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Welcome to the Department of Urban Development

Urban areas worldwide
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Urban growth is extensively transforming the face of the planet. For the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population now lives in towns and cities. With an average growth rate of 2.1% per annum from 1990-2003, the MENA region has one of the world’s most rapidly expanding populations, increasingly concentrated in urban areas.

Alumni Seminar 2018 - The Smart City

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Regular Info Sessions

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Regular Info Sessions at Zentralinstut El Gouna

The Department of Urban Development is now conducting regular information sessions on our "M.Sc. Urban Development" programme every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

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Cairo Urban Excursion 2018

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Cairo, February 2018 – Students from the first semester of the Urban Development master program have explored Cairo urbanism through an excursion from 21st to 27th of February. Visiting various urban areas, they have had the chance to engage with urban development experts, activists and planners, through tours, lectures and discussions lectures.

The excursion had started in Al-Khalifa district, in a tour guided by Dr. May El Ibrashy, Head of Megawra – Built Environment Collective, highlighting several community development projects around and through the preservation of built heritage. In Downtown Cairo, the students met with an expert from CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies) who unraveled the layers of Downtowns’ rich history. The excursion extended to cover different areas such as the newly developed Al-Azhar Park and historical site of Beit Al-Memar (Hassan Fathy House), where the group attended a lecture and a tour guided by Dr. Heba Sahey Eldin (Director). Additionally, the group had the chance to meet with representatives of governmental agencies such as Dr. Abdulkhalek Al-Qady, GOPP consultants, as well as visiting the large scale real-estate development of Cairo Festival City, where the excursion ended with a presentation from Engineer Alaa Anwar, a senior Development Manager at Al-Futtaim Real-estate.

The excursion thus was fruitful and highlighted the complexity of Cairo urbanism, the multifaceted challenges and potentials of Greater Cairo and discussing crucial issues of Urban Development in Egypt, such as satellite cities, urban management, urban growth and urban heritage conservation to the students of our masters’ programme.

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Open Day El Gouna 2018

Open Day El Gouna Campus Urban Development Department Stadtentwicklung Egypt Ägypten
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As per annual tradition, the doors of Campus ElGouna opened on January 27, 2018, to welcome prospective students, young professionals and the general public showcasing study programmes, research activities and the facilities of the Technical University of Berlin in its branch in ElGouna, Egypt.

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Cairo Urban Excursion

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From 10th to 14th of January, third semester students of the Urban Development Master's Program explored Cairo urbanism through an excursion. They visited various urban areas and met with urban development experts in form of lectures and guided tours. The main concept and objective of the excursion were to explore different urban initiatives and urban development typologies in areas such as Al-Khalifa district, Downtown Cairo, Al-Darb Al-Ahmar, New Cairo (Al-Rehab city), Informal areas (Istabl Antar and Manshiet Nasser).

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10th Community Forum: 29th May from 03.30 to 08.30 p.m.

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The 10th Community Forum El Gouna 2030 is going to take place on 29th May from 03.30 p.m. to 08.30 p.m. The forum will bring interesting topics related to "Urban Agriculture and Urban Gardening: Perspectives for El Gouna and Innovations by Egyptian Startups” with the cooperation of AHK MENA and German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

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Invitation to the 9th Community Forum on Mobility: 16 March

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On 16 March, 2016, at 4 p.m., the 9th Community Forum in El Gouna takes place. The topic is 'Sustainable Mobility & Traffic Planning - Perspectives of El Gouna and Innovations by Egyptian Startups'. The main partner for this Community Forum is the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The organizational team is looking forward to welcoming you there.

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Visit of Informal Settlements (Ashwa’eyat) in Cairo

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Cairo, January 2016 – Students from the third semester visited the informal settlements of Manshiet Nasr and Istabl Antar in Cairo, and a school project on urban farming in Qanater. The excursion took place on Thursday and Friday, 14th and 15th of January 2016.

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Excursion to Aswan

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Aswan, October 2015 – Students from the fourth intake visited the city of Aswan and its 1997 commenced extension New Aswan in a double missioned excursion. The first reason was an exercise in urban analysis in the old part of Aswan, the second part a visit to the new town of New Aswan. New Aswan is the current topic of the first term project for the fourth intake.

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Lecture on ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’

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15 October 2015, El Gouna - In the framework of the third semester project on the informal settlement of Zerzara in Hurghada, the students had the chance to get external input from Rossana Poblet. Under the title ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’ she introduced two projects which are of high relevance for the case of Hurghada.

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Dept. of UD at the conference on 'Historic Districts for Tomorrow' (October 25th – 26th, 2015)

Ahmed Khalil during his presentation
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25-26 October 2015, Cairo – The dean of the Department of Urban Development of Campus El Gouna and students of the first and second intake attended the conference ‘Historic Districts for Tomorrow’. The conference was organized by Cairo and Alexandria University, and Brandenburg University of Technology, (Germany).

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Excursion showing urban development paradigms of Berlin

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Berlin, April-July 2015 – Berlin is an open-air exhibition for urban-planning and urban-development paradigms.  During the summer semester 2015, the students attended a series of excursions and city walks within Berlin with the objective to see various neighborhoods presenting these paradigms. Additionally to these Berlin excursions, some other trips were organized to other cities like Görlitz, Hamburg or Dessau.  

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News and activities from previous years

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