Colin Rowe Conference 2017

Cities of Good Intentions

Rowe Rome 2017

Le città delle buone intenzioni

Urban Design Dialogues
Dialoghi di progettazione urbana

June 21–June 23, 2017
21-23 giugno 2017
Sapienza Università di Roma, School of Engineering, San Pietro in Vincoli
Sapienza Università di Roma, Facoltà d’ingegneria, San Pietro in Vincoli

June 21st, Wednesday  

Registration (8:30)

Plenary Session 1 (9:30-1:30)
Expanding Global and Emergent Perspectives: Values in Conflict
Prospettive globali ed emergenti in espansione: Valori in conflitto 


  • Claudia Mattogno,  Sapienza
  • Steven Hurtt,  University of Maryland


Welcoming Address:
Antonio D’Andrea, Sapienza, Dean, Facoltà di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale
Alessandro Ridolfi, President, Ordine degli Architetti PPC Roma



  • D. Grahame Shane, Columbia University
    Colin Rowe and the cities of utopia
  • Andrew Rudd, UN Habitat
    The U.N. New Urban Agenda
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones,  Georgia Institute of Technology
    “Heaven or Hell? The impact of autonomous vehicles on urban form”
  • Mosé Ricci,  University of Trento
    Living the Eternal Present
  • Giuseppe Imbesi, Sapienza
    The urban project among too many cultural dimensions


Plenary Session 2 (3:00-5:30)
Expanding Global and Emergent Perspectives: Values in Concert 
Prospettive globali ed emergenti in espansione: Valori in Concerto 


  • Elio Piroddi, Sapienza
  • Antonio Pietro Latini,  University of Oregon


  • Marco Romano,  Estetica della città
    Cities of desire
  • Harrison Fraker,  University of California, Berkeley
    Where are the ‘Poetics’ in Sustainable Urban Design – Latent Potentials for the Urban Section
  • Tigran Haas, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
    Heritage urbanism, cultural urbanism and the temporary city
  • Elio Piroddi, Sapienza
    The morphology dimension in planning



Plenary Debate (5:30-6:30)



Thursday, June 22  

Parallel Session One  (morning 9:30-1:30, afternoon 3:00-4:30)
Diverse Aspects of the Discipline. Recent and Emerging Concepts and Tools
Diversi aspetti della disciplina. Concetti e strumenti recenti e emergent


  • Matthew Bell,  University of  Maryland


  • Matthew Bell,  University of Maryland
    Urban Design and The Public Negotiation
  • Daniel Parolek,  Opticos Design
    The missing middle
  • June Williamson,  City College New York
    Suburban Sprawl Retrofit: Urban Design Lessons, and Questions, from North America
  • Marco Adelfio, Chalmers Tech, Göteborg
    “Towards a suburban compact city? Methodological challenges in the application of a mixed-method and multi-stakeholder approach”
  • Stephen Quick, Carnegie Mellon University
    Transformational Place
  • Elena Marchigiani, University of Trieste
    Mobility-space and the city: challenges and conflicts
  • Ettore Maria Mazzola,  University of Notre Dame
    How can one regenerate a Degraded District
  • Ken McCown, University of Arkansas
    Big Data and Bricolage


Parallel Session Two (morning 9:30-1:30, afternoon 3:00-4:30)
Diverse Aspects of the Discipline. Conventions and Traditions: Old and New Paradigms 
Diversi aspetti della disciplina. Convenzioni e tradizioni: vecchi e nuovi paradigmi 


  • James Tice, University of Oregon



  • James Tice, University of Oregon
    Looking at the Old City with New Eyes
  • J. Michael Schwarting, New York Institute of Technology
    Rome: Formation and Transformation
  • Allan Ceen, Studium Urbis
    Urban Reciprocity in Rome
  • David Mayernik, University of Notre Dame
    Reverberations of Rome: Diverse Societies and Common Themes
  • Steven Semes, University of Notre Dame
    New Building and Old Paradigms: Architecture and Urbanism of Gustavo Giovannoni
  • Heleni Porfyriou, National Research Council, Italy
    Italian urban design tradition and the new rural settlements of the Thirties
  • Alessandro Camiz, Girne American University, Cyprus
    Urban Morphology: an (old) tool for teaching and practicing (new) Urban Design
  • Pieter Uyttenhove, Ghent University
    The Place of Design in Discourse on Sprawl
  • Peter Lang, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
    Rome today, through the work of the group Stalker


Parallel Session Three (morning 9:30-1:30, afternoon 3:00-4:30)
Diverse Aspects of the Discipline. Teaching Urban Design 
Diversi aspetti della disciplina. Insegnare la progettazione urbana 


  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology



(9:30-11.40)  Teaching Urban Design to Urban Designers 
This session will focus specifically on the curricula, pedagogical techniques, and challenges of preparing students to practice urban design. What are we teaching – and what are we not? What are some of the distinguishing features of different urban design programs? Comparative discussion to follow.

  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology
    The Msc in Urban Design: Applying Empirical Lessons to New Challenges
  • Tigran Haas, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
    The Msc in Urbanism Studies: Moving from Objects to Places
  • Patricia Heyda, Washington University, St Louis
    The Master of Urban Design: Immersive Learning; Contemporary Urbanisms and Global Practice
  • Peter Laurence, Clemson University
    The Master of Resilient Urban Design
  • Hendrik Tieben, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    The Msc in Urban Design: Reconnecting The Fragments:


(12:00-13.30)  Teaching Urbanism
This session gathers examples of courses, exercises, and pedagogical methods that teach lessons on urbanism. This can be a challenge in professional architecture curricula that are increasingly crowded with digital media, green design, and the continued emphasis on iconic objects. What can other educators and practitioners learn from how urbanism is taught today? Discussion to follow.

  • Kevin Hinders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    The Chicago Studio: Teaching Urbanism
  • Francisco Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico
    CIUDAD: on the Values of Urban Living in a Suburban Culture
  • Livio Sacchi, University D’Annunzio
    Designing Cities: Urban Strategies for a Better Future


Round table (3:00-4:30)

Raising the Urban Criteria in NAAB Accreditation Standards
Are architecture students today learning enough about cities and how buildings contribute (or not) to urbanism? This panel discussion will present a proposal for increasing the urban criteria in the U.S. National Architecture Accreditation Board’s requirements for professional degrees in architecture. Discussions and comparisons to other countries’ requirements will be encouraged during the question and answer period.


  • Harrison Fraker, University of California, Berkeley


  • Peter Elmlund, Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Stockholm
  • Douglas Kelbaugh, University of Michigan
  • Peter Laurence Clemson University
  • Francisco Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico
  • Andrew Rudd, UN Habitat



Plenary Session (5:00 – 6:45)
Pecha Kucha

  • Abeer Elshater, Ani Shams University, Cairo
    Urban Design Education and Photography: Method and Techniques for Teaching the Visual Skills
  • Justyna Borucka,  Gdansk University of Technology
    The meaning of public spaces for social integration within the context of artistic interventions in urban environment…
  • Rachele Passerini, University College, London
    The metropolitan area of Rome. Towards a landscape regeneration?
  • Olgu Çalışkan,* Middle East Technical University, Ankara
    Designing the Heterotopia
  • Alexandra Afrasinei** Ion Mincu University, Bucharest
    Micro-urbanism and Identity_case study Bucharest
  • Ebru Şevik, Bursa Technical University, Turkey
    Territoriality of Heterotopia: Thresholds as The Condition of Heterotopian Space
  • Rita Romano, Sapienza
    New urban and rural landscapes
  • Eren Efeoğlu, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
    Envisioning Post-Capitalist City
  • Chiara Ortolani, Sapienza
    Urban Morphology and Active Mobility

* with Duygu Cihanger, Onur Tümtürk

** with Cornelia Tuglui, Laura Popa-Florea



Friday, June 23  

Plenary Session (9:30-10:45)
Urban Design Intentions
Intenzione di progettazione urbana 


  • Antonio Cappuccitti, Sapienza
  • James Tice, University of Oregon


Welcoming address:
Daniela D’Alessandro, Sapienza,  Director,  Dipartimento DICEA



  • Patrizia Gabellini, Polytechnic University of Milan
    Urbanism into the change
  • Douglas Kelbaugh,  University of Michigan
    Cities and climate change



Pecha kucha (11:00-1:30)

  • Hisham G. Abusaada, Housing Building National Research Center Giza, Egypt
    Singular Urbanism as a trend of ‘Urban Design Plus’ to Create A ‘Trans-Paradigms City’ Approach
  • Matthew Bell, University of Maryland
    A possible model for interdisciplinary learning in Urban Design
  • Antonio Cappuccitti, Sapienza
    Urban design and polycentrism in a global mega-city. Learnings from Shanghai
  • Virginia Cartwright, University of Oregon
     Urban Design for Mikkeli, Finland
  • Patricia Heyda, Washington University St Louis
    Urban Design drawing techniques for social justice
  • Ruggero Lenci, Sapienza
    Seven points of humanistic design
  • Claudia Mattogno, Sapienza
    Mapping Rome. A morphological transept from urban density to fringe belts
  • Camilla Mileto, Politechnical University of Valencia
    Analysis of the historic city for contextual design. The case of Valencia city
  • Biancamaria Rizzo,  University of Rome, 3
    The Peculiar Model of “Garden Cities” in Rome
  • Fernando Vegas,  Politechnical University of Valencia
    Vernacular heritage for a new sustainable architecture



  • Judith Di Maio, New York Institue of Technology
  • Kevin Hinders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • D. Grahame Shane,  Columbia University


Plenary Session (3:00-6:00)
Common Grounds
Territori condivisi


  • James Tice, University of Oregon


Reports from the sessions (3:10- 4:30)

  • Matthew Bell, University of Maryland
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Claudia Mattogno, Sapienza
  • James Tice, University of Oregon


Plenary Debate (4:30- 5:30)


Conclusions (5:30-6:00)

  • Steven Hurtt,  University of Maryland
  • Antonio Pietro Latini,  University of Oregon
  • James Tice,  University of Oregon
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