9th International Conference on
Cities, People, Places Adaptive Urbanism: Challenges and the way forward March 24 – 25, 2023 Colombo, Sri Lanka

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 International Urban Design e-Conference on Cities, People and Places (9th International Conference on Cities, People, Places ) to be hosted from 24th–25th March 2023 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'.

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ICCPP e-Conference 2023


In this century, more people have moved to cities than ever before and this is bound to continue to happen. Living in cities offers seductive modern comforts although there are also inherent problems of overcrowding, polluted air, lack of nature and overwhelming presence of vehicles and machines. Today, these have become even more worsened and difficult with the emergence of health related issues such as the pandemics and epidemics. Some cities also face natural disasters as well as man-made issues such as wars, human conflicts and political instabilities. Economies are shrinking economies and high inflation rates are adding serious burdens to the urban communities.

9th International Urban Design Conference 

Inauguration session on 24th March, 2023


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: 15 th November, 2022
  • Confirmation of acceptance of Abstracts: within two weeks of receiving the
    abstract or latest 30 th November, 2022
  • Full Paper submission: 15 th December 2022
  • Review Comments: 10 th January, 2023
  • Final Paper submission (Camera Ready): 10 th February, 2023
  • Conference dates: 24th – 25th March, 2023
  • Early bird registration for conference participants: 15 th February 2023
  • Final date of Registration of paper presenters to be included in the Proceedings: 1 st March 2023
  • Final registration deadline for other conference participants: 10 th March 2023

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