Architectural Design Days Jeddah

JEDDAH, Oct. 2012 , Venue: Architectural Design Days, Jeddah, Organizer: AIA – Middle East. Title of the paper presented: “Sustainable urban planning and civic participation – The Mutrah Master Planning and Redevelopment Project”
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LAU Conference

Aurel speaks on the topic of rapid urbanization in Oman and its political implications. During the last 40 years the politics of urbanism have induced dramatic, irreversible environmental and cultural changes in Oman. These lead to the creation of a new urban form, a departure from tradition and a denial of the climatic conditions. Moreover, the mechanisms of urbanization spread, isolate and captivate the population in a suburban reality, rejecting the notion of public and political space.

Winterschool Middle East

Aurel was invited to speak about the urban development of Muscat Capital Area at the Winterschool Middle East by Zahra Ali Baba and Markus Miessen in Kuwait City. GUtech's Department of Urban Planning and Architecture participated with two students attending in January 2011.

GUtech lecture series

MUSCAT, Mar. 2013, Venue: GUtech, lecture series. Organizer: Dept of urban Planning and Architectural Design. Title of the paper presented: Dr. Sonja Nebel & Aurel von Richthofen: “Progress report TRC project: Towards Sustainable Patterns of urbanization.”

ArchTheo conference 2011

ISTANBUL, Nov. 2011, Venue: ArchTheo conference, Organizer: DAKAM – Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center – Mimar Sinan Fine Arte university Title of the paper presented: “urbanization in Oman.”

Gulf Research Meeting 2012

This urban form is at the same time the “result” of demographic and economic constraints and the cultural “product” of careful negotiation and aesthetic politics. e urban form, manifested in an expansive urban sprawl, radically and irreversibly changes the environment in which the majority of the Omanis live. ese circumstances condition the production of visual culture. e emergence of visual culture through the deployment of urbanism is far from coincidental, and yet distinctively Omani, as the process sets itself apart from the ashy development in other GCC countries.

Exeter Gulf Conference 2012

EXETER, Jul. 2012, Venue: Exeter Gulf Conference, Organizer: Center for Gulf Studies – university of Exeter. Title of the paper presented: “Integrated Tourism Projects and the impact of urbanization in Oman.”