The first Arab Architecture Week has finished after being held in Tunis, Tunisia, where the focus was on building modern-day cities while retaining cultural and traditional features.

Held last week, the event, held by the Tunisian Architects’ Association and the Arab Architect’s Organisation, attracted more than 500 architects from ten different Arab nations.

It focussed on urban expansion, pollution and the adoption of the Tunisia Charter, according to Arab online site

The Tunisia Charter aims to make young Arab architects take on an element of responsibility for their surrounding environment and the building of architecture that suits the need of the people, while retaining historical roots.

Arab nations are experiencing a period of architectural growth at present with many nations looking to use architecture to form a national identity.

By Penny Jones