A UNESCO Symposium International was conducted at the RWTH Aachen University within the activities of the running cooperation project through the DAAD funded TA’ZIZ Program: Cultural Heritage and Urban Transformation.


The project is directed by Prof. Christa Reicher from the RWTH Aachen University – Director and Chair of the Institute and Chair for Urban Design and European Urbanism- and coordinated by Dr. Maram Tawil, German Jordanian University – School of Architecture and Built Environment, and a Visiting professor at the RWTH Aachen University – Institute and Chair for Urban Design along with the team of coordinators, Fabio Bayro Kaiser, Amani Malhas and Canan Celik from both RWTH Aachen and GJU.


The symposium embodied a first step in a collaboration that aims at establishing long-term cooperation and exchange between the two universities and Faculties, allowing the development of curricula for the Master programs on one side and striving to achieve an exchange semester between the students studying their master program at both universities; the Master Program Transforming City Regions at the RWTH Aachen University and the Spatial Planning and Architectural Conservation at the German Jordanian University.


The symposium's Main objective was to present a state-of-the-art view on practice and academic perspectives of intervention corresponding to cultural heritage and its impact on urban change and transformation. İt strived to identify underlying concepts that can generate a better understanding, but also intervene in shaping crosscutting dimensions to enable better integration of the discipline in planning cities and regions.


The symposium also builds upon previous efforts in demonstrating how curricula development among partners can be accomplished internationally. It was conducted to cover and represent the following key themes within its program:

Cultural heritage in Germany – visions and practices

Cultural heritage in the Arab world – practices and challenges

Cultural heritage in the Arab world – new dimensions

Crosscutting themes into more holistic urban transformation

Higher education and contribution to cultural heritage


For further information, please visit the webpage of the symposium: