Call For Work: Streetnotes 26: From Above: The Practice of Verticality

Blagovesta Momchedjikova's picture
January 1, 2018
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Call For Work: Streetnotes 26

From Above: The Practice of Verticality

Streetnotes is seeking submissions for 26th issue titled “From Above: The Practice of Verticality.” Cities may be old or new, modern or post-modern, global or not quite yet so. Cities are in fact increasingly vertical, and verticality may be regarded as a universal asset: the higher (the building, hill or mountain), the better (the view, for all purposes). From Jeremy Bentham’s (or Michel Foucault’s) Panopticon to Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth from Above, the practice of vertical viewing has expanded from surveillance and control to forms of enjoyment and an aestheticization of the built and natural environments: while a particular excitement has always been contained in the ability to see from above, a vertical tourist gaze has arisen globally. The practice of verticality may be informed by its “architectures of power” (Sharon Zukin), built or natural rooftops, panoramic viewpoints for visiting or living, cable car or helicopter sightseeing, etc.

In an attempt to critically engage with a possibly arising culture of verticality, we are interested in collecting a variety of contributions that explore the experience and imagination attached to gaining a bird’s (or God’s) eye view. Particularly, we aim at understanding how and in which ways the production and/or consumption of verticality helps document the contemporary urban experience.

Submissions include but are not limited to academic or personal essays, ethnographies, experimental writing, poetry, and photo essays.

Submit all articles through Streetnotes submission system, by January 1st, 2018

Please, direct any inquiries to the co-editors of the volume:

Prof. Jorge de La Barre,

Prof. Blagovesta Momchedjkova,

Publication is slated for the Spring of 2018


Streetnotes is a peer-reviewed biannual journal for the interdisciplinary study of the city, its lifeways and social relations, with a special concern for the cultural and aesthetic forms that arise through its traffic. We publish qualitative sociology, critical essays, documentary photography, poetry and visual arts informed by the ethnographic exploration of contemporary and historic urban forms.


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Prof. Jorge de La Barre,

Prof. Blagovesta Momchedjkova,

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