13 selected students from UPAD department has taken part in a DAAD co-sponsored trip to Germany. The two week excursion took place from 1st of November to 14th of November, where the first week was dedicated to the excursion around different German cities and the second week was dedicated to a workshop conducted by the chair of Urban and regional planning of RWTH Aachen.
The excursion started in Frankfurt moving to Hamburg, and then to the capital city Berlin, moving to Munich and finally to Aachen. One of the days during the stay in Aachen, the students had also visited Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The students had various guided tours through the cities, looking at important architecture and urban design projects across Germany. They also visited important architecture offices like Tehrani Architects in Hamburg and VMX architects in Amsterdam.
During the first half of the workshop the students analyzed and compared different public squares in Oman and in Aachen. They then moved on to the design task, where they proposed concepts for the improvement of a parking space into a vibrant and lively public space in Aachen. The students from Oman worked closely with International students studying at RWTH Aachen and thus gained an insight about different working methods.
The group was accompanied by Alexander Kader, Head of department and Dean of Urban Planning and Architectural Design at Gutech and teaching assistant Shaharin Annisa.