Call for articles: Special edition - health


Guest Editors:

Traci Rose Rider, Ph.D., College of Design, North Carolina State University []

 Margaret van Bakergem, MPH, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University []


The built environment has inextricable connections to public health behaviors and outcomes. Evidence of these linkages are notable at small scales, for example, between buildings and occupants, as well as at a global stage, with the climate crisis and associated epidemiological concerns. With a growing emphasis on health at multiple levels across communities, regions, countries, and the globe, there is increased interest in how the built environment can meaningfully contribute to improved health outcomes.

Articles addressing the broad topic of health in the built environment across different theoretical perspectives, epistemologies, and methodological approaches are encouraged. Scales addressed could be from the level of construction details (i.e.: envelope construction and indoor air quality, thermal comfort, etc.) to the building scale (i.e.: design for movement, circadian rhythms, smart buildings, etc.) to the community scale (i.e.: access to areas that promote physical and social activities, etc.). We also welcome studies addressing the different categories of health (physical, mental, emotional, etc.) and across building types. Empirical research, literature reviews, and theoretical arguments, and methodological outlines are all welcome. 

06 December 2019. Announcement call for papers

01 April 2020. Deadline for submission of papers

October 2020. Publication of the Special Edition


To be considered for the special edition, select “Special Edition: Health” under “section” in the first phase of the submission process.

Special Edition: Urban data assemblage released


A new issue of ENQ is now available. The edition was structured through the vision of Silvio Carta of the University of Hertfordshire and includes articles by Euan Mills, Roberto Bottazzi, Kevin Rogan, Pieter Marthinus de Kock, Ljubomir Jankovic, and Fang Xu.

Increasingly, the divide between physical and digital space is becoming more complex and difficult to define. The progress of new digital technologies (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, portable smart devices, Virtual and Augmented reality and robotics) and visions (like Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing) is blurring the boundaries between what is physical, tangible, real and what is not.

Similarly, cities and the urban environment are including these new technologies as a part of their complexity, enriching people’s experience (information readily available about potentially everything everywhere) and posing new threats (biases, surveillance, privacy etc.) at the same time. Cities are no longer definable with binaries like physical/digital, real/simulation, or human/machine. They are rather characterised by complex relational networks which we call assemblages where data, information technologies, people and algorithms are increasingly intertwined.

This special edition of ENQ: The ARCC Journal, includes contributions that reflect upon the idea of these urban assemblage, reflecting upon the ways in which information is produced, processed and shared by individuals through the built environment and by algorithms within the urban context.

Vol 16 No 2 (2019): Special Edition: Urban data assemblage

Guest Editor: Silvio Carta, Ph.D.

In the contemporary digital and physical urban context, people, the built environment and software have a common purpose: the production and management of data. This occurs through the agency of three different entities: individuals produce and consume data both consciously and unconsciously by carrying on their daily activities such as working, commuting, entertaining themselves. Programmes are the mechanism by which data are inputted and outputted in a continuous computing process. Finally, the built environment can be seen as the container of such processes. Data are produced and consumed inside it, and it provides an overall framework for the data production and consumption to take place. Individuals are the actors, software is the mechanism, and the built environment is their framework. The three entities work as an assemblage that allows the system to keep working and maintain its continuous evolution.

This special edition of ENQ: The ARCC Journal, includes contributions that reflect upon the idea of urban assemblage and, more generally, on how information is produced, processed and shared by individuals through the built environment and by software within the urban context.

Published: 2019-11-25

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