Boundaries introduces a call for papers on the following subject: «The Outer City».
In the last decades cities have grown faster, higher and bigger, with a physical and qualitative changing, from the “city” to the whole territory, of value systems and ways of life. The urban sprawl of the 20th century, with such concepts as “conurbation” (P. Geddes), “megalopolis” (J. Gottman), “extensive urbanization” (A. Léveillé), “diffuse city” (B. Secchi), or the “hypercity” (A. Corboz), blur the difference between centre and periphery, almost putting the suburb as an out-of-date way of seeing the urban phenomena.
From metropolis, to global cities to exopolis, urban areas have grown outer the city’s boundaries creating different forms, social conditions, kinds of street life. From “outer” city, to slums, favelas, and bidonvilles, urban phenomena take many shapes. The “outer” city – often unplanned – is where live today most of the world’s urban population.
Which is today, and which should be tomorrow, the role of the “outer” city ? How do architects and planners refer to those urban areas outside the “historical urban landscape” ? How urban planning should relate to these spaces ? How do shanty towns, favelas and bidonvilles structures grow and work, and how do they interrelate to historical urban areas ? Are they something that has to be re-developed, re-shaped, or must we learn something from them ?
Papers have to focus on 21st century-related topics; all kinds of approaches (case studies, methodological, etc.) are welcomed.
All submission of abstracts should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (up to 15 Mb) before March 5, 2012.
Contributors are invited to submit a title, an abstract (from 400 to 500 words, and three images), and a short biography stating their affiliation and professional interests (maximum 100 words).
Official language for paper presentation is English. The style, grammar and phrasing should be edited by a person with an excellent command of English and a good understanding of architectural terminology.
The papers will be selected by the editorial board and subjected to evaluation with the blind peer review system. The authors will receive an answer before March 9, 2012.
All articles must be illustrated (at least ten images, drawings, sketches, renders or other). Articles length is between 400 and 700 words, notes and bibliography included. Contributions must be original and should not have been previously published, even in part.
Articles should be sent to the editorial board, in their definitive form and with illustrations (free from reproduction rights), before March 21, 2012.
For further information and guidelines, see : http://www.boundaries.it
Luca Sampò (editor)
c.p. 76, Roma VR
P.zza San Silvestro 19, 00187 Roma (Italia)
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