CFP: Urban Morphology in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities: challenges and opportunities

Urban Morphology in South-Eastern Mediterranean Cities: challenges and opportunities

– Conference Call: CyNUM – 1st Regional Conference, 16th -18th of May 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus

– Conference Venue: Ledra Palace, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus, Organised by the Cyprus Network of Urban Morphology

– Website:

The Cyprus Network of Urban Morphology will host its first regional conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference aims to address current issues related to urban form from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, while engaging a variety of actors and stakeholders. The purpose of this conference, organized in parallel to the AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (AESOP TG PSUC) meeting, is to unfold themes related to South-Eastern Mediterranean cities within the local context of Nicosia. Theme. 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 had 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. Nicosia, the last divided capital of Europe, with a prolonged history of conflict, internal refugees’ displacements, migration and tourists’ flows, economic fluctuations and rapid, often abrupt urban transformations serves as an ideal laboratory to explore, unravel, and question urban form development in contexts of uncertainty and contestation. It is a city of contrasts in terms of its spatial, social, cultural and economic composition. The location of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean offers a unique venue at the confluence of three continents and a multitude of cultures that face unique urban challenges. In a region of intense conflict, Cyprus offers a common ground for bringing people together in a neutral venue and it has acted thus numerous times in its past. The island is currently dealing with urban issues related to the movement of refugees and other transient populations in the region and to the influx of foreign investors, seeking luxury housing in its coastal cities. While increasing populations from Europe and beyond continue to settle in the island, Cyprus is also now facing a renewed need to provide housing for local people facing challenges due to the recent economic crisis. Cities’ urban development and sustainability have thus been central in the local and national agendas, providing a unique opportunity for urban morphology research and scientific knowledge to contribute towards this end. CyNUM’s 1st regional conference aims at establishing a common platform to promote and develop the subject of urban form in Cyprus and within the Mediterranean region. Through different perspectives, the CyNUM conference aims to address the role of urban form in relation to the sudden and sometimes recurring dynamics that affect everyday urban life. 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 centres and planning authorities) concerned with the built environment and with other regional ISUF networks and the central body of ISUF.

– Conference topics

• Urban Form and Social Uses of Space
• Urban Conflicts
• Historical Development Process
• Methodologies and Tools for Analysis in Urban Morphology
• Urban Morphology, Planning and Urban Design
• Cultural Morphology
• Urban Fringe Belts
• Urban Morphology and Townscape Conservation

– Abstract submission deadline: November 19th 2017

Conference website:

Organising Committee

•Nadia Charalambous, Ass. Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus
•Nevter Zafer Cömert, Ass. Professor, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University
•Alessandro Camiz, Ass. Professor, Department of Architecture, Girne American University
•Ilaria Geddes, Researcher, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus
•Sebnem Önal Hoskara, Professor, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University
•Marko Kiessel, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Cyprus International University
•Constantinos Kypris, Architect/PhD Student, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus
•Elena Konstantinidou, Ass. Professor, National Technical University of Athens

Scientific Committee

•Michael Barke, Northumbria University, UK
•Kai Gu, University of Auckland, New Zealand
•Nilly Harag, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel
•Aykut Karaman, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey
•Ayse Sema Kubat, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
•Peter Larkham, Birmingham City University, UK
•Teresa Marat-Mendes, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
•Nicola Marzot, TU Delft, Netherlands
•Kostas Moraitis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
•Vítor Oliveira, University of Porto, Portugal
•Giuseppe Strappa, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
•Tolga Ünlü, University of Mersin, Turkey


complete call for papers



Common Heritage – Divided Country

posterEuropean Heritage Congress 11-15 May 2017 Turku
13th May 2017, University of Turku, Finland

3.     Cases of Human Rights and Legislation
Venue: Agora XXII

Chairs: Peter Collins, Chairman of Europa Nostra UK & Anita Vaivade, Docent, Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvia)
“The legislative example of Latvia”, Anita Vaivade
“Common Heritage – Divided Country”   The Acheiropoietos  Monastery in Cyprus, Alessandro Camiz, International Centre for Heritage Studies, Girne American University, Cyprus
“Sami Heritage”, “Sámi Cultural Heritage”, Eeva-Kristiina Harlin, Doctoral Researcher, Giellagas Institute, Finland
“Participatory legislation in the U.K.”, Peter Collins.


Inhabiting the Limit

banner2Faculty of Architecture, Design & Fine Arts, Department of Interior Architecture, International Centre for Heritage Studies, Girne American University
ARC102, ARC201, ARC202, INT201, INT202


2017 Spring Festival Design Charrette

Inhabiting the Limit

May 8th-12th 2017, 9.00-16.00, Faculty of Architecture Design and Fine Arts, ADA102, ADA 305

The notion of limit in architecture implies that of spatial enclosure. Spatial enclosure causes limitation in perception, thus the perception of the enclosure is generally limited in un-trained designers. The workshop will explore with lectures the notion of limit in architecture, encouraging students to apply the findings to their ongoing design projects. Students will be working on their studio assignment within a different perspective, that of the notion of limit. The workshop consists of a series of lectures, and a 4 days charrette. Students will be producing an A3 colour drawing.  Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. There will be an exhibition of the final works. Participation is open to students of Architecture and Interior Architecture.

Sylvat Aziz
Alessandro Bruccoleri
Alessandro Camiz
Carmelo Cascino
Valentina Donà
Ehsan Daneshyar
Main Abu Shaika
Shabang Rahman
Nargiz Babayeva




Monday May 8th ADA102

9.00                 Charrette presentation

9.30                 Lecture: Sylvat Aziz, Limiting interpretation

Lecture: Valentina Donà, In praise of the limit

10.30 13.00     Charrette

14.00-16.00     Charrette


Tuesday May 9th ADA305

9.00                 Lecture: Alessandro Camiz, Type and Model: defining the limit

Lecture: Alessandro Bruccoleri, Enclosing small villages

10.00 13.00     Charrette

14.00-16.00     Charrette


Wednesday May 10th ADA102

9.00                 Lecture: Ehsan Daneshyar, Limiting the vernacular vault

Lecture: Main Abu Shaika, Hiding the limit, camouflage

10.00 13.00     Charrette

14.00-16.00     Charrette


Thursday May 11th ADA305

9.00                 Lecture: Carmelo Cascino, Limitation of prototypes

9.30 13.00       Charrette

14.00-16.00     Charrette


Friday May 12th

9.00-17.00, Faculty of Architecture corridors

Exhibition of the charrette drawings will be organised by the students.



International Day for Monuments and Sites

heritage.jpgGAU-Girne American University
ICHS: International Centre for Heritage Studies
ARC102 Introduction to Architectural Studio sections 1,2

Alessandro Bruccoleri, Alessandro Camiz

International Day for Monuments and Sites

Lecture:Assoc. Prof. Alessandro Camiz
The Acheiropoietos Monastery

18 April 2017 h. 9.00, Girne American University, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Fine Arts, room ADA 305
Visit at the Monastery: 10,30-12.30

Every year on 18 April, ICHS celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, in 2017, the theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, selected in connection with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organizer: Alessandro Bruccoleri
Poster Design: Cemal Sobutay

Modern Age Fortifications of the Mediterranean Coast. Exhibition


There will be an exhibition of a selection of the students’ posters  (69 out of 248) of the course ARCH142, History of Modern Architecture, GAU at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Florence

FIRENZE, 10th and 11th November 2016
Dipartimento di Architettura, via San Niccolò, 93 Palazzo Vegni
FORTMED 2016 international conference

Exhibition Editors:
Alessandro Camiz, Girne American University, International Centre for Heritage Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Fine Arts
Giorgio Verdiani, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Architettura

Attached is the exhibition poster

ADNAN İLTER    Ram Castle, Veliko Gradište, Serbia
AHMAD ALTALA    Krak Des Chevaliers, Homs, Syria
AHMED MOHAMED ALI ABU ANZA    Ferretti battery, Qajjenza, Malta
AHMED NAWZAD SALAM    Tour de la Parata, Ajaccio, Corsica, France
AHMET DEMİR    St. Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia, TRNC (Cyprus)
ANIL EREN    Metochi of Agia Anastasia, Thermaikos, Greece
AYAH AL MOKDAD    Martgat Castle, Baniyas, Syria
BAGZAD AZAD SHAREEF SHAREEF    Fort Chambray, Ghajnsielem, Gozo, Malta
BEGÜM KIROĞLU    Rocca di Mondavio, Marche, Italy
BERFİN BUKAN    Old Navarino Castle, Pylos, Greece
BURAK AYGÖREN    Lascaris Battery, Valletta, Malta
ÇAĞATAY LEVENTERLER    Castle of Zarnata, Campos, Greece
CEREN ŞEN    Kalamata Castle, Kalamata, Greece
CEYDA OFLAZ    Fort Boyard, Petruis d’Antioche, France
DAMLA ALKAN    Fort St. Angelo Castle, Birgu, Malta
DERYA ATEŞ    Fort de l’Estissac, Port-Cros, France
DIAKO RASOULI    Qaitbay Castle, Alexandria, Egypt
DİLAY SARI    Torrelobatón Castle, Torrelobatón, Spain
DINARA NURMATOVA    Castello di Gaeta, Gaeta, Italy
DOAA AHMAD BAHLOL    Alhambra, Granada, Spain
EYLAF MOHAMED ELDAW ABUNA    Fort Manoel, Gżira, Malta
FEYZA ÜN    Montjuic Castle, Barcellona, Spain
FURKAN ŞAHİN    Royal citadel, Plymouth, UK
GONCA GÜL    Castel Nuovo, Naples, Italy
HABİBE BOZOĞLU    Eilean Donan Castle, Dorne, UK
HALİL MERT TUĞRAL    Bellver Castle, Palma, Spain
HAMİYE GÜRSOY    Sirmione Castle, Sirmione, Italy
HARRY JAKE WADSWORTH    Carcassonne city walls, Carcassonne, France
HASAN BERKAY KILIÇ    Fort Mosta, Mosta, Malta
HAZAL OKUMUŞ    Fort Tigné, Sliema, Malta
HELİN KARACA    Castle of La Luz,  Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain
HEMRA ARZYMEDOV    Fort Chikly, Lake of Tunis, Tunisia
İPEK AKYILDIZ    Sidon Sea Castle, Sidon, Lebanon
KAAN BENLİ    Neratzia Castle, Kos, Greece
KAAN KIRIK    Bourtzi fortess, Nafplio, Greece
KEVSER YAVUZYİĞİT    Camber Castle, Rye, UK
KUBİLAY BAHADIR    Fort du Portalet, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
LEYAN WA’EL BASHIR AL ZU’BI    Koules fortess, Heraklion, Crete
MEHMET TİNER    Dubronvik walls, Croatia
MEHMET YEŞİLDAL    Rhodes fortifications, Rhodes, Greece
MERVE HANDE KOZAN, IBRAHIM JAMAL MOHD SLEIMAN    Famagusta city walls, Famagusta TRNC (Cyprus)
MERVE YAVUZYİĞİT    Chateau de Taureau, Baie de Moraix, France
MESUT BİNER    City walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
MHD ASAAD ALKABBANI    Damascus citadel, Damascus, Syria
MONA ALCHEHADEH    Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, Malta
MUHAMMED GÜNDOĞAN    Othello Castle, Famagusta, TRNC (Cyprus)
MUNTHER IBRAHIM MAHMOUD RUSTUM    Fort Louvois, Louvois islet, France
NARISTE IBRAEVA    Château d’If, Frioul arcipelago, France
NEVZAT YILDIZ    Kilitbahir Castle, Dardanelles, Turkey
NEZİRCAN MÜDERRİS    Forte Stella, Porto Ercole, Italy
NICHOLAS IBRAHIM    Fort Lupin, Saint_nazaire-sur-Charente, France
OĞULCAN VURUŞAN    Fort Ricasoli, Kalkara, Malta
ÖMER MUSTAFA CAN    Gradina Camerlengo, Trogir, Croazia
ONUR DEDEOĞLU    Grivas Castle, Aktio-Vonitsa, Greece
ÖZGÜR ÇELİK    Maiden’s Castle, Mersin,Turkey
RANJEETH PALANISAMY    Cottonera Lines, Cospicua and Birgu, Malta
SAMET KARATAŞ    Pantocrator Castle, Preveza, Greece
ŞEHRAZAT TİLBE DÜZEL    El Badi Castle, Ksibat Nhass, Morocco
SELCAN KILINÇARSLAN    Roumeri Hissal, Istambul, Turkey
SELİN ÖZBİLGİN    Aragonese Castle, Taranto, Italy
ŞERİFE KOYUNCU    Palamidi Castle, Nafplion, Greece
ŞEVVAL ACAR    Fort San Lucian, Marsaxlokk, Malta
SHEIDA MOHAMMADI    St. Nicholas Fortress, Šibenik,Croatia
SOHEIL GHEZELAYAGH    St. Thomas Tower, Marsaskala, Malta
SURAN NOORI ISMAIL ISMAIL    Vèrres Castle, Vèrres, Val d’Aosta, Italy
VOLKAN OZAN BAŞTAN    Porto Palermo Castle, Himarë, Albania
YUDUM ÜLMEN    Pahos Castle, Paphos, Cyprus

The posters are published in the exhibition catalogue, with credits to each student.

A. Camiz, G. Verdiani eds. (2016). Modern Age Fortifications of the Mediterranean Coast. Exhibition Catalogue, Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Firenze, Firenze. ISBN 9788896080627

The book PDF is online here