Conf/CfP - Constructing an Urban Future: the Sustainability and Resilience of Cities-Infrastructures, Communities and Architectures, 18-19 March 2018, Abu Dhabi University, UAE

Publish Date: Apr 06, 2017

Deadline: Dec 01, 2017

Constructing an Urban Future: the Sustainability and Resilience of Cities-Infrastructures, Communities and Architectures

This conference brings together academics from across the world around the issues of sustainability and resilience in cities. It is multi-disciplinary and invites architects, planners, engineers and urban designers. It also welcomes geographers, sociologists, urban economists, housing specialists, and more.

The reason for bringing these disciplines together around the sustainability and resilience of cities is simple: we cannot solve problems in isolation.


In 2014 the World Urbanization Prospects published by the United Nations identified that we had already crossed the tipping point at which the majority of the peoples of the world live in cities. By 2050 it is expected to be 66 per cent of the world’s population. Already in many parts of the world, urban living is the dominant mode of existence. In South America, 76 percent of people are urbanized. In the United States, the world’s most resource consuming nation, over 80 percent of the population is urban. In places like Singapore and Hong Kong the figures suggest total urban saturation, with 100 percent of people living in urbanized areas. These figures go hand in hand with general population growth in the developing world, with 90 percent of the increase found in Asia and Africa.

What this means for how we design and build the habitation centers of the future is fundamental. The homes we live may need to change as the density of life increases; our places of work may need rethinking as the home to work commute becomes impossible; minimizing the environmental impacts of travel in denser and expanded cities will be essential; the planning of infrastructures to supply basic needs such as water will be on the agenda; energy consumption in both the domestic and industrial sectors needs control.

Not only are these problems complex due to the interconnected nature of every issue at play, they are further complicated by the diverse scenarios we need to consider from a global perspective. What works in the already developed cities of the global north, with freezing winter conditions, dense living patterns and high personal energy consumption is very different to the needs of the desert conditions of some countries in the global south, with minimal carbon footprints today, ample land for future development, and the forces of urbanisation only now emerging.

This conference embraces this complexity and the need to bring minds, disciplines, researchers and professionals together, rethinking the range of interconnected issues involved in the sustainability and reliance of our urban environments.

Themes and Formats

To stimulate critical debate about the standard practices dominating the built environment this conference is deliberately interdisciplinary. It seeks perspectives from architects, urban designers, planners, human geographers, sociologists, media specialists and more. These areas form broad strands that will be sub divided into smaller thematic sections.

To make the event as inclusive as possible, delegates can attend in-person but can also avoid travel costs by making their presentation as a pre-recorded film. It will be permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel. Alternatively, they can present virtually via skype. In all cases, written papers are also acceptable.

Possible Formats include:

Pre-recorded video (20 minutes)  |  Skype (20 minutes)  |  Conference Presentations (20 minutes)  |  Written Papers (3,000 words) *


Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. If delegates choose to submit papers they must be 3000 word length in the first instance. All abstracts and papers are double blind peer reviews and will be published in the AMPS Conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467.

Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for:

1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal

2. The AMPS / UCL Press book series Housing-Critical Futures 

3. The AMPS / Libri Publishing book series Housing the Future.

4. The AMPS / Vernon Press book series The Interdisciplinary Built Environment

Key Dates:

01 December 2017: Abstract Submissions

15 December 2017: Abstract Feedback

01 February 2018: Registration Closes

18-19 March 2018: Conference

15 May 2018: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

15 June 2018: Feedback for publication

01 October 2018: Publication of Full papers

Submissions and Registration:

The document must be in Microsoft Word.  |  Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission ADU  |  File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_ADU 

Delegate fee: £285 ($350 US) – Academic

Reduced rates for students

Please send this fully completed document to

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