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Call for Papers: Urbanization Processes and Natural Morphologies

15 February 2017

Call for Papers: Urbanization Processes and Natural Morphologies

It is with great sadness that UCL Urban Laboratory received the news that Prof. Dr. Maider Uriarte Idiazabal, who was resident with us as a visiting doctoral researcher in 2012, passed away last summer after a short illness.

After visiting us Prof. Dr. Uriarte went on to complete her thesis, The Landscape Perspective and its Four Dimensions: a constructivist interpretation method applied in the case of Bilbao’s mountainous urban landscape, written in the Basque language, with an English summary. Prof. Dr. Uriarte went on to become a lecturer at the urban and regional planning unit of the Architecture School of the UPV-EHU (University of the Basque Country). She remained a friend of the Urban Laboratory and will be missed by our staff and graduate community as a friendly colleague who was passionate about her subject.

In memory of Prof. Dr. Maider Uriarte Idiazabal (1981-2016) we would like to announce a call for papers for a two-day seminar on urbanisation processes and natural morphologies. The seminar will take place at the Palacio Miramar in San Sebastian, Spain. 

The seminar is being organised by the Architecture School of San Sebastian. Keynote talks will be given by:

Call for papers

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 1st International Research Seminar in Urbanization Processes and Natural Morphologies, which will take place on 7-8 September 2017, in San Sebastian, Spain.

The aim of this seminar is to promote shared reflection about current research in the areas of the urban, landscape architecture and other spatial disciplines, as well as to stimulate an exchange between researchers in urban and territorial processes and transformations in different countries.

The seminar will feature four main lectures, held by the International Scientific Committee members, in line with the research approach of Prof. Dr. Maider Uriarte Idiazabal. There will also be research paper presentations and round tables composed by keynote lectures. We invite researchers who are developing masters courses, doctoral or post-doctoral programs to participate and discuss their investigations and to share different analytical perspectives and case studies, in order to promote shared thinking space around the city and territory.


  • Urban Fringe Landscapes
  • Urbanism and Landscape in mountainous areas
  • Methodologies and tools for Regional Planning

Specific objectives:

  • Join research methods of urbanism, landscape architecture and other spatial disciplines (e.g. geography, urban planning and sociology).
  • Explore a specific research field of (peri-)urbanization processes in landscapes with high relief energies or other coining natural morphologies.
  • Discourse and development of specific urban and regional planning strategies for the Basque Country and similar regions.
  • Create strong links between the participants (local and international) and the University of the Basque Country.
  • Promotion of young scientists’ networks in spatial disciplines.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for the reception of abstracts: 3 March 2017
  • Deadline for the reception of full papers: 24 April 2017
  • Seminar dates: 7-8 September 2017

Language: English

For further information and details of how to submit, please visit the seminar website. You can also contact the organisers by email at urbanseminar.ehu@gmail.com

This event is organised by the Higher Technical School of Architecture of San Sebastian; the Department of Architecture of EHU/UPV; the Professorship of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space (LAREG) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM); and the Summer Courses Foundation of the UPV/EHU.

A pdf version of this call can be found here.

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