Instant Cities: Emergent Trends in Architecture and Urbanism in the Arab World

Venue: School of Architecture and Design, American University of Sharjah

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Event Date/Time: Apr 01, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 03, 2008
Registration Date: Jan 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 30, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Sep 30, 2007
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Call for Papers





Third International Conference



Instant Cities: Emergent Trends in Architecture and Urbanism in the Arab World



Organized by

The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR)



In collaboration with

School of Architecture and Design, American University of Sharjah



1-3 April, 2008

American University of Sharjah, UAE



Introduction



Throughout the Arab region, rapid urbanization fueled by speculation and geopolitical transformations have had a significant impact on architecture. The flow of people, goods and capital into the Gulf states has prompted fundamental changes resulting from economic growth and diversification intended to lessen the dependence on oil revenues. As a result of its ability to entice investors and instantly translate funds into real estate ventures, Dubai has become a prime example and a potential focus of study. Architects and planners struggle to adapt to processes of rapid change and there seems to be little time for reflection on the long-term socio-cultural or environmental consequences of current practices.

The conference will focus on the causes and effects of emergent trends in architecture and urbanism in the Gulf. Media campaigns and journalistic accounts of the extraordinary projects that promise to increase economic vitality and attract tourists have focused attention on the region. However, there have been few attempts to move beyond the descriptive. We invite colleagues from across disciplines to develop analyses that identify, explicate and theorize emergent trends in architecture and urbanism in the Arab region in general and the Gulf states in particular. Questions to be considered include: How has economic progress affected contemporary architecture and urbanism in the Arab region? What theoretical constructs can be employed to explain transformations in the built environment? What can be learned from architecture and urbanism in fast-developing cities like Dubai? How have inhabitants adapted to the effects of urban development?

While the conference is primarily concerned with conditions in the Gulf, organizers invite contributions that address how rapid urbanization affects the production of architecture and the lives of inhabitants throughout the Arab region and beyond.



Topics of Interest

We invite submissions in all areas related to urbanism and architecture, particularly work focusing on bridging the gap between theory and practice. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:



Urban Development

· Economic and Urban Strategies

· Culture, Lifestyle and Urbanity

· The Role of Heritage

· Landscape Strategies in Harsh Climates

· Urban, Suburban and Exurban

· New Urbanism/Transit-Oriented Development

· Tensions between Environmental and Economic Sustainability

· Changing Definitions of Public and Private

· Land use, Transportation and Urban Management

· Land Reclamation as a Means of Expansion

· The Impacts of Privatization

· Uses of Urban Space

· Segregation as an Urban Strategy

· Ecological and social sustainability

· Modernization and Cultural Regeneration



Morphology and Typology

· Emergent Urban Patterns

· Emergent Building Types

· Mixed-Use Developments

· Traditional Neighbourhood Design / Neo-Traditional Design

· Spaces for Shopping, Tourism and Entertainment

· Effects of Neo-Liberal Economic Policies (e.g. Free Zones, Privatization, etc.)

· The Role of Infrastructure

· Gender, Space and Social Practice

· Form as a Means of Social Control

· Environmental Determinism / Economic Determinism

· Postmodernity and the Architecture of Festivals

· Urban fabric, social life and healthy communities

· Approaches to Precedent



Design and Representation

· Simulations and Simulacra

· Depictions of the Arab World in Themed Developments

· Utopias/Dystopias

· The Role of Branding in Selling Buildings and Cities

· Constructing National Identities through Built Form

· Stylistic Tropes

· Representations vs. Reality in Architecture and Urbanism

· Design as a Marketing Tool

· Geometry and Form Generation

· Distributed Design and Global Practice



Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts: July 30, 2007

Full Paper submission: September 30, 2007

Notification of acceptance: November 15, 2007

Deadline for final papers: January 15, 2008



Submission and Relevant Information

Abstract submissions should be approximately 500 words and must be in English. Abstract and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Abstracts should be e-mailed to scientific committee chairs. Full paper submissions are required to be done online at the conference website: www.csaar-center.org/conference/2008A.



Full paper format, submission guidelines, registration, accommodation and further information are available at the conference website. For further information about submissions, please contact scientific committee chairs.



Organizing Committee

Amer Moustafa, American University of Sharjah, UAE

George Katodrytis, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Jamal Al-Qawasmi, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

Kevin Mitchell, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Mehdi Sabet, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Samia Rab, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Tim Kennedy, American University of Sharjah, UAE



Scientific Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Amer Moustafa

American University of Sharjah, UAE

amoustafa@aus.edu



Dr. Jamal Al-Qawasmi

KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

jamalq@kfupm.edu.sa



Prof. Kevin Mitchell

American University of Sharjah, UAE

kmitchell@aus.edu



Conference Manger

Rania Morsi, American University of Sharjah, UAE



International Scientific Committee

- George Katodrytis, American University of Sharjah, UAE

- Han Meyer, TU Delfet, Netherlands

- Habib AlShuwaikhat, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

- Ihab Elzeyadi, University of Oregon, USA

- Mehdi Sabet, American University of Sharjah, UAE

- Salim Elwazani, Bowling State University, USA

- Samia Rab, American University of Sharjah, UAE

- Tim Kennedy, American University of Sharjah, UAE

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