Call for abstracts

This international conference explores the changing face of regional urbanism, asking if the environmental, economic and social challenges facing many parts of the world will provide new opportunities for regional cities to develop alternative forms of urban living which are fundamentally different from those of the rapidly expanding metropolises.  Inspired by recent debates about the over-riding economic, political and cultural dominance of London in the United Kingdom, and the survival of regional cities in the north of the country, this conference will take place in a key regional town, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, located along the ‘Trans-Pennine Corridor’ between Leeds and Manchester.

Through an examination of such issues as environmental sustainability, cultural/civic identity, transportation, health and well-being and social/economic development, the conference will offer a platform for multi-disciplinary debate between academics, policy-makers and practitioners. The conference, which will be hosted by the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability at the University of Huddersfield, is aimed at urban designers, planners, architects, geographers, sociologists, philosophers, policy makers, urban theorists, historians, landscape architects, economists, conservationists, educationalists, health specialists and politicians.

Submission of abstracts for paper presentations (400 words maximum) or posters (A3 size boards) are invited to address the overarching focus of regional urbanism in the era of globalisation. Themes may include, but are not limited to:       

The Challenges of Globalisation

  • Regionalism in the Shadow of Global Cities
  • Centre vs. Periphery
  • Relationships between the Metropolis and the Regional City Network
  • Emerging Geographies of Power: The Disappearance of Distance 
  • Re-inventing a Regional Identity
  • International Transferability of Urban Design Skills

Sustainability of the Urban Environment

  • Strategies for Sustainable Development
  • Improving Urban Infrastructure
  • Regional Planning Initiatives
  • Housing and Poverty
  • Designing for Rapid Urbanisation
  • Landscape and Topographical Relationships

Regional Geographies

  • Urban vs. Rural
  • Transport planning and infrastructure
  • Public Sector Role in Urban Design and Planning Challenges
  • Post-industrial Regeneration
  • Regional Planning Initiatives
  • Governance and Localism

Historical and Cultural Dimensions

  • Continuity and Change
  • Cultural Identity and Attachment to Place
  • Heritage and Local Histories
  • Civic and Participatory Space
  • Regional Architectural and Area Conservation
  • Urban Morphologies

Health and Well-Being

  • Future of Regional Health-Care
  • Enhancing Community Cohesion and Social Innovation
  • Impact of Ageing Population
  • Addressing Long Term Unemployment
  • Housing, Neighbourhoods, Communities and Safety
  • Case Studies of Participatory Urban Design

Managing Social and Economic Change

  • Competing with the Metropolis
  • Decline of the Commercial High-Street
  • Redefining the Work vs. Leisure Model
  • Future of Service and Manufacturing Sectors  
  • Cultural Exchanges, Social Innovation and Community Engagement
  • Role of the ‘Academy’ in Addressing Urban/Social Decline  
  • Urban Design Implementation in Regional and Global Contexts

Conference proceedings and publication opportunities:

Publication: Conference proceedings of abstracts will be published for the conference and an edited book of selected papers is planned after the conference.


Important dates:

  • Notification of poster acceptance: 1st December
  • Early bird registration closes 7th December 2015
  • Registration closes: 22 January 2016
  • Symposium: 03 to 05 February 2016

Conference registration:

  • Full rates £250 (not including Gala dinner)
  • Student full rate £150 (not including Gala dinner)
  • Student day rate (Thursday/Friday) £50
  • Day rate £120 (not including Gala dinner)
  • Reception and Wednesday evening Key note £75
  • Gala Dinner (Thursday) £35
  • Display a poster at the conference without attending £100

To register, visit:

Scientific Committee

Dr. Yasminah Beebeejaun, University College London
Dr. Nadia Bertolino, University of Sheffield
Dr. Katharina Borsi, University of Nottingham
Dr. Tiziano Cattaneo, University of Pavia
Dr. Cristina Cerulli, University of Sheffield
Prof. Yi Chen, Tongji University
Dr. Ben Clifford, University College London
Prof. Maria Cristina Dias Lay, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Sophia Emmanouil, University of Huddersfield
Prof. Daniela Fialho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Kenny Fraser, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Yun Gao, University of Huddersfield
Prof. Dean Hawkes, Cardiff School of Architecture and Darwin College, Cambridge University
Dr. Kayvan Karimi, University College London

Dr. Edgar Liu, The University of New South Wales
Dr. Julia Meaton, The University of Huddersfield
Dr. Luciana Miron, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Dr. Caroline Newton, KU Leuven
Dr. Tolu Onabolu, The University of Edinburgh
Prof. Adrian Pitts, University of Huddersfield
Prof. Michelangelo Savino, University of Padova
Prof. Luigi Stendardo, University of Padova
Dr. Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)
Dr. Gretchen Wilkins, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)


Contact us

For further enquiries, please contact:

Hosting University: University of Huddersfield, UK

Conference Organisers:  Prof Nick Temple, Dr Ioanni Delsante, Dr Lucy Montague

Conference address: University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, HD1 3DH.

General enquiries: 

Keynote Speakers 

Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Saskia Sassen is an internationally renowned sociologist and world authority on the impact of globalisation on cities and nations. In 2014 she was voted as one of the world’s leading thinkers by Prospect magazine. Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Her research examines the social, economic and political dimensions of globalisation, specifically in areas relating to immigration, the emergence of ‘global cities’ (a term first coined by Sassen), the development of networking technologies and terrorism. Sassen is a prolific writer and author of seminal texts that have received many awards and much critical acclaim. Her publications include The Mobility of Labor and Capital (Cambridge University Press, 1988), The Global City (Princeton University Press, 1991; 2nd ed 2002), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2008) and most recently Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2014).


John Tomaney

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

John Tomaney is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne; Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney; Visiting Professor in CURDS, Newcastle University. He is also a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute.

He has published over 100 books and articles on questions of local and regional development including Local and Regional Development (Routledge, 2006) and Handbook of Local and Regional Development (Routledge 2011). He has undertaken research projects for UK Research Councils, government departments in the UK and elsewhere, the European Commission, the OECD and local and regional development agencies and private sector and voluntary organizations and think tanks in the UK and abroad. He has given evidence to Royal Commissions and Parliamentary Committees in the UK regarding High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), and is a regular commentator in the UK media on matters of local and regional development.


Carlos Garcia Vazquez

Professor of Architectural History, Theory and Composition at the University of Seville.

Carlos García Vázquez is Full Professor at the University of Sevilla, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (ETSAS) and Director of the Research Group of the Universidad de Sevilla “Ciudad, Arquitectura y Patrimonio Contemporáneos”. He is Visiting Professor in Politecnico di Milano from 2010, and has been Visiting in a number of South America Universities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Already Member of Scientific Committees, and Editorial Advisor for a number of Journals, He authored Ciudad Hojaldre. Visiones urbanas del siglo XXI (Gustavo Gili, Barcelone, 2004), and Antípolis. El desvanecimiento de lo urbano en el Cinturón del Sol (Gustavo Gili, Barcelone, 2011).

He has been Principal Investigator in national and international research projects, on social housing neighbourhoods’ regeneration in Andalusia region (2011-2014); 20th century architecture across Spain, Gibraltar and France (2005-2007); Architecture, Cities and Territory of Costa del Sol (2007-2008).


Alexander Tzonis & Liane Lefaivre 

Alexander Tzonis is Professor Emeritus at the University of Technology Delft where he was Director of Design Knowledge Systems, a multi-disciplinary research centre on Architectural Cognition. He was educated at Yale University and taught at Harvard University between 1967 and 1981. He has held visiting professorships at: Columbia University, (1974-1975), the Universities of Montreal, (1970-1971), Technion, Israel, (1985), MIT, (1996), Singapore, (2006, 2007), Tongji University, (2008), and Tsinghua University (2009-today). In 2002 he was visiting professor at the College de France. Professor Tzonis is an international authority on Critical Regionalism and has written extensively on the subject (in collaboration with Liane Lefaivre), most recently Critical Regionalism: Architecture and Identity in a Globalised World (Prestel, 2003). Among his publications are: The Shape of Community (Penguin, 1972) with Serge Chermayeff and Towards a Non-oppressive Environment  (MIT Press, 1972, published in six languages including Japanese); Classical Architecture (MIT Press, 1986; fifth printing 1990, published in eight languages including Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) and The Roots of Modern Architecture (SUN, 1984; second edition, 1990) co-authored with Liane Lefaivre. Liane Lefaivre is Chair of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and a researcher at the Technical University of Delft. She has also been a visiting Fellow at MIT and the National University of Singapore. Professor Lefaivre is a world renowned, critic, theoretician and historian of architecture. Along with Alexander Tzonis she has written extensively on issues relating to Critical Regionalism, including Tropical Architecture; Critical Regionalism in a Globalizing World (London, Wiley, 2002) and Critical Regionalism (Munich, Prestel verlag, 2003). Among her many award winning books include Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1996), Architecture in Europe since 1968 (London, Thames & Hudson, 1992), Architecture in North America since 1960 (London,Thames & Hudson, 1996), The Poetics of Order (Cambridge MA , MIT Press, 1987), Aldo van Eyck, Humanist Rebel (Rotterdam, 010, 1999) and Aldo van Eyck, the Playgrounds and the City (Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 2002). She has also curated a number of major exhibitions including Aldo van Eyck's playgrounds (Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2002) and the work of Santiago Calatrava (Kunsthistorisches Museum in 2003). In addition to her scholarly publications, she also writes for various popular architectural magazines, such as The Architectural Record, Architecture Magazine and The Architect's Newspaper

Conference Programme

Wednesday 3rd February

3.30 - 4.30pm Registration Quayside
4.30 - 5.00pm Welcome Quayside
5.00 - 6.00pm Keynote Speaker - Prof Carlos Garcia Vazquez Quayside
6.00 - 7.00pm Reception Heritage Quay


Thursday 4th February

9.00 - 9.45am Registration Quayside
9.45 - 10.00am Welcome Quayside
10.00 - 11.00am Keynote Speaker - Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre Quayside
11.00 - 11.20am Refreshments Quayside
11.20am - 12.40pm Parallel Sessions A

Globalising Challenges and Influences
Chair: Prof Nicholas Temple

Pheereeya Boonchaiyapruek, Global Realms in the Local City?: Coffeehouse Gentrification in Bangkok’s Built Environment since 2008

Sofia Saavedra Bruno, Caribbean Cruisebanism, the Resilient Cruise Destination (video)

Steve Kemp, Learning from Small Island State

Stefania Fiorentino, Inner Cities Activities: Where Local Meets Global. Makers and Co-working Spaces in Rome as a Case-Study


The Metropolis and the Metropolitan Zone
Chair: Prof Carlos Garcia Vazquez

Perla Yannelli Fernández Silva, Peri-urban Localities in the Metropolitan Zone of the Mexico Valley: Main Agents in the Dynamic of the Metropolitan Region

Rosalea Monacella and Craig Douglas, Stranded Assets: Transiting Cities, the Metropolis and Regional Centres

Victoria Jolley, Central Lancashire New Town: The Agrarian Metropolis


Ecological and (Post) Utopian Models
Chair: Jon Moorhouse

Xiang Ren, Urban Assemblage and Urban Acupuncture: Transient Urbanism in Pearl River Delta Region

Nils Björling, Urban Ecologies and Key Projects: Interconnected Approaches to Unlock Fragile Regional Situations

Gavin Perin and Linda Matthews, Undoing the Utopic Urban Project

Dorian Wiszniewski, Ecosophic Urbanism


Conceiving Sustainable Agendas/Indicators
Chair: Caterina Benincasa

Luciana Miron, Ioanni Delsante, Residents’ Perception, Design Features and Urban Sustainability Indicators for Urban Regeneration, Local Practices vs. Global Frameworks: The PIEC Case-Study in Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Sanjukkta Bhaduri, Sustainability of the Urban Environment: Indian Megacities

Ache Stella Achuenu and Daniels Irurah, A Backcasting Approach to the Re-visioning of a Sustainable Desirable Future for Abuja, Nigeria

12.40 - 1.20pm Lunch BIC1/23
1.20 - 3.00pm Parallel Sessions B

Urban vs. Rural
Chair: Dr Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior

Guo Chen, Adrian Pitts and Yun Gao, New Expectations for Residents Moving from Rural to Urban Housing in China

Mary Ann Ray, “Ruralopolitin” Space: Chinese Cities with Rural Characteristics: New Neighbourhoods of the People, by the People, For the People

Shaojun Li, Village Urbanism: Clan Settlement and Industrial State Space of Pearl River Delta


Transformations in Social and Housing Provision
Chair: Dr Adrian Evans

Peter Bjerrum and Jorgen Hauberg. Rethinking the modern programme - a retrospective review into the possibilities of a social and natural sustainable urbanization

Suheyla Turk, Local Level Affordable Housing Provision Enabled by Public-Private Partnerships: An Example from Copenhagen, Denmark

Bob Colenutt, The Myth of Spatial Planning: Housing Market Cartels and Housing Delivery in a Global Urban Region


Globalising Challenges and Influences
Chair: Prof Nicholas Temple

Diogo Pereira Henriques, Managing Pervasive Change for Future Cities

Yun Gao and Nicholas Temple, The Practice of Architecture and its Representation: Interpreting Globalising Influences on Building Practices in Kunming, China

Heuishilja Chang, The Resilience of Japanese Shrinking Communities: Can Cittaslow be their Development Strategy?

Dik Jarman, Do they have designs for us or designs on us? (or Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts): The Necessity of Two-way Cultural Understanding and Trust in Regional Urbanism


Regional Strategies/Relationships and Design
Chair: Alexander John Bridger

Richard Milgrom. Age-friendly regions: supporting uneven growth and decline

Maritza Toro Lopez, Gradual Adaption to the Future: The Influence of Transportation on Urban Form in the Region of Urabá, Colombia

Kinda Al Sayed, A Spatiotemporal Description of Urban Structures: The Chronology of Dependencies between Configurations and Form-Function Attributes in Cities

Hui Cheng, Polycentric Development Practice in China: Evidence from Guangzhou City Region

3.00 - 3.20pm Refreshments BIC1/23
3.20 - 4.40pm Parallel Sessions C

Conceiving Sustainable Agendas/Indicators
Chair: Richard Nicholls

Monica Albonico and Mikhaela Sack, Planning for Sustainability: Negotiating the Tensions between Conservation and Development

Christopher Butters, Sustainability: 10 Reasons to Revisit the Small Scale, Low-Dense City

Jing Gao and Yun Gao, Sustainable Village Development Projects in Yunnan Province, China

Anastasia Nikologianni, Socialization and Implementation of Landscape Ideas for a Sustainable Regional Development


Addressing Housing Needs
Chair: Prof Adrian Pitts

Raffaele Pernice, ‘Mass-Housing Design for a Growing Middle Class in Expanding Cities: An Overview of Japan, China and South Korea

Claudia Volberg, Urban Mind Map in Transformation: Potential of Terraced House Estates of the Booming Years

Jon Moorhouse, Housing Crisis, Which Housing Crisis?

Yu Liu, Space for health: socially innovative ways to bridge urban development and health - Case study of Trieste, Italy


Regional Identities
Chair: Dr Ioanni Delsante

Luke Psaila, The emerging identity of the Street and Square in Malta

Mattew Wilson, The Regional Urbanism of the British Positivists, 1855-1920

Margarita Gonzalez Cardenas, Re-inventing a regional identity: Public Spaces and Gender Relations in the Islamic City: The Case of Riyadh

Susanna Myllylä,  Youth Spaces of the Kebele Slum Areas in Addis Ababa


Psychogeography and Neurodiversity in Public Space
Chair: Prof Nicholas Temple

Sophia Emmanouil, A Participatory Psychogeographical Study of Architecture, Urban Planning and Everyday Environments in Chapeltown, Leeds

Alexander John Bridger, Psychogeography, urbanism and social change

Kathi Holt-Damant, Cindy Nicollet, Navigating Logan Central: Urban Design and Neurodiversity

4.40 - 5.00pm Comfort Break

5.00 - 6.00pm Keynote Speaker - Saskia Sassen Quayside
6.30 - 7.30pm Reception at Huddersfield Art Gallery and visit to the exhibition "China East-West: The Alternative Face of Globalization in Urban and Rural Transformations" Princess St, HD1 2SU Huddersfield Art Gallery
7.30pm - late Gala Dinner - For those who have pre-booked the dinner the address is 5 St Johns Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5AY  


Friday 5th February

9.00 - 9.30am Registration BIC1/23
9.30 - 10.50am Parallel Sessions D

Catalysts for Regional Preservation/Transformation
Chair: Prof Nicholas Temple

Roberto Saenz, The Socio-cultural Construction of Urban Space through Artistic Interventions in the Border Town in Northern Mexico (video)

Daniel Rosbottom, New Library and Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway: A Study in Cultural Rejuvenation

Rosalba De Felice, The Design of the Vacuum as a Rebirth of Urban Life

Martin Bryant, A Settler’s Guide for Regional Cities in New Zealand


Urban and Regional Transformations
Chair: Vijay Taheem

Martina Orsini and Beatrice Galimberti, New Settlements in Margin Contexts between Different Densities and Economic Crisis: A Milan Region Development Case

Andrei Mikhail Zaiatz Crestani and Manoel Rodrigues Alves, Public Space, Meanings from Everywhere and Nowhere: Spatialities of Alienation?

Tülay Ereno─člu, Re-designing the Brussels Capital Region as an International Region

Jiayi Jin, The Regeneration of Post-Industrial Spaces: The Case-Study of Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam


Regional Identities
Chair: Dr Ioanni Delsante

Peter Blundell Jones, City Landscape and Community Cohesion

Dagmar Motycka Weston, Toronto’s West Don Lands: Regionalism, Tradition and the Modern North American City (Friday)

Assunta Natale, From a Place in Hell to a Place in Heaven: Site Specificity and Adaptive Architecture – The Case of Hafen City     

Tian Xue, Reflections on the Relation between Church Architecture and Urbanisation Process of Modern China


Regional Heritage and Conservation
Chair: Dr Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior

Marco Russo, Local Strategies for the Restoration of the Underwater and Coastal Archaeological Sites in the Phlegraean Fields

Charles Hippisley-Cox, A Discussion Exploring the Relationship between Water-Power, Oak-Trees and the Distinctive Cruck-framed Buildings of the Pennines

Morten Birk Jørgensen, Heritage as Driver in Development of Danish Villages

10.50 - 11.10am


11.10am - 12.10pm Keynote Speaker - John Tomaney Quayside
12.10 - 12.50pm Lunch BIC1/23
12.50 - 2.10pm Parallel Sessions E

Urban vs. Rural
Chair: Dr Yun Gao

Hanwen Liao, Alternative Form of Regional Modernisation: Rehabilitation of China’s Rural Settlements for Sustainability

Hadi Arbabi, Urban and Rural: An Exploratory Look at Population and Energy Consumption in Local Authorities within England and Wales

Bosse Bergman, The Urbanised Rural

Juan Francesco Fernández Rodríguez, Empty Housing and Social Management: Local Strategies for Global Challenges


Regional Heritage and Conservation
Chair: Dr Luciana Miron

Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior, What is the Future of the Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia? A World Heritage Site between Ruins and Invasions, Participation and Gentrification

Bartlomiej Sapeta, Perception Induced Regionalism: The Impact of Conservative Agendas on Cultural Landscape in Northern New England

Irma Kozina, Upper Silesian Workers’ Settlements of the 20th Century and the Heritage Policy in Poland

Jonathan French, Managing the Drivers of Change in a Northern Historic City: York 1966-2011


Globalising Challenges and Influences
Chair: Charles Hippisley-Cox

Marta López Marcos, Noopolitical Resistance: European Networks as Counter-Laboratories of Migration

Peter Martyn, The Price of Worldwide ‘Success’?: On the Dissonance between the Global-Related Development and Architectural Heritage of Brussels and Rotterdam 

Tom Jefferies and Kevin Logan, Stealthy Cities: Exploring the Limits of Globally Informed Urban Space in the UK

Vijay Taheem, (Re)-Evaluation of Regional Identities in the Age of ‘New Modernity’ and Migration: Cast-Study of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK


Regional Strategies and Design
Chair: Dr Ioanni Delsante

Cristian Silva, Urban Sprawl, New Trends and Strategies for Controlling Impacts: The Case of Santiago de Chile

Antonio Campli, Ecuadorian Middle Cities: Characters, Questions, Design Issues

Gabriela Celani, Rethinking the sky-scraper for a suburban centrality of a megalopolis - A design studio in the city of Campinas, SP

Qiongyu Pan, The Evaluation of Planning Intentions for Chinese High Speed Railway New Towns
2.10 - 2.30pm Refreshments BIC1/23
2.30 - 3.30pm Parallel Sessions F

Urban vs. Rural
Chair: Dr Alexander Griffin

Wen Jiang and Yun Gao, Urban Villages Renovation Project in Kunming City, China

Eeva Aarrevaara. The interplay of urban and rural in environmental transitions

Julia Fredriksson, Spatial Inequalities: Urban-rural Relationships in Contemporary Regional Development


Educational Infrastructure
Chair: Charles Hippisley-Cox

Alba Alexander, Educating Infrastructure and Regional Geography: The Case of Chicago School Closures

Pat Crawford and Robert Dalton, World Class Built Environments, Academy and Community: A Case Study from Michigan State University, USA

Karna Sengupta, Role of Universities in Knowledge Based Urban Development and its Relationship with the City-Region: The Indian Scenario


Regional Identities
Chair: Prof Patricia Tzortzopoulos

Neil MacOmish, Regional Architectural Identity

Xiang Ren, Readdressing Critical Regionalism: Critical Architecture of Resistance in Rural-Urban China from 2005-2015

Ngo Kien Thinh and Yun Gao, Identity and Characters of Vietnamese Housing in Hanoi after the Nineteenth Century

3.30 - 4.00pm Concluding remarks BIC1/23


The full schedule will also be available upon registration.


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We would recommend conference delegates book the Huddersfield Central Premier Inn as this is only a 5 minute walk from campus.
If you book early rooms start at only £35.

A little further but still a short walk away is the Travelodge which has advanced purchase rooms starting at £31.
If however you would prefer to stay further from the town centre and explore some of the beautiful areas surrounding Huddersfield you may find one of these hotels more appealing:

The WoodmanThunder Bridge Ln, Kirkburton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 0PX

Cedar Court HotelAinley Top, Lindley Moor Road, Huddersfield, HD3 3RH

Briar Court HotelHalifax Rd, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD3 3NT

Central Lodge11-15 Beast Market, Huddersfield HD1 1QF