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DAAD Funded ‘Planning Challenges and Planning Education in Iraq (PLIQ)’ Symposium

The DAAD sponsored Planning Education in Iraq (PLIQ) program hosted 19 scientists and city and regional directors for a 4 day workshop and symposium. In summary, all participants looked forwarding to refining and modernizing the joint BSc curriculum in Duhok, the initiation of joint research activities between scientists in Duhok and Dortmund, and development of an MSc program in Duhok during 2018 and 2019.

The workshop focused on the refinement of Co-Teach approaches within the TU Dortmund and University of Duhok joint BSc program in spatial planning, the logistic and content preparations for a forthcoming book entitled loosely “Challenges and Advances in Spatial Planning in Iraq” to be published in June of 2018.  The group was hosted by the ‘Waste Disposal Centre Lobbe’ for a private tour of their recycling facility.  

The symposium had four tracks, coving topics of 1) The current crisis, problems with migration and displaced peoples, and the challenges of reconstruction and housing, 2) The urban-rural divide and regional disparities, and challenges with recent explosive urban growth, 3) Infrastructure and settlement development, and the challenges of urban development and planning management, and 4) Spatial planning in international context – how can planning education address the recent challenges of the country.  Tracks were led by scientists from TU Dortmund and University of Duhok and included 11 original paper presentations, many of which will be published in our forthcoming book (see program below). 

Contact: Dr. Hasan Sinemillioglu