Professor at the Department of Architecture (DiDA), University of Florence, Florence Italy.
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The world has suffered considerably from the Covid-19 Pandemic, which is still ongoing to this day even if it is somehow on a lower level. The speed that Covid-19 has spread and the impact that it had on our communities makes us wonder if our cities' planning and designs are equipped to battle not only natural disasters but also health issues, or in this case "A Health Disaster."
Equipping cities with a well-built infrastructure, ready to face the threat of unforeseen disasters is paramount, for preventative measures trump corrective ones. Designing a city poised to face such threats requires a multi-disciplinary approach, one that tackles transit systems, energy resource management, waste management and recycling, public space integration, and the inclusion of gardens and lush forestry. Designing a city with the mental health and well-being of its inhabitants in mind also serves its resilience and sustainability by creating capable, healthy, well-minded individuals who will serve their community and engage in the betterment of their city. Methods that help in achieving mental stability within the community include a focus on open spaces, the inclusion of artistic expression and creative city planning, and cultural preservation.
Many questions arise when determining the optimal method to plan cities’ landscapes or designing streamlined buildings, such as; transportation infrastructure, public open spaces, residential development, community mobilization, food security, local facilities, and many others.
These questions are to be addressed in IEREK's 8th edition of the international conference on "Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development," which will be held in collaboration with the University of Florence. Following the success of the previous 7 editions, the conference aims to discuss the concept of sustainable development and the different approaches that have become essential to modern development.
This conference is organized as one of the important tools that help its attendees in exchanging knowledge and enhancing the research community. IEREK invited all interested architects, environmentalists, engineers, and university students from all over the world aiming to increase awareness about the importance of sustainable development in urban cities.
The conference offers publication after a rigorous peer-review process in either the Scopus Indexed “Advances in Science, Technology, and Innovation” ASTI Book series, which is published by Springer, or in IEREK Press’s international Journal “ARChive”.
The 8th edition of the “Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD)” conference extensively covers a multitude of topics that pertain to sustainable design practices in urban planning and urbanism. UPADSD aims to envelop topics concerning solutions to the urban sprawl, sustainable societal and residential practices, reliable implementations of public transit, and the importance of artistic expression toward the safety, and liveliness of cities. Furthermore, UPADSD will cover preservation efforts of historical aspects of the city, and deliberate upon their utility for current and future generations, in addition to encouraging user-oriented development.
Statement of Purpose
The majority of people around the world live in cities, and we owe it to ourselves to improve upon our habitat and ensure a sustainable way of life that stands the test of time, particularly in modern times where the devastating effects of climate change are knocking at humanity’s door. UPADSD aims to promote and encourage sustainable development techniques in cities and urban areas, by enriching and publicizing academic literature surrounding the topic. Simultaneously, the conference looks to ensure livable and prosperous lives for cities’ residents, highlighting the importance of artistic expression, reliable transport systems, and the inclusion of greenery & forestry.
1-1 Urbanization and Development: new directions and issues
1-2 Built Environment: Impact and Approaches
1-3 Urban Sprawl, Boundaries, and Greenbelt
1-4 Urban Spaces, Society, and its Culture
1-5 Sustainable and Natural Resources Management
1-6 Planning Inspiration from Past and Innovation
2-1 Sustainable Transport Infrastructure
2-2 Urban form: Density and Connectivity
2-3 Public Open Space
2-4 Sustainable Local Facilities
2-5 Residential Sustainable Development
2-6 Inequality and Suburban Sustainable Design
3-1 Public Transportation-Planning and Sustainable Networks
3-2 Public Involvement in Sustainable Development
3-3 Future Challenges for Contemporary Cities
3-4 Infrastructure, Facilities, and Systems: New ICT Technologies and Sustainable Economy
3-5 New Way Finding and Place-Making of the City
3-6 The Architecture of Cyberception
4-1 City’s Values, Image, and Identity
4-2 Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Tourism
4-3 Biomimetic Approaches to Architectural Design for Increased Sustainability
4-4 Social Feedback and User's-Oriented Development
4-5 Waterfronts, Corridors, and Buffers of the City
4-6 Historic Preservation, Management, and Rehabilitation
5-1 Intersection of Public Art and City Planning
5-2 Art Integration in Urban Morphology
5-3 new perspectives for urban morphology
5-4 Arts, Culture, Identity, and Creative Place-Making
5-5 Urban Culture: Cities Share their Experiences
5-6 A Look inside Art and Creative Spaces
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 & 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).
The University was established in 1321 by the Florentine republic, and now it develops cooperation with research institutions and academics from all over the world to promote scientific and cultural internationalization, and it became one of the privileged destinations for international researchers and students. Florence is considered as an important international historic and cultural center, famous for the best-known and magical sights in Italy like The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo.
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 submitting their abstracts/ papers:
Types of Participation
Organized from the comfort of your own home, the conference offers a virtual attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their Full paper, online, and have their work considered for publication in the proceedings.
Virtual presenters are required to submit an abstract and extend this abstract following the “author instructions” below and before the deadline (see Important Dates). At least one author must pay the registration fee (see Conference Fees).
For any reason, authors may wish to submit a pre-recorded video presentation no later than 15 days prior to the conference. Alternatively, they may wish to record a voice-over PowerPoint presentation for submission to the conference organizers.
Organized at the University of Florence, Italy, offering a Physical attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, on campus, and have their work considered for publication in the ASTI Series by Springer as part of the conference proceedings.
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 and the fee will cover the cost of editorial handling and peer-review evaluation of your paper (See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities).
Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper.
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:
- The author should prepare and submit an Abstract (250 300 words) through the website and before the abstract submission deadline.
- The abstract should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
- 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 to submit the abstract file accordingly.
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All Chapters will be screened for similarity using iThenticate; a Turnitin Plagiarism detection software, used for academic publishers. Springer Similarity guidelines are as follows:
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Once Preliminary approval for presentation at the conference and/or consideration for publication is granted, authors will be expected to complete payment in reference to the Conference Fees before the peer review process can begin.
In preliminary evaluation, the research paper will be inspected against its readability, originality, structure, and relevance to the conference theme/ topics. If the paper gets acceptance by one reviewer, a preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author in addition to a proforma invoice requesting payment. As soon as payment is confirmed and done successfully, corresponding official documents can be issued from our end such as:
Only after payment is confirmed,
- and the full paper submission deadline reached, a submitted full-length paper is assigned to an Editor from the Editorial Board, in alignment with IEREK’s and the respective publisher’s revision SOP (double-blind process).
- Each paper 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.
- Once a decision is made by the Editors, IEREK Editors will communicate one of the following three final decisions:
- If modifications are in order, authors will be sent the relevant instructions and a deadline will be set. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.
- A back and forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a global, not-for-profit organization that aims to provide unique identifiers for authors, researchers, and scholars. ORCiD effectively eliminates duplication and errors regarding author names, affiliations, previous works, and all related academic data.
IEREK is a proud member of ORCiD, and we contribute directly to their initiative of clear and identifiable markers for researchers and scholars. As the first Egyptian partner to ORCiD in the organization’s history, we strongly believe that by utilizing ORCiD’s database and verification services, we become one step closer to achieving an accurate, and identifiable academic landscape.
We encourage our authors to input their ORCiD ID when registering for one of our conferences, submitting an abstract, or a full paper. By doing so, you directly link your research to your identity and affiliation and can showcase your various academic efforts all in one place. By Registering your ORCiD ID, you also increase your works’ visibility and provide easy access to your entire library of research and academic activity.
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|Author Participation (Consideration in the ASTI Book by Springer)|
|Early Bird||350 €||400 €||450 €||26 Jul 2023|
|Regular Payment||400 €||450 €||500 €||
25 Aug 2023
|Late Payment||450 €||500 €||600 €||24 Sep 2023|
|Author Participation (Consideration in the IEREK Press Journal)|
|Early Bird||200 €||250 €||300 €||26 Jul 2023|
|Regular Payment||250 €||300 €||400 €||25 Aug 2023|
|Late Payment||350 €||400 €||500 €||24 Sep 2023|
|Regular Payment||150 €||200 €||250 €||25 Aug 2023|
*Note: Student discounts are only applied to students of the university hosting the conference.
|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'.
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|Abstract Submissions Deadline||27 Apr 2023|
|Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance||27 May 2023|
|Full Paper Submission Deadline||26 Jul 2023|
|Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance||25 Aug 2023|
|Early Payment Deadline||26 Jul 2023|
|Regular Payment Deadline||25 Aug 2023|
|Late Payment Deadline||24 Sep 2023|
|Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry)||25 Aug 2023|
|Letter of Final Acceptance||25 Aug 2023|
|Conference Program||24 Sep 2023|
|Conference Launch||24 Oct 2023|
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.
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.
The 1st International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2015) was held in the University Of Salento- Lecce Italy. The conference was chaired by Professor Fabio Pollice (Department Of History, Society and Human Studies, University Del Salento) and organized by IEREK.
The 2nd International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2017) was held in association with Università degli Studi di Palermo. The conference was chaired by Prof. Ferdinando Trapani (Associate professor in Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, Polytechnics School at the ‘Università degli Studi di Palermo’) and organized by IEREK.
The 3rd International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2018) 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 hosted 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 4th International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2019) was held as an Online conference. The conference was chaired by Professor Hocine Bougdah (Research and Education Consultant, IERS-UK / Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK.) and organized by IEREK.
The 5th International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2020) was held as an online conference in collaboration with the University Of Florence, Italy. The conference was chaired by Professor Francesco Alberti (Professor at the Department of Architecture (DiDA), University of Florence, Florence Italy.) and organized by IEREK.
The 6th International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD 2021) was held as an online conference in collaboration with the University Of Florence, Italy. The conference was chaired by Professor Francesco Alberti (Professor at the Department of Architecture (DiDA), University of Florence, Florence Italy.) and organized by IEREK.
For IEREK's Previous Publications, Please Click here
- Urban planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) held in Lecce of Italy in October, 2015.
- Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 2nd Edition held in Palermo Italy in October 2017.
- Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 3rd Edition held in Cairo, Egypt in December 2018.
- Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 4th Edition (Online Conference) in November 2019.
- Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 5th Edition (Online Conference in Collaboration with Florence University, Italy) in July 2020.
- Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 6th Edition (Online Conference in Collaboration with Florence University, Italy) in September 2021.
- For participants who need Entry Visas to the country where the conference will be held, IEREK will issue the corresponding invitation letter for accepted applicants to facilitate visa issuance.
- 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.
Invitation Letter Issuance Process
1- In case the participant is an author who has submitted a research paper to the conference, it must get accepted by the Scientific Committee
2- Required participation fees must be paid
3- The participant should send the following information to the conference's official email:
* A clear copy of passport
* Passport number
* Full name as written in your passport.
* Date of Issuing and Expiration
* Date of Birth
* Email address of the nearest Embassy/Consulate to you
* Mobile Number including country code
4- Conference coordinator will issue the needful invitation letter and send a copy to the participant's email, in addition to another one to the corresponding email address of embassy/consulate
5- The participant should print out the invitation letter along with all other required documents by the embassy/consulate and apply for VISA
Florence is famous with the best-knowns sights in Italy that it would take weeks to see everything in it, also it is one of Europe’s most popular cities. It has many breathtaking views and tourist attractions from museums to churches and palaces.
The following are some suggestions of places to visit while you are in Florence, Italy:
Cathedral is formed of Piazza Duomo and group of buildings which gather some of Italy’s greatest treasures into one relatively small area. It contains some of the best-known masterpieces of architecture and art by the greatest of the Italian Renaissance Donatello, Giotto, Michelangelo and Ghiberti. By walking around the buildings you will admire the intricate inlaid marble exteriors, then you will step inside each one to look closely at the strained glass works of art.
2.San Miniato al Monte
The church was built between the 11th and 13th century and decorated with green and white marble in geometric patterns similar to the facades of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croco. You can enjoy the impressive view of Florence from the front of the church which is even higher than Piazzale Michelangelo. The sight of the church inlaid green and white marble façade which was the first time for that dramatic effect was used in Florence then it became the most popular façade decoration.
3.Uffizi Palace and Gallery
The gallery is one of the world’s top art museums that contains magnificent paintings from 14th to 16th centuries painters which changed the face of western art. Its collections are staggering in their quality and diversity. The building stretching along the river wasn’t only intended as a residence, but also as governmental offices and scientific studies. The octagonal Tribuna that is considered as one of its loveliest spaces, was commissioned to display the most prized jewels and paintings of Francesco I de' Medici.
4. Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345 and considered as the oldest bridge in Florence. The purpose of the bridge was to link the two sides of the Arno and the Medici with arches topped by a jumble of shops which is one of the city’s prettiest scenes. The shops became the home of Florence’s talented goldsmiths and a stroll across that show dazzling array of fine jewelry.
8.6 km from University of Florence / 22 minutes by car
Address: Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze FI, Italy
Location on map: Florence Airport
Phone: +39 055 30615
7.9 km from University of Florence / 20 minutes by car
Address: Via S. Piero a Quaracchi, 50145 Firenze FI, Italy
Location on map: Aeroporto Firenze
Phone: +39 055 30615
106 km from University of Florence / 1 hr 20 minutes by car
Address: Via del Triumvirato, 84, 40132 Bologna BO, Italy
Location on map: Bologne Gugliemo Marconi Airport
Phone: +39 051 647 9615
85.3 km from University of Florence / 1 hr 12 minutes by car
Address: Piazzale D'ascanio, 1, 56121 Pisa PI, Italy
Location on map: Pisa International Airport
Phone: +39 050 849111
San Marco Rettorato
55 meter from University of Florence / 1 minutes by walking
Address: 50121 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Location on map: San Marco Rettorato
Piazza Di San Marco
85 meter from University of Florence / 1 minutes by walking
Address: 50121 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Location on map: Piazza Di San Marco
San Marco Chiesa
110 meter from University of Florence /1 minutes by walking
Address: 50121 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Location on map: San Marco Chiesa
Museo Di San Marco
130 meter from University of Florence /2 minutes by walking
Address: 50121 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Location on map: Museo Di San Marco
290 meter from University of Florence / 3 minutes by walking
Address: Via dei Servi, 38/A, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 035 1500
Location on map: Grand Amore Hotel
290 meter from University of Florence / 4 minutes by walking
Address: Via Camillo Cavour, 60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 238 2043
Location on map: Hotel Panorama Artinside
350 meter from University of Florence / 4 minutes by walking
Address: Via Santa Reparata, 33, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 289433
Location on map: Hotel Venento
550 meter from University of Florence / 2 minutes by car
Address: Via Camillo Cavour, 88, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 589456
Location on map: Hotel Athenaeum
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