Planned Thematic Issues: Call for Papers

Symmetries and Proportions in Architecture 2
   Sixcentenary thematic issue

Symmetries and Proportions in Architecture 2:
   Guest editor: Vilmos Katona
   Editorial annotation

The architects’ community celebrates the 600th anniversary of Filippo Brunelleschi’s revolutionary design for the dome of Florence Cathedral, the symbolic event which can claim to be commemorated as the birth of modern architectural thinking. 
A modern understanding of physical laws and the mathematical tools for calculating stresses were centuries in the future, but Brunelleschi’s intuitive design marked a break with the medieval logic of construction (or ‘scholasticism’, according to Panofsky) as well as a return to the classic Pantheon, thus, to a different concept of geometrical compactness and balance. This turnaround resulted in centuries of development and experiments on space, symmetry, scale and proportion to give rise to 20th-century constructivism and various trends in modern and postmodern architecture. Contemporary praxis is still challenged by such experiments from minimalism to parametricism, from the complexity of space to the variability of generative structures.

The planned thematic issue of Symmetry: Culture and Science would like to pay a tribute by symmetrists to the 600th anniversary of the birth of renaissance-modern architecture. 

– On the one hand, it would like to publish papers that describe a few important developments, discoveries, theories and consequent decisive experiments in contemporary architecture (explanations of new spatial concepts and the resulted application of methods are prioritised). The non-historical type of papers should remain in the domain of architectural theory, however the authors are expected to describe the significance of the treated theorems and the methods they offer for the general readers of Symmetry. Description of new achievements rooted in the application of geometrical proportions and their related by-products are welcome. History of architecture has concentrated mainly on conservation (i.e., monuments and restoration). However, geometrical proportions and techniques for linear perspective developed by Filippo Brunelleschi and their later influences in modern architecture allow much methodological considerations. Those possibilities are so far not exploited in contemporary disputes. References to any such attempt and application are welcome.

– On the other hand, this issue aims at publishing a few specific chapters reviewing relevant issues in the history of architecture in the last six hundred years. Review papers are welcome.

Most readers of the Journal are not architectural historians or theorists, and those who are concerned about these disciplines are not likely to be specialised in the specific field chosen by the author. Moreover, some are not architects but are open minded to learning about architectural symmetries. In short, technical terms and phrases from theory can be applied, but technical details should be avoided. Special abbreviations or formulas should be clarified in the text. The essence of the architectural theories explained are expected to be formulated more in words and less in formulas.

Please, follow the instructions for authors and use the MS Word (preferred) and TeX style-sheets downloadable from the bottom of the page Instructions. Please, take special care of: (1) the page size, margins, running heads; (2) the use of the built in styles; and (3) follow precisely the given style of references. MS Word users, please, use MathType for formulas and equations.

The length of the papers may vary from 6 to 16 pages, including illustrations. Note, the papers will be published both electronically and printed. We can publish colour illustrations online, but we can print those illustrations in b/w only. The latter means that colours should be made distinguishable in grey-scales after conversion into b/w.

Extended Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2018. The papers will be peer-reviewed before decision on their acceptance.

Submission: Please, send the manuscripts to the issue’s Editor.