Professional Practice

Shrinking Cities.Expanding Landscapes: Call for Abstracts

Date: 4/1/2013 - 5/15/2013

Type: Call for Papers/Submissions

Location(s): International


Shrinking Cities | Expanding Landscapes
14-15 November 2013
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
University of Edinburgh

Call for Abstracts
As a consequence of the Shrinking Cities phenomenon, researchers and practitioners are increasingly exploring the concept and promise of an Expanding Landscape within cities. This expanding landscape includes the patchwork of abandoned, vacant, or underutilised properties that are just one consequence of depopulation. This unintended “production” of voids can be considered an opportunity with multiple modes of expression.

We invite abstracts for papers from researchers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, and environmental aesthetics. We expect papers and presentations on topics covering urban morphology, open-space planning and design, green infrastructure and sustainability, socio-economic drivers and solutions, political and regulatory factors and mechanisms, perception and aesthetic appreciation, case studies and design propositions, and more. We welcome submissions using any qualitative and quantitative research method, including historical, descriptive, and projective approaches.

Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed. Abstracts will be selected for further development as papers to be presented at the conference. Papers shall be 3,000 words maximum. Further paper submission requirements will be distributed to the authors of selected abstracts. Abstracts should arrive no later than Monday, April 1, 2013.

Please note the following guidelines for abstract submission:

  • Please use the conference abstract submission template form (found on our website)
  • Complete both pages of the form (the abstract may continue onto a third page)
  • The information on page 2 (and thereafter) should be anonymous
  • The abstract itself shall be 400 words maximum
  • Save the form as a PDF file, and name the PDF with the title of the abstract.
  • Email the submission form to

Keynote presentations and selected conference papers will be considered for publication after the conference in a themed journal issue or an edited volume.


  • April 1, 2013, abstracts due
  • May 15, 2013, abstract selection announced
  • 31 July 31, 2013, draft papers due
  • September 31, 2013, paper review comments distributed
  • November 14-15, 2013, conference keynote speakers (invited and confirmed):
  • Karina Pallagst, Department of International Planning Systems, Kaiserslautern University
    Ali Madanipour, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University
    Anna Jorgensen, Department of Landscape, The University of Sheffield.


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