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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.

Sidi Hessine - Development under Pandemic Conditions finalized


We are glad to announce the closing of the international cooperation online workshop: “Vulnerable Urban Areas: Needs and Development Priorities in the Time of Pandemic”, attended by over 70 participants from 8 countries. This workshop was implemented in partnership between TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, Université de Carthage and the German Jordanian University from 23rd to 27th November 2020 and was funded through the DAAD program German Arab Transformation Partnership.

Find more info on the workshop here

Sidi Hessine - Development under Pandemic Conditions


We are pleased to announce that the Kick-off event of the project “Vulnerable Urban Areas: Needs and Development Priorities in the Time of Pandemic” under the DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst funded program Deutsch-Arabische Transformationspartnerschaften has been launched on 13th November 2020. It is a cooperation between Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin), Department of Urban Development, Campus El Gouna (Hassan Elmouelhi project lead), Université de Carthage, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (Prof. Dr. Olfa Ben Medien) and German Jordanian University (GJU), Department of Architecture and Design (Prof. Dr. Maram Tawil). The project investigates how vulnerable groups cope with the changing dynamics of urban contexts. An assessment for the situation of local urban areas is needed regarding the urban condition, services, public spaces, in addition to environmental, legal, social and economic conditions. The analysis findings can support the decision-making process regarding the development and upgrading of those areas, especially within a pandemic and in the post-Pandemic phase. This project also integrates with the third semester project focusing on the upgrading of informal settlements, this year in the area of Sidi Hussine- Sbkhet Sijoumi, Tunis.

UD Alumni Awarded GLTN Grants


Our alumni Reham Reda and Mohamed Hamdy (UD Batch 2017/18) have received a research innovation fund under the frame of “Land Governance in the Arab Region” funded by BMZ (Supported or cooperated by GLTN/UTI/HBRC/UN Habitat/German Cooperation and Arab Land Initiative). With the grant they will conduct an intensive research on Egyptian Slums and Land Governance Challenges with a case study of El-Asmarat project, Egypt. Read more here

Congratulations to both of them!

Final Presentation Nikolaiviertel 2050


On the 31st of July, students of the the urban development masters program have presented the final results of their term project "Urban Renewal" to an in interested audience. Location of this years analysis, project proposal and feasibility study was the Nikolaiviertel, a central and touristically valuable area in the heart of Berlin that is marked by complex and diverging approaches to creating and conserving urban heritage. PRESENTATION SLIDES CAN BE FOUND HERE and RECORDINGS CAN BE FOUND HERE [we apology for the sound quality of Team A]. Both links to be opened with password: UDSoSe2020.

Urban Thinkers Campus #2


Our second COVID-19 online seminar titled “The Post Pandemic Resilient City: Stakeholders’ Roles and Perspectives from Egypt” has taken place under the banner of Urban Thinkers Campus and World Urban Campaign.


Rehabilitation of historic Cairo - ALDARB AL AHMAR

The Joint Urban Design Studio Workshop "Rehabilitation of historic Cairo - ALDARB AL AHMAR" was successfully organized with the combined efforts and participation of the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; Acharya's NRV College of Architecture, Bangalore, India; the Department of Architecture, School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo; the Department of Urban Development at Campus El Gouna, Technical University Berlin (Germany).


World Urban Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi


The Urban Development department at Technical University of Berlin - Campus El Gouna alongside the Faculty of Spatial Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands are pleased to announce our participation in WUF10 Abu Dhabi 8-13 February 2020.

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Universities as Partners for Capacity Building in Urban Development in the MENA-Region


The Department of Urban Development contributed to the Sector Network Governance MENA (GoMENA) workshop on “Capacity Development in International Cooperation: Successes and Potentials” organized by the German Cooperation for International Development (GIZ). The workshop took place Dec 6-8, 2019, El Gouna, Egypt. More Info

Lessons Learnt – Localising the SDGs in Egypt’s Urban Development


For decades, Egypt has been suffering from uncontrolled urbanisation and low quality of urban life. Solving these issues requires collaboration between relevant stakeholders at global, national, and local level. Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi and Martin Meyer highlight how localizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the framework of the New Urban Agenda can be a tool to link these different stakeholders in the field of urban development in their article for URBANET

Urban Mobility Mapping in Red Sea: Case of Hurghada


The Urban Development Department (TU Berlin Campus El Gouna), in cooperation with  Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (Ain Shams University), organized the Workshop: “Urban Mobility Mapping in Red Sea: Case of Hurghada”  between the 25th-30th November 2019 in Hurghada, funded by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service.

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Ideenwerkstatt Museumsquartier


Impressive output and worthwile discussions - together with four other universities from Berlin, students of Urban Development Campus El Gouna - TU Berlin presented their intermediary results to the stakeholders of “Ideenwerkstatt Museumsquartier am Köllnischen Park”. The "Ideenwerkstatt" is an interdisciplinary urban renewal workshop, organised by the friends and sponsors of the Stadtmuseum Berlin to find an integrated development strategy for the museum and the surrounding neighbourhood. Thanks to everybody for the great results so far! We are looking forward to the final presentation to the stakeholders on July 25, from 14:00 to 17:00 at CLB Berlin (Aufbauhaus am Moritzplatz).

Amsterdam Excursion 2019


In July2019, 21 urban developers from the class of 2018 and 2017 visited Amsterdam and Rotterdam from  to explore the Dutch take on city planning, participation and city.

More info here

Urban Thinkers Campus El Gouna


“Urban challenges and opportunities in MENA/ Arab Region: From SDGs to Urban Practice”

For the first time in Egypt and North Africa the Department of Urban Development at the University of Technology Berlin - Campus El Gouna - together with the GIZ Egypt (Urban Cluster) and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development - is organizing an Urban Thinkers Campus. The event will be held from 8th to 10th December 2018 in El Gouna, Red Sea Governorate.


15th Community Forum El Gouna


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 15th installment of the popular Community Forum El Gouna, the plattform for exchange and dialogue between the  Campus, Orascom and the Community of El Gouna.

Date: 13th October 2018

5.00pm to 8pm

Room G29 at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna

more information here

First QoL Conference Proceeding are Published


TU Berlin Campus El Gouna and the Housing and Building National Research Centre in Egypt (HBRC) are proud to announce that all "Quality of Life"- conference articles are now published and available on SSRN by Elsevier. Articles have been archived and announced within SSRN’s extensive e-Library and community and fully displayed publicly in an e-journal with the conference name (link).

Moreover, the Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Supreme Council of Universities has given the 1st International Conference on “TOWARDS A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE" an impact factor- 7, which is considered the highest impact factor in Egypt competing ranked international conferences worldwide.

Stay informed to participate in the 2nd International Conference on “TOWARDS A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE" in 2019.

2nd Alumni Seminar on “Smart City” held in Berlin


The second alumni seminar on “The Smart City: Urban, Energy and Water Solutions for Future Cities” has been held in Berlin from April 22-29, 2018. In total, 25 Alumni from Urban Development, Energy Engineering and Water Engineering departments of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna and 18 Alumni from other programs of TU Berlin have joined in the event. With the alumni; professors and doctorates from different institutes, start-ups in berlin, international organizations and current students have joined the event to make it successful.

For further information and the brochure, look here

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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