Urban Planing and Development in Jordan (C-6-2)

Research project

This concerted project investigates the two urban centers Petra and Gadara and their surrounding countryside using comparative formulations and methods in seeking to determine the causes of similar and dissimilar developments and phenomena. In order to gain an understanding of the importance of the interaction between environmental and social factors in the formation and historical development of the urban form, interaction between several disciplines is required (e.g. geography, topography, geology, meteorology, technical sciences, ecology, demography, sociology, building law, building economy and cultural studies).

Infrastructure (B-1-4)

Research project

The research project continued the work of the former research group (B-I-1) Surveying and Limitation that examined ways in which spaces are defined and constituted through acquisition and demarcation. Five research fields of this former group were investigated.

Early Medieval Governance Resource (B-1-3)

Research project

The infrastructures of late antiquity were of fundamental importance to the politico-military, ecclesiastical and economic organization of the so-called “Germanic” kingdoms that succeeded the Roman Empire.

Water Law (B-1-2)

Research project

Subject of the research have been treatises and sentences that have survived form the time of Al-Andalus in water law. It is important to find classifications for the water, as this determines the legal regulations. That is what we can take from the sources. The usage and acquisition of water also depends on the classification. The work of the courts in the districts of Al-Andalus has been the focus in the past years. It will be the basis for further research of how the legal frameworks were implemented in practice. But it is also important to inspect the legislation and the correlating interpretation, as this opens the possibility of establishing to what extent Roman or Western Gothic regulations survived, were modified or simply discarded.

Water Spaces (B-1-1)

Research project

This project had its focus on the diverse ways water was conceptualized and dealt with in antiquity. It especially aimed at finding new approaches to an understanding of the relation between men, states, and the sea in Classical Greece and Rome.

Routes – Water – Knowledge (B-1)

Research Group

This research group deals with infrastructures that were created in view of strategic military and political objectives as well as natural spatial requirements and local conditions, infrastructures that were subsequently used and transformed by the heirs of the Roman Empire. The research takes as its point of departure the stunningly uniform, seemingly almost systematic character […]

Conana, Turkey (A-1-3)

Research project

The project focuses on settlements in remote, hard-to-reach mountain regions. The question arises for the compensation of the marginal habitat and the reasons for the creation of these settlements.