The IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) celebrated recently one century of active engagement with cities and human settlement issues. Hosted by the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, the IFHP 100 Centenary London Congress took place on 8-11 June bringing together a pluralism of international voices and perspectives. Participants coming from around the globe shared their experiences regarding urban growth. And this was one of the key elements of the Congress; discussions were based on ‘experiences’, on living examples-manifestations of urban prosperity or decay and of the shifting from the one to the other. From the challenges of urban growth, the visions and intentions – up to the policy making, the planning and the outcomes in terms of housing and social justice over time, one could trace the complexity of urban planning and the dynamics of public, private and civic sectors in the socio-economic processes of cities’ emergence.
The Congress Themes included resilient citiessmart citiesinclusive cities and cities in transition. Cases of regional planning, of masterplanning and of soft-urbanism, retrofitting and conviviality; issues of governance, infrastructure, land ownership, resource distribution and profit; climate resiliency; ‘smart’ as the new ‘green’; ‘garden cities’ versus ‘eco cities’; these were all topics discussed highlighting the ever-changing needs of urbanity and bringing to the fore the critical need for long term planning. Does the achievement of long term and adaptable solutions lie, as Charles Laundry (Comedia-Urban Futures Think Tank) suggested, in the divergence of our focus from the composition of laws, rules and regulations to the formation of frameworks, guidelines and suggestions? Food for thought…
For those more interested in the particularities of this event,

Organisers: Kinda Al_Sayed

Assistant organiser: Ashley Dhanani

Cities are increasingly becoming a focus of research across many disciplines as the global population continues its trend towards urbanisation. With this comes an ever increasing quantity of data pertaining to urban environments. This deluge of information necessitates new approaches to modelling to make use of the ever expanding range of resources. Within UCL, numerous departments are working on bringing new methods and data sources together to understand and improve urban environments across all its facets. As part of the UCL Teaching Innovation Grant, the 2013 Innovative Research on Cities symposium aims to bring together a diverse range of researchers to share their experiences and ideas around the theme of Innovative Research on Cities. The theme of the symposium is purposefully vague as to allow the broadest range of participants to take part and therefore stimulate lively debate and exchanges in knowledge that would not normally be possible.
We invite contributions from all disciplines that are concerned with any aspect of evaluation and modelling of urban phenomena. In addition to the Bartlett’s contributions, we will also have three contributions from Cambridge University as part of a new knowledge exchange initiative. Papers will be presented either as formal presentations or as posters that will be displayed in the symposium room. Submissions for the formal presentation will take the form of abstracts (500 words maximum). All submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee prior to acceptance into the symposium.

Symposium key themes
Understanding cities, sustainable cities and modelling cities.
Key Dates
Call for submission: 22nd February 2013
Submission Deadlines: Abstracts – 15th March (500 words max)
Posters – 20th March (A2, portrait format)
Review Decision: Abstracts – 17th March
Posters – 21th March
Symposium: 25th March 2013

Submissions are to be made to Ashley Dhanani<> The symposium is an open and free event, but we would appreciate it if you would let us know about your intention to attend.

Timetable of sessions

09.30 – Event Start/Introduction Professor Alan Penn  
09.45 – Key speech Professor Philip Steadman  
10.15 – Session 1: Understanding Cities Chair Prof. Mike Raco, UCL Urban Laboratory
Sonia Freire Trigo, Understanding urban vacant land: A way towards resilient urban fabrics
Stephen Law, Estimating the economic value of spatial accessibility through a hedonic framework
11.30 – Coffee Break  
11.45 – Session 2: Spatial models Chair Dr. Sam Griffiths, Space Group
Ashley Dhanani, Creating Linkages Between Space, Cognition and Politics
Kinda Al_Sayed, On the definition of organised complexity in urban systems
13.00 – Lunch  
14.00 – Session 3: Sustainable Cities Chair Aaron Gillich, Cambridge University
Margaret Thorley, Incentivizing private sector engagement in building retrofit initiatives
W. Victoria Lee, Indoor overheating risks assessment in the time of climate change, urbanization, and the rise of the Global South
Peter Armitage, Using display energy certificates to quantify energy consumption in the English public non-domestic building stock
15.15 – Coffee Break  
15.30 – Session 4: Modelling Cities Chair Dr. James Cheshire, CASA
Toby Davies, Analysing the London riots via a mathematical model
Moritz Behrens, Exploring participatory tangible interfaces in hybrid public spaces
Martin Traunmueller, The path is the reward: Considering social networks to contribute to the pleasure of urban strolling
16.45 – End/Closing Remarks




The 9th International Space Syntax Symposium has been recently announced. Here are the details as provided by the Organising Committee:
<Call for Abstracts>
It is hereby announced that the next international space syntax symposium will be held in Seoul, South Korea, 31 October – 3 November 2013.
The organising committee of the symposium invites any interested parties to submit their papers of original research for presentation at the symposium. Abstracts for your papers can be submitted electronically through the symposium web page which will be opened from 20 October 2012. And also they should:
- Be no longer than 500 words.
- Include at most 5 keywords.
- Indicate to which of the 8 Themes it corresponds.
Paper submission requires a prior submission of abstract, so you may not be able to register papers unless you have the abstract submitted.
Further information on the symposium will be announced continually through this mail base and the symposium web page.
<Symposium Themes>
The symposium especially invites papers on the following themes, while other Space Syntax themes are also certainly welcome.
- Spatial Analysis and Architectural Theory
- Modelling and Methodological Development
- Urban Space and Social, Economic and Cultural Phenomena
- Building Morphology and Performativity
- Architectural Design and Practices
- Historical Evolution of Built Form
- Spatial Cognition and Behaviours
- Green Urbanism and Sustainable Developments
Below are found the important dates to remember. Note that they may be subject to change. Notices will be made in that case, so please check back often.
10 February 2013 – Last date for abstract submission
26 May 2013 – Last date for paper submission
26 May 2013 – Early registration begins
1 August 2013 – Final notification of acceptance of papers
1 September 2013 – Last date for paper re-submission with correction
1 September 2013 – Early registration ends
21 October 2013 – Paper available on web-site
31 October 2013 – Symposium starts
The Organizing Committee
9th International Space Syntax Symposium in Seoul
31 Oct – 3 Nov 2013