Call for Chapters: Reconstructing Urban Ambiance in Smart Public Places


Hisham Abusaada, Professor at Housing and Building National Research Centre (HBRC), Egypt.
Ashraf M. Salama, Professor at University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom.
Abeer Elshater, Associate Professor, Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 4, 2019
Full Chapters Due: December 3, 2019
Submission Date: March 27, 2020


In recent decades, the notion of incorporating smart technologies in urban places, and their impact on urban form and urban life has become one of the widely acknowledged and growing challenges in urban planning and design literature. Scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds relevant to city design started to discuss the profound implications of the use of new technologies, at different scales from small urban places to smart cities, on the everyday urban environment. This provides opportunities to develop a new discourse that aims at understanding the ambiances of the public realm, especially when having technologies in users’ hands.

The editors firmly believe that developing new debates on urban ambiances and smart public places, their constituents, attributes, and qualities would enable future urban designers and planners to consider new dimensions for rethinking urban places, the design of which speaks to human perceptions and feelings while enhancing the effective use of these places. Authors are invited to contribute to a multitude of topics that advance the understanding of urban ambiances while underscoring ideas related to the introduction of smart technologies in public places.


This book aims to develop contemporary insights into a comprehensive interpretation of urban ambiances in smart places as it relates to the development of cities or to various levels of intervention in extant urban environments. The key objective is to provide a comprehensive theoretical base, which stems from the scholarly understandings of contemporary urban theorists. Premised on empirical and experimental research, the theoretical discourse is coupled with the development of a series of cases, addressing various contexts, which capture the essence of urban ambiances.

The objectives of this book are threefold. The first discusses the clarity of the two words “ambience” and "atmosphere." This issue extends to the plausibility of their use in professional architectural practice, particularly in the fields of urban planning and design. The second focuses on how to reconstruct urban ambiances in smart public places. Scholars and researchers widely recognize this by adopting urban ambience as a new dimension of urban planning and design. In this, the urban designer could provide ambiences conducive to the human feelings in the foremost priority and produce a unique affirmative ambience at the end. The third is based on the impact of architectural design on the creation of urban ambience in the artworks and how to reflect this technique in the fields of professional architectural practice.

Target Audience

Due to the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of this book, this call is open for contributions of scholars and researchers from different backgrounds in the fields of architecture; urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and environmental design. Additionally, the editors welcome contributions from scholars in relevant fields that include human geography, anthropology, environmental psychology, installation artists, and art educators. Principally, the target audience can acquire further insights on how to use new approaches in research, academic fields, and analytical work; they can use the various methods contributed in this book for their research applications.

Recommended Topics

While contributors are expected to address one or more of the following topics contributions may envisage relevant topics that contribute to the theme and thrust of the book.
• Affective atmospheres
• Ambiance artworks
• Ambiances and cities of singularity
• Ambiance quality-related artistry
• Ambiance links to architectural history
• Art and cinematic works
• Digital methods and tools
• Satisfactory ambiance
• Smart public places
• Subjective and objective wellbeing
• The ambiguity of the word “Atmospheres”
• The ambiance and smart places
• The public sphere (public realm)
• The urban ambiance and art education
• Urbanism next – the everyday urban environment

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 4, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 10, 2019, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 3, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

September 4, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 10, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
December 3, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
January 17, 2020: Review Results Returned
February 28, 2020: Revisions due from authors:
March 13, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification
April 24, 2020: Final deadline of sending materials to the publisher by the editors


Abeer Elshater
Ain Shams University

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