no. 67, March 2024

Interstices, Liminality and Boundaries

Edited by Teresa García Alcaraz, Cristian Silva & Andrea Mubi Brighenti


The SI aims to draw upon the different angles at which we can look at the interstitial geographies that manifest withinbetween, and beyond cities, influencing the urban condition at both conceptual and practice levels. Stepping on Rem Koolhaas’ claim of nothingness, interstices are not empty spaces but show varied degrees of ‘emptiness’ which suggest an alternative point of entry in social-spatial studies against orthodoxies of the built-up landscape and its associated analytical containers.

Urban interstices span well beyond central urban locations and occupy trans-scalar as well as transnational geographies in terms of – to have it with Neil Brenner – their ‘operational landscapes.’ Interstices manifest in forms that help us divert the focus from cityism and expand our reflections around the urban as an extended landscape.

On this basis, we invite contributors to address the interstice as part of a new analytical archipelago and a research topic for developing new planning and design vocabularies: borders, boundary-objects, transitional spaces, interfaces, in-between lands, thresholds, trenches, coalescences, eco-zones, liminality, edges, countryside(s), colossal landscapes, all offer examples and opportunities to delve into key epistemic injustices and the ambiguous empirical tractability of the varied components of the non-urban geographies that lie between established and official developments.

Besides planners and designers, scholars and activists from disciplines such as urban geography, anthropology, political science and beyond, are welcome to contribute.


| Deadline for Contributions | 15 September 2023

| Contribution Target Size | 2,000 words

| Submit to | losquaderno≤at≥gmail≤.≥com

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