Call for Submissions: Critical Planning Journal - Volume 27 - OPEN

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Call for Papers
January 13, 2023
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Humanities, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Critical Planning Journal is pleased to announce our call for submissions to "Volume 27: Open”.

We invite graduate students, scholars, artists, and activists to submit academic papers, fiction, poetry, manifestos, personal essays, or mixed media works that respond to our Call for Submissions. We encourage submissions from multiple disciplines and practices including but not limited to urban planning, history, art, architecture, ethnic studies, gender studies, geography, sociology, and anthropology. Submissions are due January 13th, 2023.

The ideal of the open city has long been associated with difference, freedom, creativity, and collaboration, as a “a city that is life affirming, that reaches out to others who are not necessarily like us, and that acknowledges our common humanity and the pleasures of life lived among multipli/cities” (Friedmann, 2002). From data points to migration patterns, "open" vocabularies are often employed in social movements and across urban planning efforts to express a range of democratic principles in pursuit of social justice in the city. While open city frameworks may strive for inclusivity, transparency, and diversity, they are also entangled in the logics of authority, expertise, control, exclusion, and denial.

"Open" paradigms deserve both scrutiny and imagination. What does openness mean to the city and to contemporary urban discourse? We invite contributors to reflect on openness as an ideological compass, a practical toolkit, and a critical lens. This volume will examine openness in planning theory and urban imaginaries; in planning research and practice; in material spaces, processes, and theories; as well as in the journal’s role supporting emerging voices.

Openness as ideal
Open minded, open hearted, open ended
The open city is an urban imaginary - a vision of the future, created and disseminated collectively in response to the conditions of the present. How might we conceptualize openness as an aspiration to guide collective planning thought and action? Should we?

Openness as condition
Open space, open borders, open data
If openness and urban porosity facilitates diversity, inclusion, and democracy - necessary conditions for making claims to freedom and rights in the city - what might openness look like in material spaces and in planning processes? Can we generate ideas from existing or envisioned urban spaces, processes, or conditions that are open, or alternatively, closed?

Openness as practice
Open access, open dialogue, open book
How might planners translate openness as an urban imaginary into practical responses to contemporary urban challenges? If the open city is always incomplete, can those engaged in planning advance this work in progress? What are the constraints and possibilities associated with open processes? What does openness in planning practice look like, and how can planning as a profession become more open?

About this call
This is not a typical “open call;” instead, we aim to explicitly explore “openness” in the content as well as the function of the journal itself. In addition to publishing articles and multimedia work that explore the openness in planning research, theory, and practice, we aim to interrogate and illustrate how the structure and operations of the CPJ might also embrace openness, from the call for submissions to the review process to final publication. In embracing openness, we sustain CPJ's commitment to publishing underrepresented perspectives, including emerging scholars, activists, artists, and organizers.

For more information and submission instructions visit our website.

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For questions please contact the Volume 27 managing editors Claire Nelischer ( or Andres Ramirez (

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