Call for Papers: Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization

Call for Papers

Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization

CSAAR 2007

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


In Collaboration with 

Department of Architecture,

 National School of Architecture and Urbanism, Tunis, Tunisia

13-15 November, 2007


Developments in transportation, communication and networking technologies in recent decades have instigated unprecedented flow of people, goods, and information across the globe, a phenomenon that has shaped the all-powerful thrust of globalization. This phenomenon led a drive for taking a universal outlook on social, economic, and environmental issues, but at the same time, instigated a wave of criticism.  With its tendency to blur the boundaries among nations and cultures, globalization is seen as benevolent and progressive by some, and malevolent and regressive by others.  While one camp promises economic prosperity for partners of global exchanges, the counterpart protests the potential of the exchanges to breed erosion in societal identities of regions and nations.  The opposing views tackle all aspects of human living, and as such, spread broadly to the academia and the professions where heated debates on global issues are now enduring. CSAAR 2007 conference addresses regional architecture and identity in the built environment in the context of globalization. The conference will focus on the study of increasing contradictions between the "modernization" of regions on the one hand and the cultural identity of these places on the other. 

Though the recent tide of globalization is very strong, it is clear that there is also a countervailing need for regionalism. We propose that globalization can only succeed on the basis of healthy regionalism.  It is evident that under strong globalization trends, regional identities did not disappear. On the contrary, they have tenaciously continued to express themselves urbanisiticlly, architecturally, and behaviorally.  The conference intends to use this proposition as a point of departure to explore and examine the various discourses regarding regionalism, globalization and their impact on the built environment. Questions to be asked and issues to be considered include: regional architecture and how it is being (re)defined, interaction(s) between the regional and the global, the intersection between colonial past and contemporary architectural productions, the regional dynamics of architectural/cultural flows, the trends of regionalism and how they coexist, compete or contradict  with  the process of globalization, the role of architecture in connecting people and cultures across geographical and chronological boundaries, the role of the state in promoting/ constructing various types of cultural identities, bridging  the gab between Regionalism and Modernization, how regional architecture can surmount the limitations of constant forms of the past, to what level features of contemporary urban developments respond more to global (economic) conditions than to local or national ones, to what extent regionalism accept other regions traditions and incorporate and integrate new technological, and environmental inventions.

Topics of Interest

We invite scholars and practitioners in architecture, urban design and related fields to submit papers on any topic related to conference theme. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of issues related to regional architecture, identity and globalization. The conference is structured around a number of themes that include -but are not limited to:

Architecture in the Global and Regional Context

Architecture between Regionalism and Internationalism

Impact of Globalization and Regionalism Trends on Architectural Production

Contextual Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Architecture and Postmodernism

Critical Regionalism

Critiquing Critical Regionalism

Regionalism and Digital Media

Trends in New Regionalism

Globalization and the City

Urban Morphology and Identity

Re-humanizing the Built Environments: the Regional Dimension

Social and Spatial Problems of Suburbanization

New Urbanism

Sustainability at Urban and Regional Levels

City Form/ City Image between Internationalism and Regionalism

Locality and Globality in the Built Environment

Tourism and the Packaging of Region

Cultural Heritage and Tourism

The Built Environment and Identity

Forms of Cultural Identities

Localization and Delocalisation

Contested Identities in Architecture

Modernization and Cultural Regeneration

Reinventing Traditions/Identities in the Globalized Context

The Meaning of Regionalism in Architecture

Identity in Postcolonial Architecture

The Construction/Production of Architectural Identity in the Information Age

Natural Identity versus Constructed, Forced, Global and other Identities

Architectural Heritage, Authenticity and Modernization

Rehabilitation, Regeneration and Restructuring

Beyond the Vernacular Threshold

Conservation and Meaning of Place

Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts:                                   February 15, 2007

Full paper submission:                                   pril 15, 2007

Notification of acceptance:                            May 30, 2007

Deadline for final papers:                               July 30, 2007

Submission and Relevant Information

Abstract submission must be in English with about 700 words. Full paper submission could be either in English or Arabic.  Abstract and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Abstracts should be e-mailed to conference co-chair ( Full paper submissions are required to be done online at the conference Website:

Full paper format, submission guidelines, registration, accommodation and further information will be available at conference Website. For further information about submissions, please contact conference chairs.

Posters, Panel Discussion & Workshops

CSAAR 2007 also welcomes proposals for:

* Poster papers

* Plenary Session/ Panel Discussion

* Workshops

Proposals may address any of the topics falling within the scope of the conference themes.

Schedule (for Posters, Plenary Sessions/ Panel Discussion & Workshops Proposals)

Proposals due: April 15, 2007

Notification of Acceptance: May 30, 2007

Position papers due (panels): July 30, 2007

Further information about submitting proposals for poster papers, workshops and panel discussion can be found at conference website.

Conference Proceedings

All papers presented at CSAAR 2007 conference will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the time of registration. In addition, papers will be published in a volume of CSAAR Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN 1992-7320).

Conference Chairs

Dr. Jamal Al-Qawasmi

KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ali Jerbi

National School of Architecture and Urbanism, Tunisa

Conference Manager

Dr. Abdesselem Mahmoud

National School of Architecture and Urbanism, Tunisia

International Scientific Committee

(more to come)

          Ahmed Sedkey, KFUPM. Saudi Arabia

          A. Sameh El Kharbawy, California State University, USA 

          Bechir Kenzari, UAE University, UAE

          Frank Eckardt, Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, Germany

          Galal Abada, Ain Shams University, Egypt

          Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, Texas A&M University, USA

          Johannes WIdodo, National University of Singapore, Singapore

          Rafee Hakkyr, Bahrain University, Bahrain

          Rami Daher, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

          Rula Awwad-Rafferty, University of Idaho, USA

          Steffen Lehmann, University of Newcastle, Australia

          Wael Samhouri, International Univ. of Science & Technology, Syria

          Yasser Mahgoub, Kuwait University, Kuwait

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