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Urban Science || Special Issue: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism: Transformations, Challenges, and Future Prospects

A Special Issue of urbanscience -- addressing transformations, challenges, and future prospects of contemporary architecture and urbanism.. The issue is guest edited by Dr Florian Wiedmann and Professor Ashraf Salama. Contributions are invited.  Visit http://www.mdpi.com/journal/urbansci/special_issues/architecture_urbanism 

This Special Issue Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism: Transformations, Challenges, and Future Prospects aims to offer a platform for integrating a wide spectrum of examples in contemporary design practice, theory and education in the context of recent urban transformation worldwide. ............ Within these transformation processes, both architects and urban designers have been challenged to respond to new urban conditions. Unlike certain eras in the past, recent globalization dynamics and the focus on attracting growth have led to more and more standardized and replaceable forms of urbanism. Thus, both professionals and academics have been engaged in identifying the future role of architecture.

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ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research

ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research
Ashraf is the Founder and the Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR since 2007 . Visit Archives of Volumes and Issues on the Journal Website here http://www.archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/issue/archive or on Archnet @ MIT here http://archnet.org/collections/34 -- As of 2016. Archnet-IJAR is ranked (in SCIMAGO) Architecture 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 18 out of 117 (Q1) Urban Studies 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 57 out of 138 (Q2). Archnet-IJAR is also ranked (in Scopus) Architecture 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 23 out of 87 (Q1) Urban Studies 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 60 out of 134 (Q2)

Open House International | Special Issue on the Global South

Open House International | Special Issue on the Global South
Ashraf is a Collaborating Editor of Open House International and has guest edited 6 special issues on various topics. In 2016, he has completed his latest work with OHI and co-guest editing two special issues on advances in sustainability and architecture and urbanism in the global south.

Roultedge Series on Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South

Roultedge Series on Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South
The Global South continues to experience a multitude of influences. Architecture and urbanism have experienced dramatic transformations that instigated critical questions about urban growth, sustainable development, regenerating and retrofitting cities, the quality of urban life, health, liveability, identity, multiculturalism, among others. In some regions within the Global South, architecture and urban environments are developed in tandem with environmental degradation, ethnic and regional conflicts and mass displacements of refugees, political and economic instability, among other undecorated realities. In essence, this conveys a sharp dichotomy that is emerging as a new field of investigation, discourse, and writing. Written by international experts and researchers, the volumes will cover a wide spectrum of topics that range from vernacular architecture, architectural heritage, urban traditions, explorations of the works of global south and international architects, to themes that include the architecture of squatter settlements, housing transformations, urban governance, the impact of globalization on cultural identity as manifested in architecture, and sustainable urbanism.

Commemorating a Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in Archnet-IJAR

Commemorating a Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in Archnet-IJAR
Salama, A. M., Remali, A. M. and Pour Rahimian, F. (2017). A Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in 'Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research'. Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, 11(1), PP. 6-28. ISSN # 1938-7806. http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i1.1233 -- The article presents the current position of ArchNet-IJAR within the international provision of journals in architecture and urban studies in key databases and index-bases. This is substantiated by key statistics of submissions, published contributions, and acceptance rates during the past 10 years. Coupled with analytical discussion on the global reach of the ArchNet-IJAR, the article identifies 11 research fields, which were covered in 10 volumes since the journal’s inception. Analytical discussions of recent two theme issues as well as latest developments and contributions during the past few years are presented to reflect on the rigor and quality of the journal while depicting its thrust and interest. The article concludes by key aspects relevant to the future aspirations of ArchNet-IJAR while highlighting initiatives and prospective endeavours.

Research Expertise - Thematic Outlines

Research Expertise - Thematic Outlines
This short document presents research expertise and thematic outlines. It attempts to capture all research efforts undertaken over many years by Ashraf M. Salama. Expertise in Architectural and Urban Research: My research endeavours have been internationally recognized through an extensive record of publications and a substantial number of funded research projects including two more recent, large-scale research projects, awarded and funded by the National Priorities Research Program of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) with a total value of more than £1,250,000.00: • 2011-2014: The Qualities of the Urban Environment in Emerging Regional Metropolises • 2015-2018: Housing Typologies in Multicultural Societies of the Gulf Region Over the past twenty five years or so I have led the development of a series of studies that involved expert and scholarly contributions while attracting global attention. This includes books, journal articles, and critical essays, and the special issues of Open House International (OHI) on affordable housing, urban space diversity, evolving urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula, and urban transformations in the Global South. This is coupled with my role as Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. --- Expertise in Research on Architectural Education and Design Pedagogy: My research and publication record in the field of architectural education and design pedagogy has been widely acknowledged and well recognized as evident in the recently awarded 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. My earlier work has focused on understanding various trends in architectural education as they relate to design studio teaching practices, and developing an edited collection on cross-cultural perspectives relevant to architectural education at the beginning of the millennium, and exploring horizons for the future of studio pedagogy, traditional, revolutionary, and virtual design studio teaching models, and collaborating with colleagues in establishing prospects for a better built environment through effective design pedagogy.