Edinburgh Architecture Research (EAR) is a non-profit, peer-reviewed, open-access, academic journal exploring the built environment and its overlap with numerous fields of arts, humanities and social sciences from but not limited to an architectural standpoint. We invite submissions in the form of articles, short essays, field reports (WIP) or book reviews. EAR also encourages the presentation of research in alternative forms – film, audio, photo essays, etc.
EAR 37th issue Moving Onwards: Methodological explorations collects intellectual responses from different academics to the challenges of moving onward in a world reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this issue, our authors present a variety of innovative methodologies: oral history interviews, photo interviews, autoethnography, performance fictioning, artisanal forms of construction, creative use of digital tools, speculative design methods, inferential statistics, examining evaluation in co-design and archival work of different types. In today’s world where global pandemics and climate change are a pressing reality, the reuse and combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to respond to current research and design challenges is only appropriate. The papers presented in this issue show that, through the exploration and combination of methods, we can make sense of an imperfect and sometimes catastrophic reality. We hope the discussion and reflections presented in this issue inspire researchers of the built environment and beyond at all levels creatively to adjust their methodologies in response to an increasingly challenging global setting.