Call for Submissions for Cornell Journal of Architecture 11: Fear

The theme of upcoming Cornell Journal of Architecture is—Fear. Anthropologically-speaking, fear has been considered an innate trait among most primate species: a central aspect of learning-to-survive. At the same time, most of us primates seem equally adept at learning new fears, fears that are perhaps often irrational and non-productive, and frequently enflamed by manipulative parties.

Architecture is as often programmed by fear as it is called upon to promulgate fear. Fear has had an historically deeply-rooted grasp on architecture, from fortifications to castles, Guarini domes to gated communities, zoning regulations to building codes. Monumental architectures of glorification, memorialization, and nationalism are as often as not likely to be architectures of subjugation, admonition, and intimidation. Today, we find the presence of palpable fear in everything from embassies to airports, border crossings to big-box stores.

This is probably because fear—as diversion, as mission, and as byproduct—has become the principal leitmotif of modern politics, with inevitable repercussions on the production of architectural form. The fears we once had for the other (the tightrope walker, the freezing homeless) have been largely supplanted by fears of the other.And the paradoxically exhilarating fears we've found in rollercoasters and horror films—what Poe had called "the fierceness of the delight of its horrors"—have become increasingly popular as means of escape from our fears of reality.

We have been conditioned by films and literature, theories and philosophies, hearsay and experience to presume a dystopian undercurrent to every utopia, to sense an uncanniness in what we might once have considered sublime. Our increasing dependence on technology has brought on an intensifying distrust, an awareness of the erosion of our public and private realms, and a fear that our livelihoods will be pilfered by automatons.

Oddly, despite our theme, this may prove to be the most optimistic Cornell Journal of all. An awareness of fear has been known to inspire invention, imagination, and substantial change. Is the opposite of fearful—fearlessness, perhaps?—a form of belligerence or ignorance, or is it found in determination or courage?—or is it perhaps a type of calm? —or of knowledge?

And what could it suggest if there would be such an architecture?

Submissions Guidelines:

The Cornell Journal of Architecture accepts original, previously unpublished work in the form of drawings, images, and/or writing.
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and/or an image indicative of the proposed article.

Articles exist in two formats:

1 “Essays” can vary in length, but are usually not more than 3,000 words. The creative and deliberate use of images is essential. This journal considers words and images to carry equal weight

2 “Shorts” serve as breathers in the text and are limited to either one or two page spreads. Images may dominate in these segments.  

**Updated Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2018**
**Submission Deadline: August 24, 2018**

—The Editors Cornell Journal of Architecture 11

Please send your submission to:

The Cornell Journal of Architecture
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Cornell University
139 E. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5236

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