International Development Planning Review

New perspectives for planning education in the Middle East: added value through intercultural dialogue

International Development Planning Review (2018), 40, (2), 121–141.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to explore new approaches in planning education that enable future planners to face global challenges and trigger change to enable a new conception of planning practice in an interdisciplinary manner. This article is based on the findings of an intercultural dialogue project between universities in Jordan and Germany. It displays the diverse challenges of a Middle Eastern city today, based on the example of the city of Madaba in Jordan, analysing the different planning settings and associated problems. The article showcases the resulting planning solutions that evolved from the project arguing for the need for more context-sensitive planning approaches, which appreciate heritage and historical centres in an integrative interdisciplinary manner. A key argument is that intercultural dialogue, along with interdisciplinary integrated approaches, should be key components of facing planning challenges and improving the quality of planning education

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Tawil, Maram

Baeumer, Katrin