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JAPA Special Issue: Envisioning City Design, the Legacy of Kevin Lynch

Monday, June 5, 2017  
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Guest Editors:
Tridib Banerjee
Gary Hack
Michael Southworth

Kevin Lynch, a renowned planning figure, and professor at MIT, was born in 1918. The proposed centennial special issue is intended for the autumn issue of 2018, to commemorate the legacy and the distinctive idea of city design that he advanced through his contributions on city imaging, regional environmental design and management, performance characteristics of good city form, preservation and change, design rules and processes, and other such related ideas. These ideas continue to define a broad but changing scope of “urban design” within the professional practice, pedagogy, and scholarly discourse in planning. The papers solicited for this special issue will be devoted to reflections, research, and practical applications made in planning, city design, and related fields, inspired by the legacy of Kevin Lynch. Authors are encouraged to address the relevance of the Lynch legacy to the changing circumstances of globalization, information and digital technology, and the continuing challenges of sustainability and reconciling contradictory imperatives of economy, equity, and environment in planning.

The following are the deadlines for submission:

June 30, 2017 abstract (200 words) due
[Authors will receive feedback within two weeks]

November 1, 2017 Final manuscript due (according to JAPA manuscript guidelines)

January 1, 2018 Editorial decision on the manuscripts submitted

March1, 2018 Deadline for revise and resubmit

April 1, 2018 Deadline for second revisions

Please submit the abstract to all three editors at the following email addresses:;; msouthw@berkeley,edu.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.