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Conference News: Silk Cities and Springer have teamed up to publish a peer-reviewed book based on a selection of papers submitted to the Conference.

Call for Papers and Conference Announcement

Reconnect Population and Urban Heritage in the Middle East and Central Asia

We are pleased to announce that Silk Cities 2017, the International Conference on ‘Reconnect Population to Urban Heritage in the Middle East and Central Asia’ will be held in London from 11th to 13th July 2017.  The organising committee invite you to submit papers, exhibition displays and related creative proposals for the Conference. Other creative proposals, which have the potential to fully engage with the conference participants to address urgent regional cases, are also welcome.

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The abstract submission for the Silk Cities International Conference 2017 is now open.  The information you need on how to submit is available here.  

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Urban Talk

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Urban Morphology as a Disciplinary Basis for Architectural Design
Dr. Giancarlo Cataldi
Thoughts on Iranian Cities in Economic Globalisation
Prof. Nigel Harris
Food Security: the Challenge of Urban Planning in the Middle Eastern Cities
Prof. Yves Cabannes
The New or the Now: Theorizing Twenty-First Century Cities
Prof. Jennifer Robinson
Geographical Aspects of Earthquake Vulnerability in Iran
Dr James Jackson
Urban Change in Contemporary Iran: Urbanisation Lacking Context Based Urbanism
Dr Parviz Piran


We encourage knowledge sharing on urban development which by its nature is multidisciplinary, forward-looking and challenging. The focus is on the following themes as the starting point:

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