Call for Papers

Call for Papers

In connection to the City Science Summit “Cities Without”, an international forum on stateof- the-art research and application of digital technologies in the context of urban development, organized by the CityScienceLab at HafenCity University Hamburg and the MIT Media Lab (, we invite contributions for the following
scientific book publication:

Perspectives in Metropolitan Research 6: Digital City Science.

Research Approaches and Future Scenarios

Raphael Schwegmann, Gesa Ziemer, Jörg Rainer Noennig (eds.)

How do e-sciences and digital technologies shape future cities — and how do cities shape them in return? Who are the architects and actors behind these processes? Driven by a transdisciplinary approach, Perspectives in Metropolitan Research 6 will elaborate on the intertwinements of state-of the art science and technology, and today´s cities. The contributions will discuss recent theoretical approaches on how to explore the intersection between digitalization and cities scientifically, as well as how to define one’s role as a researcher. What are guiding assumptions in Digital City research?

What implications does transdisciplinary research on urban futures bear? This book edition wants to juxtapose current perspectives on Digital City research with programmatic statements by international thought leaders (international mayors, established experts, and high-level CEOs). It is conceptualized as an inspiring exchange forum on different methods, methodologies, measurements, and materials; on theories, treasures, toys, and tools; on power, prestige, problems, and perfection of/in Digital City research.

This volume will also comprise contributions to this year’s City Science Summit (CSS 2019), a global conference hosted at HafenCity University Hamburg by the HCU CityScienceLab in cooperation with MIT Media Lab´s City Science Group. The summit looks towards future cities that are more livable and innovative in using novel technologies for urban decision-making, design, and operation.

Thus, the edition follows a three-fold structure:

I. Academic papers: Scientific Approaches to the Digital City (10 pages)

The first part presents rigorous, academic approaches (case studies, theories, methods and models) in the format of scientific papers (approx. 10 pages per contribution including literature). How do you research the Digital City?

II. Future Scenarios: Visionary views on the Future Digital City (5 pages)

The second part transcends research approaches by presenting programmatic visions on how future cities might or should look like. Presenting potential future scenarios (urban utopia and/or digital dystopia?), here the usual academic paper or book shall be creatively challenged by shorter, more visual, and potentially essayistic formats. What kind of future Digital City can you imagine?

III. Workshop Digest of the CityScienceSummit 2019 (1-2 pages, not part of this Call)

The third part, which is not part of this Call for Papers, presents summaries of the workshop sessions of this year’s CityScienceSummit. Each topic of this third part under the roof of summaries contains of only 1-2 pages (max.) visualizing the outcomes of the discussions in the multiple workshops and panels within the Summit (e.g. tables, pictures, schematic drawings, etc.).] Please send your structured abstract (1-2 pages) until October 30th, 2019 to

Please indicate whether your abstract addressed Part I or II of the book (Part I: Scientific papers, Part II: Future Scenarios and Visions). In case, you address Part II, also add a short CV and highlight the background setting of your statement.

Please keep also in mind the extent of the full contributions to be handed in finally for the printed book: Full academic/scientific papers: 10 book pages; full visions: 5 book pages.

A jury of experts in City Science will select until end of November about the acceptance of your abstract and invite full paper contribution or not.

Upon acceptance, please send your full paper until January, 30th 2020 to

The jury will review all papers until Mid-February 2020, and give feedback for further improvement towards a camera-ready version by February/early March 2020.