Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Forthcming Fall 2014: Urban Pamphleteer # 4 - Heritage and Renewal in Doha

Forthcoming - Fall 2014: 

Special issue 
Urban Pamphleteer # 4
Heritage and Renewal in Doha 

Urban Laboratory at University College London - UCL 
Clare Melhuish, Ben Campkin, and Rebecca Ross.

the Special issue of Heritage and Renewal in Doha will be available in November here:

Intervention urbanism: The delicacy of aspirational change in the old centre of Doha
Ashraf M. Salama

The other real doha
Ali Alraouf

In the Light of Day
David Kendall

The paradox of msheIreb
Rosanna Law

In search of doha’s public Realm
Rami el Samahy and Kelly Hutzell

old doha: readIng the cIty
Peter Bishop and Adrian Lahoud

Reconciling heritage & profit
Marcial Echenique

Energising heritage: Cultural relations & the Old Doha Prize
Vicky Richardson

Regenerating Doha’s old city centre
Alicja Borkowska, Iris Papadatou, Fatima Fawzy,  and Alaa Larr

Al-Asmakh: A disappearing neighbourhood
Ben Barbour

Tea & sympathy
Clare Melhuish

Sally MacDonald and Antonia Rosati

Recording a forced exodus
Fatma al Sahlawi

Roundabouts abound no more: A eulogy
Trinidad Rico

global heritage: shared legacies of modernist planning between Qatar & the uk
Michael Edwards and Clare Melhuish

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

IJAR July 2014 (Volume 8 – Issue 2): ‘COMPLEXITY, PATTERNS, AND BIOPHILIA’

IJAR July 2014 (Volume 8 – Issue 2) is now available. Entitled ‘COMPLEXITY, PATTERNS, AND BIOPHILIA’ this special issue is guest edited by Professor Nikos A. Salingaros. It includes a collection that “… describes Christopher Alexander’s work and related developments based on his human, sensitive, and scientific approach to architecture. And yet, much of it remains curiously outside the architectural and academic mainstream.”  Encompassing eight articles and essays, from biologists, philosophers, historians, and urbanists, this edition of IJAR presents samples of original thoughts, ideas, and theories that contribute to the shaping of a healthy and responsive approach to the future built environment. To navigate this edition visit this page http://www.archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/issue/view/28 To submit articles for future issues of IJAR visit the online submission page

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City

Demystifying Doha: 
On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City

Authors: Ashraf M. Salama and Florian Wiedmann
Edition: October 2013

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Franham, United Kingdom
ISBN   978-1409466345

Click here to visit the book page on ASHGATE website

Over the past decade or so, the wealth produced by Qatar's oil and gas exports has generated a construction development boom in its capital city of Doha and the surrounding vicinity. Since the late 1990s, the number of inhabitants has grown from less than 400,000 to more than 1.7 million today. In many respects, Doha is portrayed as an important emerging global capital in the Gulf region, which has been positioning and re-inventing itself on the map of international architecture and urbanism, with a global image of building clusters of glass office towers, as well as cultural and educational facilities.

While focusing on the architectural and planning aspects of Doha's intensive urbanization, this first comprehensive examination of the city sets this within the socio-political and economic context of the wider Arabian Peninsula. 'Demystifying Doha - On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City' features a comprehensive discussion on contemporary architecture and urbanism of Doha as an emerging regional metropolis. It provides a critical analysis of the evolution of architecture and urbanism as products of the contemporary global condition. Issues that pertain to emerging service hubs, decentralised urban governance, integrated urban development strategies, image-making practices, urban identity, the dialectic relations between the city and its society and sustainable urbanism are all examined to elucidate the urban evolution and the contemporary condition of Doha. 'Demystifying Doha - On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City' concludes by suggesting a framework for future studies of the city as well as for investigating the future of similar cities, setting out an agenda for sustainable urban growth, while invigorating the multiple roles urban planners and architects can play in shaping this future.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SusTED' 13: Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design Conference 2013

SusTED' 13: Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design Conference 2013
18-19 December 2013, Fakulti Rekabentuk dan Senibina
University Putra Malaysia 


Today, the built environment faces the steep task of answering complex questions pertaining to sustainability, performance, and adaptability. The challenge is to come out with innovative thinking in resolving these issues either in the form of new ideas, methods, design or product and technologies. The adaptation of innovation in the built environment provides alternative strategies in creating a more sustainable living environment. The SusTED 13 this year will focus on establishing coherence of the built environment in research and innovation, by bringing both academics and practitioners to share their views and experiences. The theme, ‘Innovation in the Built Environment’, draws attention to the awareness, appreciation and adaptation towards innovative means in shaping the future of built environment and society. The focus of discussion concerns interdisciplinary approach that contributes towards innovative solutions of environmental issues.

SusTED Secretariat
Faculty of Design and Architecture
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603-89464025/4011 (Azra/Jurina)
Fax: +603-89464047

Dr. Mohd Fairuz Shahidan (Conference and Papers info.)
Tel: +603-894 64082/Fax: +6 (0) 89464005
Email: mohdfairuz@putra.upm.edu.my

Dr. Dalilah Dahlan (Papers info.)
Email: dahlannd@yahoo.com

Ar. Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian (Papers info.)
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 3965 / Fax: +44 (0) 1772 89 2916
Email: FPour-Rahimian@uclan.ac.uk

Friday, August 31, 2012

Call for Papers: Special Issue of International Journal of Architectural Research

Call for Papers: Special Issue of International Journal of Architectural Research

Reconstruction of built environment after natural hazard and conflict induced disasters.. 

Guest Editor: Dr Jason von Melding
SPACE: School of Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast, 
United Kingdom.

Monday, August 20, 2012

What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy? by Emily Badger

Good article by Emily Badger on aspects of public space that promote and encourage democratic performances.. The article refers  to a new book by the Political scientist John Parkinson, Democracy and Public Space: the Physical Sites of Democratic Performance... includes ranking of 11 national capitals..

For full article by Emily Badger

For book by John Parkinson

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 archnet.ijar.editor@gmail.com or asalama@archnetijaronline.org

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers  
14-17 May 2013, Oslo, Norway

Organised by  
  • Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • DRS (Design Research Society)
  • CUMULUS (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media)

This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of contemporary approaches to design education research. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research in any aspect and discipline of design education.

Call for papers 
Conference Website

Conference theme

Design Learning for Tomorrow - Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD
Designed artefacts and solutions influence our lives and values, both from a personal and societal perspective. Designers, decision makers, investors and consumers hold different positions in the design process, but they all make choices that will influence our future visual and material culture. To promote sustainability and meet global challenges for the future, professional designers are dependent on critical consumers and a design literate general public.  For this purpose design education is important for all. We propose that design education in general education represents both a foundation for professional design education and a vital requirement for developing the general public’s competence for informed decision making.

We invite submissions along the following themes:

  • Philosophy of design education
  • Design curriculum
  • Design knowledge
  • Design education for non-designers
  • Research informed designed education – Design education informing research
  • Multidisciplinary design education
  • Challenges in design education methods
  • Assessment
  • Design continuum
  • eLearning and Design Education
  • Internationalisation of Design Education
  • We are also seeking expression of interest to conduct workshops and symposia.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Architecture and Urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula -- A FOCUS ON THE CITY OF DOHA, QATAR

Architecture and Urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula with a focus on the city of Doha are featured in a new series of publications.

Salama, Ashraf M. and Gharib, Remah Y. (2012): A Perceptual Approach for Understanding Urban Diversity in the City of Doha. In: Special Issue on Urban Diversity: Paradoxes and Realities, Guest Edited by Ashraf M. Salama and Alain Thierstein, Open House International, Volume 37, Issue 2, Urban International Press,  Gateshead, United Kingdom.

Salama, Ashraf M. (2012): Narrating Doha’s Contemporary Architecture: The then, the now, the drama, the theater, and the performance. Digital Architectural Papers, Issue 8: Middle East 1: Conditions for an Architectural Practice. ETH-Chair: Josep Lluis Mateo. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

Salama, Ashraf M. (2012): Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World. In. P. Emmons, J. Lomholt, and J. S. Hendrix (eds.), The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Routledge: London.

Salama, Ashraf M. (2012): Assessing Qatar University’s Campus Outdoor Spaces: Design Intentions Versus Users’ Reactions. In S. Mallory-Hill, W. Preiser and C. Watson (eds.), Enhancing Building Performance. John Wiley and Sons, New York, pp.139-150. ISBN # 978-0-470-65759-1 

Salama, Ashraf M. (2011):  Identity Flows: The Arabian Peninsula, Emerging Metropolises. In: Luis Fernández-Galiano (ed.), Atlas Architectures of the 21st Century - Africa and Middle East. Fundación BBVA, Madrid, pp. 170-225. ISBN # 978-84-92937-19-6

Salama, Ashraf M. (2011): Towards a Responsive Architectural and Urban Education for Understanding of and Intervening in Islamic Societies, Reflections on a New Post Graduate Program at the Education City, Doha, Qatar. Lonaard Magazine is a peer-reviewed periodical, publication of Lonaard Group in London, Issue 4, Volume 1, July 2011, pp. 130-137. ISSN: 2045-8150

Wiedmann, Florian, Salama, Ashraf M. and Thierstein, Alain (2012): Urban Evolution of the City of Doha: The Impact of Economic Transformations on Urban Structures. In: METU-JFA, Journal of the Faculty of Architecture-Middle East Technical University, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp. 35-61.

Wiedmann, Florian, Salama, Ashraf M. and Thierstein, Alain (2012): A Framework for Investigating Urban Qualities in Emerging Knowledge Economies. In: International Journal of Architectural Research: Archnet-IJAR, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.42-56.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Requalifying the Built Environment: Challenges and Responses

Requalifying the Built Environment: Challenges and Responses
Series: Advances in People-Environment Studies, Vol. 4
Roderick J. Lawrence, Hulya Turgut, & Peter Kellett (Editors)
A New Release by HOGREFE 

How global change is impacting on the social, physical, and economic structure of cities and their inhabitants

Urban Requalification, Renewal, and Regeneration by Roderick J. Lawrence, Hulya Turgut, and Peter Kellett

I Heritage and Cultural Identity: Key Issues

The Heritage of the Built Environment as Development: Paradigms, Possibilities, and Problems by Gregory Ashworth

Historic City Centres as Catalysts for Wider Sustainable Urban Regeneration by Amira M. Elnokaly and Ahmed B. Elseragy

Case Studies in Renovation and Urban Regeneration: Learning by Doing by Rolf Johansson

II Challenges of the Institutional, Economic, and Political Context
Ideologies of Gentrification and the Right to the City by Loretta Lees

Social and Spatial Re-Structuring in Inner-City Residential Areas: The Case of Fener-Balat, Istanbul by Hulya Turgut and Begum Sismanyazici

Who Won the Battle of Beirut Downtown? Revisiting the Crisis of Cultural Identity in Rehabilitating Post-War Beirut by Tarek Saad Ragab

III Implementation Addressing Key Challenges

Requalifying Aging Suburbs to Counter Urban Sprawl: The Contribution of GIRBa to Cultural Sustainability by Carole Després, Andrée Fortin, and Geneviève Vachon

Resident Led Regeneration: Proposals for Large Scale Self-Build Development in London by Levent Kerimol

Social Urbanism: Integrated and Participatory Urban Upgrading in Medellin, Colombia by Camilo Calderon

Empowering Local Communities to Revitalise Old Quarters: Cases From Egypt by Maye Yehia

Requalifying the Built Environment: Moving Forward by Roderick J. Lawrence

For more information contact:
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World (Ashraf M. Salama) In In The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Hendrix

A New Book Chapter: Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World (by Ashraf M. Salama). In The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Hendrix

The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
Exploring the ambiguities of how we define the word ‘culture’ in our global society, this book identifies its imprint on architectural ideas. It examines the historical role of the cultural in architectural production and expression, looking at meaning and communication, tracing the formations of cultural identities. Chapters written by international academics in history, theory and philosophy of architecture, examine how different modes of representation throughout history have drawn profound meanings from cultural practices and beliefs. These are as diverse as the designs they inspire and include religious, mythic, poetic, political, and philosophical references.

The Chapter-Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World- offers a positional interpretation and  interrogates the irony of identity, tradition and modernity by critically outlining a number of visual voices that represent selected interventions developed within the Arab World. Through a reading of trends that emerged over the past few decades  an effort is made to place such a reading in focus by outlining contextual geo-cultural politics and their inferences on the shaping of architectural identity. An approach for a deeper insight into contemporary Arab architecture within which inevitable trends co-exist is framed based on positivistic and anti-positivistic positions and their underlying ontological and epistemological perspectives.

For More information about the book content, 

Prologue: Cultivating Architecture Nicholas Temple 
Part 1: Architecture as Agent of Recovery, a Testimony to Values 
Introduction Jane Lomholt 1. Greek Theatre as an Embodiment of Cultural Meaning Dagmar Weston 2. The Restoration of Memory: Roman Attitudes to Architectural Heritage Chris Siwicki 3. Il Corridoio Vasariano: A Resplendent Passage to Medici and Vasari’s Grandeur Liana Cheney 4. Language Beyond Metaphor: The Structural Symbolism of Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza Noé Badillo 5. Villa Albani, Repository of Multiple Narratives Jane Lomholt 6. The Space of Fiction: On the Cultural Relevance of Architecture Louise Pelletier 7. Using Old Stuff and Thinking in a New Way: Material Culture, Conservation and Fashion in Architecture Cristina González-Longo 

Part 2: Architecture as Substance and Sustenance: Cultural Desires and Needs 
Introduction Paul Emmons 8. De Beata Architectura, Places for Thinking Marco Frascari 9. Sverre Fehn: Materials and Culture Chris Hay 10. A Persuasive Topology: Alvar Aalto and the Ambience of History Harry Charrington 11. Freiraum: Ideas of Freedom and Nature in the Work of Mies van der Rohe Jan Frohburg 12. Architectural Poetics in Alvaro Siza’s Church of Santa Maria Alexandra Stara 13. "The Play of Plans: Le Corbusier’s Serious Game of Dominos Paul Emmons 14. Something out of the "Ordinary" Gerald Adler 

Part 3: A Time of Aspirations: Cultural Understanding of the Roles of Architecture 
15. The Relevance of Beauty in Architecture Alberto Pérez-Gómez 16. Architectural Creation Between ‘Culture’ and ‘Civilization’ Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou 17. Architectural Identity Demystified: Visual Voices from the Arab World Ashraf Salama 18. The Fiction of the Digital in the Mediated City Jason Crow 19. The Memory of Ruins and the Ruins of Memory Mark Cannata 20. The Conceptual Bearings of the Intercultural Role of Architecture Nader El-Bizri 21. Architecture as the Psyche of a Culture John Hendrix Epilogue: The Necessity of Architecture John Hendrix  

Friday, May 18, 2012

Identity Flows, the Arabian Peninsula, and Emerging Metropolises (by Ashraf M. Salama) is featured in a new ATLAS: Architectures of the 21st Century: African and the Middle East (edited by Luis Fernández Galiano).

Identity Flows, the Arabian Peninsula, and Emerging Metropolises (by Ashraf M. Salama) is featured in a new ATLAS: Architectures of the 21st Century: African and the Middle East (edited by Luis Fernández Galiano).

A New Atlas on Architectures of the 21st Century in Africa and the Middle East is now available.
Edited by Luis Fernández Galiano
Published by BBVA Foundation, Madrid, Spain
ISBN #  978-84-92937-19-6

THIS ATLAS, devoted to the most recent architecture of Africa and the Middle East, is the third volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published in 2007 by the BBVA Foundation, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. With the same intellectual coordinates as the previous books, which attempted to simultaneously reflect the ‘state of the world’ and the ‘state of the art’, this publication gathers a selection of recent works and projects along with ten texts by prominent experts on the different countries or regions of the area, from Southern Africa to Turkey, passing through the heart of the continent, the Maghreb, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and the territories that once were Persia, Mesopotamia and the Levant. Initiated with a volume on Asia and the Pacific, the series continued with one devoted to America, and will complete the itinerary with a fourth volume on the architectures of Europe, ending at the finis terrae of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Atlas features articles and a considerable of projects covering different countries and regions including

Luis Fernández-Galiano;  
Springs and Storms. An Architectural Itinerary from Southern Africa to the Bosphorus
1. Southern Africa
Iain Low
Nostalgia for the Specific. Southern Africa, Local Cultures and Global Pressures
2. Central and Eastern Africa
Antoni Folkers
Aspirations and Inspirations. Central and Eastern Africa, Precarious and Booming
3. Western Africa
Nnamdi Elleh
Vernacular Poetry. Western Africa, the Aesthetics of Scarcity
4. Northern Africa
Hassan Radoine
Modernity with Context. The North of Africa, a Mediterranean ‘genius loci’
5. Egypt
Khaled Asfour
Future Pasts. Egypt, the Character of a Culture
6. Arabian Peninsula
Ashraf M. Salama
Identity Flows. The Arabian Peninsula, Emerging Metropolises
7. Iran
Farrokh Derakhshani
Longing and Contemporaneity. Iran, New Forms of Self-Expression
8. Mesopotamia and Levant
Mohammad al-Asad
A Volatile Creativity. Mesopotamia and the Levant, Sprouts of Hope
9. Israel
Rafi Segal
Parallel Realities. Israel, between Conflict and Retreat
10. Turkey
Suha Özkan
Between East and West. Turkey, a Mosaic of Scales and Experiences

Friday, February 24, 2012

Public Lecture: Democratic Design and Community Development by Professor Henry Sanoff

Democratic Design and Community Development
Public Lecture by Professor Henry Sanoff
Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
College of Engineering, Qatar University
March 7, 2012
Doha, Qatar

Democratic design is an attitude about a force for change in the creation and management of environments for people. Its strength lies in being a movement that cuts across traditional professional boundaries and cultures. Its roots lie in the ideals of a participatory democracy where collective decision-making is highly decentralized throughout all sectors of society, so that all individuals learn participatory skills and can effectively participate in various ways in the making of all decisions that affect them. This presentation includes examples of my architecture and planning case studies in Japan, Mexico and the United States that illustrate a variety of participation methods by which people can be involved in shaping and managing their environment.

Professor Henry Sanoff is a world recognised specialist in the field of community participation. He is an author of world published books, among them: Community participation methods in design and planning, Designing with Community Participation, Three Decades of Design and Community, Participatory Design: Theory and Techniques, Design Games, Methods of Architectural Programming and Visual Research Methods in Design. His other fields of interest include: social housing, community art, children’s environment and aging populations. He is the author of, among others: Creating Environments for Young Children and School Design: Planning with People: Integrating Programming Evaluation and Participation in Design. Another subject of his concern is environmental education, which resulted in the book Seeing the Environment, he has been also one of the founders of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 1969.

For more information on the lecture,
visit http://www.qu.edu.qa/engineering/events/auppublichenry.php

For more information on the work of Professor Henry Sanoff,
visit http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/s/sanoff/www/henry.html
and  http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/s/sanoff/www/schooldesign/home.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Middle East Lecture Series, Department of Architecture, Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich

A series of lectures on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, as part of the second semester studio of Professor Dr. Josep Lluis Mateo - Chair, Department of Architecture, ETH (February 22, 2012 - May 15, 2012)

Guest Speakers: Ibrahim Al Jaidah, Khaled Al Sallah, Ashraf M. Salama, Rami Daher, and Sahel Al Hiyari    

Ibrahim Mohamed Al Jaidah

Khaled A. Al-Sallal

Ashraf M.Salama

Rami Farouk Daher

Sahel Al Hiyari

For more Information: click here

Monday, January 30, 2012

Enhancing Building Performance: A New Groundbreaking Book by Wiley-2012

Enhancing Building Performance
Editors: Shauna Mallory-Hill, Wolfgang P. E. Preiser, Christopher G. Watson

ISBN: 978-0-470-65759-1
360 pages
March 2012

Enhancing Building Performance presents the latest BPE work, providing a systematic approach for those who wish to use BPE to deliver improved building performance that is responsive to the needs of stakeholders. With chapters written by experts from around the world the book demonstrates how to apply BPE to enhance building design. Topics covered include: evidence-based and integrative design processes, evaluation methods and tools, and education and knowledge transfer. In addition, case studies provide specific examples of how BPE has been used to study such things as the impact of workplace design on human productivity and innovation.

See Book Page on Wiley Website
Read Table of Contents

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Toward a more conscious approach to urban development

Interview: Toward a more conscious approach to urban development

QNRF-Qatar National Research Fund Newsletter, Issue # 8, January 2012


Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. At the heart of the vision for the country's development is a decreased dependence on natural resources and an increased reliance on a knowledge economy. This vision demands much in terms of aligning infrastructure to support education and research. But more than that, it demands the right people to bring, create and transfer knowledge. Attracting them is one thing, retaining them is another. For the first time, a researcher in Qatar is putting Doha under the microscope to make suggestions about its development.

“What do we mean by knowledge economy?” asked Professor Ashraf Salama, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. “That’s an important question. If you have international universities, international businesses or what is called APS, advanced producer services, international high tech and IT, then you have a knowledge economy. But the urban environment should be able to accommodate these practices. Does it? That’s what we are studying in Doha, its potential to support the knowledge economy.”

For more, click here>> http://qnrfnewsletter.org/issue8/funded_research4.php

Thursday, January 5, 2012




International Symposium
Organized Jointly between Yıldız Technical University and Qatar University

Prof. Dr. Murat SOYGENİŞ, Symposium Chair,
Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Yıldız Technical University, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Ashraf M. SALAMA, Symposium co-Chair,
Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University, Qatar

Since the beginning of the new millennium, it was apparent that a new phase influencing the development of architecture and urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East had begun, when rulers, decision makers, and top government officials developed stronger interest in architecture and development. With such a sturdy interest many cities in this region are experiencing rapid growth coupled with fast track urbanization processes, and marked by large scale work, learning and residential environments, and mixed use developments. This is witnessed from Istanbul’s intensive urbanization process to Abu-Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island Development to Bahrain Financial Harbor, and from Kuwait’s City of Silk to the future city of Qatar, Lusail. Notably, some cities have acquired a geo-strategic importance. Through the shift of global economic forces, they have developed to central hubs between old economies of Western Europe and the rising economies of Asia. In the context of international competition between cities new challenges are emerging.

For More information

Conference Poster

Conference Call for Papers

Thursday, December 29, 2011

IJAR @ Five Years made it to Scopus-Elsevier: International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, November 2011.

With the launch of the third issue of 2011, ArchNet-IJAR completes it's fifth year of publication. The November, 2011 issue of ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research is available for download here. http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.jsp?document_id=12399

An archive of past and present articles appears in a special ArchNet-IJAR section in the Digital Library. http://archnet.org/library/documents/collection.jsp?collection_id=1543

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 archnet.ijar.editor@gmail.com . or asalama@archnetijaronline.org

Download complete publication from Archnet Digital Library http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.jsp?document_id=12399

Download and see record of individual articles from the Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&genre=journal&issn=19946961&volume=5&issue=3&date=2011&uiLanguage=en

Table of Contents

Refereed Regular Papers

Factors Influencing Public Attachment to Mosques in Malaysia 07/24
Mina Najafi and Mustafa Kamal Bin Mohd Shariff

The Significance of User Participation in Architectural Design: The Case of Nicosia Social Housing Complex 25/39
Rafooneh Mokhtarshahi Sani, Bahar Ulucay, and Pinar Ulucay

Revitalizing Historic Cairo: Three Decades of Policy Failure 40/57
Remah Y. Gharib

Post Occupancy Evaluation of Shared Circulation Spaces of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Dokuz Eylul University 58/80
Rengin Zengel and Ilkim S. Kaya

Architectural Form Creation in the Design Studio: Physical Modeling as an Effective Design Tool 81/92
Wael Abdelhameed

Intellectual Property in Architecture: Between Legislations and Ethical Manifestations with Special Reference to the Egyptian Case 93/106
Nehad Mohamed Eweda

Review and Trigger Articles

Architecture and Design Research: Reflections in Relation to the Design Process 107/115
Navid Gohardani

Place Identity in 21st Century Architecture in South Korea 116/133
Hee Sun (Sunny) Choi

Book Review: Designing for Play, by Barbara E. Hendricks 134/136
Remah Y. Gharib

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shaping the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Societies

Shaping the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Societies

International Symposium
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Foundation Doha, Qatar
December 21, 2011



09:00 – 09:15 Opening and Remarks
Prof. Hatem El-Karanshawy
Dean of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies,
Qatar Foundation

Session A

09:45 – 10:15 “Whence Islamic Architecture?”
Prof. Nasser Rabbat Aga Khan Professor of the History of Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology- MIT, USA

09:15 – 09:45 “Architecture and the Vindication of Tradition”
Prof. Abdel Wahed El Wakeel Architect, Head of Center of Islamic Urban Planning and Architecture, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Foundation, Qatar

10:15 – 10:45 “Continuity versus Fragmentation for the Contemporary Muslim Urban Fabric”
Prof. Attilio Petruccioli Dean School of Architecture, Polytechnic, University of Bari, Italy

10:45 – 11:00 Moderated Discussion

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

Session B

11:15 – 11:45 “Dynamics of Urban Form in the Traditional Arab Town”
Prof. Mashary Al-Naim Professor of Architectural Criticism, College of Architecture, Dammam University, KSA

11.45 – 12.15 “Understanding the Production of Space in Cities of the Gulf Region: The Case of Doha”
Prof. Ashraf M. Salama Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering,. Qatar University

12:15 – 12:45 “Industrialization and the built environment in the Islamic World”
Prof. Mohammad al-Asad Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Jordan

12:45 – 13:00 Moderated Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Session C

14:00 – 14:30 “The historic public baths of North African Cities and their survival into the 21st Century”
Dr. Magda Sibley Senior Lecturer, School of Environment and Development, The University of Manchester, UK

14:30 – 15:00 “Revitalizing Historic Cairo: Three Decades of Policy Failure”
Dr. Remah Gharib Assistant Professor, Center of Islamic Urban Planning and Architecture, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Foundation

15:00 – 15:30 “AL Mizaan- Architecture and Urbanism”
Prof. Sami Angawi Director General, AMAR Center for Architectural Studies and Founder of Hajj Research Center

15:30 – 15:45 Moderated Discussion

15:45 – 16:00 Closings

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. ____________________________________________________________________________