International Workshop: Towards Urban Resilience

Barcelona, Conference, Mundus Urbano Consortium

May 23 and 24, 2017, the UIC School of Architecture hosts the International Workshop: Towards Urban Resilience. Young researchers and guest speakers from the field of urban design and development will discuss practices and processes in designing resilient and sustainable cities. The event is organized by Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Mundus Urbano Consortium: Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Università degli Studi Roma Tor Vergata in coperation with UN-Habitat CRPP.

Keynote speakers include: Lorenzo Chelleri (UIC Barcelona) and Richard Little (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

If you would like to attend, please register here: TURBCN17 Registration

For sessions and keynote speeches download the full program.

A_Critical Infrastructures

As the dependency on technology increases, there is a growing need to reflect on the role of infrastructures to sustain human activities. Infrastructures are critical for the functioning of society, not only as the physical components in cities, or ‘hardware,’ but also as structures embedded with the intangible essence of human groups and our understanding of them in specific contexts and throughout time.

B_Resource-sensitive Urban Design

In face of rapid urbanization and the negative impacts of climate change on natural and built environments, this session calls analysis of practices and processes of resource-sensitive urban design. Urban design can contribute towards an educational and professional shift towards resilience and sustainability by focusing on integrative approaches, such as district-based networks, low-impact approaches, and climate-adaptive planning and building.

C_Resilience and Multi-level Governance

This session seeks cross-scalar and multi-level frameworks which help in understanding cities as complex and adaptive systems. Contributions should problematize urbanization processes and include tools and strategies which explain scalar arrangements of nature and power. The role of international and global frameworks will deem necessary in laying the base for transition and transformation of cities, and to contribute to the development of urban resilience.

D_Post-Crisis Emergency Reconstruction and Upgrading

This session aims at understanding refugee camps as a form of urbanization and sets the basis for rethinking camp design and their temporality. Contributions should bridge social structures and their physical transformations, as a means for their integral regeneration. This session looks at examples where resilience in the social fabric of informal settlements and low housing estates can create a sense of belonging and act as a force for their physical upgrading.

Address: Immaculada, 22, 08017 Barcelona.

Tuesday, May 23 from 16:00 to 19:00, Sala de Graus, UIC Barcelona

Wednesday, May 24 from 09:30 to 18:00, Room 303, UIC Barcelona


Urban Resilience Institute (URI) inception meeting

Barcelona, Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

Hosted by Dan Lewis, Chief of UN-Habitat’s Urban Risk Reduction Unit and head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, the Mundus Urbano consortium represented by Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff, Technische University Darmstadt, and Prof. Dr. Carmen Mendoza, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, took part in the Urban Resilience Institute (URI) inception meeting from March 13-15, 217. URI will embody a network of institutions including: Cardiff University, Chalmers University of Technology, Cornell University, National University of Singapore, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and RESURBE/RECNET.

The URI network will address urban resilience through research and projects touching the following topics: Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism; Healthy Cities; Participative Approaches, Co-Design and Co-Evolution; Process Design and Strategic Urban/Regional Planning; Risk Management and Adaptation; and Tools and Methodologies. We look forward to next meeting and fruitful collaboration with the URI partners!


Mundus Urbano Consortium meeting

Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

The Mundus Urbano team is pleased to announce the closing of the annual Mundus Urbano Consortium meeting in Darmstadt. The Consortium was represented by: Annette Rudolph-Cleff and Nina Gribat (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Jean-Michel Roux (Université Grenoble Alpes), Carmen Mendoza Arroyo and Allison Koornneef (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya), and Carmen Tata and Paolo Paesani (Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’). The Consortium made a selection of the new students for the 2017/19 intake and planned the forthcoming academic year. Special thanks to Nebojša Camprag (Consortium Management), Anaïs-Marie De Keijser (Programme Management) and Edith Subtil (Programme secretariat). We meet again soon!


Thinking Outside the Box 2016

Exhibition, Frankfurt

It is our greatest pleasure to invite you to the opening of our exhibition and lecture series “Thinking Outside the Box – An Innovative Approach to Current Urban Challenges”. This creative reflection of the urban reality we are facing today is hosted by the DAM – German Architecture Museum.

The complexity of urban systems and the uncertainty of the impact of urbanization and climate change ask for new ways of thinking about planning objectives and solidarity in action. Thus, the exhibition focuses on different aspects of urban reality: Affordable Housing, Public Space, Urban Mobility and Disaster Risk Management. Through this exhibition and lecture series, we aim to point at existing and emerging issues to provoke both critical and creative thinking, as raising local awareness is the first, small step to making the world a better place.

Save the date and join us for the opening lecture by Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin from the Wits City Institute, South Africa:

“What prospects for affordable housing in twenty first century cities?”

May 20, 2016, 19:00

Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main


Keynote speech and workshop with Jan Gehl


Jan Gehl gave a keynote speech titled “Livable cities for the 21st century” at the 2nd Forum Science in Architecture at Schader Forum in Darmstadt on November 25, 2015. The following day, on November 26, he gathered with doctoral students of the Technical University of Darmstadt to listen to and discuss the work of a series of dissertations under the frame of the workshop “How to Study Public Life”.

Campus as a living lab


On Thursday, November 26 of 2015, Prof. Volker Hartkopf from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) gave a public lecture about “Campus as a living lab”. On the lecture, Prof. Hartkopf mentioned how interesting Tongji University is, in terms of urban form and mobility options which encourage more students to walk and cycle more. His opinion on making campuses as a laboratory lab of urban setting was supported by several project he had done in his home university – CMU and the city of Pittsburg.


During the lecture, Prof. Hartkopf mentioned several times about how policy enforcement is usually a good idea, albeit its hard implementation. With a good policy, especially regarding urban development, public interest design could be realised. It is important to always reflect on how people occupy and utilise the space within a building, because then architects or urban planner could serve a better integrated design.

In a way, architects and urban planner should manage to overcome the current urban challenges with innovative solutions. Students and professors in education setting then would be the perfect pioneer in campaigning a better living quality by testing it in a sample area, namely university campus.

Professor Hartkopf teaches at Carnegie Mellon University since 1972 and currently he is the director of the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics. As an architect, he conducted building projects in Germany, Bangladesh, Peru and the United States. Hartkopf also led masterplanning efforts for Volkswagen and the City of Wolfsburg; EXPO 2000 Hanover and Berlin-Lichtenberg.