04/14/2014 01:07 PM

Spatial planning students successful in UN contest

BTH and Team Casablanca won one of the regional finals and came second in the international competition "UN Habitat Competition on Urban Renewal of Mass Housing", which was held at the World Urban Forum in Medellin in April.

300 teams from across the world registered for the competition which was directed towards creative and innovative students or recent graduates across the globe. The competition seeks to revisit mass/social/public housing through multidisciplinary approaches aiming at socially, economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable urban solutions.

Since the 1950s the world has witnessed an exponential growth in demand for housing because of rapid population growth and urbanization. To achieve scale and speed, mass housing was the preferred option in the decades of the 1950 to the 1970s. These areas are currently in great need of repair and renovation.

Two students from BTH's master programme in urban planning; Jennie Luthander and Karolina Gustavsson teamed up with master students Sara Bakkas and Siham Elyadary from University of Rabat in Morocco and formed "Team Casablanca". They chose the area of Sidi Moumen in Casablanca for their study. The students spent 10 days in the district, engaging in many dialogues with citizens, local authorities, NGO's and local associations. They have especially looked into garbage and waste management, green and public spaces and a socio-educational centre. The students have since worked on ideas for how the area, which is partially slum, could be improved.

The jury's motivation:

"A sophisticated theoretical concept on sustainable design and a remarkable participatory approach to social and cultural empowerment, introducing a new dimension of inclusive urban planning: academic social responsibility."

Communications Office

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