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Budding GUtech architects team up with Germans.

Muscat: A group of BSc 4th year Urban Planning and Architectural Design students of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) are currently attending a three-week joint Omani-German design workshop at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech's German parent-university.

During the workshop, 17 GUtech students and 13 RWTH Aachen Master's students exchanged their ideas regarding the development of a multiple purpose area in the center of the city of Aachen. The city of Aachen is located in the western part of Germany, close to the Dutch and Belgium border.

"The goal is to create a dense urban neighbourhood district where people live together within high quality open spaces," said Claudia Kruschwitz, assistant professor for urban planning at RWTH Aachen University.

The site is part of the Frankenberger Viertel in Aachen, an upper middle-class district, located not far from the City Centre. The district offers not only housing but also different services such as craft shops, coffee shops and other shops, small scale industries and a public transportation network.

The two-week German-Omani workshop started last week with an inspection of the site that was followed by an analyses and a comparative study of other similar areas in Europe.

Kinan Marai and Talal Al Omairi, GUtech BSc Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) students, presented a garden-city housing project located in the German capital Berlin. For the faAs.ade, the German architects Martin Wagner and Bruno Taut used different colours like red or orange.

"Air, light and sun was the motto. The architect Bruno Taut wanted to spread light through the houses, and therefore, created ample window space for sun and light," explained Kinan during their presentation. Bruno Taut was the chief architect of the housing company.

Another example for an integrated and sustainable housing complex is the Sphinx Ceramique area in the Dutch city of Maastricht. Located about 31 kilometres from Aachen, the project was presented by GUtech BSc UPAD students Ahmed Al Maamari and Ali Al Mughairi.

Maastricht is famous for its pottery, that started in the mid 19th century and has developed as an important employment sector in the region.

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Date:Nov 13, 2011
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