Special Issue 2016, No.1: Rethinking Le Corbusier: Urban Design and History

Summary of the subject and premise

It is generally believed that Le Corbusier’s urban planning made a break with the past, and that the public spaces designed by him had nothing to do with anything that existed before – a conviction fostered by both the innovative character of his proposals and by the proliferation in his manifestos of watchwords that mask any evocation of the past. However, in his writings, Le Corbusier often mentioned the powerful analogy that exists between the architecture of other times and the logic of modern production; and although this causal relationship has often been demonstrated with respect to his architecture, it has rarely been extended to the public space. This special issue of the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism aims to fill that gap by systematically analysing Le Corbusier’s relationship with the history of urbanism. Articles may focus on his reflections on the public space of earlier times, the influence that this had on his own output, the relationship of his proposals with the pre-existing city, and other subjects that clarify the affinity that he established with the past within urban design. They may deal with any period of his career and training, but should offer new perspectives on his public spaces and their relationship with history.

Guest editor of the special issue: Marta Sequeira (contact: martasequeiracarneiro@gmail.com

Submissions: All submitted proposals are subject to initial appraisal by the guest editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Submissions are, therefore, to be held in two stages.

First stage: Potential contributors should send their abstracts, by email, to the guest editor (maximum of 250 words or 1200 characters with spaces) hereinafter and until October 30th 2015. In this phase, it will be assessed its relevance with regard to the issue’s theme. The result of this first analysis will be reported to the authors by email.

Second stage: If abstracts are found suitable for further consideration, article submission should be done online at the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism ScholarOne Manuscripts site (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ttpa). Authors must specify in the manuscript that it is a “proposal for the special issue Rethinking Le Corbusier: Urban Design and History”. All submissions must be done according to the guidelines provided in the journal’s page on Taylor and Francis website. The deadline for article submissions is November 15th 2015.

For article submissions, please see:

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ttpa20&page=instructions#.VFtyoRZRYrc

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