ISVS Seminars and the ISVS e-journal Featured in a Major Book on Amos Rapoport:

ISVS seminar and the ISVS e-journal have recently been featured in a ground-breaking book on architecture and culture. Routeledge has just published in 2024, the book titled "Theorizing Built-form and Culture: The Legacy of Amos Rapoport", edited by two erudite scholars from USA: Prof. Kapila Silva and Dr. Nisha Fernando, both disciples of Amos. As known, Prof. Amos Rapoport has been a pioneer who has examined the profound relationhip between architecture and culture and has publlished on this issue extensively. His ground-breaking book "House Form and Culture" is known to all architects across the world. Prof. Kapila Silva's and Dr. Nisha Fernado's book that celebrates the life-time contribution of Prof. Amos Rapoport to architecture and culture carries a chapter titled 'Theoretical Inspirations of Amos Rapoport: The International Studies on Vernacular Settlements (ISVS) by Dr. Ranjith Dayaratne. This chapter demonstrates how the ISVS is inspired by the work of Prof. Amos Rapoport and carries his ideas forward in the publications through the ISVS seminars and the ISVS e-journal. Please see the chapter below.

Chapter in the Book: Theorizing Built-form and Culture - The Legacy of Amos Rapoport

About the ISVS e-journal

ISVS e-journal publishes papers on human settlements looking into the acts of inhabiting their spaces manifesting in the production of culture, space and society. These include architecture, 'design' related activities, food production, rituals and visual and performing arts, and all other outcomes and practices resulting in the interractions between people, environments and places. The subject matter can thus include all aspects and 'happenings' involving ordinary people. The research could look at social geography, people-place interractions and even peri-urban and urban settings where vernacular practices exist. All the issues related to architecture and built-environments can be looked at. The journal is published 12 times a year since 2023: every month. The papers published in the ISVS e-journal are blind peer reviewed by two reviewers before publication. They are original and are usually direct submissions. Earlier versions of them may have been presented at the ISVS seminars, or any other conference. However, papers unrelated to 'happenings' in settlements or architectural spaces are not accepted.

Attention: An Interpretation of Vernacular

Vernacular has been grossly misunderstood. The popular perception is that they are rural, tribal settings and those aettlements that have existed in the past. This is a narrow view of vernacular. We take a broader perspective that extends the definition of vernacular as they have manifested from the historical vernacular to the contemporary modern world. The position of the ISVS e-journal thus, is that treating vernacular as ‘a thing of the past’, tribal villages and remote rural settlements is not a theoretically justifiable position to adapt. Instead, the ISVS e-journal articulates how vernacular exists even in the contemporary modern world including in cities. That is what ISVS e-journal aspires to promote academically to interrogate so that we can construct a more holistic understanding of the vernacular processes and practices. To understand this theoretical position, please read the article below.

An Interpretation of Vernacular as Promoted by the ISVS e-journal

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

If you are an author, you should first read the Publication Ethics and Malpractices Statement accessible from the above link and agree to abide by the conditions before your paper can be accepted for publication.If you are invited as a reviewer, you are also required to accept the conditions laid out therein before any papers are accepted for review.

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Attention: The Review Processs

Papers submitted to the ISVS e-journal undergo a rigorous review process, with the intention to facilitate the authors to recognise the weaknesses in their scientific papers if any and develop them up to the standards expected if possible. Once received, each paper is assigned an identity number. It is then vetted for compatibility with the broad area (not the narrrow definition of vernacular) within which the journal publishes: Architecture and human settlements - especially the vernacular practices, which means processes involving ordinary people, without professionals. If unrelated to this broad definition, the author is notified that the paper cannot be accepted for review. Once accepted for review, the paper is presented to two independant reviewers (one of whom is the Editor-in-Chief) for close examination and for review comments on a structured review form (available below). Once the two reviews are received, they are compiled as one and sent to the authors with instructions to revise and develop the paper. The authors should revise and send the paper back to the Editor-in Chief. The review recommendations could be either: 'reject', 'minor revisions', 'major revisions' or 'accepted as submitted'. It should be noted, that ISVS e-journal has never received 'accepted as submitted' as a review recommendation. Almost all often receive 'major revision' recommendations and some, occassionally, a 'minor revision'. If the revision is poor, it will then be returned to the author with further comments. This process continues until the paper is properly revised and developed if so possible. In the cases if an author fails to develop the paper even after another round of review and revision, then the paper is rejected. If revisions are done up to the standards expected, then the paper is accepted for publication and move to final editing and check up. However, papers with poor language are not aaccepted, and it is the responsibility of the authors to have their Engllish writing refined, when the reviewers indicate that the language is poor. ISVS e-journal cannot undertake to do so, although some minor editing is always done. Thus, the process takes time. Immediate or urgent publications are not possible. A more detailed description of this process can be accesssed from the link below.

Review Process in Detail

ISVS e-journal Review Form

How to Submit a Paper - Download the Template

If you are an author, you should download the template from here and write your paper in this template. If it has already been done according to another format, copy paste to the template and make sure the specifications in the template are applied. Please format the paper fully with all images embedded. The images should be compressed to document level. High resolution images cannot be published in the e-journal. Send the formatted paper saved as 'ISVSej_11.04.X_yourname' by email to the Editor-in-Chief at or Do not send to both email addresses. Use only one. Please note that the papers are placed in a queue as they are received. Reviews take time: 1 month at least

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

General Guidelines

Guidelines for Writing a Literature Review

Instructions for Revising the Papers after Review

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