Event Date/Time: Sep 27, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 13, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Dec 01, 2007
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The map of world population is changing at an unprecedented rate. Urban centers the world over are growing fast. According to the United Nations experts, by the year 2008 almost one halve of the world population will be living in towns and cities.
The situation in Sudan is similar to other countries; this phenomenon started to aggravate by the end of the last century. In response, the Sudanese Institute of Architects is planning to devote its second annual conference (January 2008) to cater for this issue. The main objective of the conference is to investigate the issue, thoroughly, seeking means for attaining some appropriate/optimum solutions to problems arising from the augmenting and fast population mobility.
The main objectives of this conference may be summarized in the following non-inclusive points;
1. Presenting analytical studies on urban housing issues.
2. Highlighting problems associated with the accelerating rate of urban growth facing almost all of urban cities.
3. Suggesting appropriate, logical and practical proposals necessary to elevate the present problems in the Sudanese urban centers.
4. Documenting studies carried out in the area of disaster management.
5. Projecting general ideas on the prevailing problems of housing in the urban agglomerations and outlining requirements for appropriate approaches for tackling such problems.
6. Proposing means and ways of helping urbanize and uplift the newly involved urban population.
Conference Themes:
1. Land: a major development variable is to be investigated in terms of its suitable location, tenure system, cost, and all other factors that contribute to the quality of the final product.
2. Policy making: government long/short term housing policy, private sectors strategies and plans, regulations, bylaws, and administrative strategies for effective execution and follow up of projects.
3. Services: availability, adequacy and cost of basic services (water supply, sanitation, surface drainage, transportation, etc.) as well as modern life amenities (electricity, telecommunication and information) are important variables to investigate.
4. Contribution to national economy: housing provision (public/private) contributes directly/indirectly to the national economy of a country. Issues related to housing productivity and investment is of importance.
5. Housing beautification: architectural style, street view, urban fabric, waterfronts, open areas, land coverage, etc. Attention is to be paid to the cumulative image of housing pattern, details of individual units, and the overall image of an urban setting.
6. Social perspective: the appropriation and harmony of a housing environment to the social and cultural needs of people as well as to their aspirations and dreams is an important issue. Other related issues are: safety, privacy, livability and resident satisfaction.
7. Building materials: efforts (local/global) made to improve properties and performance of local resources, import policy and process and cost of widely used building materials.
8. Affordability: ability of local governments, private sectors and individuals to build sustainable affordable houses. Issues of importance here are: beneficiaries’ income, state contribution/subsidies, role/ initiatives of finance institutions and the construction industry, concept of corporate housing, etc.
9. Human resources development: public/private efforts to improve the skills of man power through regular training and capacity building programs.
Call for Papers:
To achieve its stated objectives, the institute is inviting all members of the professional community (architects, engineers, planners, socio-economic researchers, administrators, etc.) to participate in this event, by writing scientific papers, to be presented in this conference, in one or more of the above themes.
Submission Information:
The Scientific committee of the conference requests all those interested in the topic to, kindley submit abstracts of their proposed papers in English and Arabic not exceeding 500 words (abstracts in English only are also accepted). Full papers may be either in English or Arabic. Abstracts are to be e-mailed to the scientific committee in pdf or MS word document to (sia.sud@gmail.com) or to Fax 83 488756 – 83475884 -83492310
For further details see our web site (eskanconf-sud.org)
It is preferred that the abstract be coupled with a short CV.
Key Dates:
1. Abstract submission 13/10/2007
2. Notification of accepted abstracts 27/10/2007
3. Full paper submission 1/12/2007
4. Conference dates 15-17/1/2008