MAR Open Call for Papers :: Volume 7 (2021) 'Contested Urbanscapes'


Montreal Architectural Review 

Open Call for Papers :: Volume 7 (2021)

Special Issue: Contested Urbanscapes

Guest Editor: Panos Leventis

Closing Date: May 31st, 2021


Contested Urbanscapes

The Montreal Architectural Review invites interdisciplinary contributions that engage, explore and interpret theories, case studies or initiatives that advance knowledge on and understanding of architectural and/or urban landscapes of conflict. We would especially welcome contributions that propose novel ways of studying or acting within, or against, these landscapes defined by architectural, social, cultural, political, financial and military appropriations and contestations.

Hannah Arendt defined the urban milieu as the par-excellence public, common, and non-homogenizing realm. The city, in and because of its diversity, has rarely, if ever, existed or functioned as an uncontested space. The urban is always there in order to be claimed by diverse groups, as Henri Lefebvre would argue. Urban hi/stories can be narrated as periods of contestations of a certain form succeeded by periods of contestations of a different form.

Margaret Crawford interpreted spatial contestations of the public realm as definitions of the city. Considered in the expanded field of twenty-first century’s globalized narrative of mobility, these definitions acquire renewed meaning. Underprivileged populations become authors of novel everyday urbanisms, collocating and claiming their own formulations of the city, often in conflict with the established order. David Harvey would pose that the urban experience can transfigure from alienating to humanizing only by undergoing crisis and contestation.

Perhaps today more than ever before, the contemporary urban structure is questioned and contested by a wide spectrum of agents acting in the city. Jeff Ferrell proposed that such groups become inventors of alternative systems of aesthetics, representation, identity and meaning, and that their actions build collective memory, shudder social order, and expose new possibilities in spaces of socio-political conflict. Is there hope, then, as Myrto Tsilimpounidi would imagine, that urban contestation can lead to new forms of urban belonging?


Possible contribution themes can include, but are not limited to:

•  The building or the city as a collection of concurrent, but not necessarily converging, subjectivities

•  The multi-dimensional or pluralist city

•  Broadened definitions of ‘divided cities’, which can include gender, race, class and other considerations

•  Health and illness as instances of architectural and/or urban contestation

•  Pedagogical strategies in architecture and related fields on the contested building or city

•  Visual/creative projects on the contested building or city


Contributions could be in the form of essays (5,000 – 7,500 words, including endnotes), book reviews (1,000 – 1,500 words) or visual/creative narratives related to the history and philosophy of architecture and urbanism on the above theme. Each submission should be accompanied by a 100-word biography, and, in the case of an essay submission, an abstract of not more than 300 words.

The Montreal Architectural Review welcomes illustrated submissions but stresses the responsibility of the author in both providing the images and securing permissions to reproduce them. Please read the Review’s Copyright Notice before making a submission.


Submissions must be made through the Montreal Architectural Review website: , where you will be asked to register and to complete the online submission process. A guide to the online submission process is available on our website. All submissions must be in English and adhere to the Montreal Architectural Review Author Guidelines, also available on our website. You will be asked to follow a Preparation Checklist before making a submission.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021


Any queries should be made through the Montreal Architectural Review website.