Call for Proposals Place and Identity

This call for abstracts may interest the IAPS communities, and others active in people and environment research.

Please kindly circulate widely to colleagues.

Associate Editors, Ombretta Romice, and Sergio Porta

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers


Bentham Science Publishers plans to publish a new e-book titled: “The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of the Built Environment”  to be edited by Dr. Hernan Casakin, Dr. Ombretta Romice, and Dr. Sergio Porta.


In the era of globalization, where the progressive deterioration of local values is a dominating characteristic, identity is seen as a fundamental need that encompasses all aspects of human life. Identity in relation to places and the physical environment is one of those. To these regards, identity is the basis of perception, experience, and appreciation of the built form. It allows people to develop a sense of belonging and attachment in relation to a place and its spatial features, and brings together people around shared values, issues and localities.

While place identity constitutes a significant theme for debate, the relationship between identity, place, architecture, and urbanism still deserves more attention. The book aims at developing knowledge in relation to place identity, focusing both on people’s identity, and related factors which play a part in this process, and most of all on a science of identity in the built environment, across a multifaceted and multicultural society.

Researchers from a variety of disciplines including environmental psychology, semiotics, urban sociology/ecological sociology, geography, urban planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture are invited to contribute.

Send an abstract (about 800 words) as a Word attachment, a brief list of references, and a short biography (about 100-150 words) to Dr. Hernan Casakin (email: ) with “submission Place Identity and Perception of Built Environment” in the subject line.

Deadline: June 20, 2010

Selected candidates will be contacted with a request for full articles and additional information will be provided at that time.

Due date for full articles will be e/o October 2010.


Hernan, Ombretta, and Sergio

Dr. Hernan Casakin, architect.

Ariel University Center of Samaria

Department of Architecture

P.O. Box 3, 44837  Ariel, Israel.

Telephone/Fax: +972-9-7660756


About: Robert Grimm

All over Europe, cities are faced with the challenge of using cultural resources to re-position their city in an increasingly culturally and economically diversified European space. Related to this is a clear recognition of the growing importance of cultural resources for economic and community development. This produces new opportunities and challenges for local cultural planning and management. In order to fully exploit the innovative and supportive role of culture in European urban development, it will be necessary to develop a new socially and culturally sensitive professionalism, able to cross the boundaries between the arts, design, urban and spatial planning, public policy and the market, artistic creativity and cultural management. The MA in European Urban Cultures offers a specialist programme aimed at graduate students from Europe and elsewhere with undergraduate degrees in subject areas such as the social sciences; cultural and leisure studies; art, design and architecture; urban theory and planning; cultural marketing and management. The course is also targeted at professionals and administrators eager for the latest experiences, ideas and insights in urban cultural policy.