Cities - People - Places

04th International Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP-2016)


Transforming Cities through place-making'; From Communities to Meaga Cities


October 30 - 01st November, 2016, 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 fourth International Conference on Cities, People & Places, will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2016, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.




Needless to say, a city is a conglomeration of places. The assembly of them is often a result of spontaneous evolutions that take place with the location of things, environmental factors, activities and people’s participation in them. Great cities in the world have thus ‘come into being’ through processes of accumulation, abandonment, rejuvenation and reinforcement of spontaneously evolving places as much as the deliberate location and creations of them. While the former is a people-driven every day process, the latter is what the planners and architects get involved in through their professional practice and skills.


Place-making is thus fundamental to architecture and planning. Yet, most architects and planners do not seem to understand the nuances of the idea nor do they employ such ideas often in making and re-making cities. As the UN in a report titled ‘Place-making and Future of Cities’ has reiterated, through the transformation of public spaces which help build a sense of community, civic identity and culture, cities can be transformed to great places for humanity to flourish. Indeed, creating functional, meaningful, productive and inclusive cities is perhaps the greatest challenge of this century. In order to achieve those objectives, there are no other ways other than employing the complex processes of place-making and place-enabling.  More ......


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  • Archt. Plnr. Dr. Janaka Wijesundara, (Conference Chair), Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa

  • Archt. Dr. Gamini Weerasinghe, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa

  • Archt. Prof. Samitha Manawadu, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa

  • Archt. D.P. Chandrasekara, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa




Prof. Ali Madanipur, University of Newcastle, UK

Prof. Kim Dovey, University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Chye Kiang Heng, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Prof. Ranjith Dayaratne, University of Bahrain (Mantor).


Review Committee:

Prof. Frank Schwartze, University of Cottbus, Germany

Prof. Sandeep Agrawal, University of Alberta, Canada

Prof. Koen De Wandeler, University of Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Kapila Silva, University of Kansas, USA

Prof. L S R Perera, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Prof. Rohinton Emmanuel, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Prof. Nalanie Mitraratne, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Sasanka Perera, South Asian University, India

Prof. Hooman Koliji, University of Maryland, USA

Prof. Luca Molinari, Faculty of Architecture, "L. Vanvitelli", Naples, Italy

Prof. Samuel Hammer, University of Boston, USA

Prof. Ranjith Dayaratne, University of Bahrain

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.



University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka -

Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa -

Urban Design Program-University of Moratuwa-


Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 03rd June, 2016

Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: Within two weeks of receiving the abstract or latest 20th June, 2016

Full Paper submission: 04th September 2016

Peer Review Comments by: 26th August, 2016

Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 01st October, 2016

Conference dates: 30th - 31st October, 2016

Early bird registration: 1st September 2016

Final date of Registration to be included in the Proceedings: 25th September 2016.

Final registration deadline: 25th September 2016




Prof. Miki Desai retired from CEPT University as the head of the Masters Program in Sustainable Architecture, the Faculty of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India. Read More....


Graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1987 and subsequently followed a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture at University College London, 1990, followed by a Master of Architecture at the University of London in 1991. Read More....


Murray Fraser is an architect and academic who studied for five degrees at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture prior to working in architectural practices and starting upon his teaching career -- initially at Oxford Brookes University and then the University of Westminster.  Read More....

Dr. Janaka Wijesundara
(Conference Chair)     
Department of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa
Email: (Conference Secretariat)