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UD Alumni Awarded GLTN Grants

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As part of BMZ-funded “Arab region programme on good land governance in support to inclusive development, peace and stability”, the research innovation fund grant focuses on knowledge creation and research on different land-related key topics to foster the interest in land-related research and to gather innovative ideas and approaches. the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) based in Cairo, Egypt, in collaboration with the Global Land Tool Network/UN-Habitat implements different activities aiming to create, foster and diffuse capacities, training and knowledge related to land governance. Encouraging and supporting quality research based on solid methodologies for improved data collection and increased empirical evidence is one of the objectives of this collaboration. Accepted research proposals will be funded a total grant of USD 4000 for a three-months research project in one of land-related topics. (https://gltn.net/job/call-for-proposals-for-research-projects-on-land-governance-in-the-arab-region/ [3])

Our alumni Reham Reda and Mohamed Hamdy (UD Cohort 6 -2017/2019) have been awarded the research grant for their research proposal, concerned with Egyptian slums and land conflict focusing on pre and after slum eviction and relocation land governance challenges with a case study of El-Asmarat project, Egypt. Relocation dilemma and land rights have stimulated the interest of the researchers to investigate the relocation process in Egypt, the government procedures and strategies of pre-location phases. It also includes the followed solution for land conflict, and the status of land tenure for the residents in their new relocation land.

It is worth to mention that the winning research proposal is a complementary and on-going study for Reham’s master thesis research started at the department of urban development in TU Campus El Gouna.

Urban Thinkers Campus: The Post Pandemic Resilient City

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown to what extent governments have been challenged through the crisis. It needed all the efforts and a high level of cooperation between different sectors and stakeholders to enhance and adapt the urban management of their cities through upgrading the capacity of services and infrastructure, especially in vulnerable areas. For cities to be more resilient in the post COVID-19 pandemic, governments, civil society, academia and international cooperation organizations have to be ready through preparing a roadmap that identifies the role of each stakeholder within a general integrated framework.

In this online seminar, starting by contribution of speakers, representatives of different stakeholders would discuss their roles from their own perspective, with a special focus on the case of Egypt. In the second part, a parallel round tables session will take place, through which each stakeholders/actors group would discuss more detailed possibilities for their roles within that frame. At the end, a summary of each group’s findings will be presented by each group’s moderator.

This online seminar organized by the Urban development department of the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna as a part of the (COVID-19 Campaign) as an associated partner of the World Urban Campaign (WUC) of the UN Habitat.

 

Program

  • "Introduction" - Prof. Rudolf Schäfer, Urban Development Department, Dean of studies, TU Berlin, Campus El Gouna 
  • Thinking through a local history into a global present: insights from Johannesburg’s experience with epidemics” Prof. Philip Harrison (Keynote) - Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.      "International Cooperation: Roles and Responsibilities” - Eng. Amr Lashin (UN Habitat-Egypt).
  • Ministry of Local Development-Egypt: Vision and strategies.” - Dr. Jackleen Azer (Deputy Governor - Alexandria Governorate) and Dr. Hesham El-Helbawy (Head of Local Administration Reform Unit, Head of Upper Egypt Local Development Program, Ministry of Local Development).
  • “Efforts of Civil Society on the Ground: Experiences from Quseir City, Red Sea.” Mr. Mostafa Sebaq, Quseir city (Red Sea Governorate)
  • “City Resilience and Combating COVID19: Role of Academia” - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Heba Moghaieb (Institute of National Planning-Egypt)
  • Q&A-session     
  • Round tables: Each stakeholders group (government, international cooperation, academics and civil society) - joined by all participants, will discuss their role and responsibilities within the framework of dealing with the post-pandemic city.
  • Wrap-Up

The full report on all Urban Thinkers Campuses of the 2nd round of the COVID-19 series can be found here [5].

 

 

Rehabilitation of historic Cairo - ALDARB AL AHMAR

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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).

Over the four days of the workshop, various distinguished lecturers demonstrated novel practices and lessons learned from a wide range of rehabilitation projects of Historic Cairo that were animated by several institutions and NGOs. The comprehensive contributions of the lecturers helped lay the groundwork for the student's group work that took place within the premises of Bayt Yakan, a rehabilitated traditional house by Dr. ALAA ELHABASHY (Agha Khan prize winner 2019), located at the heart of historic Cairo. The house was an excellent point of departure to investigate al-Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood and for organizing a guided site visit to the area developed through al-Darb al-Aḥmar Housing Rehabilitation Programme (HRP) by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
The students' efforts were geared towards understanding the impact of rehabilitation efforts and on extending their influence to revive a wider threshold of the historic city. The workshop was concluded at Cairo University by the students introducing various low-risk and high-impact tactics to rehabilitate and revitalize several action areas within the historic neighborhood.

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