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Sustainable Urban Development

In Academic, Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sustainable Urban Development relies on a cyclic approach to the use of resources. By reducing, reusing and recycling not only our ecological footprint may be reduced, but the livelihood of our urban environment will improve for us and for the generations to follow. Beyond reducing the use of our finite resources as the most effective way of saving the environment, solid waste can be considered a resource when re- or upcycled. In this course students conduct a survey of the spatial conditions and the inhabitants’ views to then design a solid waste management system. Students are introduced to the methodology of Human-Centered Design, learn how to develop a process diagram to design a service, conduct and evaluate a survey and apply a cost-benefit analysis to optimize their design. The village of Bahareya to the North of the Ringroad Bridge on Dahab Island serves as a case study. As many Egyptian villages and districts, Dahab Island in the middle of Cairo with an estimated 20,000 inhabitants has no solid waste management system. All inorganic waste is currently dumped in the Nile or burned along its shores. As one of the megapolis’ three protectorates the agricultural island is car-free. The island most urgently needs a sewage and a solid waste manage­ment system. The parallel lecture series covers a wider range of sustainable urban development themes and methodological practices with different guest lectures and excursions.

Involved Academics:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cornelia Redeker

MSc. Mohamed Derzawi

Dina Waleed

Karim Ezzat