Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 3rd Edition
Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 3rd Edition

Conference Overview

  • 13, Dec / 15, Dec 2018
  • Cairo, Egypt
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 - Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 3rd Edition, which was held under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Education and Scientific Research in Egypt, and Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis, Founder of El Shorouk Academy and the main sponsor of this conference. The conference was organized by The Higher Institute of Engineering in El-Shorouk Academy in cooperation with the League of Arab States, The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), The Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), and The Center for Environment and Development for The Arab Region in Europe (CEDARE).

- The conference was held from the 13th to the 15th of December at JW Marriott Hotel Cairo, Egypt. It was chaired by Prof. Gouda Mohamed Ghanem (Vice Chairman of El Shorouk Academy– Egypt), and was organized by IEREK.

- The conference was held over 3 days, where the first day included 3 plenary sessions containing 10 lectures. The following 2 days included 10 scientific sessions and 6 specialized sessions. The attendees were around 250 people from 16 countries.

- The conference was held to reflect the new visions of dealing with sustainable development issues to improve the quality of life, promote prosperity for all, and preserve and sustain natural resources for future generations.

Opening Session and welcome speech

The opening session and welcome speech started with a documentary about El Shorouk Academy, followed by a speech by Prof. Gouda Mohamed Ghanem, the Vice Chairman of El Shorouk Academy & the Conference Chairman and another speech by General Dr. Ahmed Sayed Abdelreheem - Chairman of El Shorouk Academy.

Following that was the speech by Dr. Mourad Amer, IEREK’s CEO and founder, who spoke about IEREK’s services and advancement. Prof. Rob Roggema, who is a Professor of Sustainable Spatial Transformations at Hanz University, then spoke about smart & sustainable cities and the future of having both.

Other speakers in the opening session were:

- Ambassador Sha Zukang- Former UN Under-Secretary-General

- Dr. Bassem Fahmy- Representative of the manager of the regional office for Arab countries in the United Nations programme for human settlements.

- Dr. Abdullah Alsubil- Representative and general manager deputy of the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI).

- Ambassador Dr. Kamal Hassan Aly - Representative of secretary general and the assistant secretary general of the economic sector at the League of Arab States.

- Prof. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director of the Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).

- Mr. Mohamed Farid Khamis.

- Prof. Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama- Secertary General of the Union of Egyptian Universities.

- Prof. Dr. Mohamed Shaker Elmarkaby - Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

- Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdelghaffar - Minister of Higher Education and scientific research.


The conference was divided into 4 axes:

The first axis: Water and Sewage Service

The second axis: New And Renewable Energies.

The third axis: Climate change and its effects

The fourth axis: Sustainable and Safe Human Cities and settlements

Every axis included sessions, and each one had its moderators and reporters.

The moderators of the axes were:

- Prof. Dr. Mohamed  Abdelsalam

- Prof. Dr. Eman Elazzazy

- Prof. Dr. Mohammed Saffiudin

- Prof. Dr. Elmoataz Youssef

- Prof. Dr. Magda Ekram

- Associate Professor/ Sherif Elwan

- Prof. Dr. Khaled Dwidar

- Prof. Dr. Raafat Shemis

Plenary Sessions:

Session 1: Water and sewage services- new and renewable energies

Session 2: Climate Change and its Effects

Session 3: Sustainable and Safe Human Cities and Settlements

The sessions were professionally moderated by:

Session 1:

- Prof. Hussein Elatfy - Vice president of the Arab Water Council

- Prof. Mohamed Abdelsalam Ashour

- Eng. Ehab Ismaeil Amin – Vice president of new and renewable energy authority

Session 2:

- Prof. Dr. Wael Eldegwy, Ex- Minister of higher education and scientific research.

- Ambassador/ Shahira Wahba, Deputy Manager of Environment, Housing and Water resources- League of Arab States.

- Prof. Dr. Hesham Alkassas, Dean of the Environment institute, Ain Shams University.

Session 3:

- Prof. Dr. Abdelmohsen Barrada, Ex-dean of the faculty of urban and regional planning - Cairo University

- Architect/ Hussien Algebaly- Ex-consultant of the Minister of housing and utilities and urban communities

- Prof. Dr. Samy Badreldin Serageldin, Professor of Architectural Design, Higher Institute of Engineering- Elshorouk Academy.

Specialized sessions were also carried in parallel. Three sessions were for the International Award for livable Communities, and the other three specialized sessions were named: The role of indicators and observatories in achieving the goals of sustainable development (AUDI), Resistance against climate change, and Global Release Conference of SCC Guidelines/SUC Forum.

The International Award for Livable Communities sessions were professionally moderated by:

- Prof. Dr. Yasser Sakr – Ex - President of Helwan University

- Prof. Dr. Khaled Dewidar

- Representative of International Award for livable Communities

The other three specialized sessions were moderated by:


- Dr. Abdullah Alsubil (AUDI) - KSA.

- Prof. Ghada Mamdouh

Resistance against climate change:

- Prof. Dr. Mahmod Abou Zaid

- Prof. Dr. Hussein El Atfy

Global Release Conference of SCC Guidelines/SUC Forum:

- Dr. Olfat Hamdy

Keynote speakers:

Every session also included keynote speakers that were distributed on the conference days

Session 1:

- Prof. Dr. Mohamed Omran - Financial regulatory authority Chairman

"The role of regulatory authorities for money markets in supporting the sustainable development goals 2030."

- Prof. Abdel Kawi Khalifa - Faculty of Engineering, Ain shams university (Egypt).

 “Sustainable Integrated Management for Water and Wastewater Sector”

- Prof. Mohammed Safiuddin, Research Professor, Emeritus, Electrical Engineering Department, University at Buffalo (USA).

Global Renewable Energy Grid Project: Integrating Renewables via HVDC and Centralized Storage.”

Session 2:

-Prof. Dr. Ahmad Abdelhamid - University of Drexel, Philadelphia, USA

    Sustainable Design of Building Envelope

- Amb. Sha Zukang, former UN Under-Secretary-General

 “Development Processes and significance of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “

- Dr. Ahmed Abdelreheem - The Center for Environment and Development for The Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).

“Africa and Arab Region’s Changing Environment”

- Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Gar Elalm, ex- dean of the faculty of engineering - Mansoura University

“Political and legal arrangements for environmental assessment systems”

Session 3:

- Prof. Dr. Ashraf Salama - Head of the architectural department, University of Strathclyde, UK

    “The Triadic Relationship of Urban Qualities in Rapidly Growing Cities”

- Arab Hoballah, Chairman of LivCom Awards

“Developing Network and Building Livable Cities”

- Prof. Galal Abada- Senior advisor planning and design, MDA, KSA- Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, ASU, Egypt.

“Sustainable Urbanism in Local Contexts Towards Humanizing Public Places.”

- Engineer/ Khaled Sedeek- Executive Manager of slums development fund

- Dr. Mai Abdelhameed - Executive Manager Social housing fund and mortgage finance fund. “International Award for livable Communities1”

Other keynote speakers at the conference were:

- Ahmed Abdelreheem- Regional programme manager of knowledge management- CEDARE.

- Khaled Abozeid- Regional Water Resources Programme Manager- CEDARE.

- Dr. Tarek Abdelmoneim- Knowledge Management and Reporting Specialist (Regional Office for Arab States - ROAS).

The international award for livable communities discussed the projects:

- Kunming City

- Kunming Project

- Alexandria

- Nanniwan

- Madinah Project

- Quzhou City

- Madinah Project II

- Cheonju

- Sochi

- Jihlava

- Calgary

- Songdo

- Norwich

At the end of the awards session, Dr. Abdelaziz Sakr, IEREK's General Director thanked the participants and gave a speech about SUCI. 

Recommendations and Closing

Included awarding the prizes of the best research in each conference axis as follows:

General Dr. Ahmed Said Abdelreheem - Shorouk Academy President.

Prof. Dr. Gouda Mohamed Ghanem - Conference Chairman- Vice Chairman of El Shorouk Academy.

- Awards Ceremony of LivCom Awards

- Closing speeches:

Ms. Soha Farouk- Program Officer, the regional office of the Arab countries- United Nations Programme for Human Settlements.

Dr. Ahmed Abdelreheem- Regional manager of knowledge program. The Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).

Dr. Abdullah Alsubil- Representative and general manager deputy of the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI).

Ambassador/ Shahira Wahba, Deputy Manager of Environment, Housing and Water resources- League of Arab States. “In which she extended her greetings and thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the conference and the role of IEREK in organizing the conference.”

Prof. Dr. Moataz Tolba- The Secertary General of The Conference, Dean of The Higher Institute of Engineering- Elshorouk Academy.


Urban planning is a technical process involved in the development and design of land use in an urban environment, including the infrastructure of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks. Moreover, urban planning depends on engineering, architectural, and social and political concerns. Urban planning issues aim to establish a society with bases on land use to achieve sustainable development and meet the needs of the society members.

IEREK is aware that most of the time, the goal behind urban planning is to achieve economic prosperity so that a lot of concerns should be taken into consideration in order to improve the quality of life. It has become apparent that environmentalists, architects, technologists, policy creators and economists have to work together to ensure that planning and evolution can meet our needs nowadays without compromising the ability of future generations. 

The international conference on "Urban Planning, Architecture Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD)" aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field.

The two previous editions of this conference were successfully organized.

Check the overview for the first edition on “Urban Planning, Architecture Design for Sustainable Development, (UPADSD)” 14- 16 October 2015, Lecce, Italy.

The overview for the second international conference on "Urban Planning, Architecture Design for Sustainable Development, (UPADSD)", 25- 27 October 2017, Palermo, Italy.

Partner Universities

Partnership with, both, the University of Molise 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.
Conference Topics

  • 1. City planning and urban fabrication.
  • 2. Cultural places and urban spaces.
  • 3. Rural developments and urban growth limitations.
  • 4. Sustainability and the built environment.
  • 5. Environmental planning and natural resources management.
  • 6. Cultural heritage management and sustainable tourism.
  • 7. Quality of life and sustainable solutions in emerging countries.
  • 8. Learning from nature and biomimetic architecture.
  • 9. Public Transportation planning and sustainable networks.
  • 10. Social interaction and citizens’ behavior with sustainable development.
  • 11. Waterfronts and community planning.
  • 12. Historic preservation, management and rehabilitation.
  • 13. Arts, culture, identity and creative place-making.
  • 14. Planning inspiration from past and innovation.
  • 15. Forecasting, evolving and envisioning of architecture: Predicting probabilities - Imagining possibilities.
  • 16. Public involvement in sustainable development.
  • 17. Future and contemporary cities.
  • 18. Infrastructure, facilities, systems: New ict technologies and sustainable economy.
  • 19. Art and defining the city
  • 20. Public art and urban design
  • 21. Art integration in urban morphology
  • 22. Learning experiences in the city
Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 24 Jul 2018
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 30 Jul 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline 19 Oct 2018
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 14 Nov 2018
Early Payment Deadline 31 Jul 2018
Regular Payment Deadline 04 Nov 2018
Late Payment Deadline 28 Nov 2018
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 09 Nov 2018
Letter of Final Acceptance 14 Nov 2018
Conference Program 30 Nov 2018
Conference Launch 12 Dec 2018
Conference Venue

Grand Nile Tower Hotel

Cairo Governorate, 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.

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 (Short Paper)

Author fees for Early Payment             |     5th September 2018

USD 250
Author fees for Regular Payment         |     5th October 2018 USD 300

Author fees for Late Payment               |     5th November 2018

USD 400

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)

Conference Book (Hard copy + CD)

* In addition to 1 free copy gifted to main authors, additional copies are available for the fee mentioned.

USD 100

Springer/Journal Publication (Extended Paper)

* Authors who have submitted a short paper may extend their papers for the fee mentioned.

USD 200

Egyptian Fees : (Online Payment N/A)


Author Fees (Extended Paper Only)

Author fees for Early Payment             |     5th September 2018

EGP 3300
Author fees for Regular Payment         |     5th October 2018 EGP 3800

Author fees for Late Payment               |     5th November 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 of 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

* Invoice/proof of payment

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

If the reason of 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 “UPADSD – 3rd 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.