Pioneering practical experiences and applicable innovative solutions

The University of Dammam in collaboration with Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture, is pleased to announce this conference to you. The First International Conference on Mosques Architecture will be held at the University of Dammam (UoD), Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is from Tuesday 7-to Thursday 9 Rabee al-awal 1438 A.H., corresponding to 6- 8 December 2016.

Please see the attached CALL FOR PAPERS document. You are invited to participate in this event. To submit an abstract, please go to: https://www.openconf.org/MosquesArch2016 Click the link Make Submission and it will take you to: https://www.openconf.org/MosquesArch2016/author/submit.php Whereas you fill in form and submit the abstract. Would you please circulate this email among your colleagues.

For abstract submission queries, please contact any member of the scientific committee. We look forward receiving your scientific contribution.

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B. Sidawi (Dr) 
On behalf of the Scientific committee

The First International Conference on Mosques Architecture

Pioneering practical experiences and applicable innovative solutions

Organized by the University of Dammam in collaboration with Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture, Tuesday 7-Thursday 9 Rabee al-awal 1438 A.H., corresponding to 6- 8 December 2016 at University of Dammam (UoD), Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Introduction

The Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH) mosque (i.e. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi) was built in AlMadina in the first year of Hijra and it is one of the oldest mosques in Islam after Quba mosque which is located outside AlMadinah. The mosque served as a place of worship, a community centre for the city, and a political and financial hub wherein political decisions were made; and national wealth and charity were declared and distributed to poor and needy. Since that time, mosques have had a special place in the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims and have played a significant role in the formation of emerging Islamic societies. The motivation behind this conference is to promote and strengthen the role of mosques so they effectively respond to the rapid - sometimes unstable changes- in modern Islamic societies, environments, economies and negative effects of advancements in communication and technology systems. Thus it aims at looking for inspiring experiences and advanced intelligent solutions that would support and activate the mosque’s role so it would continue serving as a place to worship Allah (Subhanna Wa Ta'ala), provide relief to worshipers thus enabling them to socialize and get the immediate support of the Islamic community. Moreover, the target of the conference is to facilitate dialogue between researchers and participants on how to strengthen the central role of mosques in Islamic societies and how to create unbroken physical, social and psychological linkages between mosques with their local communities so it would help citizens adopt sustainable, healthy and Islamic lifestyles.

Main objectives of the conference are:

  • Identify ground-breaking practical experiences and state-of-art innovative solutions;
  • Work out how to utilize inspiring past and present experiences concerning mosque’s architecture, and how to apply it in different social, economic and environmental contexts
  • Set a road map and strategy for the creation and implementation of future innovative solutions, and develop it into applicable, sustainable and feasible solutions and patents
  • Critically examine the role of mosques within their neighborhoods; and
  • Facilitate, encourage, and help with the development of sustainable, healthy and resilient-wise planning codes for the design, construction and use of mosques.

The conference Themes

  1. Pioneering practical experiences
    1. Inspiring Architectural design experiences
      • Design solutions: these would include function, form, order, pattern, aesthetics etc.;
      • Consideration of environmental conditions and sustainable issues;
      • Facilities’ management and maintenance; and
      • Considerations of safety and security and user’s needs.
    2. Mosques and the urban context This is achieved by demonstrating ground-breaking experiences concerning the mosque’s role in strengthening and supporting:
      • Social cohesion of the neighborhoods and districts;
      • Health and wellbeing of Muslims and non-Muslims;
      • Neighborhood safety, and engaging the local community in planning for safety and security; and
      • Psychological, social, economic and spiritual needs of Muslims
    3. Impacts on the Pioneering practical experiences This includes the followings:
      • Trends in the design, planning and construction of the built environment;
      • The economy cycles and global economic fluctuations;
      • Future changes in the construction industry; and
      • Possible future planning policies for mosques in Islamic countries and Islamic centers in other countries
  2. Applicable innovative and inspiring technical solutions These would include impact of the followings on mosques architecture:
    • Advanced Technology;
    • Intelligent and innovative Information and communications technology (ICT) such as future BIM, simulation and virtualization systems, and state-of-art design and construction systems such as robotic, remote control and management, mobile-based technologies;
    • Technologies and building systems including lighting, acoustics, ICT, energy saving, fire safety etc. systems;
    • Friendly-environment sustainable solutions; and
    • Technical consideration of the needs of vulnerable groups of population i.e. sick, disabled, aged, children and teenagers.
  3. Innovative lessons learnt from the past and applied into the present context
  • Pioneering architectural design solutions
  • The mutual relationship of mosques with the urban fabric of Islamic cities Conference side activities
  • Workshops
  • Exhibition
  • Social activities
  • Discussion forums
  • Other activities

Venue

The Mosques Architecture conference will be held at the main auditorium, main (new) campus, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from Tuesday to Thursday 7-9 Rabee al- awal 1438 A.H.- 6- 8 December 2016 G.

Important dates

  • Announcement of the first call for papers (abstracts) — 27 Jumada Al-Akhir, 1437 A.H. — 05 April 2016
  • The deadline for submitting abstracts — 18 Shaban, 1437 A.H — 25 May 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts — 29 Shaban, 1437 A.H — 05 June 2016
  • Deadline for draft paper submission — 25 Shawwal, 1437 A.H — 30 July 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of draft paper — 14 Thul-Hijjah, 1437 A.H. — 15 September 2016
  • Deadline for submission of revised paper — 14 Muharram, 1438 A.H. — 15 October 2016
  • Authors’ CV and Presentations submittal — 1 Safar 1438 A.H. — 01 November 2016
  • Finalizing the conference program — 10 Safar 1438 A.H. — 10 November 2016
  • Finalizing the proceedings book — 20 safar 1438 A.H. — 20 November 2016
  • The dates of the conference — 7-9 Rabee al-awal 1438 A.H. — 6-8 December 2016

Submission and Languages

Two types of papers could be submitted: papers that describe well-developed or completed research (max 6000-7000 words, or around 12-14 pages of our template) and short papers that describe research in progress (max 3000-4000 words, or around 6-8 pages of our template). Abstract submission must be in Arabic or English with no more than 500 words. Upon the acceptance of the abstract, full paper can also be submitted in Arabic with English abstract or English with Arabic abstract. For non-Arabic speakers, the scientific committee will translate the English abstract into Arabic. Submissions should be sent in Word Document Format or Rich Text Format RTF. No floating images, diagrams or charts are permitted. Each paper will be subjected to a blind review and will be sent to two to three referees. If the paper is accepted, one of the author(s) will be invited to present the paper and he/ she will be granted a return air ticket and accommodation. The paper will be included in the published conference proceedings. It is a condition of inclusion that at least one of the authors attends the conference. Selected high quality papers will be published in an ISSN reputable international journal.

Conference Committees

Scientific committee

  • The head of Scientific committee: Professor Abdullah Bin Hussein Alkadi, the Vice President for Development, Studies and Community Services, UoD Email: aalkadi at uod.edu.sa
  • Professor Abdulsalam Alsudairi, the dean of Architecture and Planning College, UoD Email: aalsudairi at uod.edu.sa
  • Dr Ibrahim Alnaimi, Al Fozan Award, Al Fozan holding group Email: sg at alfozanaward.org
  • Professor Mohammed Essam Ali Shaawat Email: mshaawat at uod.edu.sa
  • The coordinator: Dr Bhzad Sidawi, College of Architecture and Planning, UoD Email: Bsidawi at uod.edu.sa

Organizing committee

  • The head of Organizing committee: Professor Abdullah Bin Hussein Alkadi, the Vice President for Development, Studies and Community Services, UoD Email: aalkadi at uod.edu.sa
  • Professor Abdulsalam Alsudairi, the dean of Architecture and Planning college, UoD Email: aalsudairi at uod.edu.sa
  • Dr Ibrahim Alnaimi, Al Fozan Award, Al Fozan holding group Email: sg at alfozanaward.org
  • Representative from Al Fozan Award, Al Fozan holding group Email: (to be confirmed later)
  • Ibrahim Al Khaldi, Supervisor of Public Relations and Media. E-mail: pr at uod.edu.sa

For submission of abstracts and scientific papers: please submit at: https://www.openconf.org/MosquesArch2016