The international conference, The Image of the City transformed 15th-18th Century, focuses on the transformation of the image of the city, that underwent profound changes during the early modern period in Europe and America.
With the image of the city is meant: the physical and morphological city structure, the way in which activities and functions of residents, users, entrepreneurs and authorities in the city occurs and finally how the mental image of the city is formed, both in written texts as in its representations.
The study of the image of the city has increased enormously in recent decades. In many disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, sociology, anthropology and perception psychology attention is paid to the image of the city and the way these images are created.
Still many researchers focus on the description of cities in a specific moment in time, with the intention to describe the specific identity and characteristics of these cities.
Less attention is paid to the transformations that the images of the cities underwent in course of time.
– How are images of the cities formed and in which way are they changing?
– Who is responsible for the slow and sometimes sudden transformation of the image of the city?
– Do changes in the city imaging manifest only from a functional point of view, or rather physically and morphologically?
– Which components of a city are the most sensitive to mutations in the image formation?
For more information and registration, see the conference website www.thecitytransformed.eu