Spaces in Migration is the topic of the Los Andes University magazine Dearq. Camila Pinzón (URBANOS) and Juanita Fonseca are guest editors of this magazine. The Call for papers is open until June 30, 2020.
Human migrations have always existed: nomads, labor mobility, forced displacement, mass migration, are some of its forms. These flows affect the way in which territories are shaped and experienced. To migrate is to inhabit a space rooted in mechanisms of temporality and resourcefulness. Furthermore, migratory flows influence the space that is left behind, the space of transit, and the space of arrival; generating spaces moving between multiple scales.
The complex processes embedded in these movements raise challenges for architecture and urbanism in the spaces where migration occurs, the land left behind, the exchange along the way, and connection or accessibility to a place to settle. Places left behind give way to situations such as territories of ungoverned landscapes, or housing developments financed by remittances. Transition spaces or borders become tangible in different ways – in the form of walls, customs and ports, or the extension of cultural features such as architectural typologies. The spaces where migrants arrive acquire new meaning; for instance, refugee camps have allowed to explore innovative ephemeral architecture, and their consolidation in the emergence of spontaneous cities. On a larger scale, the environmental dimension questions the scope of the impact of formal and informal settlements and the consequences of natural disasters.
Here we mention only a few of the many issues posed by human migration, its challenges, and opportunities on different levels. Today, migration plays a crucial role in our development. In Colombia, the internal displacements and Venezuelan immigration, and globally, the “paralysis” caused by coronavirus manifest its relevance. In the “space that moves” global orders govern the local ones. This is a topic where architecture and urbanism connect with the impact of political and economic decisions and environmental effects.
For this Spaces in Migration edition of Dearq, we welcome research projects that explore the multiplicity of the spatial dimensions of migration. We are interested in research, theoretical reflections, mappings, case studies, and other work dealing with the interrelation between migration and architecture, urbanism, and landscape.
– Camila Pinzón, URBANOS, The Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Juanita Fonseca, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, email@example.com
More information through the website: https://revistas.uniandes.edu.co/callforpapers/dearq
Reception of articles: April 30th to June 30th, 2020.