Cities - People - Places

5th International Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP-2017)


Urbanization Futures:

Policies, Strategies and Implications of Densification of Cities


October 20 –22, 2017

Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, 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 fifth International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People & Places, will be held from October 20 to 22, 2017, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.




We know that the future of the world lies in cities: United Nations tells us that by 2050, 50 % of the world’s population will live in cities. Urbanization that took the world by a storm after modernism has truly conquered space and transformed much of the inhabited world to cities. Urbanization it seems is unstoppable now. More and more rural areas are absorbed into peri-urban regions, which in turn, will turn into urban areas and eventually extensions of the cities. At the fast phase at which it is happening, people and communities have hardly any time to adapt to the new life styles, new spatial realities, constriction of space and over densification of the cities.

ICCPP-2017 will address this issue from multiple perspectives. To begin with, as architects and urban designers, our concerns are with the spatial transformations and emerging spatial realities. Houses and apartments are beginning to be smaller than what they were, urban spaces shrink and every inch of land is under the spell of the real estate developers. There is no such thing called empty space in the city any more, while more and more services are needed which will have less and less space. Cities have been growing vertically yet the truly vertical city is yet to come into being.


Politics of space in the cities mean that the control and confrontations between public and private domains will see new rules and regulations come into being. New agencies, new administrative structures and ever increasing place rules mean that the people will become marginalized, insignificant and at the mercy of the urban space although theoretically, city is meant to be for people.   More ......



‘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 selected papers improved after the conference comments and submitted as re-orientated fresh papers to CPP Journal will be published after going through the journal review process.  

Web link to Journal Website: 


  • 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. Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture, UK

Prof. Ranjith Dayarathne, University of Bahrain (Mentor)

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. 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

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.



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Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa -

Urban Design Program-University of Moratuwa-


Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15th May, 2017

Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: within two weeks of receiving the abstract or latest 05th June, 2017

Full Paper submission: 15th July 2017

Peer Review Comments: 15th August, 2017

Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 15th September, 2017

Conference dates: 20th – 22nd October, 2017

Early bird registration for conference participants: 15th October 2017

Final date of Registration of paper presenters to be included in the Proceedings: 01st September 2017

Final registration deadline for other conference participants: 15th September 2017




Please read the the Profile- Ar.Peter Barber .........

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