• International Conference on Materials,

    Patrimony and Environment in Arid Zones


    Adrar, 17 and 18 February 2019


International Conference on Materials, Patrimony and Environment in Arid Zones

Under the high patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Ahmed DRAIA Adrar University,
Faculty of Sciences and Technology
in partnership with :
The National Council of the Order of Architects NCOA
Organize an
International Conference on Materials,
Patrimony and Environment in Arid Zones

Adrar, 17 and 18 February 2019



Problems & Objectives

While more than 80% of the national territory is occupied by the Sahara, university research pays little attention to the peculiarity of the climate and the environment of the so-called "arid" regional group. The "ICMaPEAZ'19" conference aims to take stock of research work on a crucial issue related to the future of civil construction, structures and infrastructure in arid zones. This will surely meet the sustainability imperatives of built, old and newly constructed frameworks in these areas and especially in the Adrar region. Safeguarding the environment in these areas necessarily requires extensive research in the fields of renewable energies, materials and the environment.


Presentation of the Arid Region of Adrar

With an area of 427,368 km2, with about 500,000 inhabitants and located in the south-west of the country, Adrar is mainly occupied by the Sahara. The city of Adrar, is located 1,400 km southwest of Algiers. Adrar has a typical climate of the hyper-arid Saharan zone, with a scorching summer, very long and a short, temperate and hot winter. The average annual rainfall is just 15mm. The average maximum temperatures are around 50°C, between June and September, making Adrar one of the hottest cities in the world. The average number of days, when the mercury exceeds the 40°C, is of the order of 130 days per year. The average duration of sunstroke is approximately 3,978 hours per year. The ratio of daily duration to annual sunshine duration exceeds 90%. Relative humidity is exceptionally low during the year.


Materials, architectural patrimony and environment in the Adrar region (local problems)

The region of Adrar is known for its ancient settlements in the form of ksour and fortified kasbahs, of vernacular architectural form, drawing from the environment its building materials, favoring adaptation to its climate. The introduction of standardized materials and modern construction processes as well as the creation of new road networks and infrastructures has made it possible to standardize the built and environmental framework with that of the northern regions of the country, while the climate and the latitudes are strong, different and are therefore unsuitable for the local environment.
Cracks in the constructions, deformations, down turn in roadways and progressive collapses of the Ksourian constructions with strong heritage value, are all signs of degradation in the region of Adrar. This state of affairs is largely due to its very severe climate.
Moreover, it is imperative to focus on the environment of the region that is not very affected by pollution, and therefore must be safeguarded. This safeguarding is also linked to the rational exploitation of renewable natural resources, which are not lacking in the Adrar region.
The objective of this conference is to contribute to make known the challenges of progress in contemporary constructions in arid and hyper-arid zones and also to show the necessity to protect our architectural and environmental heritage. It is certainly an opportunity to take stock of the currentt state of research, to offer the opportunity to different researchers, to exchange and to enrich their knowledge.



Important Dates

Deadline of Full Paper Submission:
November 30th, 2018
Extended deadline to
December 10th, 2018
Notification of Acceptance:
December 15th, 2018
Deadline of full paper corrected:
December 30th, 2018
Final Acceptance of paper:
January 15th, 2019

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