New Delhi
Architecture, History & the Smart City

The Urban Condition
Event Date: March 13-15, 2022
Abstract Date: October 30, 2021
A conference examining smart city initiatives globally, with special focus on the Indian Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission


Smart, intelligent, digital, ubiquitous. The city as a site of technological innovation, integration and design has been defined in multiple ways. It has spawned both utopian and dystopian visions of the future. In an age of Covid-19 tracking apps it has become central to questions of health and public safety. Whatever the future of the smart city however, it has to operate now in the context of the present and, simultaneously, contend with the past. While star architects develop ‘spectacle architecture’ for example, property developers produce gated communities, and urban planners grapple with urban expansion. This all happens while conservationists dedicate themselves to preserving the past and historians continue exploring former lives of our ancient towns. Today, this is all couched in the framework of our urgent attempts to deal with the immediate fall out from the global pandemic.

The city we imagine for the future then, will be a complex set of factors and components from the past, and present. Navigating this multiplicity will be key to the futures now being imagined and how we address questions like public health and safety, participatory planning and the maintenance of our cultural traditions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the host country for this conference, India.

The site of the most tragic effects of Covid-19 right now and a place of exploding urbanization, it is also a country with some of the most iconic architectural heritage in the world, burgeoning contemporary architecture and at times experimental visions of future planning. Operating within this complex tapestry is the National Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission, an ambitious project to ‘update’ 100 of its existing cities, their infrastructure and their architecture. Launched in 2015, it envisages the full integration of the digital infrastructures supporting our cities, the contemporary buildings serving our everyday needs, and the historic structures that house our cultural traditions and the services we provide to citizens.

In many ways, 100 Smart Cities captures issues at the heart of smart city agendas across the world and raises questions, possibilities and concerns related to ‘digital futures’ globally: How is technology supporting our public health response to Covid-19? What are the practicalities of digital integration in existing urban infrastructures? How are architects responding to the ‘traditional’ needs of our cities and their people? What is the heritage we need to preserve and how do we do it?  How can our present condition and our cultural past coexist in this emerging future? Will we be exposed to ‘surveillance capitalism’? What will be the long term prosperity and public benefits – health and otherwise – that emerge from the digital city?


  • Urban Planning
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Conservation
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Public Health
  • Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Citi Governance

Key Dates

Abstracts (Early)
30 June 2021
Abstract Feedback
25 July 2021
Early Registration
01 September 2021
Abstracts (Round 1)
30 October 2021
15 Nov 2021
Registration Closes
15 February 2022


Smart Cities
India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission; locative and social media, parametric urbanism, computational design, BIM
Urban Heritage
The digital modelling of architectural heritage, the conservation of preservation of our urban and social histories
Public Health
Covid-19 tracking apps, healthy-smart city agendas, data, mapping and public health
Architectural and Urban Design
Parametric planning, computational design, digital architecture, spectacle architecture


The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats allowing people to write a paper, attend in person or present via film and have their presentation permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel.

This conference is planned as a hybrid event with the university hosting socially distanced in-person presentations as possible. AMPS has ten years experience with hybrid and virtual events.

Zoom (15-20 minutes)
Pre-recorded video (15-20 minutes)
FilmWritten Papers (3,000 words)
In-person presentations (socially distanced)


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.


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