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Waleed Al Sayed

Lonaard & Dar Mimar - London

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Ashraf Salama

Qatar University

Howayda Al Harithy

American University - Beirut

Mashary Al-Naim

Dammam University - Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al-Asad

Chairman/Centre for the Study of the Built Environment - Amman

Nezar Al Sayyad

University of Berkeley- California USA

Sabah Mushattat

Wolverhampton University - England/UK

Saleh Al Hathloul

King Saud University

Wael Samhouri

Damascus University - Syria

Yasser Elsheshtawy

UAE University

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Adel AlDosary


Ahmed Mohaisen

Islamic University

Ali Alraouf

Qatar University

Attilio Petruccioli

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Azza Eleish

Dar Al Hekma College - Jeddah/KSA

Bouzid Boudiaf

Ajman University - UAE

Eckhart Ribbeck

Stuttgart University

Faisal Al Sharif

AlSharif Consultants - Saudi Arabia

Farid Al-Qeeq

Islamic University - Gaza

Galal Abada

General Directorate for Planning - Saudi Arabia

Hani Al Qahtani

King Faisal University - SA

Jihad Awad

Ajman University - UAE

Khaled Al Sallal

UAE University

Khaled Al Sultani

Denmark University

Khalfallah Boudjemaa

Mseila University - Algeria

Mehdi Sabet

American University of Sharjah - UAE

Mirna Nassrah

Lathiqiyyah University - Syria

Nabyl Chenaf

American University in Dubai

Nada Al Nafae

King Abdel Aziz University

Omar Asfour

Islamic University

Rabah Saoud

Ajman University

Saeed Al Saqlawi

Bisan Consultants - Oman

Shatha Abu Khafajah

Hashemite University - Jordan

Yasser Al Rajjal

German-Jordanian University - Jordan

Call for papers & articles for the second issue of Lonaard Magazine

The Arab City - the traditional context versus the challenges of globalization

Organized by
Lonaard Group -London

Arab city today witnesses key turning point between traditional values and modern needs. The subject has been the focus of historical investigation by both scholars and orientalists across recent history, much of which has been the centre of lengthy debate and controversy. While some view this rhetoric as positive, others argue that it has not been progressive or helpful to tackle the real issues that matter to counter the rapid deterioration of major Arab cities nowadays.

This issue of Lonaard magazine is meant to address this issue fully from many different perspectives. On the one hand it is important to identify a number of key points for this investigations, these include demography, economy, planning, urban problems and the physical morphology of the Arab city. On the other hand it has become imperative to highlight the threat that creeps upon many cities and the challenges in terms of natural resources, environmental and political many cities in the Middle East are currently facing. on another special level, the dangers of identity, globalization, and demolition face other categories of cities across the Arab world by means of globalization, the spread of technology and modern world aspects, all these form an emergent danger to be investigated.

Themes & Research Areas
In order to study, evaluate and explore these issues rigorously, we invite scholars, experts, and professionals to tackle the subject and submit their papers and article, within these main themes:

The Arab City – Theory
Papers and articles within this level may:
- investigate in a comparative study the Arab city between the past and the present.
- trace the use of arts and crafts in traditional Arab cities and the impact upon their physical layouts.
- assess and explore rigorously the morphology of the Arab city.
- investigate current situation and changing needs of Arab cities, with specific examples and case studies.
- study current prevailing theories associated with the evolution of the Arab city as an aspect of the traditional built environment.
- explore schools of thought and theories that account for the typology of traditional Arab cities and to discuss those rigorously.
- conduct comparative analytical studies between different typologies of cities to understand certain theoretical assumptions.
- review available theories that can be used to assess the socio-cultural, spatio-functional, or other qualities of cities - one of which, for example, is Space Syntax methodology.

Architecture, Design and Practice
Papers and articles may adhere to one of the following main ideas:
- what does 'architecture versus building' mean? And how does it have an impact of our understanding to the evolution of cities, and the Arab city in particular?.
- How do architects and planners shape cities and how do cities shape us?
- How do concepts like 'natural movement', configuration, intelligibility and perception affect our understanding and living in cities?
- Or to explore any other relevant subjects the writer believes essential to account for the Arab city on this level.

Urban and Regional Design and Planning
Papers and articles within this theme may:
- review ideas on digital cities, sustainable architecture, green architecture with comparative studies from history in order to drive further research to benefit contemporary Arab cities.
- draw conclusions by studying theories, ideas, concepts and techniques from successful international case studies.
- investigate a worldwide successful experience with cross reference and examination.
- tackle within a certain hypothesis the Arab city, past versus present, in terms of demography, economy, or other important factors that play key roles in the evolution and the sustainability of cities.

Education, research and Jerusalem city
Papers and articles could:
- review outstanding efforts across the Arab world to preserve a traditional quarter or city with reference to the impact upon education and research.
- examine conventional or contemporary methods of research in a critical review.
- highlight Jerusalem as a unique case study with reference to its socio-cultural, political, demographic, or other context.

Important Dates
Deadline for abstracts: October 30, 2010
Notification of acceptance November 07, 2010
Full paper submission: December 15, 2010

Submission and relevant guidelines

Authors, writers and scholars are advised to read the following guidelines carefully before sending their contributions as failing to adhere to the these strict rules may result in their work declined from publication. From previous experience in editing immature submitted text, this proved to be time consuming and endlessly laborious. While we open the door wide for all scholars to contribute without prejudice, we reserve the right to decline any text that appears to be replete with elementary mistakes before even wasting the time of our review committee, as their job will not be to edit language or typing mistakes which is the sole responsibility of the author. Therefore, we ask everyone to check their work carefully and kindly abide by the following rules:

The length of text, format and submission
- The length of abstracts should not exceed 400 words, articles no longer than 2000 words and full paper submission should not in any way exceed 5000 words excluding footnotes or references.
- Papers and articles could be written in English or Arabic, either way the author should provide synopsis of about 200 words in the other language that of the article or paper.
- Abstracts, papers and articles should contain author(s) name(s), academic rank or title, institution or place of work.
- Abstracts and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word format by e-mail to

Paper and article structure and writing code
- The use of references should adhere to proper academic practice, the text should be supported with clear photographs where necessary and with clearly stated references. Illustrations, maps & tables, should be inserted within the text and dutifully explained.
- For Arabic text please adhere to these guidelines: Arabic writing code
- For English text please adhere to the following code English text format
- For use of references please check this file Bibliography
- We only accept original authentic work of the writer/co-writers. Any previously published material in part or whole will be rejected and any writer prove to send such work or practice plagiarism of any sort will be banned in the future from any publication with Lonaard Magazine.

Guidelines for sending and including photos in papers
- Authors are required to include low-quality photos within papers for evaluation, if the paper is accepted then the author will be required to re-submit the photos SEPARATELY AGAIN with the following quality and format:
- Depending on the size of the photo, the minimum should be 300 dpi, if the photo is in large size then the resolution should be close to 600 dpi. This is to ensure a high quality for the photo in the printed version of the Magazine.
- The photo should be saved in ‘CMYK TIFF’, processed by Photoshop, compressed by LZW so that the photo will not lose its resolution when compressed and sent as attachment by email.

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