05-21-12

Call for Submissions

The CUDC invites writers, designers, artists and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 5 of our annual publication, Urban Infill. Urban Infill examines themes in contemporary urban design, architecture, and planning. Past volumes have addressed shrinking cities, temporary urbanism, urban hydrology, and storytelling in an urban context. These can be previewed here:(http://www.cudc.kent.edu/publications/urban_infill/index.html)

Volume 5 will focus on diagrams. We invite examples and perspectives on diagramming and its place in urban design practice and processes. We are particularly interested in the intents and agendas behind various forms of diagramming within the following framework. Submissions may correspond to any of these six (6) themes:

DEFINING THE DIAGRAM
(historical / theoretical evolution of diagramming, diagramming in design thinking and processes,
conventional and unconventional approaches to diagramming in / for urban design)

MEANING | FUNCTION
(diagrams as a way to represent meaning; to clarify / communicate with accuracy and specificity)

TRANSLATION | INTERPRETATION
(diagrams used to reveal, explore, analyze and represent information and ideas)

VAGUENESS | SUGGESTION
(diagrams used to hint, suggest, obfuscate, subvert, conceal or lie)

COMPOSITION | NARRATIVE
(diagrams that simulate and present composite perspectives, juxtapositions of ideas and objects, and
communicate processes and narratives)

EXCHANGE | ENGAGEMENT
(diagram as process and tool for engagement)
Submission Requirements:

Abstract / Description (text) : 500 words or less
Images: no more than 5 thumbnails - total file size under 5MBs.

Please send abstracts and/or images via email to cudc@kent.edu no later than Friday, June 8th 2012. We welcome new, in-progress or pre-published, original work.

Relevant Dates:
Abstracts due: Friday, June 8th 2012
Notification to selected contributors: Monday, June 18th 2012
Final entries due: Friday, July 27th 2012
Expected publication: September 2012