Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia

  • Ashraf M Salama (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia -- as part of the international research Erasmus+ CBHE Project: Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments – KLABS.

The key activity of the visit is a lecture entitled:
“Sustainable Urbanism and Globalisation: Architectural and Urban Transformations in Emerging Cities of the Middle East” of Prof. Ashraf M. Salama

This lecture discusses globalization, sustainable urbanism, and architectural and urban transformations in selected emerging cities in the Gulf region. It discourses the development of architectural traditions and urban qualities of this region while capturing three major themes; the first is an interrogation of the way in which geo-cultural politics may originate a contemporary conversation on architecture and the urban environment. The second theme explores the developmental process by identifying key historical events, including political, economic, educational, infrastructural incidents, which have impacted urbanism.

These events are mapped into actual manifestations and expressions of architectural works and urban projects. The third theme examines the impact of globalization on shaping the current urbanity. Within the three themes issues relevant ‘human agency’, and the notions of ‘newness’, ‘nowness’, ‘being’, and ‘becoming’ are highlighted. The lecture develops into a concluding argument for the need for research frameworks that have the potential of providing deeper insights into the understanding of and working towards sustainable urbanism in the Gulf region and beyond.

The visit also included a presentation to faculty members on architectural pedagogy and contribution to a design session of the project students are contributing to the International Competition / Contest Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
Period30 Nov 20173 Dec 2017
Held atUniversity of Belgrade, Serbia
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • architecture
  • urban planning
  • urbanism
  • urban design
  • emerging cities
  • multiculturalism
  • urban transformations
  • gulf cities