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La recherche et les revues aujourd’hui, en architecture, urbanisme et paysage

Current Journals and Research in Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture

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Publicado el martes 19 de enero de 2021 por Céline Guilleux


Quels sont les milieux intellectuels qui animent la recherche et les revues d’architecture, d’urbanisme et de paysage qui la portent ? L’objectif de ce numéro des Cahiers de la recherche architecturale urbaine et paysagère est de collecter des matériaux et des récits sur des revues diffusant la recherche dans différentes langues. Au-delà de la diversité des cas, il s’agira de construire plus solidement la typologie esquissée ci-dessus. Des enquêtes minutieuses permettant de répondre aux différentes questions posées sont attendues.


N°13 | Current Journals and Research in Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture


Dossier coordinated by Yankel Fijalkow, Caroline Maniaque et Frédéric Pousin


The chosen editorial line of this issue of the Cahiers de recherche architecturale, urbaine et paysagère falls within the academic field of Humanities and Social Sciences, addressing issues that form its identity. This includes its theoretical register, the materiality of the city, expertise in construction, as well as projects and their design. These questions are very rarely taken up by Humanities and Social Sciences journals, if at all, which tend to investigate spatial dimensions and welcome articles on architecture, urban planning or landscape architecture. Through the choice of such an editorial line, this issue seeks to outline a research profile for the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, both in France and on an international scale.

Which academic milieus motivate research, as well as the architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture journals that support them?

The editorial phenomenon bringing to mind the notion of "academic milieu" and, more broadly, an ecosystem of ideas1 that is anchored in either fundamental or applied research as well as teaching. Without necessarily opposing the professional world, this phenomenon also interrogates cooperative working methods in terms of their forms of sharing and intellectual profit2. Above all, however, it questions the notion of academic milieu as well as the circulation of words and ideas3. By highlighting the human foundations of research in urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture, we seek to understand what contributes to the development of journals in this field.

It is also worth looking at the institutions that sustain editorial production, along with economic support. We will question intellectual trajectories that may or may not interact with what takes place within intellectual fields, data collection and representation methods, as well as transmission tools. 

We may already distinguish several types of journals.

- Journals which have been created within academic institutions and which are intended to convey the work produced in this context. These examples meet the criteria of scientific journals; whether we think of the Cahiers thématiques from the Lille National Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ENSAP Lille), Princeton University's Grey Room, or Perspecta from Yale University's Department of Architecture, or Housing Studies, which is closely linked to the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR).

- Journals that come from the professional world, which have opened up their columns to academic research. This is the case with Tracés, a partner of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects for over 140 years, which discloses academic publications alongside built environment news in French-speaking Switzerland. This is also the case with Urbanisme in France, which broadly echoes the Scientific Research and Development (SR&D) carried out by public institutions such as Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture (PUCA). PUCA edits a magazine called Annales de la recherche urbaine, which reflects the work of researchers. In terms of landscape architecture, Jola - Journal of Landscape Architecture, which is driven by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), associates current landscape production news with the publication of reviews as well as the disclosure of research-based articles. The RIBA publishes the Journal of Architecture, in addition to supporting the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research alongside other professional associations and organizations. This journal is edited by a scientific publisher called Locke Science Publishing Company. We will also take a closer look at publishers who welcome publications from professional associations or unions.

- Independent journals that establish themselves as research journals, publishing articles carried out by academic researchers. For example, Urban Planning in the field of Urban Sciences, or the Dutch journal OASE, which aims to combine academic discourse and the sensitivities of design practices in a multidisciplinary way comparable to that of the Cahiers de la Recherche Architecturale, Urbaine et Paysagère. OASE claims to bring a critical reflection in which the project plays a central role. We can also reference Ardeth - A magazine on the power of the project which transcends disciplinary boundaries for the benefit of design and project. With academic objectives, this journal aims to open up a field of reflection specific to the theory of project. Some journals aspire to bring together various works and to identify fields that have seldom been identified previously. In this context, we can reference many interdisciplinary journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences such as Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, Histoire urbaine, etc.

In the field of Architectural History, we reference the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), which has been dedicated to the publication of academic research on the built environment as well as film and literary reviews since 1941, allowing to position the discipline of Architectural History into a larger academic context. The journal also supports another “crystallization” of the academic milieu on a global scale; that is, an annual conference which takes place in a different city each year.

Certain journals which have today disappeared, such as Oppositions in the United States or Controspazio in Italy, played a major role in establishing new relationships between practice, theory, history and critique in the 1970s. They tend to constitute a kind of idealized reference that one can question to reflect upon contemporary production.

What understanding of architectural, urban and landscape research emerges from all of these editorial projects? How is this identified?

Contributions to this issue can be distributed amongst three main pathways:

The first concerns the notion of milieu.

The various academic milieus which support these journals are equally comprised of academics, professionals, intellectuals and artists. These different journals have the collective aim to bring life to an intellectual and professional network.

To what extent and on which occasions (seminars, meetings, events) are these intellectual milieus driven to cooperate? How do translation and the circulation of knowledge, expertise and experiments play out4. In what ways and in which contexts do we find overlapping research in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture?

How are the stated ambitions received in terms of a journal's research? Here, the question of reception and readership is asked. How can a research journal find its authors and readers (titles, content and rubric diversity)?

The second pathway concerns publishers.

Following historical research on books and publishing, the study of the contemporary world of scientific publishing5 with regard to journals of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture leads us to the following questions. Why and how does a publisher commit to supporting a research journal? What economic strategies are put in place? Which partnerships are forged?

Here, we can identify the factors for emergence and fragility of research journals, or those that support research. Today, with the coming of open access, the relationship to the publisher is evolving. How does this affect the research journals in our field? Or, on the contrary, are they initiating these transformations? 

On the other end of the spectrum, what strategies are researchers and their laboratories developing with respect to publishers?

The third pathway will question the organizations to which journals are linked.

How are these institutions brought to play a role with respect to an intellectual or editorial milieu? What reciprocal added value do the journals and their supporting structures bring?

What defines the theoretical character of a journal? Is it its connection to an academic institution which regulates the process of collecting and evaluating articles? Its belonging to a disciplinary field? Its content? Its authors? The methods shared by authors?

The expected articles will explore one or more of the interactions between an intellectual and professional milieu, one or more of the institutions that back a journal or a publisher. 

The goal of this issue is to collect the material and narratives of journals that diffuse research in multiple languages. Beyond a diversity of cases, they must more solidly construct the typology outlined above. Expected are meticulous investigations leading to answers to the various questions asked.

This issue concerns researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture who wish to reflect upon the dissemination media available to them. Alongside the directors and authors of these publications, it concerns epistemologists who study the material fabric of knowledge and its circulation, publishing historians specialized in journals, as well as sociologists and philosophers who study the constitution of academic milieus.

Procedure for the transmission of draft articles

Completed article proposals should be sent by email to the Editorial Secretariat of Cahiers de la recherche architecturale, urbaine et paysagère

before May 15, 2021


For more information, contact Aude Clavel at 06 10 55 11 36

Expected Formats : articles or “research materials”

Articles, whether in French or in English, must not exceed 50,000 characters, including spaces, bibliography and notes.

Articles must be accompanied by :

  • biobibliographical record between 5 to 10 lines (name and first name of the author (s), professional status and/or titles, possible institutional link, research themes, latest publications, e-mail address).
  • abstracts in French and English.
  • key words in French and English.

The title must appear in both English and French

Editorial Board

  • Chief Editor: Frederic Pousin
  • Manuel Bello Marcano
  • Franck Besançon
  • Gauthier Bolle
  • Enrico Chapel
  • Benjamin Chavardes
  • Laurent Devisme
  • Yankel Fijalkow
  • Sandra Fiori
  • Xavier Guillot
  • Caroline Maniaque
  • Valerie Negre
  • Helene Vacher
  • Andrea Urlberger
  • Editorial Assistant: Aude Clavel


1 G. Deleuze et F. Guattari, Mille plateaux, Paris, Éditions de Minuit, 1980.

2 R.Sennett, P.-E. Dauzat, Ensemble: Pour une éthique de la coopération, Paris, Albin Michel, 2014.

3 D. Sperber, La contagion des idées, Paris, Odile Jacob, 1996.

4 M. Akrich, M. Callon, et B. Latour, Sociologie de la traduction: textes fondateurs, Paris, Presses des Mines, 2006.

5 J.-Y. Mollier et P. Sorel, « L'histoire de l'édition, du livre et de la lecture en France aux XIXe et XXe siècles », Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 126(1), 1999, pp. 39-59.



  • sábado 15 de mayo de 2021

Palabras claves

  • revue, recherche, architecture, paysage, urbanisme


  • Aude Clavel
    courriel : audeclavel [at] hotmail [dot] fr

Fuente de la información

  • Aude Clavel
    courriel : audeclavel [at] hotmail [dot] fr

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