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Vol 12 (2016)

Spiritual Places : Traditional and Contemporary Design

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Call for papers: October 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016

**Manuscript Deadline: May 31, 2016

Publication: October, 2016

Spiritual Places: Traditional and Contemporary Design

The upcoming issue is dedicated to the theme of ‘Spiritual Places: Traditional and Contemporary Design’. The role of the spiritual, the religious and the sacred in many parts of the world deeply informs the daily life of many of its inhabitants- a daily life that is public, shared and shaped by architecture, landscape and the infrastructure of cities and communities as indeed the spiritual and the sacred has traditionally shaped the same built and open space fabric of cities, towns and communities. In addition many aspects of traditional and contemporary environments hold spiritual and sacred meaning for ordinary citizens beyond the conventions of organized religion, such as sacred trees, pathways, mountains and riverways. Spiritual places form the setting for the physical aspects of pilgrimage, public ritual, seasonal rites, sacred festivals and indeed the physical patterns and planning of larger territories, as well as the issues of contested space, national conflicts, historic division and more currently acts of terrorism- from the destruction of places of worship to the annexation of land, water bodies and cultural relics.

Beyond the issues of conservation and repair of historic sites and buildings, it is noteworthy that the questions and issues of the spiritual in shaping the modern city are mostly absent in current discourse as are the characteristics, concerns and design approaches to the multiple forms of Spiritual Places in various countries, religions and within the varied cultures and geographies of the world. The tensions between sacred and secular space continue to evolve in the developing world and the design discourse on such matters is long overdue. Papers may include expositions on the philosophy and purpose of traditional as well as contemporary spiritual and sacred places and spaces in rural and urban contexts, the historical evolution of spiritual places, the growing interdependence of sacred places, architecture, cultural resources and tourism, current design practices in shaping spiritual buildings and environments and the future role of spiritual places in constructing cities.

We look forward to receiving your paper and its contribution to an investigation into this neglected area of our built and natural environment.

Editor in Chief : Professor Niall Kirkwood Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA

Assistant Editor : Pat Seeumpornroj, Ph.D. Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand