The Nexus Network Journal is pleased to announce a Call for Papers

Urban Settlements and Cosmology

Guest Editors:
Olimpia Niglio (Hokkaido University, Graduate School Humanities, and Human Sciences, Japan)
Rana P.B. Singh (formerly Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

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The main purpose of this issue is:

  • to analyze the relation between urban planning and cosmology;
  • to understand how this dialogue has helped to build important historical settlements;
  • to see how it is reinterpreted today in terms of landscape cosmology.

This Call for Papers can be downloaded CFP_Urban-Settlements-and-Cosmology.

The study of ancient urban settlements and sacred sites testifies to important relationships between spirit of place (genius loci) and manifestation of cosmic frame. The choice of location, the spatial-geometric alignments and the relationship with astronomy have helped to draw on the earth truly extraordinary urban settlements. Cosmic geometry has in fact intervened in ordering, orienting and suggesting forms and types of construction that have characterized the cultural landscape from the East to the West. It is also very interesting to observe the multiple layers of methodologies adopted in different cultures that, in different eras, have been confronted or conceived distinctively with this specific theme. Important codes of cultural astronomy have resulted and have been formally translated into the diverse cultural paradigms of both sacred areas and urban settlements.

It is still important to note that this design approach has always produced a strong interconnection between the person, the spirit of the place and nature, i.e. a dialogue that goes beyond space and time and that has generated a strong interconnectedness between the laws of the cosmos. All this has generated the study about the geography and cosmic landscape that, with reference to the latest discoveries, deserves to be re-analyzed and re-interpreted within the projects both to enhance understanding urban settlements and landscape principles that today dictate the design and planning of sacred areas.
This Nexus Network Journal issue invites scholars and academics to propose contributions that can help track down those cultural paradigms that have generated important landscape changes, all in close relation to the laws of sacred geometry and therefore to the direct observation of the cosmos.
Researchers in architecture are invited to submit articles, specifically attempting to draw links between original practices and other cross-disciplinary areas of scientific and theoretical discourse.

Guidelines for manuscript preparation can be found on the NNJ website:

Submission does not guarantee publication; all submissions will be peer‐reviewed before being considered for publication. Reviews of appropriate books and exhibits are also welcome.


  • Deadline for submissions for review: 1 December 2020.
  • Notification of outcome/acceptance: 15 January 2021.
  • Deadline for submission of final revised manuscript: 1 April 2021.
  • Publication (may be subject to change): Nexus Network Journal vol. 23, no. 3 (September 2021).

Submissions should be made via the NNJ Editorial Manager platform ( In the ‘Enter Comments’ box as part of the submission process, authors should note that the paper is for the special issue on Urban Settlements and Cosmology.

Prospective authors should also email the Guest Editors of this Special Issue directly to notify of their submission. Olimpia Niglio (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) andRana P.B. Singh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).