JOURNAL, CfA Articulo – Journal of Urban Research, Briefings section

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Call for Briefings

_Articulo – Journal of Urban Research_ (http://articulo.revues.org/) seeks submissions for the inaugural volume of its Briefings section.

_Articulo_ is a peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the exploration of urban issues through the lens of a wide range of social science approaches. The Journal embraces a multidisciplinary perspective on the transformation of social, environmental and economic issues of cities and city regions.

The Briefings section of the journal presents short, topical and informative texts about current developments in urban and regional research, policy and advocacy. The maximum length for Briefings is 2000-3000 words. We encourage submissions from both academics and practitioners on urban issues in cities around the world. These briefings are meant to inform readers about recent and significant developments in the field of urban studies/urban history; to raise interesting questions; and to provoke debate.
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CfP, JOURNAL The Journal of Urbanism, Special Issue: DIY Urbanism, Deadline. 1.11.2012

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_The Journal of Urbanism_ – Call for Papers
Special Issue: DIY Urbanism
Guest Editor, Donovan Finn, PhD, Stony Brook University

A new attitude toward public space is emerging in cities across the globe. Though certainly not a new phenomenon, citizens are increasingly using urban space to advance political and social justice goals through protest, occupation, unsanctioned modification, and other means. Of particular relevance to planners, urban designers and local policymakers are the actions called, variously, do-it-yourself (DIY), tactical or guerilla urbanism. DIY activities engage the increasingly blurry distinctions between design and activism through which individual actors have become increasingly empowered to create and implement low cost interventions in public space aimed at solving fine-grained urban dilemmas. Though often illegal or at best unsanctioned, DIY interventions are increasingly lauded within certain activist segments of the planning, design and social justice communities as pragmatic and fiscally prudent approaches to addressing unmet needs of urban residents in the face of municipal fiscal crises, increasing privatization of public space and other recent trends.
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CfA, JOURNAL Do it yourself (DIY) Urbanism. Special issue of _The Journal of Urbanism. Deadline: 1.11.2012

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DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) URBANISM
Special issue of _The Journal of Urbanism_
Guest Editor, Donovan Finn, PhD, Stony Brook University

Deadline: 1 November, 2012

A new attitude toward public space is emerging in cities across the globe. Though certainly not a new phenomenon, citizens are increasingly using urban space to advance political and social justice goals through protest, occupation, unsanctioned modification, and other means. Of particular relevance to planners, urban designers and local policymakers are the actions called, variously, do-it-yourself (DIY), tactical or guerilla urbanism. DIY activities engage the increasingly blurry distinctions between design and activism through which individual actors have become increasingly empowered to create and implement low cost interventions in public space aimed at solving fine-grained urban dilemmas. Though often illegal or at best unsanctioned, DIY interventions are increasingly lauded within certain activist segments of the planning, design and social justice communities as pragmatic and fiscally prudent approaches to addressing unmet needs of urban residents in the face of municipal fiscal crises, increasing privatization of public space and other recent trends.

DIY efforts offer a unique opportunity to celebrate citizen-based action and make urban spaces more vibrant, sustainable and user-friendly. But such unsanctioned interventions also raise important questions and issues for planners, designers and local governments as they seek to provide safe, equitable access to urban infrastructure, amenities and resources. Additionally, quasi-DIY tactics are sometimes co-opted by local governments, thus complicating their allure as forms of grassroots expression or dissent.
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CfP Special Issue: “Architectural Theory Review” Architecture, Evidence and Evidentiality. Deadline: 17.9.2012.

Special Issue: Architecture, Evidence and Evidentiality
_Architectural Theory Review _(to be published as Volume 18, Number 1,
March 2013)
Edited by William Taylor, Andrew Leach & Lee Stickells

Deadline: 17 September, 2012

Conceptually, evidence differs from material, matter and content for its relationship with a problem. Evidence offers proof in support of a position, a fact or a path of inquiry, or it provokes one to search out a question that relates the newly known to the established. This is as true for architectural historians correcting chronologies,  repopulating narratives or recasting contexts as it is for critics and theoreticians of architecture bringing new questions or perspectives to bear upon architectural works and themes.
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CfA: Places Journal Call for articles on “Public and Private”

http://places.designobserver.com/feature/call-for-articles-public-and-private/31518/

Places Journal seeks articles that explore the complex dynamic of public and private in contemporary politics and culture, and how this dynamic influences the design and production of buildings, landscapes and cities.
This is a large topic, indeed one of the central issues of our time. In the past generation we witnessed a fundamental realignment, as the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal, with its broad-based confidence in the balance of public responsibility and private enterprise, gave way to the age of Reagan, with its faith in unfettered markets and limited government.
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CALLL FOR BOOK REVIEW: Journal “Planning Perspectives”

As book review editor-in-chief for the journal _Planning Perspectives_
I am looking for reviewers for the following books:

Friedman, Avi, _Town and Terraced Housing_ (Routledge, 2012)
Hardy, Dennis, _From New Towns to Green Politics Campaigning for Town
and Country Planning, 1946-1990_ (re-edition, Taylor and Francis, 2011)
Abbott, John, _Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Development
in Africa_ (Earthscan 2011)
Redwood, Mark, ed., _Agriculture in Urban Planning – Generating
Livelihoods and Food Security_ (Earthscan, 2011), cases from Ghana,
Kenya, Zimbabwe, Peru and other places.
Colomb, Claire, _Staging the New Berlin_ (Routledge 2011)

Approximately 800 words, deadline will be 10 March 2012.

If you are interested, please drop me a line (f.urban@gsa.ac.uk).
Please include some information on your field/specialization.

Florian Urban
Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Glasgow School of Art

CfA BOOK: Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method

Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method

Edited by Timothy Shortell, Ph.D., and Evrick Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College CUNY
Deadline: 1 April, 2012

Local politicians, protesters, busy commuters, tourists, flaneurs, urban ethnographers. These social actors and many more work the city streets as an essential part of their quotidian routines. Everyday mobility on the streets and public spaces of urban neighborhoods is such an ubiquitous part of urban life and culture that it is often overlooked. Though sociologists have long noted that dynamism is an essential part of the urban way of life, walking as a significant social activity and crucial research method has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. This volume will consider walking in the city from a variety of perspectives, in a variety of places, with a variety of methods. Contributors will address the nature of quotidian mobility in contemporary global cities, how it relates to other significant social institutions and practices, as well as a method for studying urban life.
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Call for Articles: Special Issue of Iranian Studies Journal: Revisiting the Historiography: New Approaches to the Study of Persian Architecture, Deadline: 30.03.12

Special Issue of Iranian Studies Journal
Revisiting the Historiography: New Approaches to the Study of Persian
Architecture
www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00210862.asp

Guest-editor: Dr. Mohammad Gharipour

Deadline: March 30, 2012

Initiated in the nineteenth century, the study of Persian architecture
was advanced by such twentieth-century archeologists and Iranologists
as Arthur Upham Pope, Ernst Herzfeld, Andre Godard, Roman Ghirshman,
and Erich Schmidt. These studies, accompanied by archaeological
discoveries, the establishment of archives, and the activities of the
British and German Institutes in Tehran, resulted in numerous
publications, including chronological surveys of Persian art and
architecture. These surveys covered the cultural boundaries of the
Persianate world, including but not limited to modern day Iran,
Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and subcontinent India.
Despite their limitations, including an Orientalist bent, these works
challenged the Eurocentric views of the architectural history of the
Near East, and evolved historical understandings of the region that
were less projections of pre-conceived European mentality and more
based on facts emerging from the locale. This research approach based
its theories on archeological findings, field investigations, and
analysis of buildings and artifacts, a trend that has defined, and
somewhat dominated historiography of Persian architecture to date.
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