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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