The Urban Condition: Architecture – Environments – People – Cities

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Call for Papers
March 25, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies, Demographic History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies

The Urban Condition is a global initiative examining architecture, environments, people and cities. In 2022 its focus is in India through a collaboration with Noida International University and Dayananda Sagar University.

This conference and its publications looks at the city in the developing world from diverse perspectives: Design, Technology, Social Equity, Sustainability, History.



ABSTRACTS:  June 30, 2021 (Early)  | October 2021 (Round One)




Design. We examine questions of contemporary urban planning and architecture globally and, of particular interest, the Indian sub-continent.

Technology. There is particular interest in the smart city given that the Indian government is coming toward the end of its ambitious 100 Smart Cities Mission.

Social Equity. Informal settlements are an area of interest but so too are broader questions of the ‘right to the city’, affordable housing and more.

Sustainability. The effects of climate change on urban planning and architectural design are central. Resilience in Asia and cities around the world is a key theme.

History. How do we preserve and conserve our architectural heritage and the cultural traditions found in our cities and neighborhoods in an age of change.


Disciplines: We welcome contributions from across sectors to reflect the diversity of themes dealt with.


Publications: A conference book, proceedings and a journal special issue with UCL Press are all planned.


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Rajendra Kumar, Cindee Hogan, Rama Subrahmanian

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