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We are pleased to invite you to the guest lecture Sustainable Urbanism and Globalisation: Architectural and Urban Transformations in Emerging Cities of the Middle East” of Prof. Ashraf M. Salama (PhD, FRSA, FHEA, A-RIBA), Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The lecture forms a part of the international research Erasmus+ CBHE Project: Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments – KLABS and it will take place on Thursday, 30th of November 2017. at 19.00 hours in the amphitheatre of the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.

All welcome!

This lecture discusses globalization, sustainable urbanism, and architectural and urban transformations in selected emerging cities in the Gulf region. It discourses the development of architectural traditions and urban qualities of this region while capturing three major themes; the first is an interrogation of the way in which geo-cultural politics may originate a contemporary conversation on architecture and the urban environment. The second theme explores the developmental process by identifying key historical events, including political, economical, educational, infrastructural incidents, which have impacted urbanism.

These events are mapped into actual manifestations and expressions of architectural works and urban projects. The third theme examines the impact of globalization on shaping the current urbanity. Within the three themes issues relevant ‘human agency’, and the notions of ‘newness’, ‘nowness’, ‘being’, and ‘becoming’ are highlighted. The lecture develops into a concluding argument for the need for research frameworks that have the potential of providing deeper insights into the understanding of and working towards sustainable urbanism in the Gulf region and beyond.

Ashraf M. Salama is Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom. He is the recipient of the 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism, which recognises his achievements in a career spanning 30 years, in which he has headed three architecture departments – two as founder – in three continents.

He has authored and co-edited nine books and more than 170 articles and chapters in the international refereed press on various timely and pressing issues that cross the boundaries of disciplines and include theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design; assessing designed environments from socio-cultural and users’ perspectives; and architecture and urbanism in emerging cities in the global south.