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City, Territory and Architecture

An interdisciplinary debate on project perspectives

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Featured Article: Cultural experiences in the framework of “cultural cities”

Authors: Pau Rausell-Köster, Sendy Ghirardi, Jordi Sanjuán, Francesco Molinari & Borja Abril 


This article explores the relationship between the “cultural experience” and “the cultural city”, a combination of the basic elements of the heritage city, the smart city and the creative city. The authors conclude that the performance of cities can be improved by applying this model.

Featured Article: Designing radical transitions: a plea for a new governance culture to empower deep transformative change

Author: Derk A. Loorbach


This explorative paper introduces the idea of radical transitions as a necessary starting point for policy and governance. The author explores how the basic principles and approach of transition management can be enriched with insights and methods from design to help institutionalize and mainstream the more radical alternatives.


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Interdisciplinarity and governance in water landscapes

Guest Editors: Francesca Calace and Gert-Jan Burgers

This thematic series intends to encourage contributions that, derived from different disciplinary approaches, can highlight the specificities, criticalities and conflicts in the management of environments along with the potential and limitations of governance tools to innovate environmental, landscape, land use policies and planning. The papers could deal with new approaches related to such covenant experiences or studies and researches on innovative and participated management of river or coastal territories, addressing relevant theoretical, methodological, operational and disciplinary or interdisciplinary issues.



Cities in transition: Exploring the role of urban cultural policies

Guest Editors: Irene Bianchi, Ilaria Tosoni and Pau Rausell Köster

This thematic series hosts research reflecting on the role and meaning of culture-led transformative dynamics in cities and on the mechanisms through which they emerge. In addition, they will investigate how cultural activities contribute to (re-)shape cities in their socio-spatial and institutional configurations and affect citizens’ quality of life. Multidisciplinary and cross-silos research investigating context-specific and exogenous factors intervening in different urban settings is particularly appreciated. 



Inclusive Cities and Learning Territories

Guest Editors: Silvia Serreli and Abdesselem Mahamoud

The Special Issue investigates research, case studies, projects, and new models of cooperation between territories which can generate new collective intelligence and social awareness within territories. One that is open to the challenges of the contemporary world and that acts to redesign rights, responsibilities, and a sense of belonging.



Participation and innovation for urban sustainability: exploring the changes

Guest Editors: Valeria Monno and Jose Carlos Mota

This issue aims at reflecting on the multiple initiatives carried out by local communities, public institutions, social movements and small groups of citizens towards more just and sustainable cities and territories either before or after the pandemic. Our main goal is to understand the different potentials of these initiatives and their related innovative content in order to bring about radical change.



City of Proximity

Guest Editors: Stefano Capolongo, Marco Dettori and Anne Roue Le Gall

The thematic series "City of proximity" aims to to boost environmental sustainability and urban resilience, according to a salutogenic approach and encourages the multidisciplinary approach between different expertise and stakeholders - like Public Health experts, transport and urban planners, designers and decision makers - following the final purpose to collect experiences, researches, policies and practices in the field.



The Future of the City

Editor: Giovanni Maciocco

This thematic series poses the question, how could we imagine the future of the city? Expressions like “discomposed city”, “generic city” and “segregated city” all refer to contemporary, “post-city” realities. Although these spaces are still territories of human settlement and interrelation, contemporary urban contexts can no longer be conceived of neither as spaces for communication and social interaction, nor as spaces of the public sphere. We need to explore – through the interdisciplinary contributions of architects, urbanists, sociologists, political scientists and philosophers - how the city could be re-established as the space of dialogue and communication. Several questions, related to the future of the city still call for an answer. For example: “Are there public policies that could possibly help enhance contemporary and future cities?” and “Which might be the features of a city restored to its citizens?



City Representations

Editor: Giovanni Maciocco

This thematic series encourages paper submissions on city representations. Photos of urban scenes and photorealistic renderings, such as those found on the Internet, have become ubiquitous and part of our everyday life. After a long journey begun during the Renaissance, it appears that “perspective” has finally triumphed as the medium for representing urban space. However, if we take a closer look, the impression begins to change. Instead of a space organised mathematically and from a stable point of view, the multitude of images is producing a fragmented world no longer capable of producing an organised scene. At the same time, other tentative representations of the city are appearing: ecosystem diagrams, time occupation patterns, density patterns, isochrons, shadow diagrams and descriptions of the intensity of communications. All of these enable us to understand aspects of reality that we could use to open up new realms of project design for the city and its components.



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Aims and scope

Focusing on the pluralism of positions and project perspectives, City, Territory and Architecture (CTA) opens an interdisciplinary debate on the relational nature of projects for spaces where people settle and interrelate.

The journal shares theoretical and applied scientific knowledge and positions with primary goal of exploring conceptual and physical relations between city, territory and architecture.

The central theme of the journal is the adaptation to new urban situations: new forms of inhabiting space are arising in the contemporary city; both human settlement and project development and implementation are characterized by a stronger awareness of and care for the entire territory, as well as an awareness of environmental values. One scope of this journal is to propose new tools to tackle these challenges. CTA emphasizes the importance of ethical concern in projects and calls for society’s legitimization of interventions proposed and managed by architects and planners.

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Editor's Quote

The City, Territory and Architecture journal (CTA) aims to create an interdisciplinary space for debating the conceptual and physical relationships between city, territory and architecture. As Editor-in-Chief, my wish is to stimulate scholars by facilitating different perspectives and providing a platform for papers that explore the relational nature of urban spaces; discovering new ways of realizing urban spaces in contemporary society.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation impact
    1.8  Cite Score
    1.563 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.402 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    Speed
    56 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    113 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    Usage 
    185,231 downloads (2021)
    21 Altmetric mentions (2021)

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