Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
Nottingham Trent University | NTU · School of Architecture, Design & The Built Environment

PhD, MArch, BScArch, FRSA, FHEA

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Introduction
Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture and the Founding Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage (CAUGH) at Nottingham Trent University. Gamal is the University Lead of the Strategic Research Theme: Global Heritage- Science, Management & Development.
Additional affiliations
December 2016 - December 2017
Nottingham Trent University
Position
  • Chair
February 2010 - present
Queen's University Belfast
Position
  • Course Leader, BSc (Hons), Head of Internartionalisation

Publications

Publications (95)
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This paper discusses a novel technological approach using virtual heritage technology to reflect Umm Qais heritage’s intertwining and interdependent nature that shapes its identity and value today. It developed the first model of a “virtual living museum” that brings both the tangible and intangible heritage of the site and community together into...
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Purpose: To investigate the effect of integrated exercise program on posture in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Participant(s) and Methods: 10 Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis female participants with average thoracic Cobb's angle (36 degrees ±4.1) with average age (14.6 years ±1.2), weight (48.3 kg ±5.9), height (1.52 cm ±0.1). Participants underw...
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Post-earthquake reconstruction of housing in heritage settlements confronts challenges such as inadequate damage assessment and replacement, displaced population and loss of heritage significance. Recording the built fabric and ways of life within heritage settlements are key for conserving their historic value, which is increasingly possible with...
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Purpose Traditional architecture and urban form is a harmonious and interrelated blend of social relations, cultural beliefs and religious principles forming coherent spatial organisation living in harmony despite diversity of religious beliefs, social class or cultural practices of different communities. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the...
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Northern Ireland has a complex urbanism with multilayered socio-spatial politics. In this environment, issues of communication, self-representation and expression of identity are central to the experience of urban space and architecture where the dichotomy of division and shared living are spatially exercised in everyday life. Unlike other studies...
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Karbala is one of the metropolitan cities in Iraq, its historic and religious centre has a long history, yet many of its buildings are under threat because of unclear conservation management due to urban transformation. The history of religious rituals and processions reflects an array of values, concepts and planning philosophy that has used the p...
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Abstract Iraq’s historical and religious centre has evolved over centuries defying the changing political and social conditions of the country. The heritage of religious rituals and processions reflects and arrays of values, concepts and planning philosophy that used the hegemony of religion and holy conditions of the city as a source of homogenei...
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Transformations of Derry/Londonderry’s medieval city walls during the twentieth century have shaped an urbanism of segregated settlements within a city of religious confrontation. The heritage of military blockades, peace lines and watchtowers imposed upon the city’s Walls has influenced the disintegration of public space and created areas of no ma...
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The archaeology of our built heritage is centred on the understanding of human experiences, rituals and social history that add meaningful narratives to physical fabric, structures and artefacts. The meaning of the building in the collective memory is intrinsically attached to the process by which it was produced and the manner with which it endure...
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Much of the built environment design literature focuses on a composite of walkable spaces variables such as density, diversity, and destination accessibility. One of the most effective factors in walkability is “safety and security”. There is an evident gap in understanding the perceived ability of Libyan public spaces to support walkability. This...
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Much of the effort in VH is directed towards accurate representation of historic structures, objects or artefacts. There is little attention is paid, however, to the human aspects of city life, the intangible heritage to which people can actually relate. Digital models of historic buildings and spaces only give a sense of precision. Yet, rituals, h...
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Traditional contexts represent physical and spatial interpretations of human activities, skills, thoughts and resources creating identifiable and meaningful realms related to space/place, time and society. They acted as tangible intergenerational link with the past, reflecting the endurance of human imprints and spatial practices in everyday life....
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Much of the effort in VH is directed towards accurate representation of historic objects and physical precision of ancient architecture styles but lacks the human part of city life, to which people can actually relate. Perfectly modelled virtual buildings and spaces only give a sense of precision, but only rituals, human attitude and cultural tradi...
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Several monuments have been damaged, collapsed, become derelict or lost some of their distinctive features, resulting in partial or total obscuring of their authentic identity as representative of the distinctive character of their historic era. Faced with these challenges, archaeologists in Egypt started to look at digital heritage technologies, s...
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Virtual heritage is a modern technological application that aims to transfer the experience of historic buildings, urban spaces and cities into an engaging experience of real-life quality for the ordinary people. Computer-simulated environments can simulate physical presence in places in the real world offering digital display of lost heritage that...
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The Research Policy Document, “Managing Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age”, offers an insight on how a “Research Policy Document on the Development of Virtual Heritage for Egypt and the Middle East” could set out practical guidelines, as well as legal and ethical framework of governance of Virtual and digital heritage in Egypt and the Middle Eas...
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VIRTUAL HERITAGE CAIRO Virtual Heritage of Medieval Culture: Collaborative Network for Cultural-feed of Virtual Heritage (CfVH) platforms of medieval Cairo First Volume of Series of Publication on Virtual Heritage Cairo Project, Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the United Kingdom.
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—Walkability in civic and public spaces in Libyan cities is challenging due to the lack of accessibility design, informal merging into car traffic, and the general absence of adequate urban and space planning. The lack of accessible and pedestrian-friendly public spaces in Libyan cities has emerged as a major concern for the government if it is to...
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Traditional quarters represent a valuable cultural and economic asset in the contemporary city, for which conservation policies are developed. Between the urban fabric, architectural character and the human asset, traditional quarters exhibit their distinctiveness and authenticity. What is unjustifiably ignored is the fact that traditional quarters...
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Traditional quarters represent a valuable cultural and economic asset in the contemporary city, for which conservation policies are developed. Between the urban fabric, architectural character and the human asset, traditional quarters exhibit their distinctiveness and authenticity. What is unjustifiably ignored is the fact that traditional quarters...
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Since cities are constantly changing, their new forms activities are developed according to their patterns and physical arrangements. Sustainable urban form is currently a widely discussed topic in the concept of urban sustainability. The physical built form of cities can be conceptualised as two interlocking planes. The first is the spatial distri...
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This article interrogates the notion of " New Capital " in the context of the hegemony of neoliberal urbanism in the Arab cities in the Middle East from historical, socioeconomic and spatial perspectives. It reviews the historical narratives of new centres and districts in Cairo, Beirut and evolving capitalist urbanism and architecture in the Arabi...
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Having experienced social and political structures of the nineteenth century Europe, western-educated Egyptian elite used public institutions to force new legislative structures and procedures that ruled out traditional housing forms and spatial systems. This essay detects direct and indirect impact of these changes that informed the spatial change...
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Traditional quarters represent a valuable cultural and economic asset in the contemporary city, for which conservation policies are developed. Between the urban fabric, architectural character and the human asset, traditional quarters exhibit their distinctiveness and authenticity. What is unjustifiably ignored is the fact that traditional quarters...
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This paper investigates modes of active communications and propagation of ideas and ideologies in architectural education in general and the design studio in particular. Based on a survey of students' opinions, modes of tutorials, assessment and production, it investigates the extent to which students enjoy freedom of choice, liberal thinking and a...
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Erbil (Hawler in Kurdish), is the capital and the largest city of Iraqi Kurdistan. Having been continuously inhabited for about 6000 years, the city has recently been regarded by UNESCO World Heritage as one of the world’s oldest urban settlements. The city is witnessing remarkable urban growth and rapid spatial expansion compounded by a dramatic i...
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Traditional quarters represent a valuable cultural and economic asset in the contemporary city, for which conservation policies are developed. Between the urban fabric, architectural character and the human asset, traditional quarters exhibit their distinctiveness and authenticity. What is unjustifiably ignored is the fact that traditional quarters...
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Political and spatial contestation in divided cities contributes to strategies of self-defense that utilize physical and spatial settings to enable the constitution of social boundaries, borders and territories. Urban parks that are designed to ease division through an open transitional landscape can instead facilitate further segregation through t...
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The hawari of Cairo – narrow non-straight alleyways – are the basic urban units that have formed the medieval city since its foundation back in 969 AD. Until early in the C20th, they made up the primary urban divisions of the city and were residential in nature. Contemporary hawari, by contrast, are increasingly dominated by commercial and industri...
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Book Review: "The Territories of Identity: Architecture in the Age of Evolving Globalisation"
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Having experienced social and political structures of the 19th century Europe, Western- educated Egyptian elite used public institutions to force legislative structures and procedures that ruled out traditional housing forms and spatial systems. This essay detects direct and indirect impact of these changes that informed the spatial change of moder...
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Issues of authenticity and identity are particularly significant in cities where social and cultural change is shaping active transformation of its urban fabric and structure in the post-war condition. In search of sustainable future, Iraqi cities are stretched between the two ends of the spectrum, authentic quarters with its traditional fabric and...
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The women question was at the centre of cultural reform movement that took firm stand against the suppression of women in the patriarch Egyptian society at the turn of the twentieth century. Having experienced social and political structures of the 19th century Europe, Western- educated Egyptian elite used public institutions to force legislative s...
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The notion of privacy represents a central criterion for both indoor and outdoor social spaces in most traditional Arab settlements. This paper investigates privacy and everyday life as determinants of the physical properties of the built and urban fabric and will study their impact on traditional settlements and architecture of the home in the con...
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Abstract The notion of privacy represents a central criterion for both indoor and outdoor social spaces in most traditional Arab settlements. This paper investigates privacy and everyday life as determinants of the physical properties of the built and urban fabric and will study their impact on traditional settlements and architecture of the home i...
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The women question was at the centre of cultural reform movement that took firm stand against the suppression of women in the patriarch Egyptian society at the turn of the twentieth century. Having experienced social and political structures of the 19th century Europe, wester- educated Egyptians used public institutions to force legislative structu...
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Following a very busy three years of urban protests and ideological battles, Arab societies are coming to terms with their problems of ideologies, traditions and modernity which have become visible in the urban space. The divide between the radical and liberal, the traditional and the progressive has prevailed in the urban space as well as in the p...
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This paper investigates how spatial practices of Public art performance had transformed public space from being a congested traffic hub into an active and animated space for resistance that was equally accessible to different factions, social strata, media outlets and urban society, determined by popular culture and social responsibility. Tahrir Sq...
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This paper will discuss the issues of spatial segregation in the divided city context, focusing on Belfast as a case study it will discuss, issues that limit the inclusivity of shared space in the city, the challenge of insular spatial patterns created by division, and the micro politics of everyday contact. It will argue the significance of creati...
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The paper examines the role of shared spaces in divided cities in promoting future sustainable communities and spaces described as inclusive to all. It addresses the current challenges that prevent such inclusiveness and suggests future trends of its development to be of benefit to the wider city community. It explains how spaces in divided cities...
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Mass protests during the Arab Spring in the Middle East have revealed layers of complex processes of private/public patterns in massive urban revolt, which are yet to be investigated. This paper analyses how fast the public space was reshaped and reproduced to assist its role as a space for resistance and liberation from the traditional state-drive...
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The North Irish coast resembles one of the unique landscapes that define the scenic character of the place. To understand place you need to engage with stories and histories behind it. The search for Portrush has to start from Ulster. This book offers a journey to explore histories, traditions, festivities and the architecture of the Irish town. Ap...
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This Book is an Official Policy Document of the Government of the republic of Ireland. It is meant to offer guidance and principles of Planning Local Area Plans in Irish Cities. The Principles drafted is intros volume must be followed during the design, preparation and implementation of Local Area Plans in Ireland.
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By investigating the social dynamics of home in one of the enduring communities of Cairo, this article reveals the way ordinary people construct and consume their private and public domains on a daily basis. It reveals what is central and what is marginal in the cognitive idea of home. This article adopts an interdisciplinary strategy of investigat...
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The hawari (local communities) of Old Cairo resemble a unique societal context whose history is actively involved in the contemporary everyday production of local habits, traditions and social practice. By the virtue of its durability and ability to survive, Architecture brings events and traditions of the past alive into the present through spatia...
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The article investigates the practice of home as an everyday system for sustainable living in Old Cairo. The idea of home in this historic urban space has long involved fluid sociospatial associations and made efficient use of space-activity-time dynamics. As in the past, the individual's sense of home may extend beyond or shrink within the physica...
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Architects are now more than ever part of an interdisciplinary context. The emergence of creative art-based practices, film making, post-disaster designs and slum management, as part of the architecture discourse and curriculum, is an indication of how broad architecture has become, and the extent to which it has already merged peripheral practices...
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This paper aims at investigating architectural and urban heritage from the socio-cultural point of view, which stands on the human asset of traditional sites such as the hawari of old Cairo. It analyzes the social practice of everyday life in one of the oldest Cairene hawari, Haret al-Darb al-Asfar. The focus is on architectural and spatial organiz...
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By investigating the social dynamics of home in one of the enduring communities of Cairo, this article reveals the way ordinary people construct and consume their private and public domains on a daily basis. It reveals what is central and what is marginal in the cognitive idea of home. This article adopts an interdisciplinary strategy of investigat...