Roma 2020

Urban Substrata & City Regeneration. Morphological legacies and design tools

February 19, 2020 – February 22, 2020

ISUFitaly, International Seminar on Urban Form, Italian Network, organizes its fifth Conference in Rome on 19-22 February 2020.
The theme of the conference is Urban Substrata & City Regeneration. Morphological legacies and design tools. Following the previous ISUFitaly conferences themes, dealing mainly with the relationships between urban morphology, history and architectural design, the fifth Conference aims to pose the problem of pre-existing transformations in urban form considered as underlying the shape of the current city.





The area where the conference will be held is that of the ancient Jewish ghetto, in the historic centre of
In the surroundings, you will find many hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast of all categories.
The Rome historic centre tends to be, in general, quite crowded with tourists in all seasons of the year, for
which it is recommended to book in time.

Some advice:

Residenza Farnese (recommended)
Via del mascherone 59
Housed in a 15th-century building in central Rome, Hotel Residenza Farnese overlooks Palazzo
Farnese and Palazzo Spada gardens. It is a few minutes walk from the conference venue.
The hotel has an agreement with Isufitaly and offers participants a 15% discount on the normal
prices. To get the discount, contact the hotel (informing that you are participating in the Isufitaly
conference) directly by the official site
or by calling +39 0668210980

L’Hosianum Palace (recommended)
Via dei Polacchi, 23 Housed in a 15th-century building in central Rome, it is a few steps from the conference venue.
This accommodation is also an excellent value for money.
Tel +39 06 697191

Small, nice structure, all a few steps from the conference venue are:

Tiberina Apartment
Via Sant'angelo In Pescheria 28
Few steps from the conference venue
Portico d'Ottavia, the ancient Rome
Via del Portico d'Ottavia
Few steps from the conference venue
Maison Leonardo al Ghetto
Via del Portico d'Ottavia 13
BB Il Re Alla Reginella Guest House
Via della Reginella 22

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Submission of your paper in advance (not exceeding 4000 words) should be done before January 30th 2020.
Authors should consult the notes for the guidance of contributors here

To complete your submission you have to login on the
-          go to the “user home” page and in the “author” section
-          go to your active submission
-          do click on your abstract
-          follow the instruction to submit your full paper as supplemetary file
-          the full paper has to be done following the template you can find at

-          the indd file and the 4 images should be uploaded as a .zip or .rar file 
-          Save the submission.
At the end of the process you’ll receive a confirmation mail (also check the spam folder).
For any question please send an e-mail to
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Editorial Guidance - full paper

Submitted papers must be original and not under consideration by any other journal.

They should be in English and should preferably not exceed 4000 words with an English abstract in less than 200 words and up to five keywords.

Papers should be formatted in Adobe Indesign following the template provided. Papers should be in a single-column format with double spacing and wide margins. Authors should not attempt to reproduce the journal’s page layout. Spelling follows The concise Oxford dictionary. All measurements should be expressed in the metric system. Authors alone are responsible for securing any necessary copyright permissions to reproduce illustrations, extensive quotations etc.


These should be placed at the end of the paper. Authors must use the Harvard system of giving references, in which authors’ names (no initials)and dates are given in the body of the text B for example (Biddle and Hill, 1971) B and the references are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper, under the heading ‘References’, in the following form:

Biddle, M. and Hill, D. (1971) ‘Late Saxon planned towns’, Antiquaries Journal 51, 70-85.Conzen,

M. R. G. (1968) ‘The use of town plans in the study of urban history’, in Dyos, H. J. (ed.)The study of urban history (Edward Arnold, London) 113-30.

English Heritage (2010) Understanding place: an introduction ( accessed 23 June 2010.

Hillier, B. (1996) Space is the machine (CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge).

Kropf, K. S. (1993) ‘An inquiry into the definitionof built form in urban morphology’, unpublishedPhD thesis, University of Birmingham, UK.

Thompson, F. M. L. (ed.) (1982) The rise ofsuburbia (Leicester University Press,Leicester).

In the case of multi-authored publications, all authors should be named in the list of references. Only cited references should be listed.

Illustrations and tables

Line drawings, which should be of professional quality, and photographs should be the size of the intended reproduction. When designing illustrations, account should be taken of the journal page size. Illustrations should be numbered consecutively, referred to directly in the text and submitted as JPEG or TIFF files (using LZW compression if available). Pictorial illustrations and line diagrams should be at a resolution of no less than 300 dpi. All illustrations must have captions. A typed list of these should be included after the references, in the following style:
Figure 1. Distribution of house types.

Particular care should be taken with the layout of tables, each of which should be on a separate page. These should be set out using no vertical rules and as few horizontal rules as possible, and with wide margins on all sides.
Title page

A separate title page should include the title of the paper, and the name(s), main professional or academic affiliation(s) and full address(es), including e-mail address(es), of the author(s).

Only the first letter and proper names are capitalised.
Headings are placed against the left-hand margin, primary sub-headings being in bold and secondary sub-headings being in italic.

Numerals should be used for all units of measurement, but in the case of quantities of objects, persons etc., the figures from one to twenty should be spelt out (for example: ten people, ten cases; but 10 days, 10 km, 24 inhabitants, 6400 m).

Proofs will normally be sent to authors. Only printer’s errors should be corrected at this stage:major changes are not acceptable

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Conference Venue


The conference will be held in Palazzo Mattei di Giove, at the headquarters of the Centro Studi Americani,  in via Michelangelo Caetani 32.

The palace is part of the so-called “Insula Mattei” (between Via Caetani, Via delle Botteghe Oscure, Piazza and Via Paganica, Piazza Mattei and Via dei Funari) together with the other palaces of Giacomo Mattei, Mattei di Paganica and Alessandro Mattei.

It was built by Asdrubale Mattei, Duke of Monte Giove in place of some demolished family houses. The works began in 1598 on a project by Carlo Maderno and ended in 1617.

The first courtyard, designed by Maderno to contain the collection of ancient marbles of the Duke, has the walls entirely covered with ancient fragments of various nature.

The halls contain important decorations made by artists as Lanfranco, Dominichino, Albani, Pietro da Cortona.

Giacomo Leopardi lived in the palace between 1822 and 1823.

Since 1938 the building is owned by the State and currently houses the Italian Center for American Studies, the Library and the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History.

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ISUFitaly Rome 2020

Draft Programme

19-21 February, Palazzo Mattei di Giove

via Michelangelo Caetani, 32

00186 Roma


19 February|Wednesday


9:00 - 13:00 | Side Event|EPUM - Theaching Innovation in Urban Morphology

All participants at the ISUFitaly 2020 Conference are invited

9:30 - 10:00 | Official Greetings

Anna Maria Giovenale - Faculty of Architecture Dean – Sapienza, University of Rome



Giuseppe Strappa, Epum/Sapienza Coordinator – Sapienza, University of Rome


10:00 - 11:00 | Interventions by

Karl Kropf - Oxford Brookes University

Malgorzata Hanzl - Lodz University of Technology


11:00 - 11:30 |       Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 |       Interventions by

Nicola Marzot - Technical University of Delft

Teresa Marat Mendes - Lisbon University

Nadia Charalambous - University of Cyprus


13:00 - 15:30 | Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 | Registration to ISUFitaly Conference


15:30 - 16:00 | ISUFitaly 2020 Conference Opening Session

Official Greetings

Bruno Botta – Sapienza - University of Rome - Vice-Rector

Carlotta Ventura – American Studies Center - Director

Giuseppe Strappa - ISUFitaly - President


16:00 - 17:30 |Plenary Session I|Architectural Substrata and Archeological Design

Chairs Paolo Carlotti - Sapienza, University of Rome

Interventions by

Alessandra Capuano - Sapienza, University of Rome

Paolo Carafa, Sapienza - University of Rome

Alexander Schwarz -   Stuttgart University


17:30 - 18:00 |Coffee Break


18:00 - 19:00 |Plenary Session II| Archeological reading/Architectural design

Round table coordinated by Carlos Dias Coelho – Lisbon university

participant: Alessandra Capuano, Paolo Carafa, Alexander Schwarz


20 February|Thursday


9:00 - 11:00 |         Parallel Sessions

11:00 - 11:30 |       Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30 |       Parallel Sessions

13:30 - 14:30 |       Lunch Break


14:30 - 16:30 |       Parallel Sessions

16:30 - 17:00 |       Coffee Break

17:00 - 19:00 |       Parallel Sessions


21 February|Friday


9:00  - 11:00  |       Parallel Sessions

11:00 - 11:30 |       Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30 |       Parallel Sessions

13:30 - 14:30 |       Lunch Break


14:30 - 16:30 |       Parallel Sessions

16:30 - 17:00 |       Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:30 |       Closing Session-  Round table - In memory of the Masters (G.L.Maffei, A. Monestiroli)

18:30 - 19:00 |       Conclusions

Paolo Carlotti, Matteo Ieva


20:00                     Gala Dinner

22 February|Saturday

9.30 – 11.00 |        ISUFitaly Council Meeting (ISUFitaly, via Ripetta 123)

8:30 - 18:30 |         Urban Tours


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Payments can be made by:

Bank Transfer

- Account name: ISUFITALY, via A.Gramsci 53 00197 Roma


- Name of the bank: BancoPosta

- IBAN: IT57 F076 0103 2000 0102 3726 878

- Subject (reason of payment): ISUF2020 - first name_last name, ID number

- Adress: Posta impresa n.5, viale Mazzini 103, Roma 00195


Issuer Receipt:


Adress: Via Gramsci, 53 00197, Roma Italy
e-mail address:
VAT number: 97818820587
When you provide the payment please send us an email to with the payment receipt.
Payment by Credit Card for Authors
Payment by Credit Card for Students
Payment by Credit Card for Visitors
Participants are requested to complete their conference registration paying the fee by Genuary 20, 2020. 

For the authors: 
fee is € 250 (€ 130 for students) and includes:
- participation to all conference sessions
- conference proceedings
- coffee breaks

For conference visitors:
Conference visitors may attend the conference: fee is € 90 and includes: 
- participation to all conference sessions
- conference proceedings
- coffee breaks




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Topics on which proposals are particularly welcome include:
Urban form theories

• Ancient cities and modern theories
• Historical Cities Morphological Analysis theories and methods
• Theories on urban regeneration process
• Teaching urban form theories
Urban form reading

• Urban morphological analysis of historical territories and landscapes
• Urban morphological analysis of historical fabrics
• Urban morphological analysis of historical buildings
• Reading urban form as a tool for regeneration
• Teaching urban form reading
Urban form design

• Historical landscape and contemporary design
• Historical fabric and contemporary design
• Historical buildings and contemporary design
• Urban restoration
• Today’s city and future regeneration
• Urban design and post-trauma re-construction
• Urban Morphology and informal city regeneration
• Teaching urban form design
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.
The abstract submission should be done by creating an account on our conference website (which will be available by 15 July 2019):
Abstracts of papers must be received on or before 20st September 2019.
Notification of whether abstracts have been accepted will be provided by 15th November 2019.
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