Underlying and at times undermining urban development are the less obvious dynamics of land: ownership distribution, tenure structures, institutional regularisation, market speculation, formal and informal use, appropriation, management, and control. Processes such as gentrification of urban districts, privatisation of public spaces, ‘illegal’ development and housing unaffordability, are prominent topics in discourse and practice both in the Global North and the South. However, underneath these more apparent phenomena, it is worth questioning and investigating the layer upon which our cities are built, adopting a shift in perspective, lowering our gaze to the land bearing these developments. Who owns the land? Who can develop it? Under what rules, towards what purpose, and for whose gain? And, considering its finite nature, what does this mean for its role in accommodating the needs and aspirations of the city and its citizens – now and in the future?
The journal is calling for submissions that shed light on the processes and conditions behind land development, critically assess established policy and practice, and creatively imagine, or rediscover, alternative land ownership, use, and development models for a more just and sustainable future.
Deadline for submissions: 19th of December, 2019.
Beyond the traditional text-based article format we publish work in a variety of formats and media, bringing together theory and practice in a creative, analytical, and critical discourse on the city: Short Articles, Long Articles, Letters from the City, Urban Design Projects and Proposals, Urban Interventions, Mapping and Urban Visualisations, Drawing, Photography, Short Film.
Guidelines for submissions:
Image notes: Moses view of the promised land. Image: John Romano Dorazio