The Research Group AMPS and its scholarly journal Architecture_MPS see the definition, debates and concerns of the built environment as intrinsic to those at the heart of other artistic, design, social, media, cultural and political discourses. The territory it seeks to explore is an overlaid terrain in which the physical, material and the environmental are critically examined through the prism of the artistic, cultural, mediatic, social and the political.
Its focus is expressly cross disciplinary. It invites participation from all sectors: artists, designers, journalists, architects, planners, policy makers, academics, the public and community activists. All our publications are connected by a concern for how these different disciplines inform, engage with and respond to the built environment.
The journal seeks to foster debate on these issues through a variety of formats:
Original research article:
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature. We welcome critical and original engagement with different fields but always seek to connect those engagements back to the built environment. On this basis Architecture_MPS has published articles by artists, lawyers, planners, architects and sociologists, each of whom address the relationship of their disciplines with the built environment. Typically articles are 5-6000 words.
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field relevant to the journal’s remit. These articles are intended to be full and critical engagements with relevant research and should seek to offer something new to the materials discussed, For example: identify new insights; outline new areas of additional research need; introduce relevant new materials into the primary field of enquiry from other disciplines. We are particularly interested in review articles that engage directly with our research articles and related activities to continue debate across the journal’s formats. Typically articles are 5-6000 words. Shorter articles can be considered at the editor’s discretion.
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book whose content is relevant to AMPS or the Architecture_MPS journal. A specific link to the journal’s previous content is welcome to further debate about themes initiated in research articles. They are typically invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book’s contributions to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journals audience. Typically reviews should be a maximum of 2000 words.
Conceptual Critiques are texts that seek to develop concepts and ideas in formats that are more direct and summary in nature than a standard article. They are intended to present a well thought out critique of the field, topic, or research, and to stimulate further discussion and debate. Themes can cover any topics relevant to the AMPS / Architecture_MPS remit. Engagement with current or previous publications in the journal are welcome to further debate started by our original research articles. These texts are normally by invitation only, however unsolicited articles are welcome and prospective authors should firstly contact the Editors with their contribution before formal submission. Typical length 3-4000 words.
Commentary articles are sought to further the debates initiated by the Architecture_MPS journal’s research articles and related AMPS research activities. They will ideally provide additional explanation on the topics discussed and be of general interest to the community and field. Commentary articles are subject to peer review and are usually shorter articles with concise and narrow narratives. Typical length: 2000 words.