Bologna 2022


ISUFitaly, International Seminar on Urban Form, Italian Network, organizes its sixth Conference in Bologna on 08-10 June 2022.  The theme is Morphology and Urban Design. New strategies for a changing society.

Since the beginning of the third millennium, the rapid changes that contemporary societies are facing are radically transforming the perception and the structures of our cities. New topics seem to dictate the political agenda, suggesting alternative options to manage the emerging urban mutations. An increasingly “data-driven society” is forcing the migration into an almost immaterial world, prompting Information and Communication Technology together with the Smart City. The crisis of the traditional real estate industry, propelled by the global finance system, is contributing to re-evaluate the theme of Public Space as a “space of encounter, sharing, experience and inclusivity”, mapping the everyday life to discover unexpected Urbanities, through the application of GPS to record pedestrian movement flows.The deficiencies of representativeness in Democracies are addressing us with new social, economic, cultural roles, inviting human beings to perform as strategic Agents of Change. As an immediate consequence, new “forms” of cities are strongly brought to our attention: the “city of sharing”, the “city of temporariness”, the “city of Life between buildings”, giving an unexpected impulse to incremental Urbanism etc. In such a way, the very idea of the city is radically under discussion. We are then required to answer these numerous questions in order to define the scientific coordinates for the City of the 21st century. In that respect, the conference is calling experts in the field to reflect upon the following main topics:

> Communities and Governance
The role of Communities and Neighborhoods, conceptually framed within urban policies based on new participatory concepts, sustainable oriented principles and supported by the idea of “proximity” and multi-layer strategies of land management, are one of the test beds of new approaches in Urban Morphology.Research approaches, as well as design strategies, must be able to read these phenomena, to understand them and translate them into tools for supporting decision makers, stakeholders, citizens, in the transformation process of the city.

> New methods and Technologies for the urban analysis
The society of the 21st century, being “data-driven”, will be highly technological. Urban Morphology should be able to deal with these issues and learn to play an active role in their development, so as to consist in a mediation tool between environmental strategies and the city. It should also experiment with new technological means by developing new analytical methodologies capable of grasping the ongoing transformations.

> Reading the changing Urban Form
A Classic in Urban Morphology, urban analyzes and the theories underlying them constitute its very foundations, the greatest legacy, of the International Seminar on Urban Form. A legacy that must be fed and carried forward in new research and new studies, demonstrating the capacity to deal with the new emerging challenges of evolving cities. If unsuccessful, in that respect, the meaning of the urban morphological discipline will be lost.

> Designing a sustainable Urban Form
Urban Morphology is also the basis for Urban Design. The city of the 21st century must be sustainable, to react to ever changing conditions of existence. The complexity of urban phenomena requires, therefore, a scientific awareness capable of catalyzing different disciplines and expertise, different needs, different themes, within the urban fabrics. Fabrics that will, in turn, be an expression of this complexity, giving “form” to it. Under those circumstances, Urban Morphology can claim again a disciplinary status.


Proposals will take the form of abstracts of papers. They will be prepared in the following format: title of paper, author(s) name, affiliation, address, e-mail address, telephone number, keywords and 250-word abstract and 100-word references.
The abstract submission should be done by creating an account on the conference website (which will be available by 30 November 2021) at the following link:

!!! Note: When you create your account, you must register as an "Author" in order to submit your abstract.

Abstracts of papers must be received on or before 23rd March 2022.
Notification of whether abstracts have been accepted will be provided by 30th April 2022.


After registering from "My Profile", press save at the end of the page.
You will be automatically redirected to "USER HOME", from which you can press "NEW SUBMISSION".
The abstract must be uploaded in two forms:
1) For blind review: following the format on the site;
2) For the publication of the book of abstracts: using the template available on the site.

After you have complimented each part for uploading the abstract for blind review, click on the green "save and continue" button at the end of the page.

The page for uploading additional files will appear, in this page you can upload the text for the publication of the book of abstracts in the specific template. In case you want to upload other materials, you can upload more supplementary files.

!!! Note: The abstract for the book of abstracts should not be included in the material to be provided to the reviewers.

In case you want to provide supplementary files for blind review (e.g. images, schemes…), add them to the form and check the specific flag “Present file to reviewers (without metadata), as it will not compromise blind review”.


To have their papers included in the conference programme, those whose abstracts have been accepted will be required to pay registration fee € 270 in-person mode (for the other authors the registration fee is €150) or € 150 online mode by 10th May 2022. The fee for PhD candidates is reduced to € 150 by 10th May 2022. The registration fee includes during the conference: Coffee breaks, Lunch, proceedings and also 12 months’ membership of ISUFitaly.Following acceptance of abstracts, submitted papers will not exceed 4000 words.They should be received until 10th October 2022 through the following website:

Authors should consult the Notes for the Guidance of Contributors to Urban Morphology, available on the ISUF website ( or in recent copies of the journal, before preparing their papers. All papers will be published after the conference.

The official conference language is English.


The conference chairs will be Marco Maretto (University of Parma), Nicola Marzot (University of Ferrara) and Annarita Ferrante (University of Bologna)


Alessandro Camiz, Renato Capozzi, Alessandra Capuano, Paolo Carlotti, Orazio Carpenzano, Giancarlo Cataldi, Nadia Charalambous, Domenico Chizzoniti, Carlos Coelho, Vincente Colomer Sendra, Armando dal Fabbro, Wowo Ding, Alberto Ferlenga, Annarita Ferrante, Loredana Ficarelli, Luigi Franciosini, Pierre Gauthier, Joerg Gleiter, Matteo Ieva, Hidenobu Jinnai, Anna Agata Kantarek, Kayvan Karimi, Aise Sema Kubat, Gino Malacarne, Teresa Marat Mendes, Marco Maretto, Sara Marini, Nicola Marzot, Alessandro Merlo, Carlo Moccia, Gianpiero Moretti, Dina Nencini, Vitor Oliveira, Stael Alveira Pereira Costa, Attilio Petruccioli, Sergio Porta, Franco Purini, Carlo Quintelli, Ivor Samuels, Brenda Scheer, Giuseppe Strappa, Fabrizio Toppetti, Annalisa Trentin, Marco Trisciuoglio, Tolga Ünlü, Giorgio Verdiani, Anne Vernez Moudon, Federica Visconti, Michele Zampilli


Marco Maretto (University of Parma), Nicola Marzot (University of Ferrara) and Annarita Ferrante (University of Bologna), Paolo Carlotti (University of Rome La Sapienza), Chiara Finizza (University of Parma), Antonio Licchetta (University of Parma), Alice Monacelli (University of Rome La Sapienza), Greta Pitanti (University of Rome La Sapienza), Francesco Scattino (University of Rome La Sapienza)Silvia Tagliazucchi (Conference Manager - University of Ferrara)


Silvia Tagliazucchi (Conference Manager - University of Ferrara), Chiara Finizza (University of Parma), Antonio Licchetta (University of Parma), Alice Monacelli (University of Rome La Sapienza), Greta Pitanti (University of Rome La Sapienza), Francesco Scattino (University of Rome La Sapienza)

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