Cities - People - Places

6th International Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP-2018)

Socializing Cities:

Creating people-centered streets and places

October 05 –07, 2018

Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka


The Department of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka in collaboration with its international and national academic partners is proud to announce the fifth International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People & Places, will be held from October 05 to 06, 2018, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


We know that the future of the world lies in cities: United Nations tells us that by 2050, 50 % of the world’s population will live in cities. Urbanization that took the world by a storm after modernism has truly conquered space and transformed much of the inhabited world to cities. Urbanization it seems is unstoppable now. More and more rural areas are absorbed into peri-urban regions, which in turn, will turn into urban areas and eventually extensions of the cities. At the fast phase at which it is happening, people and communities have hardly any time to adapt to the new life styles, new spatial realities, constriction of space and over densification of the cities.

ICCPP-2018 will address this issue from multiple perspectives. To begin with, as architects and urban designers, our concerns are with the spatial transformations and emerging spatial realities. Houses and apartments are beginning to be smaller than what they were, urban spaces shrink and every inch of land is under the spell of the real estate developers. There is no such thing called empty space in the city any more, while more and more services are needed which will have less and less space. Cities have been growing vertically yet the truly vertical city is yet to come into being.

While this argument is valid, the ramifications of this attitude is also seriously problematic to the city. Most cities are occupied and lived-in by people, who do not feel that they can possess any ‘space’ or ‘thing’ in the city, including one’s own home. It is said that a city is comprised of ‘strangers’ who inhabit it in close proximity to each other. People living in cities know very few others and encounter numerous ‘unknown others’ on a daily basis. Thus to come together as a group, a society, and a people is often difficult. This is aggravated also by the fact that a city’s spaces are also created, modified and owned by others: authorities, who do not know the citizens close enough to understand their needs, aspirations and nuances of behaviors.

Cities, more often than not, are thus anti-social by nature accommodating large numbers of strangers unknown to each other. Such an existence is not what is desired by the people who inhabit it and there is a dire need to create spaces and places that are people-friendly and support, socializing; bringing people together, enabling them to construct closer relationships and bonds. It is only by such means that people can also build emotionally rich relations with the spaces and places of the city and engage in habitation. To inhabit a city is not to live in it as a stranger unrooted in its spaces and places. To the contrary, the need is to enable the people to root themselves so that the city becomes a collection of places enhancing social and psychological existence and well-being.
ICCPP-2018 calls upon the academics and others interested in the cities, people and places to explore the ramifications of our approaches to the city and contribute to the need to create people-centered streets and places in cities.

The proposed sub themes include,

•Historical evolutions of the cities: from people-places to others.

•People and places in the cities: public squares, alleyways, parks, market squares etc.

•Culture-specific places in the cities: processes and productions of space and culture.

•Transport places: travels through cities, nodes of significance

•Small economies and small places: Poor and their places in the cities.

•Dark Places: Places in the City from Dusk to Dawn

•Authorities and Planners Places vs People Places: Approaches and Apprehensions

•Transformations of Derelict sites to Vibrant Social Places

•Outsiders and Insiders: Migrants in Cities and their spaces and places

•Outsiders and Insiders: Places of Encounters between Tourists and Residents

•Unique Structures, Geographies and Locations; and their power in creating social places.

•Role of water in Cities in Creating Social Places.

•Celebrated streets and Nuances of their place making

•City events, Processions and Religious Ceremonies in Urban Space and Social power of place.

•Informal sector engagements in transforming cities

•Local level interventions in urban districts

•Connecting people, space and time

•Creating smart people in cities

The conference invites other approaches to the central theme of dealing with the creation of people-centered places and streets approached from economic, social, psychological, geographical and political or any other approach.

Paper proposals related to other humanistic and technological issues of the cities are also welcome.



Conference will take place in the city of Colombo - the capital of Sri Lanka which is undergoing rapid transformations and recently planned to turn into a mega city.

The venue: The Sri Lanka Foundation Institute which is one of the key conference and scientist’s event places located at the heart of the city, very close to all cultural activities and key places and offers glimpses of the Garden City envisaged by the Early Planners of Colombo.

For more information, please visit the following website of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. 



  • 2nd – 3rd October 2018: International Pre-conference Urban Design Workshop- whole day at Moratuwa University
  • 05th October 2018: ICCPP2018 Inauguration: Evening event with a cultural show followed by a dinner
  • 06th October 2018: ICCPP2018 Conference Proceedings- Parallel Sessions- whole day
  • 07th October 2018: Post Conference Tours (Two tours offered) – whole day

Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, SRI LANKA


National science Foundation, SRI LANKA



Department of Urban Planning, University of Alberta, Canada



Department of Architecture, KU Leuven , Belgium


Urbanism and Town Planning (LSO), University of Applied Science Lübeck, Germany


Department of Architecture and Interior Design,  University of Bahrain, Bahrain.






Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 20th June, 2018

Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: within two weeks of receiving the abstract or latest 05th June, 2018

Full Paper submission: 15th July 2018

Peer Review Comments: 01st August, 2018

Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 01st September, 2018

Conference dates: 05th – 06th October, 2018

Early bird registration for conference participants: 15th September 2018

Final date of Registration of paper presenters to be included in the Proceedings: 25th September 2018

Final registration deadline for other conference participants: 01st September 2018




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Dr. Janaka Wijesundara
(Conference Chair)     
Department of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa.
Email: (Conference Secretariat)