Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 7th Edition
Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 7th Edition

Call For Papers

  • 26, Sep / 28, Sep 2023
  • Online Conference In collabration with Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University
Conference Email
[email protected]

The discipline of architecture is as old as humanity itself. Throughout human history, we have looked for safety and shelter, whether it be from storms and natural disasters, or predators. In the primitive ages, houses and constructions served merely as protection from external threats, as time passed, however, we have grown more sophisticated, and architecture has evolved to be an art form through which cultures express their identity, and present the beauty of their structures to the world, that they may look on in awe and wonder.

Historical structures of ages long past stand tall to this day, illustrating the stories of their ages, and inspiring modern architects. Stretching far back to around 3000 BC, when the ancient Egyptians left their mark on human civilization by constructing architectural marvels such as the pyramids & the Sphinx, and numerous temples spreading throughout Egypt. Quite a bit forward in time, during the fruition of the Islamic golden age in Al-Andalus, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba (locally known as Mezquita-Catedral), sat at the heart of Al-Andalus’ capital, Córdoba, and still stands today in Spain as one of its major historic monuments, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scholars of the period have noted the influence of the great mosque’s construction on modern-day architecture in the Mediterranean region, particularly Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Elements of Moorish and Islamic architecture often incorporate calligraphy on the structure’s walls, immortalizing their language and vocabulary, still present in the mosques of today.

In relatively modern times, the advent of Baroque architecture originating from Italy in the 16th Century presents resplendent constructs throughout all of Europe. The architectural style arose in the counter-reformation period, as the catholic church needed to maintain its grip across Europe against the protestant reformation. Prominent landmarks that incorporate the baroque style include St. Paul’s cathedral in London, which remained the tallest building in London from 1710 until 1963, and the Karlskirche in Vienna, which features gorgeous imagery painted across its walls.

All of these ancient styles of architecture did not simply dictate a practical method of stacking wood and stone, they were meant to convey a message, an emotion that could not be put into words. Imagery that inspires, calligraphy that immortalizes language and vocabulary, and complex construction techniques that incorporate smooth curvatures and tricks of the light. These unique elements inspire the masses, and stand to enlighten modern-day architects and artists, pushing them to surpass their ancestors, and further refine the art of architecture.

Historical marvels that evoke emotions in all of us, should be maintained and preserved. They must endure timely degradation, everlasting through the generations, for their value to inspire, and the sense of pride they spur within nations is invaluable. To this end, IEREK is organizing the 7th edition of “Cities’ Identity through Arts and Architecture”, where experts from all fields, including architects, engineers, historians, artists, and psychologists, will present innovative techniques that aim to preserve historical landmarks that fascinate and resonate, through future generations.


The “Cities Identity through Arts and Architecture” conference envelops topics concerning the conservation of cities’ identities through arts and architecture. It addresses multiple topics of contention concerning cities’ heritage and conservation efforts, such as the influence of artistic expression and creativity on cities’ safety, traditional artistic techniques & architecture, historical eras, and their construction practices, and sustainable preservation practices. The conference additionally highlights a special issue that deliberates upon Andalusian art and architecture, and its everlasting influence on contemporary architectural practices in the Mediterranean region, through Moorish and Arab constructions.

Statement of Purpose

Set in culturally rich Morocco, the 7th edition of CITAA intends to develop a healthy discourse surrounding the topic of heritage preservation, and the maintenance of cities' identities in an increasingly evolving world. Historical architectural marvels and traditional cultural norms are wells of inspiration, that younger generations can reflect upon and be inspired, iterating upon the works of their forefathers, and leading their nation forward. This conference aims to highlight sustainable methods of heritage & identity preservation and the significance of historical dimensions in shaping contemporary design.

Conference Topics
  • 1. The Influences of Architecture and Arts on Shaping cities

    1.1 The Nurturing Humanitarian Influence on the Arts

    1.2 Creating Human-Centric, Resilient Cities

    1.3 Archaic, and Modern Mediums of Art Conveyance

    1.4 The Strong Links between Economic Strength and Art Vibrancy

    1.5 Art’s Influence on the Safety of Cities

    1.6 Technological Advancements & Interactivity in Modern Architecture & Art

  • 2. Ideologies, Identities, Architecture and Arts from Antiquity, to the Globalization Era

    2.1 The Ingenuity & Mysteries of the Pharaonic Era

    2.2 The Islamic Golden Age, and Andalusian Art & Architecture

    2.3 Moorish and Islamic Styles of Architecture and Their Incorporation of Vocabulary & Calligraphy

    2.4 Baroque Architecture and its Incorporation of Art & Painting

    2.5 The Influence of Baroque Architecture & Art on Modern Europe

    2.6 The Interrelatedness of Past & Present Art Forms

  • 3. Geometric Studies of Architectural Vocabularies, and the Analyzation of Cities’ Visuals

    3.1 Historical Innovative Techniques in the Art of Architecture

    3.2 The Impact of Architectural Vocabularies on The City’s Identity

    3.3 The Progression of the Art of Architecture Through Time

    3.4 Religion’s Historical Role in the Shaping of Cities & Structures

    3.5 The Evolution of Artistic and Architectural Vocabulary Over Generations

  • 4. The Future of Our Past: Conservation of Identity in Contemporary Architecture and Arts

    4.1 Cultural Heritage Protection, Conservation, and Adaptability

    4.2 The Role of Architecture & Arts in Heritage Preservation

    4.3 The Past’s Inspirational role of Shaping Contemporary Architecture & Art

    4.4 Public Perception of Architectural Identities & Arts

    4.5 The Cultural and Historical Dimension to Conserve Identity in Contemporary Designs

  • 5. Urban Sustainable Identity

    5.1 Adaptability & Conservation of Cities’ Identities

    5.2 Preservation of Historical Sites and Cultural Heritage

    5.3 Governmental Duties & Guidelines for Sustainability

    5.4 Departing from Car-centric Design, and the Integration of Public Transit

    5.5 Composing a Green & Accessible Landscape for Historical Architectural Landmarks

  • 6. Identity Preservation from the Economic Perspective, and Cultural Tourism

    6.1 Modern Exemplars of International Appreciation & Tourism Attraction

    6.3 Economic Growth as a Direct Cause of Heritage Preservation

    6.4 Creation of Tourist Friendly Landscapes & Interfaces

    6.5 Artistic Development and Touristic Attraction

    6.5 Modern Development Techniques for Sustainable Tourism

    6.6 Social Inclusion in Public Spaces

    6.7 Integration of Digital Technology in Historical Sites

  • 7. Special issue: Andalusian Art and Architecture

    7.1 The History of Al-Andalus & its Architectural Vocabularies

    7.2 The Geometric Concept and Golden Ratio in Andalusian Art

    7.3 The influences of Religion in Historical Architectural Development

    7.4 Architectural & Artistic Development in Al-Andalus

    7.5 The Incorporation of Calligraphy in Architecture, and the Immortalization of Language

    7.6 An Emphasis on Greenery and Landscape Shaping as Early as the 12th Century

Publishing Opportunities

All accepted submissions to the conference, after a rigorous double-blinded peer-review process by the respective and a highly-extinguished Editorial Board, will be published in one of the following:

  • Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature. (Scopus indexed)  

About ASTI

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) is a series of peer-reviewed books based on important emerging research that redefines the current disciplinary boundaries in science, technology and innovation (STI) in order to develop integrated concepts for sustainable development. It not only discusses the progress made towards securing more resources, allocating smarter solutions, and rebalancing the relationship between nature and people, but also provides in-depth insights from comprehensive research that addresses the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as set out by the UN for 2030.

The series draws on the best research papers from various IEREK and other international conferences to promote the creation and development of viable solutions for a sustainable future and a positive societal transformation with the help of integrated and innovative science-based approaches. Including interdisciplinary contributions, it presents innovative approaches and highlights how they can best support both economic and sustainable development, through better use of data, more effective institutions, and global, local and individual action, for the welfare of all societies. The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology and innovation, with an emphasis on digital transformation, that focus on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water and energy security to achieve the SDGs. It also presents new case studies offering concrete examples of how to resolve sustainable urbanization and environmental issues in different regions of the world. Read More.

The ASTI series is fully indexed in Scopus and any chapter/ paper published as part of this series will be seen on the Scopus database. Some titles have been successfully indexed or submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI).

  • A special issue at the International Journal on
    Built Heritage By SpringerOpen indexed in Scopus. After submission, the Guest Editors will select outstanding papers for consideration in the journal and invitations will be sent to the selected contributors. Once approved by the Editor-in-Chief, the articles will appear on BH by SpringerOpen by the first quarter of 2024.

About Built Heritage Journal

Built Heritage aims to enhance pluralism and criticism in debates on heritage conservation and revitalization with a globalized perspective. The conceptual basis of this refereed journal lies on the fundamental cultural differences concerning built heritage conservation, recognizing these differences as a source for creativity and a motivation for cutting-edge experimentation. It fosters scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars and practitioners, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field. Encouraging international authorship and evaluation, it allows for the homologation of research and practice with regards to cultural diversity.

Built Heritage promotes the awareness for built heritage conservation in China and internationally, inviting scholars to reflect on current hot topics discussions as: the role of contemporary architecture in historic environments; the balance between conservation and development; new tools of heritage management; policy, culture and identity; energy consumption and sustainability.


  • IEREK Press Journals, a multidisciplinary publisher that aims to cultivate and disseminate research.

Environmental Science & Sustainable Development (ESSD)

ESSD is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that aims to systematically develop the research-driven curiosity and evidence-based discourse of aspiring scholars that seek to contribute to the academic community. As the world is currently living in an age of information where sources are widely available on the Internet, we at ESSD seek to efficiently utilize the available information to help create robust and evidence-based knowledge. In the process, we offer researchers, in general, and young and aspiring ones in particular a quicker way to get their work published and gain exposure through online open access. We pride ourselves on getting submitted work to be published quickly, through the use of our worldwide pool of subject specialist peer reviewers. Find out more about ESSD International Journal here.


The Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive)

ARChive is an open-access journal that publishes conference proceedings on a wide range of topics relating to social sciences. Consequently, it accepts original research papers on a wide spectrum of subjects. ARChive is a journal published on behalf of researchers that perpetually make an effort to contribute to their fields and provide them with high visibility of research submitted. The series publishes, both, theoretical and experimental high-quality papers of current and perpetual interest. It serves to cultivate, propagate, and essentially archive academic research that has been authored and submitted for academic conferences.

Find out more about ARChive International Journal here.


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings)

Resourceedings is an open access journal that publishes conference proceedings. Conference proceedings compromise of different disciplines, ranging from Engineering including built environments, architecture, and sustainability. Disciplines also include Technology and Energy. Resourceedings is a journal that publishes research articles that shed light on different crucial issues in order to provide them with solutions and suggestions. The journal publishes articles submitted by researchers of interest in different fields.

Find out more about Resourceedings International Journal here.


BAHETH International Journal - Arabian Researchers Database (Arabic Papers only)

“BAHETH” in Architecture, Engineering, and Technology, is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original academic research in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. The journal welcomes research in the Arabic Language with an English Abstract. Papers submitted to this journal in Arabic must be presented in the English Language in the conference.

Find out more about BAHETH International Journal here.

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline 20 Aug 2023
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 25 Aug2023
Regular Payment Deadline 30 Aug 2023
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 15 Oct 2023
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 30 Oct 2023
Late Payment Deadline 16 Sep 2023
Conference Program 26 Aug 2023
Conference Launch 26 Sep 2023


Conference Fees

A. Online Attendance

  Student / partner university only Academic Professional Deadline
  *ID must be shown *Affiliation must be provided *Affiliation must be provided  
Author Participation (Consideration in the ASTI Book by Springer)
Regural Pay,ment
300 € 350 € 400 € 30 Aug 2023
Late Payment
350 € 400 € 500 € 16 Sep 2023
Author Participation (Consideration in the IEREK Press Journal)
Regural Payment
200 € 250 € 300 € 30 Aug 2023
Late Payment
250 € 300 € 400 € 16 Sep 2023
Co-author/ Audience
Regular Payment 150 € 200 € 250 € 30 Aug 2023

The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available. Contact [email protected] to inquire.
  • The fee covers:

    • The conference Kit inclusive of: a printed abstracts book, a softcopy of the abstracts book on a USB/CD, Conference notebook, IEREK pen, Conference Flyers/ Printouts.

    • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate

    • Preliminary Acceptance Letters

    • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

    • Lunches and Coffee Breaks

  • If multiple abstracts are submitted by the same first author submitted to the conference, a 25% discount is applied to each additional submission.

  • Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance. Co-authors, each, have their own fees to pay to attend the event. This applies to online attendance as well as physical attendance.

  • 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 Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for an additional fee.

  • Professionals are categorized as participants who are not affiliated with universities such as practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs etc.

  • Students must provide proof of enrollment in a university by providing an enrollment certificate or a valid university ID (with issue/ expiry date) etc.

  • Note: Student discounts are only applied to students of the university hosting the conference.

B. Extra Fees

*Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Alternatively, authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.

Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) *Contact us for a quotation on shipping fees.   

100 €

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'.

Payment Methods

 Payment of the registration fee can be made via the following methods (only after online registration):

1. Bank transfer 

Kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive bank details to complete the payment.

2. Online payment gateway (PayPal)

Participants who would like to complete their payments online must send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive a customized link to complete their payments.

3. Cash in IEREK branches

Payment in person can be arranged. Please contact the conference coordinator/ Email to receive further information.

Payment Terms and Guidelines:

  • The Confirmation/Payment Completion period will take place from 20 May 2023 to 20 Sep 2023. Regular payment discounts are available till August 2023. Read more on Important Dates. For information on payment dates, kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/email and CC [email protected] to receive payment details to complete the payment.

  • Authors who have registered and completed payment for virtual attendance CAN request a change to physical attendance. However, a change from physical to virtual is NOT possible.

  • After online registration and payment, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed.

  • Final Acceptance/ rejection of your full/ extended paper (if submitted) can only be given after the peer review process.

  • Inclusion in the conference program, acceptance letters issuance and consideration for publication must be preceded by registration and payment completion.

  • Online Payment (only) should only be completed once a proforma invoice is issued with respective instructions for successful payment.

  • Contact our Financial Department for inquiries/ requests.


Keynote Speakers

Eiman ElGewely

Assistant Professor of Interior Design School of Design

Dr. Eiman Elgewely is an Assistant professor of Interior Design in the School of Design at Virginia Tech and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center of Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI). Her MFA and Ph.D. in interior architecture from Alexandria University are in the Virtual and Cyberspace design field. Dr. Elgewely joined the Experiential Technologies Center, School of Art and Architecture, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013 as a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests are in digital cultural heritage and museum studies. She has worked on several applied projects in Digital Cultural Heritage in Egypt since 2007, including 3D scanning, documentation, and virtual reconstruction of historical sites. She currently leads several digital heritage projects as the founding director of the Visualization and Virtual Reality Lab (VVL) in the School of Design at Virginia Tech.

Pablo Miguel De Souza Sanchez

Full Professor of European Univerisity of the Canary Islands

Dr. Pablo is an Accredited Hired Doctor Type 1 (ACCUEE), Doctor with International Mention (UPM, 2017), Master in Analysis, Theory and History of Architecture (UPM, 2012), Architect (UEM, 2009) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (ULL, 2000) specialized in Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. His doctoral thesis entitled The Fold in Architecture is a historical, critical, conceptual and experimental study of the application of origami patterns in architecture. Dr. Pablo is a slo Member of three Research Groups: AIRLab (Architectural International Research Laboratory of Cities Design Institute Research Group) at UEM, ADTS (Architecture and Sustainable Tourism Development) and EIIG (Integrated Management Innovation Studies) at UEC. He has participated in three R + D + i projects (1 international and 2 national). And he has made 34 publications: 3 articles (2 indexed in Avery, 1 in Scopus Q3), 2 book co-editions, 7 book chapters (5 SPI Q1), 10 presentations at international conferences, 5 publications of works (1 indexed in Avery), and 7 articles in newspapers.

Eliana Martinelli

Assistant Professor, University of Perugia, Italy.

Eliana Martinelli (1987) is an architect and researcher. Since 2012, she has carried out academic and professional research in Italy, Germany, Turkey and Morocco; furthermore, she has also been involved in several designs that won international competitions. In 2017, she completed a PhD in Architectural Composition with honors at the IUAV University of Venice, with the first dissertation in Italy on the work of the Turkish architect Turgut Cansever, later published in the book Recomposing Unity. Turgut Cansever in Istanbul (2022). She has held teaching positions at the Université Euro-Méditerranéenne de Fès (Morocco), SRH Hochschule Heidelberg (Germany), University of Pisa, University of Florence and Federico II University of Naples. She is a member of the Dar_Med research unit (University of Florence), where she works on architectural and urban design in the Euro-Mediterranean area, especially Turkey and the Maghreb. She also promotes and coordinates design workshops and participates in international conferences and seminars. Finally, she is a member of the DAAD-funded Learn[IN] project, part of the «Hochschuldialog mit Südeuropa» research program. Martinelli has published numerous essays in international volumes and journals and she is the co-founder and member of the editorial board of DAr, international biannual journal of architecture in the Islamic world. From 2019 to 2022, she was a research fellow at the University of Florence in the field of architectural and urban regeneration, specializing in memory and involvement of communities in the enhancement of tangible and intangible heritage, before moving to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Perugia in Italy in late 2022 as an Assistant Professor.

Authors' Instructions

Important Note:

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.

Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Step 1: Abstract Submission Process

  • The author should prepare and submit an Abstract of at least 150 – 300 words through the website.
  • The abstract should be concise and clearly state the proposed research study's purpose, results, and conclusions.
  • The author should select the most relevant topic for the paper from the corresponding conference topics.
  • The author can use/download an Abstract Writing Template prior to submission
  • To submit your abstract, you first need to (1) click on the “Register” button on the conference page, (2) click on “Submit Now” and:
    • Select the Topic in which you are making the submission
    • Insert the title of your study in the "Paper Title" section
    • Insert the full abstract in the "Abstract" section/upload a file in the .pdf, .doc, .docm, or .docx format
    • Add in writing 3 – 5 keywords that define the field, subfield, topic, and research area covered by the article to help other researchers understand and find your work.
    • Provide the names, affiliations, and E-mails of all authors/ co-authors involved
    • Confirm your submission by ticking having read the instructions and “submit Abstract”

Step 2.1: Abstract Acceptance

  • After acceptance of your abstract of at least (150 – 300 words), you will receive a proforma invoice and specific instructions to complete the payment online or by bank transfer (See Conference Fees) to confirm your participation,
  • Once your abstract has been accepted, please refer to the important dates tab and carefully review the announced dates to avoid late payment, as late payment comes at an extra charge (early bird/regular/late).
  • After successfully completing payment, you will be issued upon request with the following:
    • A signed/ stamped abstract acceptance letter
    • Please note that acceptance of participation, abstract submission, and extended abstract/short paper submissions all have different deadlines. To stay up to date and avoid paying extra fees, or delaying your paper, please carefully review the important dates tab.
    • Receipt of Payment/ Payment Invoice
    • Visa Invitation Letter, if needed
  • After abstract acceptance, you may be given the option to extend the abstract to publish your work in the conference proceedings in ASTI published by Springer Nature (indexed in Scopus/SCImago) (optional not obligatory).

    This is not a prerequisite for presenting your work at the conference. Meaning, you can present your submitted abstract without intending to publish your work.

Step 2.2: Abstract Extension / Short Paper (Optional)

  • Your short paper / extended abstract should be 4 – 6 pages long and submitted before the paper submission deadline, in English, and fit within one of the conference topics.
  • The Extended abstract i.e., the short paper should follow the research paper structure as follows: Abstract (+keywords), Introduction, problem statement, and study aim, Review of the Literature, Methodology, results and conclusion/ discussion, References list using the Paper Writing Template.
  • The submission (short paper i.e. extended abstract) should be made following the same procedure followed for the abstract or sent to the conference email.
  • Here: Authors may need more pages than the allotted maximum of 6 to insert figures, tables, appendixes, etc. In this case, they can submit regular papers (max. 12 pages) with the same fixed fee. For a detailed outline of the fees, please refer to the payment table in the conference fees tab.
  • The conference does welcome Arabic submissions (with abstracts written in the english language), which will only be considered for publication in BAHETH by IEREK Press.

يمكنك تقديم بحثك باللغة العربية (مع كتابة الملخص باللغة الأنجليزية)، وسيتم نشرها بعد المراجعة في مجلة باحث (مجلة علمية محكمة تنشر أبحاثا أكاديمية في مجالات الهندسة والتكنولوجيا)

Step 3: Rigorous Peer Review Process (double-blind)

This process can only be initiated after payment completion and confirmation:

  • If submitted, the extension (short paper) will be preliminarily checked (iThenticate plagiarism/ similarity screening Software, readability, and scope) and it will be peer-reviewed. If similarity issues are detected, the following will apply:
    • % from all sources: 10-15%
    • % from one source: 3-5%
    • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
    • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities
  • 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.
  • Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
  • If your short paper is accepted by the Editors for publishing with comments/ requested modifications, our Editors (publishing department) will contact you once a decision is made and you will be asked to revise and correct it. After resubmission, it will be re-checked. Note: There may be more than one round of peer review and the decision rests with the editors of the title. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.
  • If your short paper is accepted for publishing without edits/ comments, the corresponding author will be contacted to provide the final version of their chapters/ papers following Springer Guidelines and sign the Springer consent-to-publish (CTP) form to authorize publication in the conference proceedings.
  • A back-and-forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Participants/ Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
  • If you are not interested in publishing an extended abstract in the proceedings in ASTI by Springer Nature, please inform the conference support ([email protected]).

Step 4: Extended paper 

  • After the conference, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their research, 8 – 12+ pages in length, (optional) of their short papers for publishing in an edited volume to be published by Springer Nature.
  • Publishing your short paper (i.e., extended abstract) in the conference proceedings does not prevent the submission of the full version for publishing consideration after the conference if the similarity percentages (SR%) in Step 3 are taken into account.


Participants’ Instructions


To help the organizers plan for inter-disciplinary dialogue, participants are requested to choose from the conference themes/ Topics upon registration.

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and/ or submitting their contributions:

NOTE: If you are contributing as an Author of a submitted abstract (for publishing consideration and/or presentation), and regardless of attendance, the fee for the registration is the same. See and Conference Fees for more information.

Types of Participation

1. Attend/ Present Online and Publish in indexed Conference proceedings

The conference offers an Online attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, online, and have their work considered for publication in the ASTI Series by Springer as part of the conference proceedings.

See Author Instructions and Conference Fees for more information.

2. Registration to publish in the proceedings without presenting/ attending

If your full paper is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program. See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities for more information.

3. Non-presenting participant

Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper. See Conference Fees for more information.

Notes to consider:
Send in your questions if you have any to the conference coordinator at the email [email protected]

Previous Publications

For IEREK's Provious Publications, Please Click here

Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 1st Edition held in Cairo, Egypt in May, 2017.

Taylor & Francis

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA 2017), May 11-13, 2017, Cairo, Egypt
Publication Link:


The Academic Research Community (ARChive)

Vol 1, issue #1 (2017): Proceedings of the first international conference on: Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts
Publication link:


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 2nd Edition held in Cairo, Egypt in September, 2018.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts
(Selected Papers) Publication link:


The Academic Research Community (ARChive)

Vol 3, issue #4 (2019): Proceedings of the 2nd international conference: Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts
Publication link:


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 3rd Edition held in University of Pisa, Italy in September, 2019.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities’ Vocabularies, The Influences and Formations
(Selected Papers) Publication link:


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 4th Edition held online in collaboration with the University of Pisa, Italy in December 2020.

Springer (In Progress)

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts - Edition 2
(Selected Papers) Publication link:


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 5th Edition held online in collaboration with the University of Pisa, Italy in December 2021.

Springer (In Progress)

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities’ Identity and the Silkroad Tourism and Heritage Development
(Selected Papers) Publication link: In Progress



Conference Program

To download The Conference Program, Click Here

To download the Virtual background for the conference Click Here

Arabian Authors


BAHETH International Journal - Arabian Researchers Database (Arabic Papers only)

Journal Homepage Image

“Baheth” is a peer reviewed journal that publishes original academic research in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. The journal aims to aid researchers in the Middle East and North Africa spread their research internationally, and takes pride in empowering Arabic speakers, and enriching their research. Join us and submit your abstract in English or Arabic*, and have the chance for your research to be presented on a global stage.

Click here to read more about the BAHETH international journal.

*Submitted abstracts in the Arabic language must be translated to English prior to submission. Papers Submitted to this journal in Arabic must be presented in the English language in IEREK conferences.

Asti Book Editors

Prof. Radouane Mrabet

Full Professor, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah-Fès (USMBA), Morocco.

Prof. Radouane MRABET is the President of the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah of Fez since June 2018. He is also the President of the Internet Society Morocco Chapter and the Vice President of the Foundation "Esprit de Fes". He received the title of Emeritus Professor from Mohammed V University in Rabat on December 21 2017 Prof. Radouane Mrabet has been appointed in January 2019 to the Board of Directors of the Naif Arab University of Security Sciences (Saudi Arabia Kingdom). He is the former President of the University Mohammed V - Souissi (2010 -2014). He served also as Director of Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systemes - ENSIAS (2007 - 2010). Prof. Radouane Mrabet received his PhD in June 1995 from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium in the field of Communication Networks. He received a Master degree in July 1987 from Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris - France, in the field of Computer Systems. Finally, he is an Engineer from Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingenieurs, Mohammed V University, Rabat - Morocco, also in the field of Computer Systems.

Brahim Akdim

Vice President, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah-Fès (USMBA), Morocco.

Prof. Akdim Brahim was a member of the management board of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (2012), Elected member of the scientific council of CNRST Rabat (2011), Member of joint committees of USMBA, Member of the national equivalence committee (Rabat) and Visiting Professor at the University of Metz (1999, 2001, 2002). He supervised several State doctorate and doctoral theses, defended or in progress. He had chaired or participated as rapporteur or member of thesis or examination juries for habilitation work supported in Morocco and France. member of the team working on the archaeological site of Saddina (a collective work was published following this work) Member of the research team working on updating the national plan to combat desertification within the framework of the sustainable land management research association (Rabat). A collective work was published in this context (2017); Member of the SEGRIES study project team (Sebou water management system), integrated action financed by the Franco-Moroccan joint committee and presented by teams from the universities of Fez and Metz), Member of the working on the project "Spatialization of poverty in the Prerif, Taounate". ONDH/USMBA research contract (2009); -Coordinator of the project “Urban growth and hydrological risks” (CNRS PARS Geo2 projects, Ministry of Higher Education, 1999-2003, Member of the Moroccan-Spanish integrated action team on solidarity tourism in the northern Middle Atlas. Integrated Action no. 67/04/P (Fez – Seville) 2005-2008. Prof. Brahim Akdim is a member of the editorial scientific committee of the international review Present environment and sustainable development (2010) of the review Arab Word Geographer in 2005, director of the interdisciplinary Review Geomaghreb and President of the National Association of Moroccan Geographers (ANAGEM between 2004 and 2007. The association publishes the specialized journal Revue de Géographie du Maroc.Member of the scientific committee of the RELOR competence center (research on the local and the regional) accredited by the Ministry (2007). Prof. Brahim Akdim was decorated with the Wissam of the Throne, Cavalier Grade "Fares" in 2007 and has benefited from honorary support in competitive scientific programs such as the Fulbright Research Scholarship, University of Houston and Clark University, USA (1993), the Excellence Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, Canada (1988) and a project supported by the National Science Foundation (University of Houston, 1994).

Rachid Benslimane

Full Professor, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah-Fès (USMBA), Morocco.

Rachid Benslimane is a Professor at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA) in Fez, Morocco. Mr. Benslimane received his first Ph.D. in Physics from Montpellier University in 1985 and a second Ph.D., also in Physics, from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in 1992. From 1993 to 2010, Dr. Benslimane led the Transmission and Image Processing Research Laboratory. From 2005 to 2013, Rachid Benslimane was the coordinator of the Moroccan research network on cultural heritage ‘Pôle de Compétence Patrimoine Culturel’. His research interests include image processing and analysis, pattern recognition, and content-based image retrieval. Over the past ten years, Dr. Rachid Benslimane focused most of his research on Islamic geometric art and developed expertise in Andalusian geometric art. Dr. Rachid Benslimane has supervised over twenty doctoral students and coordinated several studies and research projects, both in Morocco and internationally. He has also lectured in different academic and professional institutions and published over a hundred international papers.

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Conference Physical Attendance

Beside the online attendance, a special session will be hosted in parallel to the Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) conference, taking place at the University of Florence, Italy from October 24th to 26th, 2023. We cordially invite CITAA participants to attend the entire UPADSD conference.

Furthermore, in addition to attending the CITAA conference online, all CITAA attendees are invited to a city tour with the conference chair, Professor Francisco Alberti, to visit the Piazza of Santa Maria Novella and discuss its influence on the city's image.

The full program will be available on the UPADSD webpage, and a notification will be sent to all CITAA authors. You can also find the program on the following webpage:

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Attending conferences is very beneficial, especially, on the professional level; conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

  • Open Discussions:We bring together leading academic scientists to exchange and share their experiences and research results in all fields. 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.

  • 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.

  • Publication: The conference proceedings will be published by one of IEREK Press' Journals, either in "Resourceedings" or "ARChive". High-quality manuscripts, based on scientific committee evaluation, will get the chance to be published either in Environmental Sciences & Sustainable Development (ESSD) by IEREK Press or as a book chapter in the ASTI book series by "Springer".

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 show that you are an active member of the academic community.

  • 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.

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Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances will receive refunds according to the following:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event 59 days before the event
Penalty 20% 100%

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Conference Issn Number

The print ISSN number of the International Conference on "Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA)" is


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