Middle Eastern Cities (Crises and Challenges)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description of Activity

The workshop was organised by Tarek Teba University of Portsmouth and Deyala Tarawneh, University of Jordan. This workshop involved 42 participants from the UK and Jordan and was dedicated to discussion and brainstorming sessions that aimed at discussing key challenges facing Middle Eastern and European cities owing to different crises, as well as to identifying key thematic projects participants in groups will be working on between April and December 2021. The team used engaging tools to foster the discussion such as Miro, Mentimeter and Zoom breakout rooms.

The workshop has come out with 7 thematic areas of research:

-Natural Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure within the Jordanian context
-Retrofitting strategies considering flooding water and Urban Heat Island.
-Public space and neighbourhood scale
-Social justice and gender equality
-Smart cities and technologies
-Informality within the context of displacement and refugees
-Heritage mobility and the preservation of intangible heritage
The participants have clustered in working groups around these thematic areas based on their interest and experience and, through breakout rooms’ discussions, each group established a preliminary proposal for a research project that falls within each theme. The groups presented their proposals at the end of the day.

This workshop was organised as part of the Regenerating Cities during Crisis: Culturally-Routed and sustainable strategies for Middle Eastern Cities project funded by the British Council Newton Fund led by Tarek Teba University of Portsmouth and Deyala Tarawneh, University of Jordan.
Period27 Mar 2021
Event typeWorkshop
LocationPortsmouth, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational