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FORMA CIVITATIS: International journal of urban and territorial morphological studies.

This "open journal" aims to publish yearly online  scientific papers in english pertaining to the study of urban and rural formative processes, with a wide and interdisciplinary approach and focus on innovative research methodologies.



    Table of Contents



    Forma Civitatis: playing with meaning and form

    Alessandro Camiz



    From the fortifications to the strongholds. The modifications of the defensive culture of the city ancient Régime in relation to the birth of the modern governance of the territory.

    Maria Carolina Campone


    The inner geography of hill-top towns A discussion on the effects of altimetry on configuration

    Valerio Cutini


    Border, nomos, identity

    Stefano Lambardi


    A methodical approach to the comparative study of planted towns in 13th century Meklenburg

    Martin Ebert


    The Cerro de Pasco effect

    Eleonora Cecconi


    Small towns and digital survey: virtualizing Castelvecchio Calvisio, Abruzzo, Italy

    Giorgio Verdiani, Andrea Leonardi, Stéphane Giraudeau


    Book Reviews

    Richard Nemec: Die Ökonomisierung des Raumes. Planen und Bauen in Mittel- und Osteuropa unter den Nationalsozialisten 1938 bis 1945

    Martin Ebert


    Designing change, changing architecture

    Alessandro Camiz



    Reading and designing the urban fabric of San Vito Romano

    Virginia Cosenza


    Calls for papers

    Pandemics and the changing built environment

    Alessandro Camiz



    A Report on the 2020 ISAR International Architecture Summer School in Abruzzo

    Thomas Greene Rankin

    Cities in evolution: diachronic transformation of urban and rural settlements

    Alessandro Camiz

  • Forma civitatis books

  • CALL FOR PAPERS 2020 (new deadline November 1, 2020)

    CALL FOR PAPERS 2020 (new deadline November 1, 2020)

    FORMA CIVITATIS: International journal of urban and territorial morphological studies (IJUTMS), issue 0, 2021

    CALL FOR PAPERS (new deadline November 1st, 2020)

    Large models in small urban settlements

    Hill-top towns are typical in most of Europe in an historical phase that starts from VIIIth cent. until XVth. cent. AD. Prior to the Xth cent. fortification of towns, called by historians  "incastellamento",  several settlements seem to reoccupy archaic sites, moving from the valleys to the hill-tops and modifying the social structure of former villages. Many of these settlements today need to be preserved but also to be developed, so the study of their formation process is useful also for the contemporary development.

    • Which models were adopted in the ancient design process, do some of the models derive from larger settlements ?
    • Is the small urban hill-top/hill-side settlement phenomena general through Europe ?
    • Are there similar phenomena elsewhere (e.g.  Machu Picchu, native Northern American settlements, Japanese Castle towns, jokamachi, Viking and Saxon Emporia)?
    • Where, in Europe, and why does it start earlier/later ?
    • Which relationships can be found between climate, economy, land  ownership, territorial morphology, social structure and city form?
    • How are such identified (new or old/adapted) social structures expressed in the urban and territorial structures?
    • What differences can be found in the form and structure of different types of small towns, villages, villes, hamlets, wicks, vici, castles etc. if compared to the local territorial morphology.

    The journal editors invite participation by interested academics and professionals. Proposals for papers should be in English and should preferably not exceed 20000 characters with an English abstract in less than 1000 characters and up to five keywords.

    • Before submitting a paper please read carefully the Notes for contributors
    • Papers must be submitted online using the paper template
    • Papers will be valued by a double blind peer review process
    • The papers should not contain the name of the author, which should be instead uploaded separately using the Author template.

    To register in the web site as author  send an email with a short bio to journal AT formacivitatis DOT com

    Suggested books for review (please feel free to submit other books to be reviewed)

    Ábalos I., Atlas pintoresco, Vol. 2: los viajes, Barcelona 2008.

    Strappa G. (ed.) Studi sulla periferia est di Roma, Milan 2012.

    Camiz A. (ed.) Progettare Castel Madama. Lettura e progetto dei tessuti e del patrimonio archeologico. Workshop internazionale di progettazione in area archeologica, Rome 2011.