8th International Urban Design Conference
Cities, People, Places Cities in Distress: Covid-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Cities December 15 – 18, 2020 Colombo, Sri Lanka Online Event via Zoom

The ‘UOM Lab’- ‘Centre for Cities’ of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Interior Design of the University of Bahrain proudly announces the first International Urban Design e-Conference on Cities, People and Places (8th Cities People and Places Conference) to be hosted from 15th–18th December 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


"A good city is like a good party – people stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves" - Jan Gehl


"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace". - Franklin D. Roosevelt


City is a place. It is also a collection of places. "A large part of what distinguishes place from space is that place has an intensity that connects sociality to spaciality in everyday life. We can say 'do you have enough space? but not 'do you have enough place? while a space may have physical dimensions, it is intensity that gives place its potency and its primacy". - Kim Dovey in 'Becoming Places'.

We, "UoM Urban Lab - Centre for Cities", University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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ICCPP e-Conference 2020


The core measures against Covid 19; known as ‘social distancing’ wearing masks’ and ‘staying at home’ have meant that cities are deserted. Even if people arrive there, they keep to individuals, fearful of coming and sitting together, shaking hands, or even smiling with each other. Masks have transformed people into zombies. It is ironical that families drive in their own cars wearing masks.

8th International Urban Design Conference 

Inauguration session on 15th December, 2020

Scientific Research Conference on 16th, 17th & 18th December 2020

official journal


‘Cities People Places’ Journal is the official journal associated with the ‘Cities People & Places’ (ICCPP) Annual Conference being organized by the Department of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 

This will be an ISSN numbered bi-annual web based journal published in the months of April and October. The selected papers on the theme of this conference will be accepted for this journal. The finally selected and presented papers will be published in the below web based journal. 

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Key dates

  • Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15th August, 2020
  • Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: within two weeks of receiving the abstract or latest 30th August, 2020
  • Full Paper submission: 20th September 2020
  • Review Comments: 10th October, 2020
  • Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 30th October, 2020
  • Early bird registration for conference participants: 05th November 2020
  • Final date of Registration of paper presenters to be included in the Proceedings: 05th November 2020
  • Final registration deadline for other conference participants: 10th November 2020
  • Conference dates: 15th – 18th December, 2020

The panel of


Prof. Ashraf M. Salama
Director of Research
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Prof. Tay Kheng Soon
Department of Architecture
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva
Commander of the Sri Lanka Army
Head of National Operation Center

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