Berkeley Planning Journal, Call for Papers, Vol. 26; deadline 01.05.2013

In this update:
• Call for papers open
• Volume 25 release
• Meet The Urban Fringe

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Call for papers, Vol. 26  ~  Deadline January 5, 2013

The Berkeley Planning Journal (BPJ) invites submissions for its 26th volume. This call for papers is purposefully open, defined solely by a general focus on city and regional planning, space, place, policy, history, theory, power, politics, technology, and capital. However, as a reflection of this journal’s recent transition to an online format allowing us to be experimental in content and format, we also encourage critical submissions topical to "Experiments in Planning." Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Policy transfer and innovation (Global South-North, Global North-South, Global North-North, Global South-South)
• Participatory budgeting, cash transfer & microfinance
• Innovation in technology related to transportation planning or urban modeling
• DIY Urbanism & Tactical urbanism
• Innovation in planning and urban design

The journal focuses on research-based papers, but will also accept essays, photo essays, interviews and new media formats. Volume 26 will be published in an electronic-only format that allows us to feature new media content. We encourage authors to contribute content specialized for the Internet, including hyperlinked text, high-resolution images, interactive maps, and audio/video content. More details about submission format requirements are available on our website.

Volume 25 released
As part of its recent transition into an open access academic publication, the Berkeley Planning Journal (BPJ) this week launched a new website with free article downloads for readers. The publication may be found at The Berkeley Planning Journal is produced in collaboration between PhD Students at the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Volume 25 features articles on the theme, “New Spaces of Insurgency,” including a special section on the Occupy movement. Another special section celebrates the 25th anniversary of Journal with essays considering the role of student journals in the training of urban planning scholars and practitioners.

Featured articles include works by voices that may not otherwise be heard, and to make visible emerging issues and places which are under-published in traditional academia. Papers on cities in Nigeria, Cuba, and Palestine report on lesser known areas of the world. Several papers discuss the challenges of urbanization, asking, are there lessons to be learned from the developing world? These papers offer insights from the front lines of globalization; they illuminate the aspirations and challenges faced by people struggling to attain the level of participation, comfort, and rights routinely enjoyed by residents of the “first world.” Other papers propose alternative uses of urban space and models of urban civic participation. The special section on the Occupy movement features several essays and articles on the movement as well a photo essay on the events at UC Berkeley.

Visit our website for a full table of contents and article downloads. All issues, including Volume 25, can be purchased in hard copy on for $15 (or $40 for a color copy).

The Urban Fringe
To augment our online presence, the BPJ is proud to announce The Urban Fringe, the BPJ's blog of planning practice. The editor of The Urban Fringe, Ruth Miller, tells it best:

My goal for this blog is to bring the planning context and technical skills a step closer. We will showcase the impressive range of skills and interests of the student planning community. But we will also explore the variety of mechanisms that planners can use to express their ideas online. And last but not least, we will have fun doing it.

Visit the blog often for updates at