 17th International Planning History Society Conference Delft, Netherlands, July 17-21, 2016, BK Open, 2016, 7 Volumes DOI:
3. Hein, Carola (ed.) (2011): Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks London: Routledge.
4. Laconte, Pierre, and Carola Hein (eds.) (2007): Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital. Brussels: Publication of the Foundation for the Urban Environment. 130pp. (co-recipient of the 2008 Gerald Young International Book Award)
5. Hein, Carola, and Philippe Pelletier (eds.) (2006/2009): Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan. London: Routledge. 199pp.
6. Hein, Carola (ed.) (2006): Bruxelles l’Européene: Capitale de qui? Ville de qui?/ European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? Brussels: Cahiers de la Cambre-Architecture n 5, Brussels: La Lettre Volée, 2006. 313pp.
7. Hein, Carola (2004): The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union. Westport (CT): Greenwood/Praeger. 316pp.
8. Hein, Carola, Jeffry Diefendorf, and Yorifusa Ishida (eds.) (2003): Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 274pp.
9. Hein, Carola (main editor and author) (1991) Hauptstadt Berlin, internationaler städtebaulicher Ideenwettbewerb 1957/58. Berlin: Gebr. Mann. 300pp.

B) Refereed articles and special issues

1. H(2016) “Port Cities and Urban Waterfronts: How Localized Planning Ignores Water as Connector,” Wires Water, 3:3: 419-438, doi: 10.1002/wat2.1141 (Cover Image 3:3, Carola Hein, DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1153
2. (2016) Guest Editor Special Section: “Japanese Cities in Global Context” Journal of Urban History, 42:3.
3. (2016) “Introduction” Journal of Urban History, 42:3, 1-14.
4. (2016) “Port cityscapes: Conference and research contributions on port cities” Planning Perspectives. No 31.2, 313-326
5. Helen Meller & Carola Hein (2016) Report on ‘Planning History Workshop’ held at TU Delft, June 11–13, 2015, Planning Perspectives, 31:1, 121-129
6. (2015) “Cities (and Regions) Within a City: Subnational representations and the creation of European imaginaries in Brussels” International Journal of Urban Sciences, 1-15
7. (2015) "Editorial – Thirty Years On." Planning Perspectives, no. 30 (1):1-10.
8. Abbot, Sophia, Alison Cook-Sather, and Carola Hein (2014) "Mapping Classroom Interactions: A Spatial Approach to Analyzing Patterns of Student Participation." Issue to Improve the Academy no. 33 (2): 131–152.
9. (2014) “Port cities and urban wealth: between global networks and local transformations” Int. J. of Global Environmental Issues, Vol. 13, Nos. 2/3/4, 339-361.
10. (2014) The exchange of planning ideas from Europe to the USA after the Second World War: introductory thoughts and a call for further research. Planning Perspectives: Special Issue on Transnational Urbanism (edited by Carola Hein).
11. (2010) “Shaping Tokyo: Land Development and Planning Practice in the Early Modern Japanese Metropolis” Journal of Urban History vol 36 no 4: 447-484.
12. (2009) "Global Landscapes of Oil," New Geographies 02: Landscapes of Energy, edited by Rania Ghosn, p. 33-42.
13. (2008) “Machi: Neighborhood and Small Town. The Foundation for Urban Transformation in Japan,” Journal of Urban History, Special Issue on “Decentering Urban History: Peripheral Cities in the Modern World” vol 34 no 6: 995-1012.
14. (2006): “European Spatial Development, the Polycentric EU Capital, and Eastern Enlargement.” Comparative European Politics 4, no 2: 253-271.
15. (2006): “Une capitale polycentrique et opportuniste: un nouveau paradigme pour la localisation et la repartition géographique du siege des institutions de l’UE ainsi que pour la conception de quartiers européens à Bruxelles et dans d’autres villes d’accueil” Brussels Studies 2 (18. Dec.) electronic publication.
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