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Thematic Call for Papers: Preventive Urbanism
Preventive Urbanism. Researches and Practices for Healthier Cities
Edited by Elena Dorato, Pablo Martinez Diez and Mar Santamaria-Varas
This issue of CONTESTI aims to stimulate the debate on cities, territories and health, inviting authors from different fields of knowledge to present their reflections through theoretical, methodological and descriptive contributions (e.g. case studies, analysis of new urban and territorial policies, project approaches, design experimentations) on researches, case studies and contributions highlighting the role of the urban environment and its characteristics (i.e. physical, functional, ecological, performative) as fundamental determinant of population’s well-being and health conditions; trans-disciplinary experiences and cases where public health studies inform or modify urban and regional planning and/or design; research and case studies related to the relationship and effects of climate change (at different scales)on the environment and health; analysis of urban or territorial policies and post-Covid design implementations conducted to support improved public health conditions and resilience to possible emergency events; contributions on the role and function of urban ecosystem conditions in inducing favorable settings fora healthier and more “biophilic” urban environments; theoretical reflections on the evolution of disciplinary relations between Urbanism and Health; research that develops innovative methodological approaches in the analytical and design interpretation of the role of the urban environment to promote better conditions for human health in its multiple meanings.
Thematic Call for Papers: Mobilities
Edited by Francesco Alberti and Iacopo Zetti
Deadline submissions: April 15, 2020. DOWNLOAD
In his book “Mobilities” (Polity Press, 2007), John Urry has highlighted how the movement of people and goods represents, today more than in the past, a pervasive and characterizing condition of the human presence in the world such as to entails a new sociological paradigm for the interpretation of contemporary reality. The multiplication of interpersonal contacts, made possible by ICTs, has proved to be a powerful generator of new demand for mobility. Furthermore, factors related to the demographic and economic growth of emerging countries, the globalization of markets (including tourism, specifically oriented to transforming travel to any destination into a mass product) and increasingly wider social and economic realities of planetary urbanization have become increasingly important.
According to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), mobility and transport have a significant impact on the implementation of most of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. In this regard, for sustainability and effects on the climate, a recognized aim is the overall reduction of movements made with motorized vehicles, eliminating as far as possible the link between economic growth and transport demand: an objective that leads us to reflect critically on current models of organization, management and control of mobility at different levels.
Mobility, seen as a right, inside the general framework of the "right to the city", calls into question social justice issues (Sheller) in terms of accessibility to territories and transport systems (Burja, Muxì), proving to be a significant indicator of inequalities between strong and weak subjects by social position, geographical origin, income, gender, physical conditions, etc.
This first issue of the new series of CONTESTI, with an explicit reference - in its title - to the broad meaning provided by Urry, is dedicated to the movement of people and goods seen as a factor of transformation, in relation both to spatial and environmental components, both to the social, economic and political dimension of such changes.
In particular, the issue calls for theoretical or methodological contributions and case studies focused on the following topics:
- contributions on urban and territorial sustainability of mobility, also concerning issues related to climate change, energy transition and the overall quality of the urban environment, pursued (or contradicted) by practices, policies and projects concerning mobility and transport;
- presentation of significant interventions of urban regeneration and enhancement of landscapes connected to new infrastructures or sustainable mobility services;
- studies and reflections on mobility as a right, to be assured to all citizens through the removal of social, cultural, economic and physical-sensorial obstacles which in different contexts prevent or limit their enjoyment;
- analysis and research on the relationship between tourism, mobility and sustainability.
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