IFAU Tirana 2017 – 1st International Forum on Architecture and Urbanism: Cities in Transition @ Fakulteti i Arkitekturës dhe Urbanistikës
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – Dec 16 @ 12:00


IFAU Tirana 2017 – 1st International Forum on Architecture and Urbanism

Cities in Transition

Topic: Architecture and Urbanism

Country: Albania

City: Tirana



Abstract submission deadline extended


November 11, 2017

Abstract acceptance info   November 15, 2017
Submission of Structured Paper   November 26, 2017
Notification of Acceptance   December 01, 2017
Registration Deadline   December 03, 2017
Conference Dates   December 14-16, 2017
Paper Submission for Publication   February 28, 2018
Notification of Acceptance   March 15, 2018

IFAU Tirana 2017 – 1st International Forum on Architecture and Urbanism aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Architecture and Urbanism. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted for the Cities in Transition.

The forum aims to address various aspects of the urban development of cities in transition. Of particular interest for the conference are sustainability development, formal and informal settlements and memory of the cities. These cities are undergoing one of the fastest rates of development in the world. However, this rapid, often erratic, and sometimes traumatic growth has not occurred without unwanted consequences in the built environment. The theme of the conference is “Cities in Transition”. It aims to provide a forum to examine and discuss solution-oriented, practical methods for implementing sustainable development, and to stimulate more ideas and useful insights regarding architecture and urbanism within the context of sustainable development. It will be organized into three parallel sessions:

  • Sustainability
  • Formal and informal settlements
  • Memory of places

The event will feature international prominent Key Speakers, Academic Sessions, Roundtable Discussions and other interactive discussions, to ensure that all participants will greatly benefit from this conference and its international format.


The increasing urbanization of the Cities in Transition coupled with other globally critical issues such as environmental pollution, energy consumption, and resources shortage are resulting in major urban crises in many parts of the world. A strong emphasis nowadays is placed upon improving the sustainability of the urban environment. This is attributed to the growing public awareness of the importance of “sustainable development” practices, which also enhances the quality of life. Municipality governance and the construction industry in the cities are confronted by the push for sustainability. A fresh and holistic approach to designing, constructing and managing the built environment addressing building and spatial environment of the Cities in Transition is required. New sets of regulatory practices, indicators, measurements, and priorities are emerging with the application at all scales – from individual buildings to the district and city-scale level.

Research Tracks – session 1

 Urban Planning & Urban Design for Sustainability

  • Urban sustainability and moving towards low carbon development
  • Integrating of Renewable Energy Sources for Urban development
  • Eco-Design and Eco-Friendly Development
  • Eco-System and Biodiversity
  • Transit-Oriented Development: Health and Walkability
  • Emergent Urban Patterns
  • Retrofitting the Existing City
  • Green Development and Construction Systems
  • Sustainable Housing and Compact Urban Neighbourhoods
  • Traditional Neighbourhoods Design/Neo-traditional Design
  • Eco-Mobility: Sustainability in Transport
  • Innovative Waste Management Concepts
  • Landscape Architecture, Productive Urban Landscape and Urban Farming

 Design for Sustainability – Low Energy Architecture

  • Low-Cost Building – Design with Nature
  • Sustainable Construction Materials, Systems & Technologies
  • Smart and Bioclimatic Architecture
  • Building Envelopes and Innovative Façade Systems
  • Sustainable Vernacular Architecture
  • Ecological, Social and Cultural Sensitivity – Sustainable Urban Design
  • Sustainable Design and Human Behaviour: Changing Lifestyles
  • Sustainable Renovation and Restoration
  • Adaptive Re-use and Brownfield Development
  • Cultural Heritage and Eco-Tourism
  • Zero-Carbon & Low Energy Housing and Mixed-use Development – Green Building (case studies)

 Climate Change Versus Sustainability 

  • Climate Change Impact on the built environment
  • City, Community, and Building for Resilience
  • Preparing for the carbon and climate crunch
  • Sustainability Opportunities and challenges
  • Theory and Principles of Eco-City, Philosophy in Practice
  • Energy Use and Management – International Organizations, Initiatives, and Standards on Sustainability

There is a growing attention for informal settlements and economies as important urban phenomena worth the attention of urban planners, designers, and policymakers. We are witnessing a big raise in studies and projects on informality by architects and urbanists. There is a general belief that these informal structures possess an untapped potential to contribute to urban development.

Nevertheless, there is a substantial lack of knowledge on the concept of informality. In the first-place informal systems are strengthened by the public sector’s neglect of socio-spatial exclusion in cities. At the same time, the incorporation of the informal structures in the formal urban development framework can erase the unique qualities and opportunities which informality brings to urban life.

Research Tracks – Session 2

  • Culture, Informality and Informal settlements
  • Housing ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ types
  • Modern housing

Heritage is deeply linked to the concept of identity, providing a shared way for people to identify with the world around them, the past that has led to the present, and the future that may unfold. Heritage buildings exhibit a set of features that guarantee a particular place’s distinctiveness and continuity in time and are endowed with meaning through their use by successive generations.

Continuing the discussion of rapid urbanization, this session will examine how identities shift as heritage evolves in urban contexts, looking at the formation of community, memory in architecture, the economic potential of built heritage, and the need for both construction and destruction to allow traditions to continue to adapt to retain their relevance.

Research Tracks – Session 3

  • Architectural history and historic preservation
  • Heritage Tangible and intangible dimensions
  • History Culture Collective
  • Identity Memory Documentation
  • Management Communication for Cultural Heritage
  • Architecture Surveying
  • Representation Modelling
  • Data Integration
  • Technology Platforms
  • Analysis, Diagnosis, and Monitoring
  • Techniques, Conservation, Restoration
  • Protection, Safety, Resilience
  • Transformation Projects
  • Technologies, Materials
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Territorial Surveying


The Forum offers the opportunity to participants to publish Abstracts or Full Papers. The organizing committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentations on any of the three topics of IFAU2017: (i) sustainability development, (ii) formal and informal settlements and (iii) memory of the cities. Submissions are sought for oral presentation, poster presentation, and full paper. Authors must select the type of submission during the registration process at IFAU2017 website. More than one type of submissions can be selected.

Authors who choose to submit only abstracts and not a full paper have a reduction of 50% of the conference fees. The reduction will be applied for those who select only the “Oral Presentation” option at the time of registration.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts extended deadline till November, 11th, 2017.

Abstracts should be text only, up to 300 words long, and should be written in English, using the template. Aside from the abstract, please provide at least 3 keywords and choose the main topic of the conference that fits the subject of your paper.


Please, before submitting the abstract, name the file as follows:

IFAU 2017 _abstract_name_surname.docx

(name and surname are of the first author)

The authors will be informed about the acceptance of the abstracts of extended deadline till November 15th, 2017

The Abstracts that will be presented in the Forum will be published in the Book of Abstracts with an ISBN code.

Please send your abstract to the following e-mail address:


Accepted authors will be notified until 15th of November by the Technical Committee of IFAU2017. Accepted authors who have selected to participate in an oral presentation in the forum will be required to submit a structured paper, no later than 26th of November 2017. The structured paper must include the abstract, a description of each chapter and be accompanied by the bibliography. Further guideline information will be sent at the moment of notification.

The submitted paper proposal should have:

NAME OF ALL CHAPTERS with description of its structure (one paragraph)

Please send your structured paper to the following email


The final Papers after the presentations in the Forum will be published in the Science Bulletin. Architecture & Urbanism (Buletini i Shkencave, ISSN 05 62 B 945)a prestigious professional peer-reviewed Journal of Engineering and Information Sciences published by the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Authors who choose to publish the paper after the presentation are invited to submit full papers using the template, no later than 28th of February 2018. 


Please, before submitting the full paper, name the file as follows:

IFAU 2017 _ paper_name_surname.docx

(name and surname are of the first author)

Please send your full paper to the following email address:

The authors will be informed about the acceptance of the full papers no later than 15th of March 2018.

Authors are asked to respect and use established styles, as well as the defined maximum of 8 pages for the full paper.

Both, abstracts and full papers will be reviewed by two members of the scientific committee.


Poster session involves visually presented research studiesAuthors are invited to submit abstracts for posters to be exhibited at the forum extended deadline November 11th, 2017.

Abstracts should be up to 300 words long, written in English and may include supporting graphics, following the below template. Aside from the abstract, please provide at least 3 keywords and choose the main topic of the conference that fits the subject of your research poster.

Download: IFAU17_poster_abstract_template

Please, before submitting the abstract, name the file as follows:

IFAU 2017 _poster_abstract_name_surname.docx   

The authors will be informed about the acceptance of the abstracts of the posters, extended deadline November 15th, 2017

The Abstracts of the Posters that will be presented in the IFAU2017 will be published in the Book of Abstracts with an ISBN code.


Accepted authors will be notified until 15th of November by the Technical Committee of IFAU2017 and will be required to submit the research poster no later than 26th of November 2017. The poster should clearly address the following information:

  • the main research goal
  • the methodology
  • the experimental phase
  • the outcomes and ­the achievements and considerations.

The poster must follow the below-preset template:

  • paper size: A1
  • author/s, affiliations and title of the contribution: please, follow the example given in the template as a reference.

All written parts must be in English and should be written in a clear language to help readers and forum attendees to understand its content. It is essential to ensure a clear explanation of the research question, main ideas, framework, methodologies, and results.

All submissions must be made in PDF format.

Please, before submitting the research poster, name the file as follows:

IFAU 2017 _poster _name_surname.PDF

(name and surname are of the first author)