The third WSEAS International Conference on Urban Rehabilitation and Sustainability (URES '10) took place at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, November 3-5, 2010. Faro is located in southwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, near a system of barrier islands known as the Ria Formosa. It is also the seat of the District of Faro and the capital of the Algarve region. It is 280 km south of Lisbon and is connected by highway to Lisbon and Seville (200 km).
|Drawing illustrating the character of Faro, near the marina area in central Faro. Copyright 2009 Jon Bryan Burley, all rights reserved, used by permission.
The WSEAS meeting was hosted and sponsored by Centro de Investigacao sobre Espaco e Organizacoes. It included presentations on the following topics:
• Climate changes, global warming, biological problems
• Natural hazards
• Materials science
• Mathematical and computational methods
• Data networks, communications, networks, computers
• Sensors and signals
• Visualization, imaging, and simulation
Bruce Sharky, FASLA, of Louisiana State University gave the first plenary lecture entitled, “Creating Disaster Resiliency in Tropical Storm Regions: Re-building for Flood Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Louisiana Communities and the Mexican Gulf Coast.” Amarylills Audenaert of Artesis University College of Antwerp, Belgium gave the second plenary lecture entitled, “Economic Viability of Passive Houses and Low Energy Houses.” Sebela Kabas, a landscape architect from Turkey who is working on a graduate degree in Spain presented a paper about reclaiming mine tailings in Cartegana, Spain. Luis Loures, a landscape architect from Portugal presented several papers on post-industrial reclamation. I collaborated with Mo Fei, a landscape architecture graduate at Sheffield University in South Yorkshire, England, on a visual perception model of Chinese respondents. In addition, I presented a paper that I co-authored with Fabienne Joliet of Angers, France, and Wes Landon of Michigan on the impact that painting and painters have on landscapes in Portugal and in the United States. The remaining presentations were given by authors from France, Portugal, USA, China, Spain, Turkey, and Italy. There was a special post-conference tour of the Algarve that started in Faro and continued across the Algarve.
In general, all the WSEAS conferences are organized by universities, which are responsible for reviewing the proposed papers. The authors of the best papers are invited to send extended versions of their presentations to the Editors-in-Chief of WSEAS Journals following the conference. These extended versions may later be published in the WSEAS Journals.
Visit the WSEAS web site for future WSEAS conferences around the world. Besides giving attendees a chance to visit interesting parts of the world, the conferences provide a great opportunity to present peer-reviewed papers, and to have an extended paper published in a WSEAS journal.
Jon Bryan Burley, FASLA, is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.