Cities - People - Places

5th International Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP-2017)


Urbanization Futures:

Policies, Strategies and Implications of Densification of Cities


October 20 –22, 2017

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 20 to 22, 2017, 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-2017 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.


Politics of space in the cities mean that the control and confrontations between public and private domains will see new rules and regulations come into being. New agencies, new administrative structures and ever increasing place rules mean that the people will become marginalized, insignificant and at the mercy of the urban space although theoretically, city is meant to be for people.


Economics of the city will undergo dramatic transformations in these urbanization futures. The informal city will struggle to survive although it will invent new ways of existence. While the formal city appears to be in command and demand, informality cannot be eradicated and those poor marginalized and ‘illegal’ occupants of the city will either fall off the systems or re-invent themselves for survival.

The urban study findings lead to several important conclusions about the role of density in urban productivity. While it finds that density plays a considerable role in the productivity of metro areas, it notes that density plays a bigger role in cities where levels of skill and human capital are higher. Also it finds the effects of density to be even more substantial in industries with high levels of knowledge and creativity. This provides important empirical evidence of Jane Jacob's and Robert Lucas's theories of the interplay of density and talent as forming the basic underlying mechanism of economic growth.

Moreover, poetics of space will need to invent new philosophies to deal with these new realties. At the end, man has to dwell in the city and as Heidegger says, has to dwell poetically. As urban designers and architects, it is for us to prepare the ground for the emerging realities, understand the complexities and lay the ground for the incipient urbanization Futures. ICCPP-2017 invites the scholars involved in the study of urbanization, urban spaces, and cities to face up to the challenges and share their research with others at the event.


The conference specially welcomes the views of the geographers and other social scientists who are usually not associated with cities but indeed has a role to play in the transformation of places in cities.


Topics proposed to be covered include:


Urban densification strategies

Urban development and management

Mega city concepts

Housing Densities

Urban Intensifications

Urban governance

Place studies and character studies

Spatial qualities of places

Integrity and authenticity of place-identity

Regeneration of urban places

Urban history, preservation and conservation

Local and regional identity
Places of heritage value

Managing infrastructure for sustaining places

Laws and legislation for renewing urban settings

Urban transportation networks and accessibility of places

Urban Sustainability
Fragmentary planning to spaces of multiplicity, simultaneity and possibility

Urban design control and guidance

Multi-cultural places

Spirit of place

Places for promoting intellectual societies

Power of places

Time and place

Transnationalism and cities

City as a people’s place

Ethnic and religious activities in cities

Cities as dining places

Children in the city


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. 


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


  • 17th – 18th October 2017: International Pre-conference Urban Design Workshop- whole day at Moratuwa University
  • 20th October 2017: ICCPP2017 Inauguration: Evening event with a cultural show followed by a dinner
  • 21th October 2017: ICCPP2017 Conference Proceedings- Parallel Sessions- whole day
  • 22nd October 2017: Post Conference Tours (Two tours offered) – whole day

Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, 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: 15th May, 2017

Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: within two weeks of receiving the abstract or latest 05th June, 2017

Full Paper submission: 15th July 2017

Peer Review Comments: 15th August, 2017

Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 15th September, 2017

Conference dates: 20th – 22nd October, 2017

Early bird registration for conference participants: 15th October 2017

Final date of Registration of paper presenters to be included in the Proceedings: 01st September 2017

Final registration deadline for other conference participants: 15th September 2017




  Please read the the Profile- Ar.Peter Barber .........  
Dr. Janaka Wijesundara
(Conference Chair)     
Department of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa.
Email: (Conference Secretariat)