2009 Hyderabad

2009 Hyderabad

EMERGING URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS : Multilayered Cities and Urban Systems

Research Focus of the Urban Commission for 2008-2012


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.


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

Deadlines for Abstracts and Full Papers

Type of paperDateConditions
Abstract28th February 2009250 words in MS Word format Please Specify the session for allocation
Full Paper30th May 2009Between 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 Lines28st Feb. 200930th March 200910th May 200930th July 2009
Accompanying Person240270300360
Scholars / Students200300400500
Gala Dinner80100
WorkshopTo 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 Bird28th February 2009480
Regular30th March 2009500

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

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Bank of America, New York (Swift Code BOFAUS3N)

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

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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

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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

 152040Modest (with attached toilets)

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


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


: 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 200915.00-17.00Registrations
17.00-18.30Inaugural, Keynote Address & High Tea/Dinner
18.30Inaugural Dinner / High Tea
31st July 200908.00Presentation on Urbanisation in India
08.30Documentary on Hyderabad
09.00Trip to Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golkonda, Lunch (paid)
12.00Dinner at Taramati Baradari (Paid)
1st August 200909.00Theme Paper – Invited Talk
09.30Sessions I : Urban Systems and Structures
11.00Tea Break
11.15Sessions II : Global Cities and World Cities
14.00Sessions III : Multilayerism-Spatial Dimensions
15.30-17.00Sessions IV : Multilayerism-Economic Dimensions
2nd August 200908.00Theme Paper – Invited Talk
08.30Session V : Current Processes of Urban Transformation
10.00Tea Break
10.15Session VI : Infrastructure, Amenities and Services – Urban Support Systems
14.00Half day tour – Salar Jung Museum – Dinner at Chow Mohallah Palace
3rd August 200909.00Theme Paper – Invited Talk
09.30Session VII : New Urbanism
11.00Tea Break
11.15Session VIII : Urban Transformation – the Sprawl
14.00Session IX : Smart Growth
14.15-15.30Session X : The Peri-Urban – Critical Resources, Dependence, Sustainability
15.30-17.00Session XI : Environmental Issues – Climate Change – Implications – Agenda
4th August 200909.00Theme Paper – Invited Talk
09.30Session XII : Livelihood & Lifestyles – new enclaves/hubs – household – new identities – security perceptions
11.00Tea Break
11.15Session XIII : Migration, Marginality, Inclusivity & Development
14.00Session XIV : Poverty, Slums

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