2nd Regional Conference of Cyprus Network for Urban Morphology
Transformation and Conservation of Urban Form in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities
7-9 April 2022
Famagusta – Cyprus

CALL FOR PAPERS 2nd Regional Conference of Cyprus Network for Urban Morphology – CyNUM Transformation and Conservation of Urban Form in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities


7th – 9th April 2022,

Conference Venue

Famagusta Culture and Congress Center, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus



The Cyprus Network for Urban Morphology will host its second regional conference in Famagusta, in the northern part of Cyprus. The conference aims to address current issues related to urban form, from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the main themes of “transformation” and “conservation” while engaging a variety of actors and stakeholders.

As we have discussed in the 1st Regional Conference of Cynum; “Over the past few decades South-Eastern Mediterranean cities have become radically altered in the sense of scale, scope and complexity as a result of globalization, increased mobility at all levels, massive internal movements of labour, climate change, technological developments, economic fluctuations, unemployment and urban conflicts. Migration flows as well as internal displacements and the movement of refugees, demographic, spatial and socio-cultural changes have profound consequences on city life and have created an increasingly diverse and continuously transformed urban population. Contemporary everyday life is, in these parts of the world, characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously challenge and redefine everyday patterns of living and cities’ infrastructures and urban form.”

With these discussions in mind, CyNUM’s 2nd Regional Urban Morphology Conference aims at establishing a common platform to further discuss how cities, in the context of south-eastern Mediterranean, transform overtime by concentrating on their urban morphological characteristics. The conference will set up an academic and professional arena in which, urban morphology would be explored through heritage conservation-based urban transformation, regeneration-based urban transformation and (re)development-based urban transformation within the rich urban context of south-eastern Mediterranean cities.

City of Famagusta, with its un-inhabited Varosha district, provides a valuable case study for transformation and conservation of urban form researchers and can unveil the complexity of all the factors conditioning the various forms of the built environment in contemporary contested and continuously transformed urban realms.  

As a homeland of many different cultures, Famagusta, just like the island of Cyprus, is one of the best examples of medieval cities, not only around the Mediterranean region but within Europe, with its multi-cultural identity, exhibiting a variety of cultures through Roman, Byzantine, Lusignan, Venetian, Ottoman and the British. The traditional urban pattern in the Walled City of Famagusta has a medieval character with its overall organic urban pattern, well-scaled narrow streets and cul-de-sacs, several public buildings and irregularly shaped public spaces at the intersection of streets and/or in front of public buildings.  This urban pattern, and thus the organic fabric and dynamic silhouette, which give today’s Walled City its image are the products of history.  In terms of organization of city life, density, population size, occupational differentiation, spatial distribution of urban activities, land-use and the street pattern, the Walled City of Famagusta developed its formal qualities in various periods throughout history, under several social, cultural, economic and political influences.

We believe that learning from cities in the South-Eastern Mediterranean region can provide a significant input to the fields of urban planning, architecture, and design. To this end, the conference will develop links with other organizations (universities, NGOs, research centers, and planning authorities) concerned with the built environment, and with other regional ISUF networks and the central body of ISUF. 

We invite submissions from academics, researchers, practicing professionals, and interested persons from any background. The organizing committee encourages the submission of articles that address the general theme of the conference Transformation and Conservation of Urban Form in South-Eastern Mediterranean Citiesas well as relevant topics of interest such as: 

  • Transformation of Urban Form
  • Sustainability of Urban Form
  • Architecture, Heritage and Urban Form
  • Conservation of Urban Landscape
  • Morphology of Historic Urban Landscapes
  • Current Tools and Methodologies in Urban Morphology 
  • Urban Morphology and Contested Spaces 
  • Public Space Network


To register for the conference please visit the conference’s website here

Registration Fee

Authors – CyNUM Members   : 75 Euro 

Authors – Non-member          : 100 Euro

Daily participation                  : 25 Euro

Students                                  : 30 Euro  

The full fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, opening cocktail, digital conference proceedings, a year of membership to CyNUM. Participation in the gala dinner and the field visits will have an additional cost.

Abstract submission 

Abstracts of paper proposals (300 words) should address at least one of the topics outlined in the call for papers. Speakers should submit a short biography (100 words). Please submit your proposals here

Important Dates 

Call for papers                                     : 15th July 2021

Abstract submission                            : 15th October 2021

Acceptance notification                      : 15th November

Authors’ registration and payment    : 15th January 2022

Participants’ registration and payment: 15th March 2022

Conference                                         : 7th – 9th April 2022

Full paper submission                         :  15th May 2022

Publication of proceedings                 : TBA 


The CyNUM conference will take place at Famagusta Culture and Congress Center. The conference will combine the keynote speeches, the contributions to the call for papers in parallel sessions, thematic panels and workshops, roundtable discussions and field visits.  The thematic panels and workshops and the roundtable discussions will provide the opportunity for participants to discuss, exchange views, and propose ideas in relation to traditional vs. contemporary urban form and public space concerns. A concluding roundtable discussion will consolidate the ideas, concerns and recommendations presented during the meeting, and set the basis for further practical and theoretical explorations. 

Preliminary Program  

  WEDNESDAY, 7th April 2022 THURSDAY, 8th April 2022 FRIDAY, 9th April 2022
08:30-09:00     Registration  Parallel Sessions (3+3)
09:00-9:30     Conference Opening  Special Session & Keynote Speakers on Ghost Town of Maras
9:30-10:30     Keynote Speaker Keynote Speaker
10:30-11:00     Coffee Break  Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:00-12:30     Parallel Sessions (4+4) Site Trip to the Ghost Town of Maras  Parallel Sessions (4+4)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break  Lunch Break   Lunch Break 
14:00-15:30  Parallel Sessions (4+4) Workshop & Thematic Roundtable Discussions on Maras Parallel Sessions (4+4)
15:30-16:00  Coffee Break Coffee Break  Coffee Break 
16:00-17:30 Special Session for Jeremy Whitehand Workshop presentations on Ghost Town of Maras Closing Panel
17:30-19:00 Site Excursion to the Walled City of Famagusta Optional Site Excursions (Kyrenia or Larnaca) Free Time
19:30                  Opening Reception  Site Excursions with free time  Farewell Dinner 

Organising Committee (Alphabetic Order)

Dr. Gizem Caner, CYNUM Executive Committee Member, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Cyprus International University. 

Associate Professor Alessandro Camiz, CYNUM Secretary, Associate Prof., Department of Architecture, Ozyegin University. 

Associate Professor Nevter Zafer Cömert, CYNUM Co-president, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University. 

Dr. Ilaria Geddes, CYNUM Co-president. 

Professor Şebnem Önal Hoşkara, CYNUM Treasurer, Professor, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University. (Conference Chair)

Nezire Ozgece, CYNUM Executive Committee Member, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Cyprus International University. 

Scientific Committee (Alphabetic Order)

Scientific Committee (Alphabetic Order)
Professor Ali Alraouf, HBKU University, Doha, Qatar
Professor Cana Bilsel, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Associate Professor Olgu Caliskan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Assistant Professor Charis Christodoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Professor Naciye Doratli, Eastern Mediterranean University, N. Cyprus
Associate Professor Sergio Garcia Perez, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Associate Professor Payam Mahasti, Cyprus International University, N. Cyprus
Associate Professor Marco Maretto, University of Parma & Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Assistant Professor Fabiano Micocci, University of Thessaly, Greece
Professor Ayşe Sema Kubat, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Professor Giuseppe Strappa, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Professor Tolga Ünlü, Çukurova University, Turkey
Associate Professor Malgorzata Hanzl, Lodz University of Technology, Poland
Keynote Speakers
Professor Robert Saliba
Department of Architecture and Design
Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut
Professor Francisco Javier Monclús Fraga
Department of Architecture
School of Engineering and Architecture
University of Zaragoza


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