SPOOL is a new Open Access journal initiative in the field of ‘architecture and the built environment’ with a focus on the Science of Architecture, Climate Proof Cities, Energy Innovation, and Urban Europe.


Vol 3, No 1: landscape metropolis #2

Advances in theory, method and design of places for the landscape metropolis


In its fifth issue SPOOL aims to explore designerly and discursive work on the landscape metropolis’s particular places the way goldwashers do – taking a closer look, spotting those grains that merit attention. The issue invites submissions for papers that address the questions below.

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After registration you can login to submit your abstract.

Capturing particularities – new methodological approaches to identify, represent and interpret particular places

In current urban design and landscape architecture practice, designers often address sites from static and material perspectives: as empty grounds where new design inventions are played out at the whim of their creators. Despite such design works claiming site specificity as their guide, generic outcomes that ignore or overlook local conditions abound, lacking response to ephemeral yet essential site properties such as temporal dynamics and atmospheric encounters. SPOOL seeks methods for site exploration to inform site transformation through representing the narrative, ephemeral, and dynamic qualities of places that could contribute to open work design approaches.

Practicing design for particular places – new designerly approaches

Can place be designed? Through this call for abstracts, contributions are collected in which scholarship and design practice meet. We are looking for contributions as critical readings of (landscape) architectural projects as a basis for research, explicit evaluations and/or comparisons of existing design, unraveling what can be the prerequisites to transform interstitial spaces into accessible spaces that are not only socially embedded and ‘nice’ sites but also and foremost reflect the temporal, ephemeral, geographical, experiential, spatial notion of place in the metropolitan context? How can landscape qualities be identified and brought to the foreground? How can they contribute to specificity, orientation, identity and spatial definition? How do aspects of physical landscape, personal and cultural narratives and social practices interrelate in defining place?

Understanding the particular – new theoretical approaches appreciating place

In an interrelated world, mobile scientific inquiry and method can help generate appropriate knowledge for the design of complex contemporary landscapes. SPOOL seeks contributions that involve design thinking, and challenge the epistemology of current scientific approaches to landscape investigation where research starts from the general to decline down to the particular… What is the theoretical instrumentation of site specificity and how does it relate to place theory? Can e.g. philosophical, sociological, psychological, or neuro-scientific concepts influence the practice of (landscape) architecture?


Submissions will be subject to a single blind peer review process. In order to make the reviewing process run smoothly for both authors and reviewers, reviewing will take place in two stages. First an extended abstract of the planned paper will be reviewed. Any profound disagreements on the content of the paper can thus be tackled in an early stage, and the author will not need to rewrite a completely finished paper. The preliminary review will result in advice on how to proceed with the paper. The same reviewers will review the subsequently submitted article. 


Editors' selection of abstracts: 11 March 2016 

Abstract reviews: 8 April 2016

Full paper submissions: 10 July 2016

Reviewing papers: 8 Sept 2016

Revised paper submissions: 7 Oct 2016

Publication date: Dec 2016

Abstract requirements

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract no later than 22 January 2016. The abstracts with a maximum of 1200 words, should be presented in English and should include the following information:

  • background (research question, relevance)
  • research method
  • results
  • conclusion

The first line of the heading must indicate which of the three themes the abstract refers to. The heading must include the title of the work, name of the author or authors, qualification, affiliation or institution they represent (if necessary), address and e-mail address. Provide at least three key words.

The author is furthermore encouraged to attach background material to give the reviewers a better sense of what to expect from the final article (research, previous papers, etc.)

The authors will be informed about the acceptance of abstracts no later than 26 February 2016.

Paper requirements

Authors of the accepted and reviewed papers are invited to submit full papers on email/website (??) no later than 27 May 2016.

The author is fully responsible for the quality of the written English.

If you have any specific question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Saskia de Wit

Lisa Diedrich

issue editors

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