Call for Book Chapters

Call for Book Chapters

Call for Book Chapters:
Post Professional Architecture & Planning

Hossein Sadri, Associate Professor of Architecture, Girne American University
Email: hosadri@gmail.com

Globalization and Neo-liberalization of the political economy in different nations has transformed the organization of labour power, instruments of production and their relations in recent decades. The industrial period’s institutionalization of the state as modern, centralised, socialized and with a national identity is being replaced by the post-modern, glocal (global+local), multi-national and privatized state.
The professions of architecture and urban planning have been faced with big transformations parallel to these changes and have passed from the era of professionalism and entered to the ‘post professional’ era. Post Professional Architecture and Planning is losing its public, national and social role through being restructured via business-led motivations. The main motivation of architectural and urban practices in the post professional era have shifted from designers’ personal attempts at creating spaces with high ‘use value’, in the public interest, towards the image-oriented, high ‘exchange value’ productions of specialists for private interests. Both in architecture and urban planning, their practice and education has been re-organized in the era of “post-professionalism”. The intended technical and professional mono-type curricula of architecture and planning education changed to more diverse, theoretical and experimental educational programmes worldwide. The professional organizations changed their shells and became more independent institutes with more activities and visions beyond their traditional professional parameters. While mainstream architecture and urban planning has transformed to the business model, alternative movements in architecture and planning have created architectural and urban activism and re-made the political agenda for architecture and urbanism by establishing diverse initiatives against war, natural disasters, environmental degradation, inequalities, and violations of human rights. Post-Professional Architecture and Urban Planning appears in these two forms of architectural-urban business and activism. While the first one derives from neo-liberalization of professionalism in architecture and urbanism, the second one is the reaction against neo-liberalization from architectural and urban point of view. The aim is to create a book to discuss various transformations of architectural and urban practice and education in the changeover from the era of “professionalism” to that of “post-professionalism”.

This book aims to be an essential reference source, building on previous literature in the field of contemporary theory of architecture. This book will provide the resources necessary for education in contemporary architecture and urban politics, local administration and research practice. The book will develop a political and critical perspective on contemporary practices of architecture and urban design, their implementation, legal background, political effects and social results.

Target Audience
The book will interest a wide range of academic disciplines from political science to architecture, from urban planning to sociology.

Recommended Topics
* Emergence, Development and Collapse of Professionalism in Architecture and Urban Planning
* Neo-Liberalism and Architecture / Planning
* Business of Architecture / Planning
* Architectural and Urban Activism
* Image Making and Architecture / Planning
* Privatization of Architectural and Urban Planning Professions
* Architecture / Planning and Political Opposition
* Occupation, Appropriation and Architecture / Planning

Submission Procedure
Researchers and academicians are invited to submit on or before October 15, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the author’s proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 15, 2015, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2016. All submitted chapters will be reviewed and revised by the authors before publication.

This book is scheduled to be published by Springer and the publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates
Proposal Submission Deadline: October 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: November 15, 2015
Full chapter Submission: February 15, 2016
Review Results to Chapter Authors: March 15, 2016
Revised Chapter Submission from Chapter Authors: April 15, 2016
Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authors: April 30, 2016
Submission of Final Chapters to Editor: May 30, 2016

Inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Hossein Sadri
Department of Architecture
Girne American University