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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS FROM PROFESSIONALS, ACADEMICS AND PRACTITIONERS: BOOK CHAPTERS, CASE STUDIES & SUGGESTIONS
DESIGNING WITH SMELL: A BOOK ON THE PRACTICES, TECHNIQUES AND CHALLENGES OF OLFACTORY CREATION
EDITOR: DR VICTORIA HENSHAW, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of ABSTRACTS, CASE STUDIES AND IDEAS: FRIDAY 11 APRIL 2014
To download a PDF of the Call for Proposals click here.
The sense of smell has over many years been undervalued and frequently ignored by design, built environment, artistic and communication disciplines amongst many others; deemed of most relevance within the scientific realms of food and beverage development, with an artistic imaginary in the commercial perfume sector, and in relation to planting within landscape architecture. However, times are changing and with new knowledge emerging on how this elusive sense operates and increasingly sophisticated technologies and new techniques being developed, smell is being incorporated into design, artistic, environmental and commercial practices ranging from print to on-street advertising, experiential events to artistic installations, and in architectural and urban design.
Following the recent organisation of a colloquium on this topic at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Vancouver, Canada, this international call goes out across professions and disciplines (and extending to artists, engineers, perfume houses, and government officers amongst others) to search out different forms of contributions, with the intention of producing a new edited book. The book will be the first of its kind published in the English language, in both inspiring its readers to more actively consider smell in their work through the inclusion of numerous case studies from around the world highlighting the current use of smell in different cutting-edge design and artistic practices, whilst also providing practical guidance regarding the different equipment, techniques, stages and challenges which might be encountered as part of the process. Rather than being a book with a focus on product design, the focus here will be on spatial design but in numerous different forms and interpretations – in the street, the studio, the theatre or exhibition space as well as the representation of spatial relationships with smell. If you are working in or with smell in spatial design then this will be a key publication to be included within.
This book seeks to bring together contributions from people with vastly different skill sets and perspectives and therefore it is recognised that the input people will want, or be prepared to make, will vary significantly. For this reason, this call welcomes different types of contributions:
LIST OF TOPICS
Suggested proposals might explore some of those topics listed below, or may outline case studies of specific example of design which relate to those areas outlined below. NOTE, this list is not exhaustive and additional ideas are welcomed, although these should relate to smell and spatial design in some way:
To have your chapter abstract, case study or suggestions considered for inclusion in the book proposal, please email an abstract to Victoria Henshaw at the University of Sheffield firstname.lastname@example.org anytime up to 5pm (GMT) on Friday 11 April 2014.
All contributions will be dealt with in strict confidentiality, and each will be considered fairly and equitably, although it is important to note there is no guarantee of inclusion. All submitters will receive an initial response no later than the end of May 2014. At that point, a suitable international publisher will be sought and it is anticipated that all book chapters should be received in full by an approximate date in early Spring 2015 (further details will be sent to all contributors as the process develops). All chapters will be subject to peer review with editorial suggestions passed back to contributors for amendment.
For any enquiries regarding this call, please contact Victoria Henshaw email@example.com
Image: Smoke Cloud, at ‘The Art of Smelling’ Olfactory Art Research’ (Solo Exhibition). Reproduced with kind permission of Peter De Cupere