Monday, July 30, 2012

Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 6, Issue 2, July 2012

The latest issue of ArchNet-IJAR, a fully refereed architectural research journal edited by Professor Ashraf Salama, is available in the Digital Library. Articles in IJAR Volume 6, Issue 2 cover a considerable number of topics that include engaging history in architectural education, architectural criticism, skyscrapers and platemaking, public spaces in Mexican cities, assessment of an urban school in India, sustainable urban landscape, and unresolved rooftop . This edition also features a special section of review and trigger articles that present issues relevant to democratic design, neighborhood design based on historic precedents, systems thinking in architectural design studio, and architectural education in Afghanistan.

The IJAR July 2012 issue is available for download here. An archive of past and present articles are collected in a special section of ArchNet-IJAR section in the Digital Library.
Archnet-IJAR is a fully refereed architectural research journal edited by Professor Ashraf Salama. The Journal is indexed and is listed in several databases, including Avery index to Architectural Periodicals, EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture, INTUTE, Directory of Open Access Journals, Pro-Quest, Scopus-Elsevier and several other university library databases. To inquire about contributing articles for future issues of IJAR, please contact the chief editor at or

Table of Contents

Refereed Regular Papers

Mythic Foundations:
Engaging History for Architecture Education (7-23)
Tammy Gaber

Architectural Criticism in Practice: From Affective to Effective Experience (24-42)
Aaron T. Davis and Wolfgang F.E. Preiser

Skyscrapers and Placemaking: Supporting Local Culture and Identity (43-64)
Kheir Al-Kodmany and Mir M. Ali

The (re)Construction of Public Space in Today’s Mexican City (65-78)
Mauricio Hernández Bonilla

Through the Eyes of the Learner: A Critical Evaluation of an Urban Indian School (79-97)
Smita Khan and Rajashree Kotharkar

Sustainable Urban Landscape: An Approach for Assessing and Appropriating Indicators (98-114)
Ahmed Mohamed Amin

The Unresolved Rooftop (115-131)
Simone Medio

Review and Trigger Articles

A Sustained Quest for Democracy in Design and Planning Decision Making Book Review: ‘Democratic Design: Participation Case Studies in Urban and Small Town Environments by Henry Sanoff (132-134)
Ashraf M. Salama

Neighborhood Test Design Based on Historic Precedents (135-148)Besim S. Hakim
S m y r n a S t u d i o - Temporal and Urban Peripheries in Systems Thinking (149-157)
Gudjon Thor Erlendsson and Gul Kacmaz Erk

Architectural Education in Afghanistan: Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities (158-180) 
Abdul Wasay Najimi

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