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READING BUILT SPACES – 4th ISUFitaly Conference

Bari, 26-28 September 2018

The conference’s aim is to propose a dialectical comparison between scholars of Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban History, Restoration, Geography, on the theme of urban morphology with an interpretative perspective based on the concept of “operating history”. Search for a multidisciplinary syncretism that eludes single analyzing techniques and aims to the complete reconstruction of the urban phenomenology in its totality and concrete essence, through the study of the changing and inflexible condition of ‘fluidity’ hinged on the world’s events. An integrated thought based on the critical concept of ‘making’ that constitutes, phase by phase, the signifying element of each present, explained through the relationship between the before and the after: that is the research perspective of ‘being’ that announces the notion of transformational process.              Therefore, the projection in the future of the urban form is the central theme of the conference that proposes to stimulate the reflection on the issues as: recovery (not only of the historical city), re-use of existing urban spaces, regeneration, ex novo design in peripheral and peri-urban areas and natural spaces. All that, without neglecting the issue of sustainability, not considered with the strabismus of those who surrender to the “technique” pre-domain.



1. Urban form theories

2. Urban form between identity and spatial semantics

3. Contemporary urban spaces between form and process

4. Urban form between architecture and landscape

5. In making structural or timeless paradigm?


1. Form and structure of the historical city

2. Urban morphology and settlement process

3. Relation between periphery and natural space

4. Structure of the informal city

5. Metropolis and megalopolis in the making


1. Today’s city and future shape

2. Urban restoration and post-trauma re-construction between conservation and innovation

3. Fringe belt riqualification

4. The urban project between city and nature

5. Ecological urban environments

Conference Chairs
Matteo Ieva, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
Paolo Carlotti, ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, Italy
Loredana Ficarelli, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Cities as Assemblages – XXVI International Seminar on Urban Form 2019

XXVI International Seminar on Urban Form 2019
Cities as Assemblages
2-6 July 2019
Nicosia, CYPRUS
Cyprus Network of Urban Morphology







The Cyprus Network of Urban Morphology will host the ISUF2019 conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference aims to address the embedding of different theories and approaches within methodologies analysing the urban form.
Relational theories have wide implications for the study of the urban form, not just in terms of how we conceptualize cities and describe the processes of their emergence and transformation, but also for the design of methodologies that more than ever need to take into account a variety of city components – not just physical elements, but also human groups and the connections between them. Furthermore, such theories highlight the relevance of the urban form to the construction and negotiation of the social as well as the power of connections between social entities at different scales in shaping our cities. Both these reflections are particularly relevant to
the focus themes related to the location of the conference: Group formations and negotiations within cities influencing ethnoreligious tensions, political movements, social segregation and
urban conflicts more widely, as well as the particular status of port cities often in the past more linked to other port cities than their hinterland and, still to the present day, the first point of
arrival of migrant groups and the city-location of choice for tourism.
Although the relevance of relational theories for the fields of geography and urban studies has been touched upon by a number of research articles, the theories have not been reflected upon with great depth and no conferences on the impact and the potentialities of relational theories for urban studies have so far taken place. Discussion on the implications of such theories specifically for the study of urban morphology has been even scarcer, may these be in relation to Conzenian, typological or space syntax approaches.
Relational theories open up new avenues for the study of urban morphology and for the development of multidisciplinary methodologies.

Conference themes:
1. Theory 1 : emergence, relational theories, the social sciences and urban
2. Theory 2 : the scope and limits of urban theories.
3. Urban Design : urban morphology, building typology and design
4. Methods 1 : embedding different approaches into the study of urban morphology.
5. Methods 2 : combining Conzenian, typological and space syntax approaches.
6. Focus 1 : urban conflict and divided cities.
7. Focus 2 : Mediterranean port cities in a global context.

Wendy McClure, University of Idaho, USA
Alan Penn, University College London, UK
Giuseppe Strappa, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Jeremy Whitehand, University of Birmingham, UK

Call for papers : 31st of July 2018
Abstract submission : 14th of December 2018
Acceptance notification : 10th of February 2019
Author registration and
Payment : 31st of March 2019
Full paper submission : 31st of May 2019
Conference : 2nd – 6th July 2019
Publication of proceedings : to be announced

ISUF 2018 – Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands – Siberian Federal University. Krasnoyarsk.

ХХV International Seminar on Urban Form 2018
Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands

Conference Dates:
July 5, 2018 – July 9, 2018








Topics for Discussion

Urban morphological theory
Urban morphological methods and techniques
The evolution of urban form under the social influence
Urban form and technology
Fringe belts, development within the newest demands
Historical urban fabric
Urban landscape: history and socio-cultural transformations
Architectural typology: history, development, tendencies
Urban identity
Urban morphology, regeneration and newest urban design
Cartogpaphy data
Tools of analysis
PSUF – post socialist urban form
Teaching Urban Morphology
New Researchers Forum

Organizing Committee
Международной конференции XXV ISUF «Форма города и социальный контекст: от традиций к требованиям современности» (“Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands”)
5-9 июля 2018 г.

1. Barke, Michael. Northumbria University, (UK), emeritus professor of Urban Sociology, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
2. Conzen, Michael P. University of Chicago (USA), professor of Geography, один из основателей англо-немецкой школы урбоморфологии, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
3. Colomer, Vicente Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), professor, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
4. Gu, Kai. University Auckland (New Zealand), associate professor, director Urban Planning programs, Ученый секретарь международной ассоциации Urban Morphology
5. Kantarek, Anna Agata professor, Politechnika Krakowska, Kraków, Poland, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
6. Marat-Mendes Teresa, ISCTE -IUL – University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), associate professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
7. McClure Wendy, University of Idaho (USA), professor in Architecture, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
8. Oliveira, Vítor. University of Porto (Portugal), professor of Urban Morphology and Urban Planning at ULP and Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Territory Transports and Environment (FEUP), член ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
9. Samuels Ivor, University of Birmingham (UK), School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
10. Scheer, Brenda Case, professor University of Utah, USA, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
11. Strappa, Giuseppe, professor, Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов,
12. Whitehand, Jeremy. University of Birmingham (UK), emeritus professor of Urban Geography, главный редактор журнала Urban Morphology, член Ученого комитета международной ассоциации урбо- морфологов




Université Laval du Québec

EXPOSITION         Lecture morphologique des espaces
d’échange et commerce dans la Ville  de Québec

lundi 16 avril 2018,13h30, salle 1224












La transformation radicale des espaces dédiés au commerce est l’un des phénomènes qui a le plus contribué à la condition de la métropole contemporaine. C’est un phénomène tout à fait nouveau qui s’est développé à partir du deuxième après-guerre dans les grandes villes nord-américaines et qui a progressivement investi toutes les grandes villes, constituant l’un des aspects les plus évidents de la globalisation. Leur concentration extrême a généré de nouveaux types de tissus spécialisés non liés au bâti de base, isolés par des grands parkings, caractérisés par la relation physique toujours plus faible entre le vendeur et l’acheteur. Dans ces tissus l’espace est reconnu comme isotrope, non orienté, où l’acheteur se déplace sans but et où prennent de l’importance les espaces résiduels. De l’autre côté, avec la réduction des échanges commerciaux due à la concentration dans les structures spécialisées, les tissus traditionnels perdent l’une de leurs composantes les plus importantes. À l’échelle urbaine le grand shopping district, situé dans des zones marginales, est considéré comme un lieu en constante transformation. Il accueille une partie importante de la vie de la ville, mais il ne génère pas d’identité, ni d’appartenance, ni d’espaces communs. A l’échelle du bâti, les structures de vente sont composées d’ensembles d’éléments en série distribués par un parcours interne ou externe, polarisé par des “attracteurs”, relativement homogènes et indifférents au type de produit……