Publication Call – Geography, Politics and Social Studies – view on architecture and urban development

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Call for Publications
February 20, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Social History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Geography

This is a call for expressions of interest in a Special Issue Publication (SIP) of the journal Atchitecture_MPS.


Submissions should respond to one of the features and /or themes of the book (see below) Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century, produced with support from the journal.


There are three distinct strands to the SIP, Geography and Social Studies; Cultural Studies; Architecture and Design.


Themes in Geography and Social Studies include but are not limited to: the politics behind urban form; participatory design as a reflection of participatory politics; the social and political symbolism of architecture; housing as an architectural, social and political problem; the declining status of star architecture in the contemporary social context; political and social divisions at an urban level etc.



If you are interested in submitting an article send a 300 word abstract to


Final articles will accord to the submission requirements of the journal:


The standard essay format is expected but submissions that that use the book’s new genre of academic writing (the ‘interview-article’) are particularly welcome. 



For a fuller sense of the themes on which this special issue is based, see link and description below to the book it uses as a starting point:



Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century


This book brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky’s examination of the US–Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern’s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.


The ‘interview-article’ is a variation on the interview format that deepens the scholarly potential of that particular mode of dialogue. Extensive notation - often narrative in tone - is interwoven within the text to offer supplemental information and alternative argumentation and in this regard it represents a continuation of the evolving scholarly tradition of the footnote as academic tool laid out by Anthony Grafton. In addition to these narrative commentaries, these interview-articles are accompanied by full bibliographies and specific references entwined within the text. Contributors are also encouraged to develop discursive answers to questions that they are subsequently given the opportunity to mould into more considered essay type responses.

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