Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) - 3rd Edition
Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) - 3rd Edition

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  • 10, Nov / 12, Nov 2020
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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With major and unfortunate events such as hurricanes and earthquakes serving as a wakeup call to remind designers and city planners of the need to keep the long-term picture in mind when designing, the preparation of buildings to withstand possible disasters is a necessity. Today, the term “sustainability” often conjures up an image of an ecological approach. “Sustainability” literally means “to endure”. Any so-called “green” designs and plans that don’t stand the test of time are not truly sustainable. As our attention is turned towards climate changes, the possibility of increasingly likely disaster scenarios, resilient design serves to remind us to design for durability over time as well as being environment friendly.

Resilient and responsible architecture is where the design process is initiated by careful thought into the typical usage scenarios of the building, common points of stress as well as the most likely disaster situations in the surrounding environment. The local environment always plays a critical role in determining the factors that make a building resilient or not, and so a resilient design is always specific to the geographical state.

We know we can't design for every unpredictable event, but we can make sure our buildings and cities are resilient and adaptable. In this regard, IEREK organizes the international conference on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) – 3rd Edition collaboration with Xiamen University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to highlight the role of architecture and urbanism in making our cities more resilient and sustainable.

The RRAU is a great opportunity for researchers, designers, architects and planners to get involved in long-term thinking about worst-case disaster scenarios, as well as more common, everyday wear. Though the variables which contribute to resilience are many, and often complicated – the larger lesson is simple: buildings need to be resilient in order to be truly sustainable. 

Conference Topics
  • 1. Resiliency on a Building Scale

    • Ramping Up Net Energy Zero Buildings
    • Reinforcing Existent Buildings to Achieve Resiliency
    • Geographical Effects on a Resilient City Buildings
    • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Resilience
    • Adaptation and resilience in Natural disasters

  • 2. Resiliency on a City Scale

    • Resilient Infrastructure
    • Architectural and Urban Challenges
    • Green Initiatives and Sustainable Urbanism
    • Energy Efficient Urban Areas
    • Development of Sustainable and Resilient Power Generation Systems

  • 3. Resiliency on a Community Scale

    • Sustainable Economy and Well-being.
    • Design of a Resilient Transit System.
    • Resilience Hubs.
    • Resilient Communication Systems.
    • Meeting the demands of the city

  • 4. Resiliency on an Ecological Scale

    • Energy & Resource Cycle
    • Renewable Energy Sources
    • Water Management as Part of the Built Environment
    • Climate change and Global Challenges
    • Withstanding Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster

  • 5. Resiliency for the Future

    • Design for Change: The Resilient City
    • Sustainability and Resilience in the new world
    • Adaptive Landscapes: Risk, Ecology, and Education
    • Meeting the demands of the city
    • Risk management and Mitigation

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 14 May 2020
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 13 Jun 2020
Full Paper Submission Deadline 12 Aug 2020
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 11 Sep 2020
Early Payment Deadline 12 Aug 2020
Regular Payment Deadline 11 Sep 2020
Late Payment Deadline 11 Oct 2020
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 11 Sep 2020
Letter of Final Acceptance 11 Sep 2020
Conference Program 11 Oct 2020
Conference Launch 10 Nov 2020
Your Trip To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions.

The following are some suggestions of places to visit while you are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Petronas Twin Towers

Situated in the heart of the city where large corporate organizations conduct their businesses, the Petronas Twin Towers are known locally as Rocket Twin Towers and Jagung Kembar (meaning Twin Corns). The towers stand at 88 storeys high and have made big impressions on the city's skyline since their existence about two decades ago. The two towers are connected by a double storey Skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floors.

2. Suria KLCC

The Suria KLCC Shopping Complex lies at the feet of the Petronas Towers. (KLCC stands for Kuala Lumpur City Centre). It is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, with many luxury shops, boutiques and food courts. The attractions in this six-storey complex include the Petronas Philharmonic Hall, Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, Petronas Art Gallery and the Aquaria Oceanarium.

3. Central Market

The Central Market building was built in 1888 and started off as a wet market. It has been renovated and is now a heritage site and landmark in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Kasturi Walk is the lane next to Central Market, this place is also known as Chinatown. There are many stalls in the area selling a variety of handicrafts, artworks, clothings, shoes, accessories, Malaysian batiks, souvenirs and food stalls.

4. Thean Hou Temple

This impressive Buddhist and Toaist temple was built by the Hainanese community in Malaysia and opened in 1989. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou (Queen of Heaven). The design of the temple has a combination of modern and traditional styles with multi-levelled of function halls.

5. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Royal Selangor is the world's largest maker of pewter. Visitors and collectors of pewter can find precious pewter items, gifts, drinkwares, tablewares, ornaments and souvenirs at Royal Selangor which is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and designs in pewter. The School of Hard Knocks workshop at the centre teaches visitors to make their own souvenir plate using traditional tools.