GUtech ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents take part in sum­mer school course in Ber­lin

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - A group of Ger­man Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (GUtech) stu­dents and their pro­fes­sors par­tic­i­pated in an in­ter­na­tional Ur­ban Plan­ning and Ar­chi­tec­ture Sum­mer School in Ber­lin, Ger­many.

The course was or­gan­ised and held in col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pro­fes­sor Alexan­der Kader of GUtech’s Depart­ment of Ur­ban Plan­ning and Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign, Iowa State Univer­sity (USA) and the City Col­lege in New York, stated a press re­lease.

Dur­ing the four-week sum­mer school the stu­dents worked in the De­sign Stu­dio Alte Kan­tine in the Ber­lin district of Wed­ding.

“It was a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and a great work space where we worked in groups, shar­ing our knowl­edge and our cul­tures,” said Petrit Pasha, GUtech lec­turer.

Dur­ing the work­shops, the stu­dents were in­tro­duced to dif­fer­ent com­puter pro­grammes such as Grasshop­per, Diva and Sepheira which help to an­a­lyse the en­ergy per­for­mance of sus­tain­able build­ing de­signs.

The stu­dents also con­ducted on-site ex­cur­sions to dif­fer­ent parts of Ber­lin and they vis­ited the so-called City Mod­els of Ber­lin, a pub­lic per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment of Ber­lin.

The stu­dents trav­elled to other cities in Ger­many such as Ham­burg where they vis­ited the har­bour district and the fa­mous school of ar­chi­tec­ture, the Bauhaus, in the city of Des­sau with the master houses of fa­mous mod­ern ar­chi­tects like Wal­ter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.

“The course was a great op­por­tu­nity for us to learn more about the en­ergy per­for­mance of build­ings, the cul­ture of Ber­lin and also meet with peo­ple from all around the world,” said GUtech stu­dent Salim al Kal­bani.

He added, “I rec­om­mend this pro­gramme to any­one who is in­ter­ested in learn­ing and de­vel­op­ing skills in en­ergy per­for­mance, sus­tain­able build­ing de­sign and ex­plor­ing the bustling city of Ber­lin.”

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