Globalisation with all its positive effects however, has left the bottom billion behind.  The United Nation Millennium Goal of eradicating poverty by halve; fights hunger and disease; and provision of  basic amenities to the poor by 2015 requires aggressive and collaborative efforts from the world community for it to be successfully achieved. The conference showcases trends and practices in the development of sustainable architecture and urban design and set a platform for the fraternity to take up the moral challenges in addressing the bottom billion.  Themed “Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design Intervention: Reaching Out to the Bottom Billion”, it invites practitioners and academicians alike to share insights into the complexities faced when working to improve the quality of process and physical place for the use of the urban and rural poor.  The conference intends to highlight new ideas and fresh approaches to enhance the living standards of the bottom billion and find ways to articulate effective strategies to narrow the gap between the have and the have not.
The objectives of the conference are to give an opportunity to academicians, researchers, urban planners, architects, engineers, post-graduates, and those involved in housing, building and planning industries to discuss issues in relation to the conference theme.


You are cordially invited  to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design
2012 that will take place in Universiti Sains, Penang, Malaysia from the 3rd to the 5th of March 2012. For further information, visit the website below:

http://icsaud2012.hbp.usm.my/

Since the turn of the last century to nowadays, the theme of “Islamic architecture/City” has been subject to a  growing interest of scholars and professionals. It is however becoming  a matter of controversy among the deniers  and the defenders. On the one hand, there is no evidence that  the doctrine of Islam comprises, dictates or recommends a certain type of architecture or a model of city. On the other hand, one cannot deny its effect on the formation of arts and architecture, and the  foundation of cities.

Another aspect of this debate regards the time span of this theme. While some scholars consider “Islamic Architecture/city” as past and thus, a matter of history, others believe that the omnipresence of Islam in the current  scenes of our life, within which and at least culture, must have its shades on the various disciplines of the built environment. 

The paradigm of the website  therefore evolves around the following question(s): Is there any Impact of Islam, as a religion, a way of life and a civilization on the Built Environment? If so, to what extend it dictates, shapes or influences the built environment.

Medinanet, is a platform that aims at initiating,  enlarging and nurturing   the  debate around this paradigm through the analysis of the Impact of Islam on the Sciences of the City such as Arts, Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape and  Engineering.

The site  is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-ethnic  and international, with programmes dedicated to the contribution to, and  advancement of human knowledge and sciences.

Medinanet  is developed as a forum for architects, urban planners, designers and artists that are interested in Muslim Architecture, traditional Muslim Cities, built heritage  in the Muslim world, the Present and the Future of cities and architecture in the light of Islamic thought. It is not intended to be exclusively  for Muslims and  is open to all scholars that are interested in the paradigm of the site.   

Through the advancement in Internet technologies, Medinanet  has the facility to allow global access to a new database, including source materials and an online community of scholars and contributors. It helps also contributors  to interact,  exchange and share ideas, experiences and material in the different domains of the built environment.

Suggestions for the improvement of this site are most welcome.

 

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