Call for Papers

Abstracts of paper proposals (300 words) should address at least one of the topics outlined in the call for papers. Speakers should submit a short biography (100 words). Please, submit your abstract using the CyNUM abstract template to cyprusnetworkofurbanmorphology@gmail.com

As we have discussed in the 1st Regional Conference of Cynum; “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 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.”

With these discussions in mind, CyNUM’s 2nd Regional Urban Morphology Conference aims at establishing a common platform to further discuss how cities, in the context of south-eastern Mediterranean, transform overtime by concentrating on their urban morphological characteristics. The conference will set up an academic and professional arena in which, urban morphology would be explored through heritage conservation-based urban transformation, regeneration-based urban transformation and (re)development-based urban transformation within the rich urban context of south-eastern Mediterranean cities.

City of Famagusta, with its un-inhabited Varosha district, provides a valuable case study for transformation and conservation of urban form researchers and can unveil the complexity of all the factors conditioning the various forms of the built environment in contemporary contested and continuously transformed urban realms.  

As a homeland of many different cultures, Famagusta, just like the island of Cyprus, is one of the best examples of medieval cities, not only around the Mediterranean region but within Europe, with its multi-cultural identity, exhibiting a variety of cultures through Roman, Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and the British. The traditional urban pattern in the Walled City of Famagusta has a medieval character with its overall organic urban pattern, well-scaled narrow streets and cul-de-sacs, several public buildings and irregularly shaped public spaces at the intersection of streets and/or in front of public buildings.  This urban pattern, and thus the organic fabric and dynamic silhouette, which give today’s Walled City its image are the products of history.  In terms of organization of city life, density, population size, occupational differentiation, spatial distribution of urban activities, land-use and the street pattern, the Walled City of Famagusta developed its formal qualities in various periods throughout history, under several social, cultural, economic and political influences.

We believe that 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 centers, 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, practicing professionals, and interested persons from any background. The organizing committee encourages the submission of articles that address the general theme of the conference Transformation and Conservation of Urban Form in South-Eastern Mediterranean Citiesas well as relevant topics of interest such as: 

  • Transformation of Urban Form
  • Sustainability of Urban Form
  • Architecture, Heritage and Urban Form
  • Conservation of Urban Landscape
  • Morphology of Historic Urban Landscapes
  • Current Tools and Methodologies in Urban Morphology 
  • Urban Morphology and Contested Spaces 
  • Public Space Network