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Call for papers | 2020 issues


The Journal of Public Space welcomes full papers for 2020 issues, to be published in April, August and December.

Submissions will be ongoing throughout the year.
Submission can be made:
- using the OJS platform by registering online. If you are already a registered author you can log in using your username and password;
- by sending an email to the Editor in chief Luisa Bravo at this email address:

Before submitting, please read:
- the Submission Preparation Checklist
- the Author Guidelines

Full papers should be between 5.000 and 8.000 words, including notes and references.

A double blind peer review process, based on a distinguished board of editors and editorial advisors, will ensure the quality and high standards of research papers. Each paper will be assessed by two reviewers and any identifying information in relation to the author will be removed during the review process.
Reviewers follow an evaluation framework and recommendation guidelines to ensure objectivity and fairness.
Submitted articles should not have been previously published. If publication or dissemination through presentation has occurred, then the article should acknowledge this and pay due credit to the original source.

Read more about the Editorial Team.

  • 2020-06-07

    Re-visioning Places of Public Gathering in the Contemporary Arab Urbanism



    Guest Editor: Dr Mona Helmy 
    Managing Editor: Dr Luisa Bravo

    Over the past decades, contemporary urbanism in Arab cities has undergone a radical transformation under the influence of a variety of forces, such as globalization, with the influx of money, ideas, people, and development models. Consequently, development visions of cities in the Arab world have shifted from local to imported international models, generating new paradigms of Arab contemporary urbanism, strongly impacting on public places in particular. These paradigms commenced by establishing new urban typologies resembling Western urban imagery and icons, gated communities, themed cities, gigantic commercial centres and shopping malls. The multiplicity of opportunities for shaping, upgrading and rebuilding places of public gathering, from global paradigms to local realities, have stimulated many urban ambivalences and complexities, so that reconsidering places for public gathering nowadays implies a transdisciplinary understanding and a multifaceted perspective. The superimposing of changing and imported concepts has critically transformed settings, structure, and functions of places for public gathering, while (re)establishing the contemporary Arab urbanism as a powerful and iconic urban system.

    Read more about Re-visioning Places of Public Gathering in the Contemporary Arab Urbanism
  • 2018-12-26

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