First Call for Papers : Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development

First Call for Papers

 The Second International Conference on

Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development

Organized by

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

In collaboration with

Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Jordan and the University of Dundee, School of Architecture, UK 


12 – 14 July, 2010 

Amman, Jordan





The increasing urbanization of many parts of the world coupled with other globally critical issues such as environmental pollution, energy consumption, and resources shortage are resulting in major urban crises in many parts of the world. A strong emphasis nowadays is placed upon improving the sustainability of the built environment "from cradle to cradle". This is attributed to the growing public awareness of the importance of "sustainable development" practices, which also enhances quality of life. Public governance and the construction industry are confronted by the push for sustainability. A fresh and holistic approach to designing, constructing and managing the built environment addressing building and the spatial environment is required, which will need to address buildings and he entire spatial environment. New sets of regulatory practices, indicators, measurements, and priorities are emerging with application at all scales – from individual buildings to the district and city-scale level.

Building on the successful international conference Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development held in Tripoli, Libya in 2009 and in order to explore and map the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development within the urban environment, The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) and Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Jordan and the University of Dundee, School of Architecture, UK have joined together to organize the second edition for the international conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development (SAUD ’10).

The conference aims to address the various aspects of urban development considering the implications of applying the principles of sustainability.  Of particular interest for the conference is sustainability in the Arab world cities. These cities are undergoing one of the fastest rates of development in the world.  However, this rapid, often erratic, and sometimes traumatic growth has not occurred without unwanted consequences in the built environment.  

The theme of the conference is "Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development". It aims to provide a forum to examine and discuss solution-oriented, practical methods for implementing sustainable development, and to stimulate more ideas and useful insights regarding architecture and urban development within the context of sustainability.  The conference welcomes papers that address issues related to best practice of sustainability in urban design, planning and development in the Arab region and elsewhere. In the interest of tackling these issues from multiple perspectives as well as disciplinary, we invite a wide array of research approaches, ranging from critical-theoretical interrogations to experimental-empirical studies that would encompass not only the spatial and physical aspects of the built environment, but also the social, economic, legislative, cultural and ecological contexts and consequences.  The event will feature international prominent Key Speakers, Academic Sessions, Roundtable Discussions and other interactive discussions, to ensure that all participants will greatly benefit from this conference and its international format.


Conference Theme and Research Tracks

We invite participants to submit papers in all areas related to sustainable development, and particularly scholarly work focusing on bridging the gap between theory and practice. The conference welcomes papers from participants from different backgrounds, disciplines and countries. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of issues and explore a wide range of solutions.  The conference has five research tracks as below. We invite worldwide scholars, architects, planners, policy-makers, engineers, real estate decision makers, educators, and researchers and their counterparts in the environmental design and construction fields to share heir experiences and to submit a paper in any of the topics listed under the theme tracks.


Urban Planning & Urban Design for Sustainability

·       Urban sustainability and the move to low carbon development

·       Integrating of Renewable Energy Sources for Urban development

·       Eco-System and Biodiversity

·       Eco-Design and Eco-Friendly Development

·       Transit-Oriented Development: Health and Walkability

·       Emergent Urban Patterns

·       Retrofitting the Existing City

·       Green Development and Construction Systems

·       Sustainable Housing and Compact Urban Neighborhoods

·       Traditional Neighbourhoods Design/Neotraditional Design

·       Eco-Mobility: Sustainability in Transport

·       Landscape Architecture, Productive Urban Landscape and Urban Farming


Building Design for Sustainability

·       Low Energy Architecture

·       Low Cost Building

·       Design with Nature

·       Sustainable Construction Materials, Systems  & Technologies

·       Smart and Bioclimatic Architecture

·       Building Envelopes and Innovative Façade Systems

·       Sustainable Vernacular Architecture

·       Ecological, Social and Cultural Sensitivity

·       Sustainable Urban Design

·       Sustainable Design and Human Behavior: Changing Lifestyles

·       Sustainable Renovation and Restoration

·       Adaptive Re-use and Brownfield Development

·       Cultural Heritage and Eco-Tourism

·       Zero-Carbon & Low Energy Housing and Mixed-use Development

·       Green Building (case studies)


Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment

·       Measures, Assessment Theory, Complexity and Uncertainty

·       Measuring Sustainability: Assessment and Buildings Performance

·       Sustainability Assessment of Cities and Districts; Emphasizing Environmental, Economic and Social Assessment.

·       Whole Life Thinking

·       Whole life Assessment

·       Sustainability Assessment Methods, Process, Applications and Limitations

·       Benchmarking Systems and Schemes for Best Practice

·       Parameters of Sustainable Urbanism and Compact Urban Form

·       Indicators of Sustainability

·       Innovative Waste Management Concepts


Governance & Local Planning for Sustainability

·       Stakeholders Participation

·       Sustainability in Developing Countries

·       Need for Change – Implications of Legislation on Local Planning

·       Legislative Empowerments for Sustainability 

·       Economical Viability versus Sustainability

·       Accountability in Governance Practices: Impacts on Sustainability

·       Governance Structures and Resource Management

·       Community Governance

·       Social Inclusion, Equity and Design for an Ageing Population

·       Planning for Sustainability: local versus national initiatives

·       Transferring Good Practice in Sustainable Development: Implication for Governance

·       Role of the Third/ or Voluntary Sector in Sustainability


Climate Change Versus Sustainability

·       Climate Change Impact on the built environment

·       City, Community and Building for Resilience – preparing for the carbon and climate crunch

·       Sustainability Opportunities and challenges

·       Theory and Principles of Eco-City, Philosophy in Practice

·       Energy Use and Management

·       International Organizations, Initiatives, and Standards on Sustainability


Important Dates 

Deadline for abstracts:                                   November 20, 2009

Full Paper submission for review:                  January 20, 2010

Notification of acceptance:                             March 01, 2010

Deadline for final papers:                                April 10, 2010


Submission and Relevant Information

Abstract submission must be in English with a length of max. 600 words. Full paper submission could be in either English or Arabic.  You are asked to identify the research track for your paper.  Abstract and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Abstracts should be e-mailed to scientific committee co-chairs ( Full paper submissions are required to be done online through the conference

Full paper format, submission guidelines, registration, accommodation and further information are available at the conference website. For further information about submissions, please contact scientific committee co-chairs.


Conference Proceedings

All papers accepted for publication will be published in a 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).


Journal Publication

A selection of outstanding papers will be published in one of the following peer reviewed print journals:

a. Journal of Green Building, USA

b. Journal Intelligent Buildings International, UK

However, authors must comply with the guidelines of the respective journal and revise the paper as per comments of the reviewers and editorial board of the respective journal. It is guaranteed that all accepted papers will be published within six months subject to compliance to above requirements.


Best Paper Award (3 Awards)

The Best Paper Award is presented to the individual(s) judged by a separate awards committee to have written the best paper appearing in the conference proceedings. The Award shall be 300 USD and a certificate. In case there are more than one author for the paper, the award shall be divided equally among all authors and each shall receive a certificate. Judging shall be on the bases of general quality, originality, subject matter, and timeliness. Up to 3 Best Paper Awards will be presented, one of them if the Best Student Paper Awards. For a paper to be qualify for the Best Student Paper award, a student must be the lead author.




Scientific Committee Co-Chairs

Steffen Lehmann, University of Newcastle, Australia

Husam Al Waer, The University of Dundee, UK

Jamal Al-Qawasmi, KFUPM, KSA


Conference Local Coordinator

Mohammed AlTa’ani, JRES, Jordan


Conference Managers

Mustafa Tarifi, CSAAR, Jordan

Samer Taweel, CSAAR, Jordan


International Scientific Committee

Abas Elmualim,  University of Reading, UK

Amira Elnokaly, University of Lincoln, UK

Amjad Al-musaed, Archcrea institute, Denmark

Arjan van Timmeren, TU-Delft, The Netherlands

Blaine Brownell, University of Minnesota USA

Dalila ElKerdany, Cairo University, Egypt

Deepak Gopinath, University of Dundee, UK

Derek Clements-Croome, The University of Reading, UK

Ettore Maria Mazzola, the University of Notre Dame, Italy

Fodil Fadli, University of Liverpool, UK

Gerry Post, The Amman Institute, Jordan

Habib Alshuaikhat, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

Henning Thomsen, Gehl Architects, Denmark

Hisham Ekadi, Deakin University, Australia

Keith Jones, University of Greenwich, UK

Magda Sibley, The University of Liverpool, UK

Marialena Nikolopouloui, University of Bath, UK

Mark Deakin, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Mark Haris, Mark Harris, Architects, USA

Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, USA

Mohamed El-Haram, The University of Dundee, UK

Mohamed Gadi, University of Nottingham, UK

Mohammed Reza Masnavi, University of Tehran, Iran

Muhammad Ali Tirmizi, National College of Arts, Pakistan

Norbert Lechner, Auburn University, USA

Patrizia Lombardi, Politecnico di torino, Italy

Phillip Jones, Cardiff University, UK

Richard Lorch, Building Research & Information, UK

Roger Fay, University of Tasmania, Australia

Serge Salat, CSTB, France

Saffa B. Riffat, University of Nottingham, UK

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Susan Roaf, The University of Heriot watt, UK

Tamer Gado, University of Dundee, UK

Thomas Schroepfer, Harvard University, USA

Veronica Soebarto, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Wong Nyuk Hien, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Wynn Chi-Nguyen Cam, RSP, Singapore

Yahaya Ahmad, University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Zakaria Al-Sheikh Mahmoud, Al-Baath University, Syria

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