IGU URBAN COMMISSION - 2009 Conference <br> EMERGING URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS : Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems

Research Focus of the Urban Commission for 2008-2012 <br> EMERGING URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS | Topic : Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems - Structures Functions, Transitions, Transactions | Multilayerism - The Theme | Calendar | Deadlines for Abstracts and Full Papers | Registration (Conference & Local Tours) (in US$)* | Excursion (5th August 2009 to 9th August 2009)*** | Payment : Bank Account Number and Swift Code | Accommodation | Detailed Programme | Pdf of the programme | Links

Research Focus of the Urban Commission for 2008-2012 <br> EMERGING URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS

The Commission has identified 3 main issues :

1) interdependent urban systems,

2) change & conflict within cities, 

3) sustainability and social justice.

They cover seven specific urban problems - more complex urban systems, contested social spaces, creation of sustainability, dilemmas of aging cities vis a vis new cities and new spaces, increasing insecurity - socio-economic and politico-administrative, urban heritage and conservation - all challenges for efficient urban governance, with cases for 'inclusive' approach and strategies for partnerships involving governments, private firms, non-government organizations  and stake holders.

Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems is a transversal topic of the 3 main issues of the Commission: Multilayerism is characteristic of large settlements with extensive history of diverse connections and interactions, manifest in morphological structures and functions articulated as spatio-temporal specificities. The complexities of existence and coordinations (critical aspects of global-local functionaries) are constant challenges for effective administration, specially with increase in resistance from 'groups' asserting their 'right' to 'spaces of existence' and 'domination'. Urban settlements form the most important and visible platforms for their enactment and thereby most vulnerable enclaves of the global arena, commanding understanding, explanations and quick interventions to ensure security, in an increasingly interconnected world. The agenda of the Millennium Development Goals emerges as a mirage and must necessarily be debated and resolved to sustain development and global peace. To meet this objective, the present theme has been identified from the platform of the IGU's Urban Commission


Topic : Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems - Structures Functions, Transitions, Transactions

Under the all-encompassing title Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems: Structures, Functions, Transactions and Transitions, the conference proposes to research on debate/discuss the following and related themes:

1. Urban Structures & Systems - Evolution and Implications for Sustainable economy and Environment  - Independence and the Interdependencies
2. Multilayered cities -Mega-cities and Glocalisation - Morphology, Livelihoods, Lifestyles; Formal-Informal Sectors
3. Resources and Urban Requirements - Water, Energy, Services, Other Infrastructure
4. Security and Conflict - for the Economy, the people, the environment - vulnerable areas and marginal people
5. Urban Infrastructure - Amenities Tourism - Amenities and Ambience



Multilayerism - The Theme

Settlements with long historical experiences and varied interactive networks and linkages from diverse economies and cultures produce variations in the structural configurations in respective urban systems and cities. They coexist and sometimes function on the basis of complementarities, but can also have conflicting relation. These have greater significance with respect to old civilisations and cultures, particularly of the old world, with each successive experience forming layers of presence projected in the cultural traits, architectural designs and politico - economic profiles across the urban morphologies. The spaces that each try to carve for themselves invariably involve a kind of confrontation between equals and further marginalisation of the vulnerable sections (people and sectors) in the case of unequals. Efforts at self preservation have given rise to interest groups and organisations in their cause, but the need for their sustenance in economies with limited formal infrastructure is high. The hitherto limited exploration of 'Multilayerism' is confined to technological and sociological concept and its relevance to metro cities and systems of the old world being high, the concept gathered consideration for examination in 2005, when the proposal to organise the Urban Commission meeting in Hyderabad was presented to the Commission in Tokyo and Santiago de Compostela in 2005 and 2006, with the formal presentation in 2008 in Tunisia.

The objective is to examine the structures and frameworks of the urban system and the cities, existing and operating, the kind of interactions they enjoy, the systemic and structural strengths and weaknesses present and approaches to tackle them, with comparative studies constituting lessons to learn from and the imperatives of these to safety and security, to financing and governance, and to planning and development is significant.

They include essence of Multilayerism, Observable structures & conceivable solutions/approaches, Elements of urban economies & Ecologies, Hazards, Conflicts and Methods of inclusion and Environmental protection, understanding the elements of functional & infrastructural diversity & approaches to synchronise & synergise with equal commitment to ambience & public safety, Recognition of the formal & informal processes as integral part of the urban system, Replicable models for efficient functioning - strategies.

Participants may view the respective 'local' situation to facilitate comparisons construction of a global perspective and significance of specific factors across the world.




Date Programme
30th July 2009 Pre-conference meeting & Inaugural (with High Tea or Dinner)
31th July 2009 Presentations on Urbanisation Of India & Hyderabad and local Tour
1st-3rd August 2009 Paper Presentations
4th August 2009 Paper Presentations, conclusion, Post-conference meeting and presentation on 2010 meeting Tel Aviv
5th-8th August 2009 Excursion
9th August 2009 Departure


Deadlines for Abstracts and Full Papers

Type of paper Date Conditions
Abstract 28th February 2009 250 words in MS Word format Please Specify the session for allocation
Full Paper 30th May 2009 Between 12 to 20 pages in MS Word format with 12 Font size in Times New Roman Font

Contact Address : Pr. Geetha Reddy Anant / Dr. P. Niranjan Kumar,

Email : mailto:igu.uc2009@gmail.com


Registration (Conference & Local Tours) (in US$)*


Early bird




Dead Lines 28st Feb. 2009 30th March 2009 10th May 2009 30th July 2009
Rate 380 450 500 600
Accompanying Person 240 270 300 360
Scholars / Students 200 300 400 500
Gala Dinner 80 100 - -
Workshop To be announced (TBA)

Contact Address : Pr. Geetha Reddy Anant / Dr. P. Niranjan Kumar,

Email : mailto:igu.uc2009@gmail.com

*Note : The Registration includes conference Kit, Proceedings, Tea and local Tours. Arrangement of five days' (31st July-4th Aug. 2009) Lunch will incur an addtional cost of US$ 50 per head.


Excursion (5th August 2009 to 9th August 2009)***


Dead Lines

Rate in US$

Early Bird 28th February 2009 480
Regular 30th March 2009 500

Contact Address : Pr. Geetha Reddy Anant / Dr. P. Niranjan Kumar,

Email : mailto:igu.uc2009@gmail.com

***Note : Includes Transport, Stay, Breakfast, Entrance Fee, Road Tax, Bottled Mineral Water, Lunch


Payment : Bank Account Number and Swift Code

Contact for Clarifications :

State Bank of Hyderabad,

International Services Branch,

First Floor, Prabhat Towers, Chappek Road,

Gunfoundry, Hyderabad - 500 001

Phone : 91-040-23210058, 23210068

Fax : 91-040-66666563

Email : mailto:isbsbh@sbhyd.co.in

Swift/Routing Number for sending Remittance in USD

1. Pay to (Name and Address of our correspondent Bank)

Bank of America, New York (Swift Code BOFAUS3N)

Via chips ABA 0959 for Account UID 002473 or via Fedwire 026009593

2. For Credit of

State Bank of Hyderabad, Treasury Department, Mumbai, India.


Nostro A/C no. 6550992180

3. Beneficiary Bank and Branch State Bank of Hyderabad

Osmania University Branch

4. Beneficiary

Name: Prof.Dr.Geetha Reddy Anant, Organising Chairperson 
IGU-UC Meetings & INT

Account No.: 62088494291

5. Purpose For Crediting to SB Account No. 62088494291



Through Fed.Wire : 026009593


IFSC : SBHY0020071

Ac/No.: 62088494291



Below, there is a PDF document with some useful advice to pay the conference fees from Lienhard Loetscher. Don't forget to download it !



Tariff per night (In US$)


Early Bird (28th February 2009)

Regular (30th March 2009)

Rooms Available


Osmania University & adjacent locations

  15 20 40 Modest (with attached toilets)

Minerva Grande
Phone : +91-40-66117373, +91-40-66117474
Email :

Executive 82 90 46 **
Deluxe 100 110 10 **
Suites 190 210 4 **

: +91-40-27522999, +91-40-27522752
Fax : +91-40-27522888
Email : mailto:reservations.hyderabad@marriotthotel.com

Executive 150 210 40 **
Deluxe 200 250 20 **
Suites 400 500 4 **

** : 24 Hours Room Service, Refrigerator, Tea/Coffee Maker in all rooms, Newspaper, Laundry Service, Cable TV, EPABX enabled telephone facility, Gym, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Multi-cuisine Restaurant, Bar, Business Centre, Internet Connection, Doctor on Demand, Medical Facilities, Safe Deposit Box, All Major Credit Cards Accepted, Money Exchange Facility, Car Rental Facility, Travel Desk Facility.

Note : Transportation from these Hotels to Conference Venue at stipulated times will be taken care of by the Organisers.


Detailed Programme




30th July 2009 15.00-17.00 Registrations
17.00-18.30 Inaugural, Keynote Address & High Tea/Dinner
18.30 Inaugural Dinner / High Tea
31st July 2009 08.00 Presentation on Urbanisation in India
08.30 Documentary on Hyderabad
09.00 Trip to Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golkonda, Lunch (paid)
12.00 Dinner at Taramati Baradari (Paid)
1st August 2009 09.00 Theme Paper - Invited Talk
09.30 Sessions I : Urban Systems and Structures
11.00 Tea Break
11.15 Sessions II : Global Cities and World Cities
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Sessions III : Multilayerism-Spatial Dimensions
15.30 Tea
15.30-17.00 Sessions IV : Multilayerism-Economic Dimensions
2nd August 2009 08.00 Theme Paper - Invited Talk
08.30 Session V : Current Processes of Urban Transformation
10.00 Tea Break
10.15 Session VI : Infrastructure, Amenities and Services - Urban Support Systems
14.00 Half day tour - Salar Jung Museum - Dinner at Chow Mohallah Palace
3rd August 2009 09.00 Theme Paper - Invited Talk
09.30 Session VII : New Urbanism
11.00 Tea Break
11.15 Session VIII : Urban Transformation - the Sprawl
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Session IX : Smart Growth
14.15-15.30 Session X : The Peri-Urban - Critical Resources, Dependence, Sustainability
15.30 Tea
15.30-17.00 Session XI : Environmental Issues - Climate Change - Implications - Agenda
4th August 2009 09.00 Theme Paper - Invited Talk
09.30 Session XII : Livelihood & Lifestyles - new enclaves/hubs - household - new identities - security perceptions
11.00 Tea Break
11.15 Session XIII : Migration, Marginality, Inclusivity & Development
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Session XIV : Poverty, Slums
15.30 Tea

Business Session : 4.00-5.00 p.m. onward : Valedictory Programme 5.30 p.m.

The half day trips - on related themes - Informal Sector, Corporate sector, the EEZ - & sponsored dinner/lunch

Excursion - Hyderabad - Bangalore - Chennai



Pdf of the programme

Hyderabad040209.pdf  (259 Ko)


Follow us:  
Institute of Geography - University of Lausanne - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 30 70