Centre for Environment and Society Research

The papers and books of Leslie Ginsburg

The papers and books of Leslie Ginsburg, founding Head of the Birmingham School of Planning in 1957, were donated to the School by his widow and are available for research use by appointment. They cover his work as planner and architect particularly from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s and show his interest and involvement in consultancy and education. There are papers relating to his critical perspective on Birmingham's post-war replanning, and to the proposed rebuilding of Paternoster Square in the 1980s, amongst many other consultancy and advisory projects. The papers are stored in the University archive in the Curzon Building, City Centre Campus.

Anyone wishing to consult this archive should contact Professor Peter Larkham


Publications by CESR/BSBE staff (by calendar year):

In 2011 CESR launched a series of Working Papers.

A series of Working Papers were published by the former School of Planning and Housing, then in the former Faculty of Law, Humanities, Development and Society, many of which are relevant to the interests of CESR. Some papers are still available either electronically or as paper copies.


The full text of the bibliography of reconstruction plans, by Peter Larkham and Keith Lilley (of Queen's University, Belfast), originally published in 2001 and now updated to January 2012 as a result of ongoing research, is available in pdf format.

Conservation Bibliography – Peter Larkham’s annotated bibliography of works on built environment heritage and conservation (originally developed for the Resource for Urban Design Information), updated to January 2010, is available in pdf format.

Birmingham Bibliography - An annotated bibliography focusing on Birmingham's built environment, particularly since the late-nineteenth century (originally by Peter Larkham, Dick Pratt and Terry Slater, published in Carl Chinn's Birmingham: bibliography of a city (2003) and updated to January 2010, is available in pdf format.

Peter Larkham's review of 'The study of urban form in Britain' (Urban Morphology, 2006) also contains a substantial reference list.

Other resources

A biographical list of reconstruction plan authors, compiled by Peter Larkham, is available in pdf form to accompany the bibliography of reconstruction plans. Contact Peter Larkham