by James A. Clapp



  • “The Sustainability of Shangri-La,” Public Lecture, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, April 1, 2011
  • Series Lecturer, “The Relationship Between Urban Studies and Urban Planning,” Beijing City University, Beijing, China, April 13-16,2008
  • Facilitator, Urban Environmental Design Charrette, Guangzhou, PR China, June 13 – 16, 2002.   Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Chinese University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong/America Center, and City of Guangzhou, sponsors.
  • Eco-China Urban and Rural, Panel Moderator-Facilitator, Fulbright China Research Forum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 26-29, 2002″
  • “Planning and Democracy:   Uneasy Partners,” World Planning Schools Congress, Shanghai, China, July 13, 2001
  • “American Urban Public Administration: Content, Culture, Education and Practice,” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, June 12, 2001; North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, June 13, 2001; Peking University, Beijing, China, June 14, 2001; Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, June 16, 2001
  • “Are You Talking to Me ?,” New York and the Cinema of Urban Alienation, Conference on Culture and Environment in Urban Contexts: Beijing, Hong Kong and New York , May 19-22, 2001, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • “Love With a Proper Gweilo: Tragic Romance in East Meets West Cinema,” Symposium on Hong Kong in Western Film and Fiction, Chinese University of Hong Kong May 5, 2000
  • “Art and Urbanism: A Perspective for Planners,” public lecture, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, SAR China, 23 February, 2000
  • “Asian Hyper-Urbanization and Social Transformation,” Inaugural Conference On Asian Urban Habitats, Hong Kong, China, October 23, 1997
  • “Urban Planning and Democratic Participation in America: Lessons and Cautions for Chinese Planning,”  TongJi University, Shanghai, PR China, March 31, 1997.
  • “Perspectives on American Urbanism in American Cinema,” ACSP-AEOSP Joint International Conference, Toronto, Canada, July 25, 1996.
  • “The Essence of Urbanism: Opportunity, Community & Participation,” El Nacional de Administracion Publica of Mexico,Mexico City, November 24, 1994



  • “In Search of Urban Diversity The Traveling Planner,” 1999 California Chapter of the American Institute of Planners Annual Conference, Bakersfield, Oct. 17, 1999
  •   “Theodore Dreiser and the American City,” to California Council of the Humanities Symposium, ” Memories of Chester and Billie,” San Diego, March 9, 1996
  • “Defending the Profession,” California Chapter of the APA Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 22, 1994
  • “Take My City. . .Please!” California American Studies Association Conference on “Cities On The Edge,” San Diego, May 8, 1994
  • “Planning and Changing Social Values,” American Planning Association California Chapter Conference, Palm Springs, October 24, 1988
  • “Planning into the 21st Century.” Conference facilitator, speaker & discussion leader for 2-day workshop of Cal Chapter of American Planning Association, Yosemite, CA, April 10-11, 1988.
  • “The Evolving New Communities.” American Planning Association, California Chapter Conference, San Diego, August 20, 1987
  • “Economic Impact Studies of the Arts.” California Assembly Committee on Arts and Athletics, Hearings on Arts Economic Impact, San Diego, October 24, 1986.
  • “The Role of the Planning Consultant in Arts Planning.” California Confederation of the Arts 1982 Congress of the Arts, San Diego, October 16, l982.
  • “The Artist as Urban Critic: Social Perspectives on the American City by American Painters.” Annual Conference of the Assoc. of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Chicago, Oct, 23, 1982.
  • “Film and Telecommunications in Public Administration Education and Curriculum Development” (conveyor and presenter). National Conference of the American Society of Public Administration, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 25, 1982.
  • “Anti-Urbanism in 20th Century American Art.” Pacific Division of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, Seattle, Washington, June 17, 1978
  •   “City Mouse/Country Mouse: Planning and the Wellspring of Anti-Urbanism,” American Institute of Planners, National Conference, Atlanta, GA, 1973 .



  • “Who (or What) Is Killing Planning,” to San Diego Section, American Planning Association, December 7, 1995
  • “Chariots of Ire: The Car and Land Values,” to the San Diego Highway Development Association, June 14, 1993
  • Facilitator/Speaker, “Urban Form Workshop,” San Diego Dept. of City Planning,” November 1-2, 1991
  • “San Diego Community Design: A Possible Future,” (Panelist), San Diego Museum of Art, September 7, 1991
  • “The Art of Urbanism,” Lecture series in conjunction with San Diego Museum of Art California Cityscapes exhibition,   delivered May 31, June 1 and June 9, 1991  
  • “The New(?) Urban Order: Long-Range Planning in a Short-Range World,” Long-Range Planning Retreat, City of San Diego Planning Department, May 1, 1991
  • “The Retreat of Planning,” Keynote address at the American Planning Association, San Diego Section Annual Awards Banquet, June 15, 1990
  • “Managerial Mentality in Urban Planning,” American Planning Association California Planners Roundtable, January 26, 1990
  • “The Problem of Scale in Architecture and Urban Planning,” to The Friends of San Diego Architecture, Mar 19, 1988
  • Panel Moderator, “Urbanization in the I-15 Corridor,” American Planning Association, San Diego Section, March 4, 1988
  • “What Is the Urban Growth Problem?” Delivered at the LEAD Conference on Urban Growth, February 18, 1988
  • “Regional Growth Management,” Regional Growth Management Workshop, San Diego Association of Governments, June 19, 1987.
  • “The Painter and the City,” Delivered to Friends of San Diego Architecture, New School of Architecture, May 16, 1987
  • “The Image of the City in American Cinema,” Address to the American Planning Association, San Diego Section, Feb. 20, 1987
  • “Political and Legal Implications of Growth Management.” Symposium on Growth Management, SDSU, January 17, 1975
  • “Growth Management and the Rise of Adfinite Planning.” University of California at Berkeley, December 6, 1974.
  • “Education and the Liberated Planner.” American Planning Association, San Diego Section, April 25, 1974
  • “Planning and Human Values.” Symposium on Human Values, University of California at San Diego, April 18, 1974.
  • “New Towns and the Concept of Socially Balanced Communities.” 1974 New Towns Symposium, SDSU, January 18, 1974
  • “An Historical Overview of the New Towns Concept.” New Towns Symposium, San Diego State University, January 18, 1974
  • “Population, Economy and Economic Growth.” (Debate) American Planning Association, San Diego Section, Nov. 16, 1973
  • “Banfield on ‘Original Sin.'” Open lecture on censorship of  controversial books, SDSU, November 15, 1973
  • “The New Towns Committee–A ‘One-Act Play.'” Large-Scale Development Conference,  U. of Arizona, Tucson, Dec. 10, 1971.
  • “New Towns: Utopias on Trial.” Delivered to the of San Diego Chapter, Institute of  Traffic Engineering, May 28, 1971
  • “Mobility for All.” Delivered at San Diego Chapter, League of  Women Voters General Meeting,  March 17, 1971