Call for papers

Guest Editor

Dr Marie Davidova

Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff University Bute Building King Edward VII Avenue Cardiff CF 10 3 NB Wales U.K.


Guest Editor

Dr Prof Susu Nousala

The University of Melbourne School of Design Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Masson Road The Universitx of Melbourne VIC 2010 Australia


Submission deadline

16th July 2021

1st October 2021

This is an open call for a systemic design special issue for the Journal of Sustainable Smart Behaviour.

Sustainable Smart Behaviour (SSB) is considered as a recently developed methodological approach to investigate interaction between users and various environmental parameters for improving comfort, efficiency, and well-being through smart solutions within and beyond the built environment. Specifically, the context for the terms “smart and behaviour” in relation to systemic design, refers to ubiquitous technological developments, for observing, enhancing, modelling biological behaviour, via holistic, circular, iterative systemic approaches. These terms can lead to an understanding of second order cybernetics (Glanville, 2004; Hall, Nousala, Best, & Nair, 2012; Mead, 1954; Nousala & Hall, 2008). 

These concepts can also be used to explain how users can make a place sustainable and smart (Habibi, 2018). The term “sustainable” in the context of this call, can be considered as an ability to sustain, maintain and strive for equilibrium (Nousala, 2009; Nousala, Ing, & Jones, 2018). 

The special issue will focus on human and/or non-human social interaction, behaviours and cohabitations supported by smart technologies for advancement of sustainable futures of Post-Anthropocene era (Bratton, 2013; Davidová, 2020; Davidová & McMeel, 2020; Davidová & Zavoleas, 2020). The articles should refer to systemic relations of the case studies or synthesising studies and their ‘hyperobjectivity’(Morton, 2013). They should be suggesting the ‘transition design’ (Irwin, 2015) to Post-Anthropocene of possibly ‘flourishing futures’ (Ehrenfeld & Hoffman, 2013). With regards to the term “Post-Anthropocene”, it should be noted that authors are encouraged to discuss all aspects, including Anthropocentrism (Horsthemke, 2019). 

Submission Mode

Authors can submit their articles in the following address

or send directly to the Guest Editors.

More detailed updates at


Bratton, B. H. (2013). Some Trace Effects of the Post-Anthropocene: On Accelerationist Geopolitical Aesthetics – Journal #46 June 2013 – e-flux. E-Flux46(6), 1–12. Retrieved from 

Davidová, M. (2020). Synergy in the systemic approach to architectural performance: The integral multi- and cross-layered agencies in eco-systemic generative design processes of the post-anthropocene. FormAkademisk – Research Journal of Design and Design Education13(2), 1–30. 

Davidová, M., & McMeel, D. (2020). The CoCreation of Blockchain Circular Economy through Systemic Design. In D. Holzer, W. Nakapan, A. Globa, & I. Koh (Eds.), CAADRIA 2020: Re:Anthropocene – Design in the Age of Humans (Vol. 2, pp. 333–342). Bangkok: Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design in Asia. Retrieved from 

Davidová, M., & Zavoleas, Y. (2020). Post-Aanthropocene: The Design after the Human Centered Design Age. In D. Holzer, W. Nakapan, A. Globa, & I. Koh (Eds.), CAADRIA 2020: Re:Anthropocene – Design in the Age of Humans (Vol. 2, pp. 203–212). Bangkok: Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design in Asia. Retrieved from 

Ehrenfeld, J., & Hoffman, A. J. (2013). Flourishing : a frank conversation about sustainability (1st ed.). Stanford: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from 

Glanville, R. (2004). The purpose of second-order cybernetics. Kybernetes. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 

Habibi, S. (2018). The Journal of Sustainable Smart Behavior (SSB). Retrieved January 10, 2021, from 

Hall, W. P., Nousala, S., Best, R., & Nair, S. (2012). Social networking tools for knowledge-based action groups. In Computational Social Networks: Tools, Perspectives and Applications (Vol. 9781447140, pp. 227–255). Springer-Verlag London Ltd. 

Horsthemke, K. (2019). reply: anthropocentrism, education and the (post-)anthropocene – on_education. On Education. Journal for Research and Debate2(4), n/a. 

Irwin, T. (2015). Transition design: A proposal for a new area of design practice, study, and research. Design and Culture7(2), 229–246. 

Mead, M. (Ed.). (1954). Cultural patterns and technical change (from the “Tensions and technology series”) : a manualThe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Paris: New American Library; Muller. 

Morton, T. (2013). Poisoned Ground: Art and Philosophy in the Time of Hyperobjects. Symploke21(1–2), 37–50. 

Nousala, S. (2009). The Sustainable Development of Industry Clusters: Emergent Knowledge Networks and Socio Complex Adaptive Systems. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics7(5), 55–60. Retrieved from 

Nousala, S., & Hall, W. P. (2008). Emerging autopoietic communities – Scalability of knowledge transfer in complex systems. In Proceedings – 2008 IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing, NPC 2008(pp. 418–425). Shanghai. 

Nousala, S., Ing, D., & Jones, P. (2018). Systemic design agendas in education and design research: A report and reflections on the RSD5 Symposium workshop. FormAkademisk11(4), 1–14.