Special Issues


4-Urban Morphology in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities: challenges and opportunities

CyNUM- 1st Regional Conference, 16th -18th of May 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus

Ledra Palace, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia

 

The Cyprus Network of Urban Morphology will host its first regional conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference aims to address current issues related to urban form from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, while engaging a variety of actors and stakeholders. The purpose of this conference, organized in parallel to the AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (AESOP TG PSUC) meeting, is to unfold themes related to South-Eastern Mediterranean cities within the local context of Nicosia.

Theme. Over the past few decades, South-Eastern Mediterranean cities have become radically altered in the sense of scale, scope and complexity as a result of globalization, increased mobility at all levels, massive internal movements of labour, climate change, technological developments, economic fluctuations, unemployment and urban conflicts. Migration flows as well as internal displacements and the movement of refugees, demographic, spatial and socio-cultural changes have had profound consequences on city life and have created an increasingly diverse and continuously transformed urban population. Contemporary everyday life is, in these parts of the world, characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously challenge and redefine everyday patterns of living and cities' infrastructures and urban form.

Nicosia, the last divided capital of Europe, with a prolonged history of conflict, internal refugees' displacements, migration and tourists' flows, economic fluctuations and rapid, often abrupt urban transformations serves as an ideal laboratory to explore, unravel, and question urban form development in contexts of uncertainty and contestation. It is a city of contrasts in terms of its spatial, social, cultural and economic composition. The location of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean offers a unique venue at the confluence of three continents and a multitude of cultures that face unique urban challenges. In a region of intense conflict, Cyprus offers a common ground for bringing people together in a neutral venue and it has acted thus numerous times in its past. The island is currently dealing with urban issues related to the movement of refugees and other transient populations in the region and to the influx of foreign investors, seeking luxury housing in its coastal cities. While increasing populations from Europe and beyond continue to settle on the island, Cyprus is also now facing a renewed need to provide housing for local people facing challenges due to the recent economic crisis. Cities' urban development and sustainability have thus been central in the local and national agendas, providing a unique opportunity for urban morphology research and scientific knowledge to contribute towards this end.

CyNUM's 1st regional conference aims at establishing a common platform to promote and develop the subject of urban form in Cyprus and within the Mediterranean region. Through different perspectives, the CyNUM conference aims to address the role of urban form in relation to the sudden and sometimes recurring dynamics that affect everyday urban life. Learning from cities in the South-Eastern Mediterranean region can provide a significant input to the fields of urban planning, architecture and design. To this end, the conference will develop links with other organizations (universities, NGOs, research centres and planning authorities) concerned with the built environment and with other regional ISUF networks and the central body of ISUF.

We invite submissions from academics, researchers and practicing professionals. The organizing committee encourages the submission of articles that address the general theme of the conference “Urban Morphology in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities: challenges and opportunities” as well as relevant topics of interest such as:

  • Urban Form and Social Uses of Space • Urban Conflicts • Historical Development Process • Methodologies and Tools for Analysis in Urban Morphology • Urban Morphology, Planning and Urban Design • Cultural Morphology • Urban Fringe Belts • Urban Morphology and Townscape Conservation

Important dates:

Call for papers: August 28th, 2017

Abstract submission: November 19th, 2017

Acceptance notification: December 17th, 2017

Author registration and payment: February 18th, 2018

 Full paper submission: March 18th, 2018

 Conference: 16th -18th May 2018

Contacts:

For further information on the CyNUM conference please contact:

cyprusnetworkofurbanmorphology@gmail.com

 

 

1- Mediterranean port cities studies. Last trends

         As the Editor-in-chief of the journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs it is my pleasure to invite you to share your studies on “Mediterranean port cities” from the portal of Contemporary Urban Affairs (JCUA). The invited editor of this Special issue (Vol. 2 No. 2) will be Prof. José Manuel Pagés Madrigal from the University of Genova, Italy.

Mediterranean basin was identified as the birth of the occidental cultural, coming from a cultural crossroad. Cities were the basis for the antrophization of a large territory, starting from Iranian and Iraqi territories till arriving on the west side till the Mediterranean Sea. Ports played an important role in the expansion of the cultures with the commerce as the basis for improving the relation among the several cultures. Port-cities arose as the formal expression of the several cultures, interpreting in different ways the relationship between ground and water.

Pot cities were, in the end, the catalyst of the crossroads, reflecting the consequences of this progressive sharing process. Cities, as a spatial notion, were the common reference of political systems and supported the social evolution till the arriving to the State as the mature entity. Ancient Greece was the scenario of a progressive complexity of the Institutions. Family communities evolved till forming the polis, as the first social community, after the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. Republic was one of the “modus governandi”, later on extrapolated to Roman Empire. Republics were in such cases exclusively based on the cities, like the Italian Renaissance Republics, as the territorial governance expanded till 19th century.

Urban and port forms evolved accordingly in an interesting process with complex results within a diversity always referring a common point: the relationship between ground and water.

Multiple studies were produced along History form uncountable perspectives. Most of the studies came from the respective local perspectives, as the basis for a larger scale approach.

A smaller number of studies were focused on the comprehensive vision of Mediterranean as a port-cities system.

It is then up to scholars of the several tendencies, proponents of articles, to identify at various scales of the urban network. Several topics are proposed, never acting as restrictions, but as a provocation of a scientific debate:

  • Mediterranean port-cities, which futures?
  • Port-cities and hinterlands
  • Relations between port and the city, which next steps in this complex historical debate
  • Ports retrofitting: New opportunities for the port-cities relations
  • Port-city resilience

2- EEE 2017 : Third International Conference on Environment, Engineering & Energy ,Toronto, Canada

The Unique Conference, Canada and the International Center for Research & Development are proud to announce the Third International Conference on Environment, Engineering & Energy 2017 (EEE 2017) which will be held on 16-17 September 2017 at the  Chestnut Conference Centre, University of Toronto, Canada.

3- Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2017, Toronto, Canada

Climate Change Adaptation 2017 is an interactive platform to connect and reconnect colleagues around the world. You can meet participants from 2012, 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016 conferences as well as new participants in this conference. CCA 2017 conference is the premier knowledge building event in Canada.

Climate Change Adaptation is your place for  building relationships with others who excel in Adaptation strategies. Learn about best practices, and  establish  network with future collaborators in the Climate Change domain.

Key Benefits for Participants

  •     Enhance your knowledge on  Climate Change issues around the globe
  •     Publish your papers online with a Canadian ISBN number.
  •     Opportunity to clarify your concerns with panel of academic experts
  •     Opportunity to meet  renowned persons and board of academic experts and researchers
  •     Recognition of your work on an international platform as a participant or paper/poster presenter.
  •     All accepted papers  will be published in the conference proceedings online version
  •     Experience natural and beautiful environment in Canada
  •     Identify your future collaborative partnerships among international, vibrant and scholarly