The international conference ‘The Image of the City transformed: 15th-18th Century’ will focus on the transformation of the image of the city and how this underwent profound changes during the early modern period in Europe and America.
The image of the city is interpreted as the physical and morphological city structure, the ways in which activities of residents, users, entrepreneurs and authorities in the city occur, and the perception of the city as represented in written texts and visual imagery.
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, there is a growing interest in the way that image is created.
Many researchers still focus on describing cities at a specific moment in time, describing their perceived identity and characteristics at that point.
Less attention is paid to the transformations that the image of the city has undergone over time. Questions we could ask include:
How are the images of the cities formed and how are they changing?
Who is responsible for the transformation of the image of the city, that can be either slow or rapid?
Do changes in the city’s image evolve only from a functional point of view, or also from physical or morphological stand points?
Which components of a city are the most sensitive to mutations in image formation?