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Call for Articles: Design and Research in Response to Climate Change


Climate Change Call

Places accepts submissions on a wide range of topics. Read our editorial guidelines for more information. In addition to our regular submissions process, we have issued the following special call for articles:

Design and Research in Response to Climate Change

Reflecting our conviction that the design professions have a major role to play in solving the unprecedented environmental and social changes of the 21st century, Places seeks submissions of design and research in response to climate change. This is a big topic — a new and fertile field for design — and we are deliberately defining it broadly. Our approach is inclusive: we are interested in fully realized projects and promising ideas, in a diversity of type and approach. Work can range in scale, from the region and the city to the individual project and construction detail. Project can be built or unbuilt, implemented or proposed. Articles might be rooted in one or more disciplines and professions, including architecture, building science, civic governance, ecology, geography, landscape architecture, science and technology studies, transportation planning, urban design. It might take the form of building, landscape or urban design, of innovative policy, community activism or interactive media, or it might be a productive mix of different approaches.

Guidelines: Send material — texts, drawings, photographs, videos, films, et al. — that clearly and concisely describes the project or idea.

Contact: Send queries and submissions to: [email protected]

Schedule: This is an open and ongoing call. We will publish work on a continual basis, with the goal of compiling an ever-growing resource of ideas and information.

Selection: To evaluate submissions we have assembled a core advisory group; based on the content and type of submissions, we will bring in other advisors as needed. As appropriate, we will submit projects for peer review.


Advisors

Michelle Addington, Associate Professor of Architecture, Yale University; co-author, with Daniel Schodek, of Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions.

Marina Alberti, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Director, Urban Ecology Research Lab, University of Washington, Seattle.

Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia; author of several books on resilience and cities, including Green Urbanism and Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community.

Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania; co-organizer of conference and exhibition, "Reimagining Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil."

William W. Braham, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; author of Rethinking Technology.

Thomas Fisher, Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota; author of In the Scheme of Things: Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture.

Harrison Fraker, William Wurster Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley; consultant on low-carbon urban design for Chinese and European cities.

Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University; co-editor, with David Waltner-Toews and James Kay, of The Ecosystems Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty and Managing for Sustainability.

David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College; author of Ecological Literacy and Earth in Mind.

Stephen Wheeler, Associate Professor of Regional Planning, University of California, Davis; co-author, The Sustainable Urban Development Reader and, forthcoming, Learning from Climate Change.

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