Modernism in Architecture and Urbanism: West and East

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, PR China 215123

The conference will comprise the academic strand – as part of the international ‘Masterplanning The Future‘ conference.

We are accepting only FULL PAPER submissions at this stage.


About the Academic Conference Strand:

One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference will explore Modernism’s significance in architecture and urbanism from Europe to India and the Far East. It will explore its lasting, or its fading, influences on China; and China’s influence on it. But is also looks at Modernism from the Americas to Africa to Asia; we want to get as many stories of the changing face – and the new face – of “the modern” as possible.

Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances. With the rapidly urbanizing conditions of India and China, what can Modernism tell us about the global urban condition? Indeed, is there such a thing? How has Modernism fared? How are architectural ideas portrayed today and what are the connections with the past?

This conference is an international forum within China, bringing together researchers and experts from across the world. In this way, the exchange of ideas and experiences will stimulate a better understanding of modern and vernacular architecture, contemporary and traditional urbanism; and regionalist and universalist design ideals.


Papers are welcomed to address a range of topics, which include (but are not exclusive to) the following:

  •  Modernism from the West to the East and across the world.;
  •  Modernism and the role of manifestos;
  •  Chandigarh: then and now;
  •  Metabolism;
  • Asian development;
  • Emerging Cities: from South America to Africa;
  • The role of ideology;
  • The concept of masterplanning;
  • The Eco-City;
  • Contemporary and Vernacular Modernism?;
  • Ville Radieuse: lessons from 20th to 21st century;
  • The role of transport planning: then and now;
  • Influences and Legacy (Western and Eastern);
  • Le Corbusier and the Environment;
  • New Towns/ New Cities;
  • Urban flows;
  • Civic space and sociability;
  • The changing face of the Modern: Theory and Practice over the years;
  • Visualizing the City: from sketch to film to the digital image;
  • Universalism contra localism?;
  • Historically, geographically and culturally specific context;
  • Lessons from India/Europe/China;
  • GIS and space syntax;
  • Technological developments in Urban Planning and Design;
  • Social and development issues of the Modern city?;
  • Preserving or demolishing Modern icons;
  • Urban planning: Bottom up or top-down?



As a preliminary framework, we suggest that the conference may be broken down into the following thematised areas:


  •   Western influences.. and influence
  •   Eastern influences.. and influence
  •   From Legacy to Policy: The implications of The Modern


  •   Modernism, preservation and iconography
  •   The changing face of the Modern”: Theory and Practice over the years
  •   The changing place of the Environment and the Social


  •   The Image of the City: Technology
  •   The Modern city: Masterplanning, vision and development.
  •   Images of privacy and sociability? Personal or collective identity?


  •   Original and Evolving Philosophy
  •   The relevance of geometry, proportion and scale
  •   Flexibility and interpretation in a globalised world


  •   Materials and technologies:  unforeseen opportunities
  •   The Corbusier Foundation/Chandigarh’s Research Centre: Case studies
  •   New ways of working

When the final paper submission ends the paper peer review committee will finalise the schedule / Framework. NB: Participants are encouraged to join the Masterplanning the Future open plenaries before moving to their Academic conference strand sessions.

Call for Papers:

We are accepting FULL FINAL PAPER submissions until 16th July

We welcome FULL PAPERS – max 5000 words (ex references) – at the second stage of assessment. Click here for FULL PAPER_format2 which will have to be submitted as a pdf onto OpenConf. Reviews of the paper for possible submission will follow. Academic Strand participants are expected to pay the costs of their flight to and from China (currently from around 550UKP from the UK).

The Review Board and assessment panel welcomes abstracts from academics in the many relevant disciplines, practitioners working with statutory or voluntary bodies, and independent researchers working on topics that are relevant to the discourse.

Those submitting abstracts and final papers should do so in English and in a straightforward, clear and coherent manner; arguments should be presented in a rational way and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work. Proposing authors must recognize that submission of an abstract indicates commitments to complete the paper, attend the conference, and present the paper, and asserts that permission to present the paper has been obtained from the responsible owning authority of the featured project. The number of authors at the conference strand and within the published work will be limited. This conference will be conducted in English.

Schedule for Submissions

15th May 2012: Extended Abstracts submissions have closed. Final Papers are still being accepted

29th May 2012: Call for Final Papers (<5000 words)

16th July 2012: Submission of Final Papers

3rd August 2012: Final payment deadline

15th August 2012: Final notification to authors for corrections/acceptance

15th September 2012: Finalization of proceedings/ initial programme

Full papers should be submitted, in English only and uploaded as a pdf file into OpenConf. Authors must indicate at this stage if audio-visual equipment may be required in the presentation of their paper and relevant technical specifications.

The full papers will be reviewed and selection made by the Review Board in light of the criteria set out above. The decision of the Board is final.

Authors invited to submit full papers must do so by no later than 17:00 UK time on 16th July 2012. The papers must be submitted, in English only, as indicated on the template guidelines by 12:00 pm UK time. (The conference will be conducted in English). This must be completed and uploaded as a pdf file into OpenConf.


Extended final papers must be edited, proofread and of academic standard and publishable quality. The bibliography is to be in Harvard format within the same document, including references where necessary and page numbers. FULL PAPER_format2

Upon submission, each paper will be assigned to at least three reviewers who will class the paper as one of the following:

Accepted, No Recommendations: The paper is accepted without any recommendations.

Accepted, See Recommendations: The paper is accepted. However, the author may want to consider the recommendations made.

Conditional Acceptance,  See Recommendations: This means the paper is acceptable provided the stated recommendations are taken into account and the paper is revised accordingly. Papers classed as such will be provided with a second deadline, upon which the assigned editor will review the paper for the second time and decide either to accept or decline the paper.

Not Accepted: If the paper is classed as Not Accepted then the paper will not be included at the conference and no further action need be taken by the author.

Authors of accepted papers must  submit their final papers by no later than 3 August 2012. Once these have been accepted,  contributors will be notified, and the Final Paper submission with any required corrections and amendments must then be submitted forthwith. The Final Paper shall be no fewer than 3,000 words and no more than 5,000 words (excluding title sheet and bibliographies) and formatted as the final paper template.


The copyright of the papers accepted to form part of the conference proceedings and published (under an ISBN) will be vested in XJTLU. All permissions must be sought and confirmed by the submitting author(s).


This conference operates a fair access policy (see note below, at end of this page). As such, rates differ depending on early payment and on the ability to pay. Please check which category is applicable for you, and take notice of the early registration deadline. The full registration fee and reduced registration fee include entrance to the conference, coffee breaks, lunch, networking reception, after-conference drinks, and to the proceedings of the conference.

Full registration fee : 3500 RMB [or 350UKP]

Reduced registration fee(*): 3000 RMB [300UKP]

Student registration fee(**): 1500 RMB [150UKP]

The registration fee covers your attendance at the conference, written materials, a light breakfast, and refreshment allowances throughout the day.

Accommodation: We can recommend accommodation, if required, at approximtely 500 – 850 RMB [50 – 85UKP] per night (please indicate the number of nights required)

Registration fees must be paid prior to the conference.

We reserve the right to cancel, change or revise the date, content or venue of this event and amend or update prices.

Fair Access Policy

(*) The reduced fee applies to participants currently employed or enrolled at institutions of the following countries:

Albania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Gaza Strip, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Federated States of Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

(**) This fee applies to BSc and MSc students only. Registrants must provide a copy of their student ID card when registering. Please note that student registration excludes entry to the conference reception and conference dinner, and excludes a printed copy of the proceedings.