Habitat Unit

Seminar SoSe 2023
Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi, Prof. Anke Hagemann

Contemporary Arab Urbanism
Participation in Arab Public Space - between Conflicts and Prosperity

This seminar introduces the current urbanization trends and challenges of the MENA/ Arab region. The urbanisms of Arab countries have developed through different paths. Some countries still suffer from civil wars, others are struggling with political reforms. On the other hand, Gulf countries are booming with many urban mega projects, that are still controversial, creating a new identity accompanied by a diversification of economic resources. The seminar will discuss the geopolitical situation in different countries in the MENA/Arab region, its implications on urbanization processes, and different typologies of urban settlements, with a special focus on how participation is perceived and practiced within the urban governance framework and the political context of each country. Public space will be focused as a core element that represents the roles and relations of the state, the citizens and other stakeholders. This includes not only discussing cases from Tunesia, Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt, but also some reflections and contributions from invited experts who will share their experiences from other Arab countries.

This seminar might be combined with workshops in the partner Arab countries, starting with Tunisia and Egypt, as a part of an international cooperation project funded by the DAAD; the results for the funding selection will be announced by end of March/April 2023.

Photo © Hassan Elmouelhi 2022

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Course Information+

Wahlpflicht (WP)
MA UD: Grundlagen der
internationalen Urbansitik

Teaching Day
Tuesdays from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Room: A606

First meeting
18. April 2023

Please apply by filling the form and uploading the cv and a motivation letter through the following link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5YXh4pogpDkexw8qWwoRUKRzpgGyuBiQB8HZ86FW2B_QSSA/viewform?usp=sharing

Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi
Prof. Anke Hagemann

Public lectures within the seminar +

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Tuesday, June 6th 2023 | 12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

Is the Existence of Safe Public Spaces for Women in Cairo a Myth?

with Dr. Bedour Braker
(Jan Braker Architekt, Hamburg)

About Bedour Braker:
Based in Germany, Dr. Bedour Braker is an architect and researcher who obtained her Ph.D. in architecture from Cairo University-Egypt in 2012. With a particular interest in the political dimension, she explores the process of reclaiming the right to the city as a vital factor in revitalizing democratic principles within public spaces. Dr. Braker shares her critical perspectives and societal views by publishing independent articles on social justice intertwined with historical contexts, which can be accessed on her website, www.the-stories- of.com

Her extensive scholarly contributions and publications encompass esteemed journal publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Prior to her current role, she devoted thirteen years to academia before assuming the position of senior researcher and architect at Jan Braker Architekt in Hamburg in 2013.



Tuesday, May 23th 2023 | 12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

How Gulf Cities are Changing the Middle Eastern Urbanity?
Interrogating Dubai – Contesting Doha

with Prof. Ali A. Alraouf
(Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Hamad B. Khalifa University - Education City, Doha)


Tuesday, May 9th 2023 | 12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

Humanizing City Space in Contemporary Arab Cities
- Learning From Madinah

with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Galal Abada
(Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the department of architecture, Ain Shams University in Cairo «ASU»)


Tuesday, May 2nd 2023 | 12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

The Automobile Urbanism of Abu Dhabi 
- From Modernist Dreams to Desert Bubbles

with Prof. Dr. Apostolos Kyriazis
(Assoc. Prof. of architecture at Abu Dhabi University)