This special issue delves into the captivating interplay between these three essential elements and their profound impact on shaping the identities of cities worldwide. Within the dynamic realm of urban landscapes, cities continually redefine themselves through architectural expressions, urban planning initiatives, and the preservation of their cultural legacies. This collection explores the intricate relationship between cultural heritage, design vocabularies, and urban transformations, shedding light on how they contribute to the unique identities of cities. By examining the harmonious or tension-filled balance between tradition and modernity, heritage and progress, we uncover the narratives that shape the urban fabric and contribute to the rich tapestry of our global cities. Through insightful research, case studies, and thought-provoking analyses, this special issue aims to deepen our understanding of how cultural heritage, design vocabularies, and urban transformations converge to define the very essence of a city's identity.

1. Cities sights’ transformation through the Creative landscape
2. Cultural Heritage and narratives of cultural Tourism 
3. Design Vocabularies and Architectural Identity
4. Urban Transformations and Social Identity
5. Between modernity, contemporary, and traditional architecture
6. Urban Planning and Identity Formation
7. Cultural Tourism and City Identity
8. Gated communities between the Sense of both Security and Social fragmentation.
9. Participatory Design and Community Engagement
10. Digital Technologies and Influence of Application Techniques on Urban Identity