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The XXII World Congress of International Union of Architects (UIA) will take place in Istanbul, from 3rd to 7th July 2005. Organised every three years since 1948, UIA World Congresses are platforms where the global agendas of architecture are discussed. The UIA 2005 Istanbul Congress, hosted by the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, will convene under the theme \"CITIES: Grand Bazaar of ArchitectureS.\"

The theme builds upon concepts that the \"bazaar\" metaphor suggests in cultural and economic terms: market, capital, investment, exchange... The challenge of the profession facing new tasks in city building and maintenance will be explored in relation to the prime responsibilities of architecture concerning urban culture and economy. The International Union of Architects and its national member organisations have constantly voiced their strong commitment to sustaining biological and cultural diversity in human settlements. Today, against the background of natural disasters, ecological threats and global violence, architects are compelled to take stronger positions in their discipline and profession, against irresponsible building practices that degrade their honorable profession.


The idea of a bazaar or marketplace -as a \"forum\" in which ideas are exchanged, discussed and compete for recognition- shapes the structure as much as the content of the Congress. The UIA 2005 will be realised in the Congress Valley of Istanbul, which will be organised along the concept of bazaars, to include alternative events besides conventional congress sessions. Participants can select the mode of participation most appropriate for their contribution, and send an abstract or outline accordingly. Modes of participation include papers, displays (poster and multi-media) and forum activities (workshop, panel, mini-symposium, chat room, speakers\' corner, etc). Participation is expected from diverse disciplines and professions, from any interest group concerned with cities worldwide.
The academic program of the congress is designed around four themes:

1) \"Celebration of World\'s Cities\" Program of UIA (2002-2004),
2) Architecture and Life in Cities,
3) Architecture of Cities,
4) Architectural Profession and Education Facing the City.

For complete information on congress theme and sub-themes:

To learn about modes of participation and submission requirements:

Please visit our official website for draft program and registration:


13rd September  2004: Deadline for receipt of abstracts and outlines (with brief CV).

15th November 2004: Announcement of acceptance for Congress presentation.

3-7 July 2005: Congress academic program (2-10 July, with preparations and General Assembly).  

Inquiries concerning the academic program and call for papers should be forwarded to:

Aydan Balamir, Scientific Committee Secretary

METU Faculty of Architecture 06531 Ankara, TURKEY
E-mail: [email protected]