Sunday, April 29, 2007

Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research Vol 1 - Issue 1 March 2007

Ashraf Salama - Contact IJAR@MIT.EDU

Advisory Board:
Attilio Petruccioli; Hashim Sarkis; Henry Sanoff; Mohamad Al-Asad; Nasser Rabbat; Nicholas Wilkinson; Peter Rowe; Suha Ozkan; William Mitchell

Editorial-Scientific Board:
Akhtar Chauhan; Aleya Abel-Hadi; Ali Cengizkan; Amer Moustafa; Anne Beamish; Budi Sukada; Dalila Al-Kerdani; Donatella Mazzoleni; Eman El-Nachar; Fuad Mallick; Hulya Turgut; Ihab Elzeyadi; Malika Bose; Magda Sibley; Mashary Al-Naim; Peter Kellett; Yasser El-Shehstawy; Yasser Mahgoub.

ArchNet-IJAR is a new interdisciplinary scholarly online publication of architecture, planning, and built environment studies. The journal aims at establishing a bridge between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, and urban planning and built environment studies. It reports on the latest research findings innovative approaches for creating responsive environments, with special focus on developing countries.

In this inaugural issue (PDF here) of IJAR, there are seven highly interesting and diverse papers. Two papers place emphasis on the technical aspects of the built environment including accessibility, fire safety (Sheila Ornstein, Rosaria Ono et al), day-lighting, and energy performance (Uma Maheswaran & Ang Guo zi); one paper introduces a new position on the role of human intelligence in shaping the architecture of the 21st century (Nikos A. Salingaros & Kenneth G. Masden II); three papers offer critical analyses of the built environment of the Arab world debating issues that pertain to tradition, modernity, and identity (Khaled Asfour, Yasser Mahgoub, and Ashraf Salama); and one paper explores the notion of hierarchy in Taj Mahal's interior spatial environment (Thalia Kennedy).

Architecture-Urbanism is dedicated to a) those who are interested in creating livable and sustainable environments and buildings that meet socio-cultural and socio-behavioral needs of people, environments that are responsive to historical, traditional and physical constraints, b) to those who are interested in finding panacea for the ills of our globalized world, and c) to those who are interested in regaining what cultures and societies have lost by the acts of architects. ____________________________________________________________________________