Call for Papers 8(1): Models and Measures in Architecture, Geography and Planning Research

Ever since the first publication carrying the name of ‘space syntax’ in Environment and Planning B in 1976 (Hillier at al.) how we describe and model the physical environment has been of central importance for space syntax research. A wide range of different models have been developed, tested, refined, and discussed, including convex space graphs, interface maps, e-, p- and s-partitions, axial lines, segments, isovists, VGA, justified graphs, continuity lines, and so on—and similarly, a wide range of measures have been applied and developed in order to analyse the resulting graphs. But, models have not solely been subject to mathematical analysis; indeed, qualitative discussions of graphs as well as theoretical discussions of what they might represent or capture have been a notable strength of the field. Joss has had theme issues treating various aspects of the subject, such as 5(1) Models and diagrams in architectural design, 3(2) Methodological developments, and volume 4 on Urban Challenges, in addition to a continuous publication of articles addressing these questions.

Continuing this tradition, JOSS 8 will focus on models and measures, and the first issue (8:1) will focus on the theme models and measures in architecture, geography and planning research, acknowledging the strong tradition within the field as well as in other fields, but also recognising the need to continuously refine, revisit, challenge, and develop all aspects of modelling and/or measuring built form. But models and measures are not restricted to built form: diagramming, modelling, measuring, and otherwise analysing other phenomena are arguably of equal importance for interpretation, analysis, conceptualisation and theorisation of research findings and research challenges.

JOSS therefore welcomes papers that address models, modelling, measures, and measuring in architecture, geography and planning, where any individual paper can focus on one or several of these aspects. This includes refining, developing and challenging space syntax models and measures, but also contextualising and comparing them to other traditions. The theme does not mean that papers need to address quantitative issues, or that models need to be for quantitative purposes. Qualitative, conceptual, formal or other types of models are of equal relevance and importance, as is theoretical work.

JOSS especially welcomes contributions from other fields and traditions that address models and measures concerned with the analysis, generation, interpretation or description of built form or socio-spatial structures, actions, or processes. Papers should follow the JOSS author guidelines and be submitted by September 1, 2017. Submissions to JOSS will as always be subject to thorough double-blind peer review.


A note on SSS11: JOSS is happy to see the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium taking place in Lisbon; the symposia are central to developing the research. We also accept submission that develops papers presented at the symposium, but, submissions of research presented at the symposium must see a significant development, be it empirical, theoretical, or otherwise. Papers to JOSS developing research presented at SSS11 should be recognisable as a different publication so that both symposium proceedings and JOSS continue to hold important and independent positions for publishing and dissemination of research.

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ISSN: 2044-7507