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Saturday, 21. July 2018

Notes & Dates

Lecture Free Time
20.07.2018 - 07.10.2018


Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning



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International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


Gilbert Chilinde visited SPRING

June 2018 – Gilbert Chilinde (Batch 2009/11) from Malawi has visited SPRING while attending the “PhD proposal development” workshop offered by the research project GOLAREA - Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa and the annual conference of TRIALOG 2018 on “Resilient Urban Development versus the Right to the City?”

After graduating from SPRING in 2011 Gilbert Chilinde went back to Malawi to work for The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development as Physical Planner and two years later as Principal Physical Planning Officer. Since 2014 he joined the Faculty of Built Environment of University of Malawi – The Polytechnic as lecturer for Physical Planning.

SPRING Party 2018

On May 4th, 2018 the SPRING students celebrated the annual SPRING Party. They impressed their invited guests with a traditional diner composed of dishes from their home countries and an entertaining video reflecting students’ life in academia. Inspiring conversations and dancing concluded the reveling evening.

Conference on "Planning towards Sustainability and Resilience" in Manila, The Philippines

On March 14th 2018 Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (the former Head of SPRING Dortmund) gave a keynote lecture at an international conference in Manila. In his talk entitled „From Habitat I (Vancouver) to Habitat III (Quito) and beyond – Lofty Objectives, but Meagre Impact on the Ground?” he gave an overview of the international debate on urban housing policies and urbanisation in general over the last 40 years. Subsequently he identified key challenges facing the planning profession, especially in cities of the Global South. (

The conference, which had been organised under the general theme “Planning towards Sustainability and Resilience” by the Asian SPRING partner, the School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines was intended to enhance the mutual exchange between academic research, planning practice and local government. Among the 500 participants there were, apart from representatives of planning schools in Southeast Asia, in China and in Germany, nearly 50 mayors of large and medium-sized cities in the Philippines. Apart from the dialogue between academia and practice, the conference offered numerous opportunities for international networking.

The photo shows the get-together of SPRING Network partners during the Conference: Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (Dortmund), Prof. Carmelita Liwag (Manila) and Prof. Teodoro Klausel (Valdivia, Chile) with SPRING-Alumni.

Excursion to Berlin 2018

In March the SPRING students went on a four-day excursion to Berlin. The trip is a part of Module 1 and highlights major planning issues existing in Germany’s capital.
Christian Hajer, a town planner and landscaper, took the group around and explored with them sites of relevant urban development and architecture.
The students first visited the Berlin “City Model” to get an impression of the historical and urban transformation of the city. In the following days they walked around the government quarter and visited the former airport Tempelhof, which used to be one of the largest buildings in the world for a long time.
The students found out about open projects for buildings in the area around the German Parliament and the Chancellery and discovered the old tunnels in the underground of Berlin, which at the same time introduced them to the former divided Berlin and to one option refugees had to escape from East to West Berlin.
When students were asked about the most striking aspects of the excursion and what the enjoyed most the following responses were received:
“It was very interesting to understand how Berlin has been planned throughout the different political periods. The information we got from our guide Mr. Hajer was not information of a typical city walk tour but very relevant for us as planners.”
“The personal stories of Berlin Underground were very touching. I really felt like I was in a movie!”
“It was a wonderful experience to explore Berlin and its history. During the excursion we could envision the story behind a certain place, like Berlin Underground and Berlin Gate compared to our knowledge we already had before about these sites. Overall, it was great!”