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Welcome to the Department of Urban Development

Urban areas worldwide

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.

MET Study Visit to Berlin


Exchange is one of the cornerstones of academic progress. In this spirit, the Department of Urban Development welcomed a team of students of architecture and urban planning from the Misr Institute for Engineering and Technology (MET) from Mansoura to Berlin. Led by Dr. Alaa Elmanzlawi, the group joined the Urban Development students for two days (April 17-18 2018). Two joint excursions into the heart of Berlin and its often conflicted urban history and narratives led by Lukas Born and Achim Schröer, as well as expert input on current urban research in Egypt by the department’s own Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi, a lecture on urban planning from a perspective of spatial legislation and governance by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schäfer and a presentation by the MET students on their case study of Mansourah City under the title “Re‐Coding the Ethics of Urbanism” gave ample opportunity not only for scientific discussion but also for consolidation of the good relations between the two institutions.

The MET-Group compiled a short video of their visit to Germany, which you can watch here

MoU between GIZ and Department of Urban Development


Within the framework of common interest in experience transfer and cooperation between academia and practice in the field of urban development, the Department of Urban Development  at Technische Universität Berlin – Campus El Gouna, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Participatory Infrastructure Project (PIP) and the Participatory Development Program in urban areas (PDP) of the GIZ (German Cooperation for International Development) in Egypt.


Urban Development at the DAAD COSIMENA Cultural Heritage Cluster Inauguration


From the 7th to the 9th of May 2018, the DAAD COSIMENA (Cluster of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa, as organised by the German Academic Exchange Service) launched its cluster on cultural heritage in the region. With the aim of promoting discourse on the tangible and intangible forms of heritage, the cluster gathered various disciplines, such as archaeology, history, museology, and geology, as well as cultural studies, architecture and urban design.

The Department of Urban Development was represented by its coordinator Martin Meyer. Under the topic of “Engaging Public Memory: An Online Database for Modern Heritage in the MENA-Region”, he raised questions of the postcolonial legacy of modern architecture, its symbolic intertwining of “East” and “West” and the need for a public debate on issues of built heritage and local identities in the Middle East and North Africa.


Find more info on the Heritage Cluster here.



GIZ Students‘ Day on Urban Development and Frankfurt Trip


From April 27 to 29, five students of our master’s programme “Urban Development” had the chance to visit Frankfurt am Main, the financial capital of Germany. Following an invitation by the German Cooperation for International Development (GIZ), our students Heba, Lamya, Nikhil, Norhan, Sara and programme coordinator Martin Meyer visited the GIZ’s headquarters in Eschborn, where they participated in the agency’s “Students’ Day on Urban Development”. Joining students from BTU Cottbus Senftenberg, TU Darmstadt, TU Dortmund, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, University Freiburg, TU Munich and University of Stuttgart, they were introduced to the GIZ projects and approaches to urban development worldwide and its recruiting strategies. It was a great opportunity to network with their colleagues and potential future employers. The second day was spent exploring the urban fabric of Frankfurt and discovering the rich cultural history of the city.

Excursion Quseir


To understand the current situation of the Red Sea Governorate and with the objective to deliver support to the development plans of the regional and national governmental authorities, the department of Urban Development (UD) and its students went on an excursion to the area from the 8th until the 11th of February 2018.

In the excursion the research team visited the historical city of El Quseir, the private touristic city development of Port Ghaleb and the nature park of Wadi El Gamal. The research team was able to get access to a many highly relevant stakeholders and sites and scout for future projects.


Alumni Seminar 2018 - The Smart City


Smart City is a label that brings together activities and projects at the local level with the global challenges, and links them to developments in science and product design that change the way people interact socially and in space. The view on the subject of smart cities should not be reduced to "high tech" as is often the case, but should be considered above all from the perspective of "appropriate technologies". In regions like MENA less expensive and complex, locally available and established technologies are promising.

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Regular Info Sessions


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.

find more info here

Cairo Urban Excursion 2018


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.


Open Day El Gouna 2018

Open Day El Gouna Campus Urban Development Department Stadtentwicklung Egypt Ägypten

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.



News and activities from previous years

Find more news and activities from previous years here.

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Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schäfer
+49 (0) 30 75933


Martin Meyer
Tel Berlin +49 (0)30 314 75720
Tel Egypt +20 (0)65 3561 482