Introduction

The meeting will deal with the design of many types of buildings in Islamic countries, including not only the better known public buildings like mosques, mausolea, citadels and forts, but also houses and gardens, engineering works such as bridges and dams, irrigation systems and many others which have also had a profound impact on society.

Islamic architecture has enriched design with a wide variety of structural shapes, including among others, unique arches, a wide variety of vaults and domes which allow for new forms to be developed. The influence that these structural forms have in non-Islamic countries will be one of the themes of the conference.

There is much to learn from past experiences to arrive at solutions that are environmentally sound and sustainable in the long term. As conventional energy resources become scarce, the Islamic design heritage can offer invaluable lessons on how to deal in an efficient manner with cases of hard and extreme environments. Traditional architecture and urban environments in most Islamic countries are now being eroded by overemphasis on a global type of architecture and city planning. As a consequence, many regions are losing their identity. The conference will aim to review these developments in the light of what the classical Islamic urban designs and architectures have to offer modern society.

An equally important part of the meeting will analyse the materials employed and the types of structural elements, particularly those unique to Islamic architecture. Associated topics of discussion will include music, textiles and ceramics, which are essential parts of the architectural fabric. The Conference will encompass papers on construction materials, including not only stone and brick but also more perishable materials like adobe, wood and reeds.

Preserving that heritage also requires the development of appropriate conservation techniques in response to the different materials used and the ways structural forms work, including under extreme conditions, such as earthquakes.

Papers relevant to the influence of Islamic architecture on the development of new structural form, shape and design in Western countries are particularly welcome.

The meeting will be of interest to all researchers, practitioners and government employees actively involved in the topic of Islamic heritage architecture and art.

All published papers from previous meetings are archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Islamic Heritage 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Historical aspects
  • Heritage studies
  • Archaeological studies
  • Mosques and minarets
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Citadels and fortifications
  • Urban environment
  • Baths and Caravanserais
  • Palaces
  • Houses and gardens
  • Bridges and dams
  • Irrigation systems
  • Climate adaptability
  • Structural characteristics
  • The use of light and orientation
  • Construction materials
  • Oman and Eastern Saudi Arabian architecture
  • Architecture in Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Mediterranean Islamic heritage
  • The upper Gulf (Kuwait and Basra)
  • The central Gulf (Bahrain and Qatar)
  • The lower Gulf architecture
  • The Persian coast and islands
  • The Trucial coast (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates)
  • Classical Ottoman architecture
  • The Balkans legacy
  • The Black and Caspian sea legacies
  • Islamic architecture along the Silk Road
  • Islamic architecture in China
  • Afghanistan and Persia
  • Islamic architecture in the ex-Soviet republics
  • The Indian continent
  • Islamic architecture in Al-Andalus and other Spanish regions
  • Influences in the Americas
  • Islamic architecture in Africa
  • New cities and the search for authenticity
  • Islamic architecture in Far East countries
  • Cross-cultural encounters
  • Travel writings
  • Art and literature
  • Islamic calligraphy and Islamic manuscripts
  • Contemporary forms of Islamic arts
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Islamic Heritage 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Islamic Heritage 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

 

Location Information

LisbonLisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and predates other European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome. Lisbon has a rich and diverse history and is thought to have been founded by Phoenicians. Lisbon witnessed Muslim domination, a Christian conquest, a golden age of discoveries, destruction by an earthquake in 1755 and followed by an enlightened reconstruction process and ongoing renewal.

Its compact historic centre means that it is easy to explore through the characteristic narrow and winding streets. The city boasts many museums, squares, towers, gardens and cafes as well as the Castle of St George, which overlooks Lisbon in its entirety.

Castelo de São Jorge, dates back to the 11th Century, although it is thought the first fortifications on the hilltop were erected during the 2nd Century. The Castle overlooks Lisbon and the Tagus River is one of the city’s top attractions and visitors are able to climb the towers and walk along the walls. There are three guided tours daily in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

The UNESCO-listed Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, is another must-see in the parish of Belem, Lisbon. Populated by the monks of the Order of St Jerome until the order was dissolved in 1833, the Monastery then served as a school and orphanage until around 1940. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.

Lisbon enjoys 290 days of sunshine a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees centigrade. As a coastal city, there are also fantastic sandy beaches easily accessible by public transport.

Travel Information

Conference venue address:

Melia Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083 Lisbon
+351 21 893 0000

 

By Air

Lisbon Airport (LIS)

Lisbon International Airport is very well connected internationally. Direct flights are available from most major airports in Europe and as well as North and South America, Middle East, Moscow, Tel Aviv or Beijing.

For full information on all the destinations and airlines operating in this airport, please visit: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home

From the airport to the conference venue - The hotel is less than 3km from the airport and can easy be reached by public transport:

  • Metro: There is only one metro line operating at the airport, “Linha Vermelha” (Red Line) .You need to depart the metro at the third stop after leaving the airport (the stop is called ORIENTE). The hotel is only 2 minute walk from the station. You must purchase the '7 Colinas' / 'Viva Viagem' electronic travel card, which you can then top up with balance for your journeys and can be used both for the Metro and for Carris (bus network). The cost of the card is €0.50 and a single fair costs €1.45 (you can also purchase a 24hr pass for €6.30. See further information at https://www.metrolisboa.pt/
  • Taxi: The cost of the taxi is around €10-12, depending on how much luggage you have.

 

By Rail

Most international trains arrive at Santa Apolonia station which is in the city centre.

In order to travel to the hotel, you will need to depart the train at Santa Apolonia and take either the Urban Service or Regional Service to Oriente station. The journey takes around 8 minutes and costs less than 2€. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Oriente Station.

If you prefer to take a taxi once you have arrived at Apolonia station, the price of a taxi from the city centre to the hotel will cost around €10-15 depending on how much luggage you have.

Further information can be found at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

 

Moving around Lisbon

The hotel is situated in the north part of the city, in an area known as “Parque das Naçoes” which was developed for the 1998 Expo. The area is connected to the city centre via metro (“Linha Vermelha”, Red Line). A single ticket will cost 1.45€ and a 1-day ticket will cost 6.30€. You can buy this at the metro or train station.

Some useful links to prepare for your trip:

Lisbon tourism information website: https://www.visitlisboa.com/

Lisbon metro information http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/

Lisbon airport: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home

Portuguese Railway: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

 

Please note that all information included above is correct as of September 2021. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

Melia Lisboa OrienteConference venue address:

Melia Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083 Lisbon
+351 21 893 0000

The conference will take place at the Melia Lisboa Oriente Hotel, Lisbon. The hotel is located in the heart of the Parque das Naçoes, alongside the ultra-modern transport hub at Gare do Oriente and the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest bridge in Europe). The hotel is just a few minutes from the centre of the city and 3km from Lisbon International Airport, it is also in the vicinity of the Oceanarium, the Vasco da Gama shopping mall, and the marina. The hotel which has recently re-opened after an important renovation, has more than 200 rooms, a fitness centre, a private garage and free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

The hotel provides free transfer only from the hotel to Lisbon International Airport at 7 am, 8 am and 9 am. This service must be requested 24 hours in advance. The hotel provides electric vehicle chargers (one specific for TESLA) subject to availability.

Accommodation Information

In order to book your accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Booking Form (PDF) and send it directly to the hotel using the email address on the form no later than 27th May 2022. Bookings following this date will be subject to availability.

Melia Lisboa Oriente Reception Melia Lisboa Oriente Double Room Melia Lisboa Oriente Restaurant Melia Lisboa Oriente Bar

Additional Information

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