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24 September 2018

The exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” is shown at Oldenburg

From 24 – 29 September 2018, the exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” will be shown at famila Einkaufsland Wechloy, Oldenburg. This innovative approach of modern science communication has been initiated by the German-Chinese Friendship Society in Oldenburg. I am very grateful to them.

Some impressions of the exhibition venue

17 September 2018

Issue No. 50 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

02 September 2018

Keynote speech at an international conference at Long Xuyên City, Vietnam

On 30 August 2018, I gave a keynote speech at an international conference at An Giang University, thành phố Long Xuyên, Việt Nam. I presented about “Development perspectives of the Mekong Delta – experience from the Mekong Delta Regional Plan 2030 with a focus on demographics”. I am very grateful to Prof. Dr. Detlev Briesen of Gießen University for inviting me to this exciting event and to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for covering of all of the related travel expenses.

Some impressions of the conference

23 August 2018

Chinatime Hamburg 2018: 8th edition of the exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” published

From 03 September till 28 September 2018 the 8th edition of the exhibition “Chinese Mega Cities in Transition” will be shown at the ground floor of the Geomatikum building, Bundesstraße 55, University of Hamburg. It is part of the event series Chinatime Hamburg 2018.

The exhibition has 4 main topics:

  1. Overview of China
  2. Architecture & Urban Development
  3. Environment & Sustainability
  4. Creative and Cultural Spaces

Preview of the Chinatime 2018 exhibition at flickr

Exhibition Flyer

27 March 2018

Issue No. 49 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

09 February 2018

BuildPeople Project: Meeting with Vice-Governor of City Hall of Phnom Penh

As part of the activities of the BMBF-funded BuildPeople project I met his Excellency, the Vice-Governor of the Capital City  Hall of Phnom Penh, Dr. Aunny Ieng, and got him convinced of our innovative project approach.

19 December 2017

Season’s Greetings

03 November 2017

Issue No. 48 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

18 October 2017

Goethe-Institut Vietnam:
Call for Contributions – Hanoi Photo Book 2nd updated edition

The Goethe-Institut Hanoi extends an invitation to Hanoians to contribute their photographs to an updated edition of Hanoi Capital City, the photo book that visualizes the dynamic development and abundant cultural life of Hanoi.

The book will be in English and Vietnamese and includes the following chapters:

  1. Hanoi from above
  2. Change over Time (timeline photos from the past 25 years)
  3. Architecture & Housing
  4. People of the City
  5. Urban Transport
  6. Soul of the City

We are seeking images that reflect traditions, contemporary culture and the identity of Vietnam’s capital city and this call for contributions particularly applies to chapter six: SOUL OF THE CITY. We encourage you to make use of the upcoming golden autumn in Hanoi City! 

In addition to the book publication the Goethe-Institut Hanoi will hold a photo exhibition entitled “My Hà Nội” with photos selected for the SOUL OF THE CITY chapter. The book launching event will be for the Frankfurt Book Fair, the exhibition in early October 2018.

Deadline for submission of photos is December 31, 2017.

Contact of the editor:
waibel_michael@yahoo.de

01 September 2017

Approval of a new research project to promote sustainable buildings in Cambodia

The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) approves the proposal of the project”Sustainable Buildings for People – Enhancing Urban Quality of Life in Cambodia (BuildPeople). Preparation project (support code: 01DP17053). I am leader of the consortium and guiding the work packages “policies / institutional & legal context” and “coordination & communication”. Consortium partners are the Department of Environmental Psychology, Madgeburg University (Dr. Anke Blöbaum / Prof. Dr. Ellen Matthies) doing the work package “behaviour change”, Stuttgart University (Dr. Dirk Schwede), work package “sustainable buildings”, SME “Eble Messerschmidt Partner (EMP)”, work package “sustainable neighbourhoods”, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Mund), work package “urban green” and the SME “Institute for Climate and Energy Concepts (INKEK)” (Prof. Dr. Lutz Katzner / Sebastian Kupski) doing the work package “urban climate”.

This is an overview of the consortium and partnership structures.

Please download our project information leaflet.

19 July 2017

Issue No. 47 of the peer-reviewed journal Pacific Geographies published

The latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES has been published.

07 June 2017

Facelift of web-sites of Pacific Geographies (PG) and of Association of Pacific Studies (APSA e.V.)

The web-site of the peer-reviewed journal PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES and of the non-profit Association of Pacific Studies (APSA e.V.) received a facelift and can now be administred via a modern content management system.

25  April 2017

Workshop in the context of the BMBF funded project “Climate-Adapted Material Research for the Socio-Economic Context of Vietnam (CAMaRSEC)”

Group picture together with Dr. Dirk Schwede (Stuttgart University) and Andreas Zegowitz (Fraunhofer IBP, Stuttgart) at National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), TP. Hà Nội, Việt Nam.

16  March 2017

Lauching event of new book publication “Phnom Penh: CAPITAL CITY”

amazon    Photo book “Phnom Penh: CAPITAL CITY”, direct link to:

06  March 2017

Nomination as honory member of the Heritage Observatory Association