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Urban form, Ethics, Aesthetic, and Heritage: an exploration of new urbanities for a resilient future

Malgorzata Hanzl



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 11
Lodz University of Technology
Greener Urban Futures
NE 131


The relationship between people and their environment is more and more affected by global challenges. At the same time, they remain embedded into local dynamics. Climate adaptations, pandemics, and profound changes in our economic systems are morphing once more the way we think of our built and natural environments, such as cities, villages, farmlands, or wetlands. While we focus on equipping our communities to face an extremely complex future, we cannot forget the legacy of history and our local identity and culture. The questions of how to incorporate memories from our past in the new narratives for the present millennium persist. Urban Morphology provides us with theories and tools to inform the complex adaptation process needed by our cities to respond to contemporary challenges. This matters especially in the context of conflicting interests and needs. This round table will engage experts from across the globe to discuss how urban morphology can be used as a catalyst for different disciplines and different approaches. The objective is to develop a people-centred approach to urban design addressing current and future challenges. The round table builds on the presenters’ biennial collaboration in delivering a collaborative online charrette, engaging students from different universities, countries, and continents. Heritage conservation and management, climate adaptation, use and provision of public spaces, new economy and smart technologies, as well as social justice are nowadays often discussed as concurrent or competing agendas. The round table will discuss how urban morphology can bring together these different perspectives in a creative and innovative way, in alignment with the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.


The roundtable objectives revolve around its main goal, which is to propose urban design answers to contemporary world challenges. Using the students' workshops outcomes as a starting point for the deliberation, we intend to look closely at the following subtopics: • preservation of archaeological and post-industrial heritage in the light of changing social, economic and environmental contexts, • continuation of local identities and everyday cultures versus the requirements of climate mitigation and adaptation, • people-centred approach to design, including topics such as urban health and quality of life. The roundtable structure aims to build on the connections between urban morphology science and Sustainable Development Goals.

Session speakers

Mr. Mirko Guaralda
Queensland University of Technology
Ms. Małgorzata Hanzl
Lodz University of Technology
Ms. Retno Hastijanti
Universitas 17 Agustus 1945 Surabaya
Mr. Leonardo Parra
Universidad de Los Andes
Ms. Sara Girotto
Drexel University