Urbanity is an elusive quality of an urban place.  It can be found in an Alpine town and yet be absent from a large American city.  It is neither determined by building density, population density nor good design.  Urbanity is a quality that emerges from a combination of elements that is greater than its parts.  Nothing that contributes to its presence seems to do so intentionally.  The failure of many attempts to artificially create urbanity suggests it will remain just out of reach.  It is both physical and social, manifest and ephemeral—it cannot be fabricated. Or can it?  A contemporary ...

Agency/Agents of Urbanity Colloquium

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: deadline extended to 15th of December In this first full issue, Contour is asking a larger audience one of its central questions, "What is research in architecture?"  Are there tools and methods specific to it, or are we merely borrowing from other fields without any specific tradition of our own? Can we even attempt to define a common ground among architects doing research, or is the nature of our research centripetal, sending us off in multiple directions? Core or periphery? Despite architecture's status as an old and supposedly well-established discipline, its core always seems ...

What is Research in Architecture?

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CALL FOR IMAGES   In order to explore the possibilities of non-verbal communication in research, Contour Journal asks for submissions for an editorial on visual(izing) data.  Please send us your images, diagrams, graphs or plots with a short, 100 word description or caption that describes the content of the image.  We are not seeking comprehensive results, conventional bar graphs, or default matlab/excel plots  – but rather – we are searching for images that communicate complex information in a bold, novel, and evocative way. Format:  300 dpi (jpeg, tiff, png, or pdf) Deadline: December ...

Visual(izing) Data

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