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.

Urbanization – as an active process of social and spatial determination – became the instrument of choice of the government for the renewal of the country and the creation of a modern un-politicized Omani society. Yet, as the recent uprises in Sohar in January 2011 have shown, the process of de-politization of space has failed. In Muscat Capital Area, architecture is politics.

The programme can be found here: http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/architecture-political/ The paper presented can be downloaded here: http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/architecture-political/doc...

related: 

Crossing The Line Conference

Aurel speaks at the American University of Dubai on the conference "Crossing the Line - Drawing in the Middle East". The Architectural drawings, such as design sketches, plans, sections, axonometrics and perspectives, underwent a dramatic shift since the advent of CAD tools.

Gulf Research Meeting 2011

Present day Muscat Capital Area (MCA) developed over the last four decades. It is the largest urban development in Oman and characterized by a rapid urban sprawl. While many cities in the Gulf Region witnessed intense urbanization in the late 20th century until today, the results in MCA are surprisingly different.

Realstadt Exhibition

New Bowkunde TU Delft model featured at Realstadt Exhibition in Tresor Berlin. Fuse-deposit cnc model in acrylic resin. Dimensions 32 cm diameter, 2,5 cm height.

OITE - Oman 2011

Aurel presented the 'Qurm' redevelopment project during the Urban Oman conference in Muscat. The lecture demonstrated how to develop and use parametric tools to incorporate environmental data into urban design. The software prototype optimizes the climatic performance of the building envelope, distribution of programme, accessibility within the plot and land-use.

Sustainable Patterns of Urbanization in Oman

Since 2011 Aurel von Richthofen is Co-Investigator on the research project entitled "Towards Sustainable Patterns of Urbanization in Oman" funded by The Research Council Oman (TRC). He is a main contributor responsible for writing the report, editing the material, leading research assistants, coordinating symposia, conferences and exhibitions.

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.”