Call for Papers Issue #6


Meaningfulness, Appropriation and Integration of/in City Narratives

Call for Papers

Within the framework of the COST Action Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City—a European network of scholars interested in urban narratives—the terms of meaningfulness, appropriation and integration have been identified as opportunities for a multi- and interdisciplinary exploration from the perspectives of architecture (including landscape architecture), literary theory, urbanism, sociology, ethnology, fine arts, cultural studies, civil engineering, design, aesthetics, semiotics, anthropology, psychology, communication studies, cultural heritage, to name only a few.


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No. 4 (2020): Choices and Strategies of Spatial Imagination
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Architecture is by definition an act of spatial imagination, this wondrous capacity to envision possible futures for the built environment. Spatial imagination is essential in order to visualize new constructions taking shape, evolving in time, and partaking of the cultural expression of a place or era. It takes spatial imagination to foresee how architecture can meaningfully contribute to people’s lives, providing a sense of belonging, space for their needs and dreams. Nonetheless, spatial imagination is oftentimes hard to trigger or difficult to control. Imaginative ideas often emerge unexpectedly, when seemingly unconnected or contradictory words, images and thoughts are brought together. With spatial imagination being an intrinsic aspect of architecture and design, but also deeply embedded in fields like literature or the arts, this fourth issue of Writingplace focuses on concepts, elements and theoretical foundations from different strands of knowledge that can propel choices and strategies of spatial imagination.

Edited by Klaske Havik, Rajesh Heynickx, Angeliki Sioli

Published: 2020-09-18
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