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Eckardt, F., S. Imam, C. Mady, and M. Tawil, Urban Futures of the Middle East, , Germany, Konigshausen & Neumann, 2021.
Imam, S., "Urban Regeneration and Character in Cairo's Contexts of Value", Urban Futures of The Middle East: Konigshausen & Neumann, 2021.
Imam, S., "Privately Owned Public Spaces and Regeneration of Contexts of Value", Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 67, issue 2, 2020. abstract.pdf
AlSadaty, A., D. ElKerdany, N. Hamza, S. Imam, T. ElSerafi, and M. Abdallah, "Socio-Spatial Regeneration Challenges In Attaba Historic Market, Cairo.", Journal of Humanities and Applied Social Sciences, 2020.
Imam, S., D. ElKerdany, N. Hamza, A. AlSadaty, T. ElSerafi, and M. Abdallah, "Temporary Uses and Regeneration of Historic Contexts, The Case of Attaba Market, Cairo.", Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 67, issue 5, 2020. abstract_scholar.pdf
Abd El Gawwad, N., S. Imam, and D. ElKerdany, "Catalytic Qualifications for Urban Redevelopment Mobility Hubs as Urban Regeneration Anchors", Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 66, issue 1, pp. 25-45, 2019. abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "Regeneration of Historical Housing Contexts and Privatization of Urban Spaces", 43rd IAHS World Congress on Housing, Housing in the Third Millennium between Tradition and Innovation, Cochabamba, Bolivia., 2019. paper_abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "Regeneration of Historical Housing Contexts and Digital Mapping of Intangible Cultural Heritage", 42nd IAHS World Congress on Housing, The Housing for the dignity of Mankind, Naples, Italy, 2018. abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "Maintaining Character through Urban Morphology Analysis", Jounal of Open House International, vol. 42, issue 4, 2017. abstract.pdf
Hamza, N., D. ElKerdany, S. Imam, A. AlSadaty, T. ElSerafi, and J. Pendlebury, "Sustained Livability: A Framework beyond Energy Conscious Building Conservation of Market Halls", Archnet-IJAR, vol. 11, issue 3, pp. 119-131, 2017. manuscript.pdf
Imam, S., "Efficient Development Control Regulations and Urban Morphology Analysis", , 41th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Sustainability and Innovation for the Future, Albufera, Portugal, 2016. abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "TEMPORARY USES: A SPARK TO CHANGE EXISTING SETTINGS, REDEVELOPMENT THROUGH A BOTTOM-UP PROCESS.", Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 61, issue 3, 2014. abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "Readdressing Community-Based Regeneration Process and Projects in Historical Contexts", 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Sustainable Housing Construction, Funchal, Portugal, 2014. abstractiahs40.pdf
Imam, S. H., "ASSESSMENT AND REVIEW OF INFILL DESIGNS’ GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIAL URBAN CONSERVATION AREAS", International Joural For Housing Science and its Applications, vol. 37, issue 3, pp. 136-148, 2013. Abstract

Building in traditional existing context has always presented a serious challenge, raising critical questions on how new designs should interact with the context. Some theories are claiming that interaction is achieved by relating the new buildings to older buildings’ aesthetics and replicating the old style. Other theories are declaring that a new design should respond to its own period of time since architecture always
represents its time. Old historical contexts are characterized by high level of mixed uses, and residential use is the highest. Therefore the cooperation and agreement of local community seems to be essential in each infill design case, in order to understand local communities’ culture and needs, and thus aesthetics dilemma becomes a problem to be related to community not just keep it exclusive to designers
and theorists. The current paper critically studies the guidelines and design criteria commonly applied to infill design in urban conservation areas by specialized control agencies and centers. It intends to assess the relation between these guidelines and laypersons’ response and preferences especially that many actors are involved in infill issues related to special historical contexts starting from local communities, control agencies, intellectuals to professionals and designers. Most of the guidelines’ lists focus on the formal aesthetics of the environments and its physical qualities, especially visual and spatial qualities. The paper critically reviews the necessity of focusing on the content of the environment form and the way lay persons see it and relate to it, by having a comprehensive design brief specific to the site of infill, the brief has common key physical and formal guidelines to preserve area character and ways to include local community in design decisions in order to relate to community preferences, values and needs. The paper stresses the idea that including the community in the design brief helps the infill project to be deeply related to the context and the local community, thus increasing its chances of success. The paper deploys an Egyptian infill experience carried out by Agha Khan Trust of Culture (AKTC) in Al Darb Al Ahmar –Aslam neighborhood- a historical residential area in Islamic Cairo, assessing the processes followed by AKTC to include the community in the infill design process, and whether the results succeeded in meeting community preferences, values and needs.

Imam, S., "Creative Economy and Urban Transformation in Developing Countries", Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 60, issue 6, 2013. abstract.pdf
Imam, S., "Non Physical Research Methods and Design Proposals in Redevelopment Projects", 38th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 140-148, 2012. abstract_scholar.pdf
Imam, S., "Readdressing Infill Design", Cairo University, Fifth International Conference, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 127, 2009. abstract_scholar.pdf