Annual Consortium Meeting in Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

As always, it was a great pleasure to host the annual consortium meeting and to welcome the administrative team of the programme in Darmstadt. The Consortium was represented by: Annette Rudolph-Cleff and Nina Gribat (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Federica Gatta (Université Grenoble Alpes), Carmen Mendoza Arroyo and Raquel Colacios (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 2018/20 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!


MU students take over!



Mundus Urbano proudly announces: Our student initiative Medium page is now available to the world! It hosts opinion essays from our current students in Darmstadt with reference to the coursework of Mundus Urbano. Our page is launched with its very first entry titled Navigating the complexities of slum upgrading by our student Rudolf du Plessis following a weekly module with Aditya Kumar. Visit and stay tuned for the updates to come!


Our 10th year anniversary

Conference, Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

Mundus Urbano consortium celebrated ten years of its successful operation on the 7th of October 2017 at Christoph-Georg-Lichtenberg-Haus in Darmstadt. More than 100 alumni, lecturers and friends took part in the whole-day programme, during which they shared not only the most valuable experiences and thoughts, but also used the opportunity for networking and exchange. To see some photos from the event, please follow this link:

During the opening session, the founder of the consortium Kosta Mathéy reflected on the early establishment challenges from the year 2007, as well as on some of the major achievements during the early programme development phase. Coordinators of the partner universities, Carmen Mendoza from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Carmen Tata from Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata in Rome, Jean-Michel Roux from Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, and Annette Rudolph-Cleff from Technische Universität Darmstadt highlighted some major results of the cooperation and shared perspectives on potential strategies for the future.

The following session opened the floor for the alumni. The focus was on research and academia in a world of cities, on which the guest speakers shared their perspectives: Maria Ustinova (World Bank, Russia), Mbongeni Ngulube (KU Leuven, Belgium), Luciana Dornelles Hosannah (GSSI, Italy), Andreas Brück (TU Berlin, Germany), and Natasha Aruri (UR°BANA, Germany). The session after that emphasized experiences and perspectives of the alumni involved in urban development practice. This session hosted presentations from Alexandria Novokowsky (The United Nations World Food Programme, Italy), Brenda Perez-Castro (Consultant at Habitat for Humanity International, Asia Pacific), Lukas Hoye (GOPA, Germany), and Ulyana Vynyarchuck (former Sector Manager EU Delegation, Ukraine). The sessions were chaired by Nebojša Čamprag, Anaïs De Keijser, and Kosta Mathéy, and discussed by Nina Gribat and Pierre Böhm.

Finally, World Café session provided a platform for several parallel sessions to explore issues about making an impact in the field, challenges of intercultural communication, urbanization in higher education, ways of strengthening the alumni network, and urban planning and emergency architecture in the field of international cooperation. After the hard work, the event was concluded with a reception and dinner, and with melodies of Mundus Urbano alumni DANA Band, Frederico Duff de Azevedo (guitar and vocals), Reza Mahdi Daniswara (guitar and vocals), and Pinar Bilgic (vocals).

Mundus Urbano consortium wishes to extend its gratitude to everyone who made it to actively participate in the event, providing thus valuable contributions for the years to come!

Today is the first day of classes!


#MundusUrbano classes have officially started today with the warm welcome words from Prof. Rudolph-Cleff and MU administrative team. As always, we are so proud and thrilled to welcome this international and interdisciplinary group of students from Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA, and Yemen, who unite in dealing with the highly complex issues of #InternationalCooperation in #UrbanDevelopment.
We wish you all a productive and successful time in Darmstadt!

Celebrating 10 Years of Mundus Urbano

Conference, Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

Programme Description:

09:00-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:30 Opening Session: remembering the past, envisioning the future
Since its creation in 2007 more than 200 alumni have graduated from Mundus Urbano and have become leading figures in the field of urban development. Collaboratively, the founder of the program and the current coordinators will chronologically reflect on the programme’s milestones and present potential strategies for the future.

10:30-12:00 Research and academia in a world of cities
One third of the Mundus Urbano alumni opt for an academic career. In urban studies researchers have to cope with highly complex contexts leading to a variety of contestations and requiring an array of differentiated methods and approaches. Which lessons learnt can we get from alumni who have taken up this challenge? This session will be concluded by an open discussion.

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Keynote lecture
Bridging the gap between theory and practice is certainly one of the greatest challenges that urban profesionals have to deal with. Prof. Grubbauer from HafenCity University Hamburg will challenge some of the existing discourses and highlight directions for an open discussion.

15:00-16:30 Managing the urban: practitioners’ perspectives
As an interdisciplinary profession, in a world of segmented and saturated job markets, Mundus Urbano alumni have the opportunity to redefine their professional identity. How can the benefits of this situation be reaped while simultaneously minimising potential threats? This session will equally be concluded by an open discussion.

16:30-17:30 World Café Session: hosting conversations that matter
Through this easy-to-use method for creating collaborative dialogue the aim of this session is to explore issues that matter. A platform is provided where everybody can engage in the search of collective discoveries on the following topics:
– From an altruistic idea to making an impact in the field
– Communication between cultures and disciplines in international cooperation
– Preparing for a complex professional field: tackling urbanisation challenges in higher education
– Bridging the gap among urban professionals: a strong and vibrant alumni network

17:30-18:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks

18:00 Reception and dinner
What’s a birthday without a party! After a whole-day programme and engaging discussions, the event will be concluded with a delicious buffet accompanied by the melodies of the Mundus Urbano alumni DANA Band. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! 🙂

Celebrating 10 Years of Mundus Urbano

Darmstadt, Mundus Urbano Consortium

Dear Mundus Urbano alumni and friends,

For the past 10 years the Mundus Urbano Program has been providing urban professionals and researchers with innovative solutions required to address the increasing needs in the field of international cooperation in urban development.

To celebrate this occasion we are happy to invite you to join us for a day of discussions, exchange of experiences and networking in Darmstadt on October 7th, 2017.

The programme in PDF version can be downloaded here.

We look forward to your presence and participation, please send us a confirmation to before September 15th.

Kind regards,
Mundus Urbano Team

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 Universität 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!