Roma 2020




Is now online the 5th ISUFitaly International Conference - Urban Substrata & City Regeneration. Morphological legacies and design tools.



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As a tradition in our ISUFItaly conferences, we have organized for our guests a dinner on the 21st February. It will be an opportunity to share a pleasant moment with our foreign colleagues.
Our 2020 dinner will take place at the traditional Ristorante il Pompiere al Ghetto, Via di Santa Maria Dè Calderari, 38 - 00186 Roma.
The cost is 50 euros (to be paid on the spot), including beverage and wine. It will be possible to have vegan and Kosher menus.
To book your dinner, please send us an email to indicating the number of people and the kind of menu requested by the 12th of February.

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20 February|Thursday



9:00 - 11:00

room A

Urban Substrata and New Meanings

Chair_Ivor Samuels


Lost in Transition. Urban substrata in a Chinese metropolis. The case of Nanjing Hehua Tang.

Marco Trisciuoglio

Urban Fabric and contemporary dwelling in the Greek-Roman centre of Naples.

Federica Visconti

Micro-urbanism. Additional tool for urban heritage determination.

Éva Lovra

Documenting the disappeared Rome: the San Marco district.

Chiara Melchionna, Francesca Geremia

Underlying, extended and updated Rome in Valencia: the historic definition of Ciutat Vella as the core city.

Mifsut Garcia Cesar Damian

Why an Atlas? Reading of the cultural substrata of the Portuguese building typologies.

José Silva, Sergio Fernandes, Carlos Dias Coelho

The concept of morpho-typology in the Alberobello urban organism.

Matteo Ieva, Miriana Di Gioia, Francesco Leone, Rosella Regina, Fausta Schiavone


Metamorphosis of Urban Form in A Historical Nutshell; A Critical Perspective.

Selen Karadogan, Ecem Kutlay



Parallel Session

9:00 - 11:00

room PH

Urban Morphology in Historical Context

Chair_Federica Visconti

Emerging Perspectives on Urban Morphology: Nicosia’s historical urban form through multiple practices.

Nadia Charalambous

From past to present Shiraz historical texture and its morphological structure.

Farzaneh Nahas Farmaniyeh, Ali Sokhanpardaz

Historical walls of segregation: a comparative approach on fringe belt as a tool of regeneration.

Deborah Lefosse

Morphological development in historic context German Convent of St Francis.

Gisela Loehlein

Diyarbakır. City Identity changing through time.

Zulkuf Guneli

The concept of “trullo type” in the formation of Alberobello settlement.

Matteo Ieva, Greta Indrio, Davide Lasorella, Gianpiero Gorgoglione


Gravina in Puglia: City substratum as a Process of “Invention” and Transformation of the Territory.

Francesca Delia De Rosa


Fringe Belts by transect. The case of Krakow

Anna Agata Kantarek


Parallel Session

11:30 - 13:30

room A

Urban Form Theory

Chair_Marco Trisciuoglio


The Vacant City as the contemporary substratum. Why and How the crisis enables regeneration processes.

Nicola Marzot

Giovannoni’s "diradamento" as a congruent transformation of urban continuity. Applications and limits of a philological device for core city regeneration.

Maria Vitiello


Shifting point-attractors: the central-symmetric flexi of via Flaminia and via Clodia near pons Milvius, Rome.

Alessandro Camiz

The idea of morphological regions as a tool in planning and design.

Vitor Oliveira, Muzaffer Ali Yaygin

Urban aesthetics: the haussmannian urban form and the configuration of the city of Erechim/RS, Brazil.

Camila Nardino, Dirceu Piccinato Junior


Coincidentia oppositorum. The building of the urban form in O. M. Ungers in the city of Berlin.

Vincenzo d’Abramo


An examination of the morphological change of the Roman “cardo”-case of Adana/Turkey.

Beliz Büşra Şahin, Fazilet Duygu Saban


Parallel Session

11:30 - 13:30

room PH

Urban Regeneration and Social Issues

Chair_Kayvan Karimi


Urban form versus health of citizens. Case study of Lodz downtown rehabilitation.

Malgorzata Hanzl

Rethinking marginal areas: urban growth and inequality in informal settlements, the case study of Usme district, Bogotá.

Nelcy Echeverria

Morphological layers in Bucharest based on the spontaneous interior courtyards.

Andreea Boldojar

Gentrifying Morphologies of a Gentrifying City. A perspective from neighborhoods of Istanbul.

Zeynep Tulumen

The urban redevelopment project of San Lorenzo district in Rome.

Rosalba Belibani

Urban Morphological Forms of Informal Areas in Tirana; Strategies of Intervention.

Irina Branko

Morphological legacies and informal city: understanding urban dynamics in the Vetor Leste do centro in São Paulo.

Ambra Migliorisi


Parallel Session

14:30 - 16:30

room A

Urban Morphology and Planning Tools

Chair_Teresa Marat-Mendes


Industrial heritage as an overlooked potential in urban heritage. Case study Miskolc-Diósgyőr.

Zoltán Bereczki, Éva Lovra


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Historic Design Lessons and Contemporary Planning Failures in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Mark David Major

Lasting transformation of Erenkoy.

Burak Ozturk

The effects of planning decisions on the traditional urban fabric of a historical city: The case of Gaziantep in x968-2008.

Fatos Merve Hidiroglu

Transitional Morphologies in the Global South.

Ana Ricchiardi

Morphological features of small industrial towns.

Iuliia Viktorovna Bushmakova, Svetlana Valentinovna Maksimova

Gridded Urban Morphologies, sub-Saharan Africa and Senegal: Research Historiographies and Present-day Realities.

Liora Bigon, Eric Ross


Parallel Session

14:30 - 16:30

room PH

Reading/Design Strategies

Chair_Gianpiero Moretti


A momentary lapse of reason.

Vitor Oliveira

Urban fabric recovery as a pre-condition for the historical and identity continuity in the post-trauma reconstruction..

Giulia Brunori


Design strategy and urban configuration: morphological study of two new towns in mid-twentieth century Brazil.

Maria Liuza Sorace Tavares


Spatial Ambiguity in Singular Buildings. Timeless composition principles interpretation.

João Silva Leite, Sergio Barreiros Proença

Understanding seashore streets: urban morphometrics as a tool for climate-induced risk assessment.

Martin Fleischmann, Francesca Dal Cin, Ombretta Romice, Sergio Porta, Sergio Barreiros

Shiraz and Kashan. Substrate and Urban form: knots and path in the process of transformation.

Paolo Carlotti

Construction without morphology.

Sokhanpardaz Ali, Nahas Farmaniyeh Farzaneh


Urban form reading in Lisbon. Decoding the porosity of Almirante Reis avenue valley.

Sergio Barreiros Proença, Ana Amado


Parallel Session

17:00 - 19:00

room A

Landscapes in Transformation

Chair_Vitor Oliveira


Planning for Green Spaces: Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro xx century urban plans.

Teresa Marat-Mendes, Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira

Transitional form of industrial mixed-use.

Martina Crapolicchio

Urbanscape as Landscape Emanation of East Adriatic Coast.

Ana Sopina, Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci

Seashore street substrata. Morphological analysis of an urban element of Portuguese waterfront cities.

Francesca Dal Cin, Sergio Barreiros Proença


The role of paper mills in the Quebec’s cities urban development.

Maxime Nadon-Roger

Unplanned urban fringes in the small size towns. The case of coastal urbanization of Liguria.

Giampiero Lombardini


Search for a new landscape ‘order’. Reading of some contemporary design experiences.

Nicola Scardigno


The Spatial Logic of the Arabian Coastal City. The Case of Doha, State of Qatar and Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Heba O. Tannous, Major Mark David


Parallel Session

17:00 - 19:00

room PH

New Trends in Urban Form Interpretation

Chair_Nadia Charalambous


Urban recurrences as spaces generators.

Santiago Gomes, Maddalena Barbieri

Landscape analysis for digital description of urban morphology of Upper Kama region towns.

Anastasia Evgenievna Semina, Valentinovna Svetlana Maksimova


Digitizing typomorphology. Design worlds, morphologically informed urban design and City-Information modeling (CIM).

Todor Stojanovski

Urban Space Index (USI) and morphologically informed urban design. Architectural elements and quality of urban space.

Irena Toljan, Todor Stojanovski

Algorithmic Control for the Generation of Urban Block: A Parametric Approach to the Plot-Based Urbanism.

Mert Akay, Olgu Çalışkan

Changes in urban fabric – a cause and a result of an innovation district?

Jacek Gądecki, Ilona Morawska, Karolina Anielska, Łukasz Afeltowicz


Landscape analysis for digital description of urban morphology of Upper Kama region towns.

Anastasia Evgenievna Semina, Valentinovna Svetlana Maksimova


21 February|Friday



Parallel Session

11:30 - 13:30

room A

Re-Emerging Substrata

Chair_Carlos Dias Coelho

The curvilinear substrate. From the phenomenon of dequantification to deformation of the type.

Christian Sammarco


Ancient planned structures in Lake Bracciano.

Michele Magazzù


The city of Venice. The form and the space.

Ermelinda Di Chiara

The re-invention of the fragment. The Archeological Museum of Milan by Egizio Nichelli.

Elisa Valentina Prusicki

The city of walls: how military architecture has shaped Baghdad and the citizens.

Rossella Gugliotta

Layered Morphologies and Topographic Structures. Substrata and Design Writing.

Laura Pezzetti

From open architecture to the dialectic podium/temple. For a con/textual architecture.

Antonello Monaco



Parallel Session

11:30 - 13:30

room PH

Urban Morphology and Education/Methods and Spaces

Chair_Alessandro Camiz


Morphologie des écoles primaires québécoises: Débat entre le modèle, le type et le projet d’architecture des écoles d’après-guerre.

Daniel Oliver-Cividino


Urban morphology education in Serbia: origin, genesis and new tendencies.

Vladan Djokić, Milica Milojević, Aleksandra Djordjevic, Mladen Pešić

Morphological ‘Reading’ as a Catalyst for Conservation: results from an urban conservation course in Penang, Malaysia.

Jeffrey William Cody


Teaching Masterplanning for Change: the development of a research-led and evidence-based method for the next generation of urban designers.

Alessandra Feliciotti, Ombretta Romice, Sergio Porta

Schools of Municipality I of Rome. Reading of the derivation process from the special type: the palace and the convent.

Cinzia Paciolla

Schools as Elements to Regenerate the Communities in the Contemporary Cities. Case Study: Kashan, Iran.

Elham Karbakaei Hassani

Rethinking school by reinventing the city.

Paolo Carlotti



Parallel Session

14:30 - 16:30

room A

Ancient and New Public Spaces

Chair_Sérgio Padrão Fernandes


Place Royale: a heritage to rediscover.

Luiza Cardoso Santos


Public Space in São Paulo: The fair as a form of urban land occupation.

Gabriela Lamanna Soares, Denise Antonucci

Regeneration of sanctuaries in ancient cities: Pergamon example.

Özlem Balcı


The Country Magnet – Garden Cities’ aesthetic background.

Antonio Blanco Pastor

A Green Legacy: the Transformation of x8th Century Parks into the new British Universities of the x960s.

Maria Garcia Carbonero

Mapping Urbanities. From morphologies to flows a new reading of Public Space.

Greta Pitanti


Volumes of the past, lines in the present. Ouzai square, on the traces of the invisible streetscape of Beirut

Marlene Chahine


Parallel Session

14:30 - 16:30

room PH

Continuity and Resilience as Tools for Regeneration

Chair_Rosalba Belibani


Urban form as a complex adaptive system: building a parallel between concepts, models and organisational principles in resilience theory and urban morphology.

Alessandra Feliciotti, Ombretta Romice, Vitor Oliveira, Sergio Porta

Integrating Resilience Concept and Urban Morphology. A contradictory merging attempt or a promising combination?

Alessandra Buffa, Danial Mohabat Doost, Grazia Brunetta, Angioletta Voghera


From urban tissues to special buildings and public squares: architectural design experimentation in Pera, Istanbul.

Alessandro Camiz, Özge Özkuvancı, Cemre Uslu


Urban morphology and critical reconstructions: the case of Friedrichstadt.

Ilaria Maria Zedda



Markus Stenger

Minimalist approach for future regeneration.

Cigdem Findiklar Ulku, Rahmi Erdem

Read to create and create to design.

Francesco Scattino



Parallel Session

14:30 - 16:30

room B

Reading/Design Study Cases

Chair_Renato Capozzi


Metabolist urban utopias and the project for the European city.

Jasna Mariotti


Designing for Productive Urban Landscapes. Applying the CPUL City concept in Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

Teresa Marat-Mendes, João Borges, Sara Lopes

Quebec City Urban Forms and the contemporary architectural project.

Gianpiero Moretti


Reproduction of the Edge as a Vitrine in Odunpazarı Historic District, Eskişehir.

Acalya Alpan, Hasan Unver

Trisungo: a typological-procedural research for the recovery of a village hit by the 20x6/20x7 earthquake.

Giulia Brunori, Michele Zampilli

On Methods. Towards an operative reading of city morphological legacies: common-building and building-type

Sergio Padrão Fernandes, João Silva Leite

Substrate and modernity. The Sports Citadel of Mappano.

Silvia Aloisio, Paolo Carlotti, Antonello Monaco, Cinzia Paciolla, Cristian Sammarco, Laura Schito, Benedetta Tornese


Chelas Zone J revisited: urban morphology and change in a recovering neighbourhood.

João Cunha Borges, Teresa Marat-Mendes, Sara Silva Lopes





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At this link, you can find the VIAGGI DI ADRIANO proposal for some very interesting tours. Each tour will have an expert Architect or Archeologist as a guide and are all very close to the conference venue. 
To book or pay use the button on the link.

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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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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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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 topics of urban continuity and congruent transformations are therefore proposed.
The organizers and the Council of ISUFitaly invite all interested academics and professionals to parecipate to the Conference. PhD students who have completed or are completing their research degree are also invited to take part.
A number of excursions in the city and the region will be featured.
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