Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts – 2nd Edition
Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts – 2nd Edition

Conference Overview

  • 28, Sep / 29, Sep 2018
  • Cairo, Egypt
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IEREK organized a successful international conference on " Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts “, which took place from 28-29 September 2018 at the Akhnaton Hall of the Grand Nile Tower Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

This summary captures a two-day program of presentations, panel discussions and interactive dialogue at the conference on. This conference registration started from 8:30 am to 9:15 am.

 The conference then began with the welcoming sessions which were presented by Dr. Abdelaziz Sakr, IEREK’s General Director and Dr. Mourad Amer IEREK’s Chief Executive Officer & Founder. The conference continued with interactive panel discussions, presentations and briefings on topics which were related to the conference.

The conference included a group of distinguished keynote speakers such as Prof. Francesco Molinari, Researcher & Policy Advisor at “Politecnico di Milano” & Professor at Ulster Business School, Prof. Zeinab Nour, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University.

 Sessions were moderated by Prof. Ahmed Radwan, Architecture Department, Fine Arts Faculty, Helwan University, Prof. Wael Youssef, Prof. and Head of Urban and Planning Department, Faculty of Engineering, Al Azhar University.

The conference sessions covered major topics:

  • A City’s Identity Marked by Layers of History, Culture and Art.
  • A city as a Scene: Urban Form & Art.
  • Bridging the gap between History and Identity through Architecture.

The conference was covered by Sada El-Balad English

Publication of Papers

Selected papers of the “Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts” conference will be published in a book series by Springer. Others will be published in Resourceedings journal by IEREK Press.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Cultural Spaces & Landscapes in Contemporary Arts
  • 2. Cities with religious and culture theme.
  • 3. Urban Growth, Morphology and its impact on cities identity.
  • 4. Slums and Urban Fringe Belts
  • 5. New Developments in Urban Design, Shaping the City and its Culture
  • 6. Contemporary Art in Modern and Historical Cities
  • 7. The Future of Historical Cities
  • 8. The City’s Image and Self-Identity
  • 9. Ideologies & Movements: Shaping the City and its History
  • 10. Artistic Heritage and its Impact on Contemporary Arts
  • 11. The Correlation Between Architecture, Arts and Conservation
  • 12. Architecture and Arts in A Transforming Age
  • 13. Policies & Guidelines for the Planning & Development of Historical Areas
  • 14. Best practices for dealing with Historical Areas & Buildings
  • 15. City Brand Heritage
  • 16. Art, Music, Interactive media visualization and their human impact
Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 15 May 2018
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 21 May 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline 27 Jun 2018
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 27 Jul 2018
Early Payment Deadline 10 Jul 2018
Regular Payment Deadline 01 Sep 2018
Late Payment Deadline 27 Sep 2018
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 10 Sep 2018
Letter of Final Acceptance 10 Sep 2018
Conference Program 10 Sep 2018
Conference Launch 28 Sep 2018
Conference Venue

Grand Nile Tower Hotel
Cairo, Egypt

Conference Fees


- Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance.

- Each co-author (1-5 max) has his/her own separate fees to pay as shown in a table below.

- A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference proceedings book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

Cancellations / Refunds

- Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference will receive a complete refund minus a 100 USD administration charge.

- Once an acceptance letter has been issued, a refund is not possible.

- Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by providing relevant documents (if any), but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Loyalty Membership Discounts

The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! 
IEREK offers its loyal participants with the following discounts depending on his/her attendance: 











*The aforementioned discounts are only applicable during Regular and Late Payment times. For more information, please refer to 'Important Dates'.

Non-Egyptian Fees:

Author Fees

Author fees for Early Payment             |     10th July 2018

USD 400

Author fees for Regular Payment         |     1st September 2018

USD 500

Author fees for Late Payment               |     27th September 2018

USD 600


Regular Attendance Fees

Fees for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests)

USD 250

Fees for NON-Attending Co-Authors

USD 50


Extra Fees (upon request)

Additional Conference Book (Hard copy + CD)

USD 100

Egyptian fees : (Online Payment N/A)

Author Fees

Author fees for Early Payment             |     10th July 2018

EGP 3300

Author fees for Regular Payment         |     1st September 2018

EGP 3800

Author fees for Late Payment               |     27th September 2018

EGP 4800


Regular Attendance Fees

Fees for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests)

EGP 1500

Fees for NON-Attending Co-Authors

EGP 500


Extra Fees (upon request)

Additional Conference Book (Hard copy + CD)

EGP 600


Refund Policy

Please note 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.

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


A refund is not possible if

- An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

- The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

- All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

* Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

* Visa Invitation Letter

* I nvoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

* Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

* Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.


- Publication in IEREK Press:- Authors will be given the chances to publish in 'ARChive'.

- Selected Manuscripts:- A book Series by 'Springer'. Publication in the 'Springer' Book Series 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

- To publish your research in an online Journal or Book by 'Springer' and provide it with world-wide visibility, authors must submit an extended version of their short papers that are 10 -12 pages long.

* Full length papers selected for publication in ASTI book series are subject to submission into a rigorous revision process by a scientific committee of experts before notice of acceptance/rejection for publication.

* Thus, such outstanding material will lead to the indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as 'Scopus' and 'Thomson Reuters'.

Participation Procedures

(Short Papers)

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:

1· Accepted (with minor editing changes).

2· Conditionally accepted (with revisions provided to authors).

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

4· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of presentation 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 work.

Acceptance for your paper: 

After receiving an acceptance for your abstract and after the submission of your research (short paper version), the paper will enter a process for plagiarism check to ensure that the content is original. 

( Extended Papers )

After the conference, authors interested in publishing their manuscripts will be required to submit an extended version of their research papers (10-12 pages long) and they will be subject to a rigorous revision process as follows:

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).

First 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 will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.


In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to 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:

The full papers that 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) Are 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 the appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?

(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.

Authors' Instructions

Short Papers

To download the writing template for a Short paper, Click here

Extended Papers  

- 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 from the link provided below).


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

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.

- English will be the official language of the conference “CITAA – 2nd Edition”.

To download the writing template for a full-length paper,

Click here

Abstract and full paper submission instructions, Click here
English Editing Service

- IEREK provides you the English Review service; where we will be responsible for the language review process of your paper. This service will get your paper revised in terms of grammar, punctuation, and language structure; without changing the scientific content.

- This service will ensure you have the perfect language structure, to get your perfect paper published. This will help you increase the number of citations and make it easier for others access the information provided in your paper.

Fees for the editing process:

Paper Pages Papers 4-5 pages long Papers 8-12 pages long
Editing fees 80$ 150$

If you are interested in getting this service, please email us your paper on: [email protected]

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.

Benefits Of Attending

Since conferences are the places where new science results are typically first presented so, it helps you sharpen the saw, meet experts & influencers face to face, learning in a new space, build your Knowledge base, expand your resources and grow your professional network. Yet attending conferences organized by IEREK will not only helps you gain previous benefits but also can be very rewarding on the professional level due to below reasons:

1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Smart Cities Development. Furthermore, you get to converse with other researchers from different universities and countries. You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

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. Publication: The conference proceedings will be published by one or more journals since Authors can choose to publish their research paper either in ARChive International Journal of Science hosted by IEREK Press or "SSRN" by "ELSEVIER". Besides, High-quality manuscripts based on scientific committee evaluation will be published either in Environmental Sciences & Sustainable Development (ESSD) by IEREK Press or a book series by "Springer".

4. 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.

5. Networking: Conferences help in networking which often increases your chances of collaboration in future projects. As you can engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

6. 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.

7. Conference Proceedings Material: Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hardcover book or in digital format on a CD. The CD will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

8. Venue: Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.

Moreover, all conference papers are archived online in the E-Library of IEREK‘s website where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Visa Application

- For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

- Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Conference Program

The Conference Preliminary Program has been announced, to download Click here


Every city has its valuable and unique identity that is revealed through its physical and visual form. It is seen through the eyes of its residents and users where the collective memories of their residents and users are being shaped. The robust identity of the city comprises the physical spaces and the images that were shaped through clues of memory, which in turn affect the tourism, education level, cultural level & economic prosperity in addition to other aspects.

Cities' identities are constructed and developed over the time, from physical, cultural and sociological perspective the identities are incessantly evolving. This conference will discuss how Architecture and Arts are the embodiment of the historical, cultural, and economical characteristics of the city. It presents how cities' memories play a vital role in protecting the physical and nonphysical heritage of the city. The research presented in this conference will make sense of the transformation of cities and urban cultures, and investigates different new approaches developed in, both, Contemporary Arts and Architecture.

This conference will present how citizens see their cities and how they physically or mentally compare it with the ideal city in their own perceptions. However, a city's identity presents distinguishing factors that make it unique and unlike any other. It covers a huge variety of topics such as the conservation of the cultures and the identity of the city through the designing and planning processes. It discusses the different ideologies and approaches of a more sustainable city and investigates the different approaches developed in Architecture and Contemporary art.

Partner Universities

Partnership with, both, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Palermo of Italy. Certification by both universities, alongside IEREK's, will be offered to our authors by the end of the conference.  

Advisory Board


Prof. Hocine Bougdah

Reader in Architectural Technology; The Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK.

Prof. Fabio Naselli

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Kore University of Enna.

Prof. Ferdinando Trapani

PhD \ Urban Planning, University of Palermo.

Prof. Nabil Khélifi

Senior Editor, MENA Program Springer, a part of Springer Nature Heidelberg, Germany.