• 25 October / 27 October 2017
  • Palermo University - Catania - Italy
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The 2nd Conference on “Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development(UPADSD), to be held in Italy, follows the success of the first version which took place in Lecce, Italy  during the year of 2015.

It has become apparent that planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without comprising the ability of future generations.

Problems related to planning and development, which affect rural and urban areas, are present in all regions of the world. Accelerated urbanization has resulted in deterioration of the environment and loss of quality of life. Urban development can also aggravate problems faced by rural areas such as forests, mountain regions and coastal areas, amongst many others. Taking into consideration the interaction between different regions and developing new methodologies for monitoring, planning and implementation of novel strategies, can offer solutions mitigating environmental pollution and non-sustainable use of available resources.

Energy saving and eco-friendly building approaches have become an important part of modern development, which places special emphasis on resource optimization.Planning has a key role to play in ensuring that these solutions as well as new materials and processes are incorporated in the most efficient manner.

UPADSD 2017 aims to bring together, scientists, urban planners, architects and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field.

Conference Topics
  1. City planning.
  2. Regional planning.
  3. Rural developments.
  4. Sustainability and the built environment.
  5. Sustainability indicators.
  6. Policies and planning.
  7. Environmental planning and management.
  8. Energy resources.
  9. Cultural heritage.
  10. Quality of life.
  11. Community planning and resilience.
  12. Sustainable solutions in emerging countries.
  13. Sustainable tourism.
  14. Learning from nature.
  15. Transportation.
  16. Social and political issues.
  17. Community planning.
Benefits of Attending

Since conferences are the places where new science results are typically first presented, attending conferences organized by IEREK can be very rewarding due to below reasons:

  1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development.
  2. Internationally Accredited  Certificate: The Participants are granted internationally recognized certificates which will be added to their certificates of experience or could be presented to the official authorities concerned.
  3. Conference Proceedings Material: Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard cover book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.
  4. Publications: The conference proceedings will be published by one or more journals of or Taylor & Francis. The Proceedings shall be included in the journals as a part of their services in Open Access Journals.
  5. Venue: Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.
  6. Research Technologies: Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.
  7. Networking: Conferences help in networking which often increases your chances of collaboration in future projects.
  8. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles, not to mention the benefits for your C.V as it will create an impression that you are an active member of the academic community.
Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

  • Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented, as well as a sound literature and methodology of the work.

  • First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

  • Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author of the paper will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

  • Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to the final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

Those with full papers and who have paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?

(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

Conference Fees
Note: The fees are not subject to waving and IEREK does not offer financial support to the applicants. Payment during the conference days is strictly prohibited.


  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.
  • These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1, for the early payment or row 2 or normal payment)
  • A research paper fees allow only one author, whether he is the corresponding author or any co- author to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference book in both hard and soft copy (a Printed book + a CD)
  • In case of there are co- authors (1-5 maximum) Each Co-Author has to pay the specified fees (As shown in the table, row 4) without attending. In case of one or more of these author need to attend the conference, they should complete the fees to attend as audience (Shown in the table, row 5)
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + CD) for audiences and co- authors, is shown in the table row 3
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge. If the proceedings book is already published, the fees cannot be refunded.
  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
  • Cancellation or withdrawal of a paper or an abstract from our system after it has been revised and receiving its accepted has a penalty to be paid, in case of either previous payment or not, €50 for the abstract and € 150 for the full paper before its delegation.
In addition to the conference fees, Authors are required to pay a mandatory publication fee for their papers to be published as per the above instructions:

  • ARChive : € 70 for a maximum of 12 pages (extras will be charged €15 each).
  • For High-quality manuscripts:

  • ESSD: € 100 for up to 12 pages (extra page will be charged with €15)
  • For Selected Manuscripts:

  • Routledge by Taylor & Francis: € 150 for 12 pages (extra pages will be charged with €20)
  • 1. Fees for Authors (Early booking Before June 14, 2017) € 300
    2. Fees for Authors (Standard Booking - After June 14, 2017) € 400
    4. Fees for Non Attending Co-Author € 50
    5. Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners / Attending Co-Author € 200
    6. Late Payment, added value to standard fees (After August 29, 2017) € 100
    Refund / Withdrawal Policy
      • Once an acceptance letter has been issued, this means that the proceedings book is already in the publishing process and a refund will not be possible.
      • In case your visa got rejected or if you were not able to get a security clearance for travel:
        • You are required to provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances and in that case, you may choose to let your co-author present your research on your behalf free of charge, without having to pay an attendance fee. If you do not have a co-author, we will assign a member of the scientific committee to present on your behalf.
        • If you, as an author, and your co-author are both attending the conference, your co-author will be required to pay an attendance fee.
      • Kindly note that once you have uploaded your Abstract or Full Paper, this means you are accepting its publishing on IEREK, accordingly, your submission will only be removed from our website according to the following policy:
        • If the Abstract or Full Paper was rejected by the reviewing committee, no penalties or payments are needed to be paid.
        • In case the Abstract was accepted or you received the Preliminary Acceptance of your full paper, this means that an effort was done by the reviewing committee in the revision process and by IEREK staff members so removal of your Abstract / Paper from the website, will not be possible unless the revision fees are paid as follows:
          • For an Abstract: €50
          • For a Full Paper: €150

        • This policy is used to ensure the commitment and the seriousness of an author when his/ her paper is accepted to complete his/her registration and not be limited to only getting the acceptance.
        • As a research institute that encourages the propagation of peer-reviewed, research-based manuscripts, all authors must understand the gravity and seriousness of the publication process and be fully committed to it.

    An author having more than one paper will enjoy 40% discount on the second paper, this applies only on conference fees excluding publications

    • You will receive a full refund if you send your request 45 days before the event, in that case, only a 20 percent transaction fee will be deducted.
    • If you request a refund after the 45 days period, you will only get approval in the case that your visa has been rejected and you have submitted the rejection letter itself. According to the reason of rejection from the embassy or consulate, the amount of money refunded back to you will be determined based on the following:
      • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicant’s fault for not submitting the required documents to receive a visa, an administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded back to the applicant ONLY if he/she sends the request before the event as no refunds are allowed after the given date.
      • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the applicant cannot be accounted for, a refund will be allowed with the 20 percent transaction fees deducted.
    • Please note that IEREK is only responsible for providing applicants with visa invitation letters that will help ease the process of receiving the visa but is not responsible for the approval or rejection of applicants who apply for visas.
    The conference proceedings will be published in full in the “ARChive” International Journal of Science.
    Publication in the ‘Routledge’ by Taylor & Francis will only be applicable to the selected papers that will be supervised by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material. Thus, such outstanding material will lead to indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as Scopus and Thomson Reuters.
    Publication in the ESSD international journal on Environmental Science & Sustainable developmentis also only applicable for high quality manuscripts.
    *For the selected papers to be published in “Routledge” or “ESSD”, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts.
    Important Dates
    Date From Date To Notes
    Abstract Submission Deadline April 15, 2017
    Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance April 25, 2017 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
    Full Paper Submission Deadline July 14, 2017
    Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance July 24, 2017
    Full paper acceptance August 14, 2017
    Early Payment Deadline June 14, 2017 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
    Late Payment Deadline August 29, 2017
    Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) September 8, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
    Letter of Final Acceptance September 20, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
    Conference Program September 29, 2017
    Conference Launch October 25, 2017 October 27, 2016
    Plagiarism Policy

    IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

    Conference Venue

    The international conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) will be held in Palermo University – Catania – Italy during the period from 25 – 27 October 2017.


    The University of Palermo was officially founded in 1806, although its earliest roots date back to 1498 when medicine and law were taught there.

    Today, The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western. Its 5 Schools and 20 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

    Palermo University has 20 Departments, where researchers study every day to find new solutions to the questions posed by nature, science and society. From Information Technology to Biology, from Mathematics to Medicine, to architecture and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the University works to make its contribution to innovation and progress to the international scientific community and the world of production.


    University of Palermo (Photos from reality)

    University of Palermo (Photos from reality)

    Conference’s participants from around the world may use below location from google maps to get the right directions to the University of Palermo.


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    Translation Service New

    If you need your research to be translated, we now offer professional translation for your research From Arabic and Italian to English.
    The fees for the translation are as follows:

    Arabic/Italian >> English
    Paper upto 8 Pages EGP 800
    Each extra page EGP 150
    Paper upto 8 Pages €160
    Each extra page €25
    Author Instructions

    Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

    After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download).


    Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

    English will be the official language of the Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) 2nd Version.

    Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

    To download Archive’s template, Click Here!

    To download Routledge of Taylor & Francis’s template, Click Here!

    To download ESSD’s template, Click Here!

    Scientific Committee
    Name Organization Country
    Fabio Pollice
    Pro­fes­sor of Ge­og­ra­phy Eco­nom­ics-pol­i­tics and Ge­og­ra­phy of De­vel­op­ment and the En­vi­ron­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Salento, Lecce.
    Fabio Naselli
    Assistant Professor of Urban Design , Regional Planning, History and Design at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Kore University of Enna.
    Dean Hawkes
    Emeritus Professor of Architectural Design, RIBA Visiting Board Panel and Member Scientific Committee, PLEA, Cardiff University.
    United Kingdom
    Maurizio Berti
    Professor in architecture, Director/Dean of faculty of Architecture and Planning, Universidade Lúrio - Unilúrio, Nampula.
    Francesco Calabrò
    Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Economic Assessment of Plans, Programs and Projects. Department of Heritage, Architecture, Urban planning, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.
    Konstantinos Moraitis
    Professor of Philosophy of Aesthetics at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
    Matheos Santamouris
    Professor of Energy Physics at the University of Athens and visiting professor at many Universities at Cyprus, London, Tokyo, Bolzano, Brunnel and Singapore.
    Nabil Mohareb
    Associate Professor in architectural design using digital simulation in forecasting their movements and behavior, Head of Faculty branch of Architectural Engineering, Beirut Arab University.
    Sherine Shafik
    Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering & Environmental Design, College of Engineering and Technology, Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport.
    Mahmoud Ghoneem
    Assistant Professor in Architecture Department and Environmental Engineering and in Urban Management for climate change (IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2014), Faculty of Fine Arts.
    Mohsen Abu Bakr Bayad
    Professor of architecture and urban design and vice president of Faculty of fine arts for postgraduate studies and researches Alexandria University.
    Lucia Della Spina
    Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Economic Assessment of Plans, Programs and Projects, Department of Heritage, Architecture, Urban planning Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria.
    Vassilis Ganiatsas
    Professor of “Architecture Syntheses and Theory/ Philosophy of Architecture Design"- school of Architecture Engineering/ National Technical University Athens.
    Abdurrahman Mohamed
    Professor in architectural design and planning, department of Architecture and Interior Design College of Engineering, University of Bahrain.
    Hesham El-Shimy
    Professor in Architectural Engineering Department Faculty of Engineering, University of Pharos, enrolled in many fellowships, academic and professional memberships.
    Jagat S. Jawa
    Distinct and specialist in Energy Studies from IIT Delhi. Professional in energy management , Delhi University.
    Oscar Carracedo
    Director of the Designing Resilience in Asia Programme DRIA & Asst. Professor at the National University of Singapore
    Antonio Frattari
    Professor of Environmental Engineering , Memberbof the ICOMOS Italian steering Committee, University of Trento.
    Ahmed Mokhtar
    Associate Dean, Associate Professor and the director of Graduate Programs at American University of Sharjah, School of Architecture, Art and Design, UAE.
    United Arab Emirates
    Antonella Versaci
    Professor in architecture Expert in architectural conservation and site management. UNESCO, UNDP and IT MAE projects experience.
    Hatem E. Nabih
    Associate professor and has also taught at the University of Michigan in USA, Cairo University and Helwan University in Egypt.
    Iman Amad
    Director, Unit of Architectural Conservation, Urban Planning and Risk Reduction Centre Associate Professor of Architecture, An-Najah National University.
    Sheeba Chander
    Professor and head of school of architecture at Hindustan University PhD (Planning), Hindustan University, Chennai.
    Gail Borden
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Discipline Head of Architecture, Director of Graduate Architecture and Associate Professor in USC School of Architecture.
    United States
    Mostafa A.Y. Ibraheem
    Mostafa A.Y. Ibraheem, PhD (University of Sheffield-UK) is an assistant professor of architecture at the Department of Architecture - Faculty of Engineering - Cairo University - Egypt since 2011. He has particular interest in the fields of socio-cultural sustainability, spatial theory, and archaeological research.
    Vasco Barbosa
    Lecturer at Spatial Planning. Lecturer at Regional and Urban Planning. Pos-Doctorate. Land use planning/Urban planning