International Congress on Avant-Garde Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Countries

Starts On: 09/05/2018
Ends At: 10/05/2018
Country: Iran
City: Mashhad
Faculty: Urban Planning and Architecture
University: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
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International Congress on Avant-Garde Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Countries will be held at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad on 9-10 May 2018.


The architectural and urban layout of the built environment and the cities are the most prominent manifestations of cultures and civilizations. As impossibility of segregation of sciences with their origins, the lore and knowledge blossomed and flourished in every civilization are often interwoven with their philosophical and religious beliefs.

What is manifested as Islamic architecture and urbanism is a narration of the culture evolved during centuries after a presence of Islam in different territories? This architecture and urbanism style is simply a platform for disclosure of a Muslim notion. Hence, it can be said that Islamic architecture and urbanism is mean to reflect the spiritual thoughts and is an allegory of a mystical culture. There are indexes and principals that after the presence of Islam were synchronized with celestial principles and religion. The transforming corpus of the civilizations emanating from this change represents a fresh and innovative manner in the field of architecture and urbanism.

The city and its architectural elements and the principles associated with them are not excluded from this rule. Islamic buildings and cities are the reflections of Islamic values without considering all the diversities emanating from natural factors; they are rather formed from a unique belief as a way to live and achieve celestial truth. Islamic architectural creation adheres to a set of principles, however, evolves according to the needs of the time and the environment. In Islamic architecture and urbanism, buildings and cities are not prior to citizens; because the formation of Islamic cities is meaningful in the presence of Muslim citizens. When such a balance is disrupted, the city finds merely physical corpus due to conceptual loss. Therefore, in order to revive the authentic Persian-Islamic architecture that has lost its deserving place in the creation of a built environment, actions are needed. Excessive energy consumption, environmental pollution, loss of spiritual sanctums and feeling of belonging are some examples of what grows from the dark side of ignorance of this issue. All have made us conduct the international congress of “Eminent Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Islamic Countries” in pursuance of the above objectives with cooperation and empathy of the academic community with relevant institutions in the field; this can be a step in the long journey of reviving the Persian-Islamic architecture and urbanism. Also, there is the hope that through the researchers and inquiries of the professors, the students and other enthusiasts to the raised topics, valuable outcomes through the article presentations, posters and lectures would be achieved.

The first requisite of this congress is to express the theoretical foundations of Islamic architecture and urbanism and then to present practical solutions. Hence, in this Congress, through recognition of actual situation of the world and Islamic world, we will try to incorporate this cognition with technologies and beliefs and establish extensive communication in this field. In fact, through the incorporation of theory and technology, we try to improve the objectives in cooperation with the relevant delegates. This congress is an appropriate opportunity to interweave sectors of concept and implementation. There is a hope for being able to deliver a proper result after cognition and analysis of the current strategies and guidelines.

Conference Topic

Conference Topics:

1- Important urban contexts and how to deal with them in Islamic countries

2- High-rise construction and challenges in Islamic countries

3- Informal settlements and their challenges in Islamic countries

4- The role of modern technologies in the contemporary architecture and urbanism of Islamic countries

5- Natural heritage, tourism and cultural perspective in Islamic countries

6- The trace of historical architecture and urbanism in the formation of contemporary architecture and urbanism

7- Avant-Garde contemporary Islamic architecture – from concept to construction

8- Architecture and urbanism education in Islamic countries



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Thank you for your interest in presenting at the International Congress on Avant-Garde Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Countries (ACIAU) at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad on 9th to 10 May 2018. We welcome proposals that address contemporary architectural and urban challenges in Islamic countries. For guidelines and details of ACIAU conference topics, please visit our This Page or send your query to

Papers should describe original work; either completed research that has given rise to substantial results, or the development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical, speculative or critical discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions). The time limit will be strictly adhered to, in order to allow movement between sessions.

Full papers should be submitted by 30 September 2018.
200 to 300 words maximum, exclusive of Abstract.
Full papers are to be submitted electronically (up to 5MB) via our Website (

Please provide an abstract in the format of Template, in Microsoft Word (2010) format. Abstracts must be limited to one A4 page. Use the spell checking of your word processor to check the text of the abstract before submitting it.

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Important Dates



Deadline for abstracts 20 February 2018
Deadline for full paper submission 11 March 2018
Deadline for amended versions 4 April 2018
Notification of accepted papers 25 April 2018
Congress of ” Avant-Garde Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Countries” 9 & 10 May 2018
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