Team publications

The book (2016) Urban Oman – Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area edited by Dr. Sonja Nebel and Aurel von Richthofen in the series HABITAT – INTERNATIONAL: Schriften zur internationalen Stadtentwicklung Vol. 21 can be purchased at LIT Verlag Berlin.

von Richthofen, A. (2019). Spatial Diversity and Sustainable Urbanisation in Oman [Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig]. https://doi.org/10.24355/dbbs.084-201901220928-0 Cite
Cummings, V., von Richthofen, A., & Babar, Z. (2019). Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Towards New Spatialities. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339846 Cite
Cummings, V., von Richthofen, A., & Babar, Z. (Eds.). (2019). Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339841 Cite
Al Gharibi, H. (2019). Urban Growth Within a Finite Space: Case-study Muscat. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339855 Cite
Windecker, G. (2019). Virtual Space and the Rise of the Public Sphere: Social Media in the Sultanate of Oman. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339875 Cite
Scholz, W., & Langer, S. (2019). Spatial Development of Muscat/Oman and Challenges of Public Transport. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339862 Cite
Tomarchio, L. (2019). Mapping human landscapes in Muscat, Oman, with Social Media Data. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339868 Cite
Didero, M., Nebel, S., & Pfaffenbach, C. (2019). Urban structures and daily mobility patterns in a city of long distances—the case of Muscat/Oman. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 40(3), 361–386. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12285 Cite
Heim, B., Joosten, M., von Richthofen, A., & Rupp, F. (2018). Land-Allocation and Clan-Formation in Modern Residential Developments in Oman. City, Territory and Architecture, 5(1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1186/s40410-018-0084-6 Cite Download
Heim, B., Joosten, M., von Richthofen, A., & Rupp, F. (2018). On the Process and Economics of Land Settlement in Oman: Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning in Urban Planning and Design. Homo Oeconomicus, 35(1), 1–30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41412-018-0066-7 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2018). A Critical Reconstruction of Modern Urban Settlement Patterns in Muscat and Al Bāţinah based on Military Maps. The Journal of Oman Studies, 19, 85–100. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000290644 Cite Download
Cummings, V., & von Richthofen, A. (2017). Urban Sustainability as a Political Instrument in the Gulf Region exemplified at Projects in Abu Dhabi. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 148(4), 253–267. https://doi.org/10.12854/erde-148-53 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2016). No urban desert! Emergence and transformation of extended urban landscapes in Oman. In Vanessa Miriam Carlow & Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU, TU Braunschweig (Eds.), Ruralism - The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World (p. 296). Jovis. Cite Download
Nebel, S., & von Richthofen, A. (2016). Urban sustainability in the Omani context. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 249–258). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2016). Modelling low-rise high-density neighbourhoods in Oman. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 191–202). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2016). Parameters of urban expansion in Oman. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 109–126). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2016). Patterns of urban growth and expansion: the Al Khoud case study. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 91–108). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
Nebel, S., & von Richthofen, A. (2016). Urbanisation in Oman – Background and trends. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 25–36). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
Nebel, S., & von Richthofen, A. (2016). Urban Oman - Editorial. In Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21, pp. 15–20). LIT Verlag. Cite Download
Nebel, S., & von Richthofen, A. (Eds.). (2016). Urban Oman - Trends and Perspectives of Urbanisation in Muscat Capital Area (Vol. 21). LIT Verlag. Cite
von Richthofen, A. (2016). Visualizing Urban Form as Mass Ornament in Muscat Capital Area. In N. Mounajjed (Ed.), Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: An Anthology (pp. 137–158). Gulf Research Centre. http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010637956 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A., & Langer, S. (2015). Evaluating the urban development and determining “peak-space” of Muscat Capital Area. Trialog – Journal for Planning and Building in the Third World, 111(Urbanisation in the Gulf Countries). https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010637970 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2015). Desert Sprawl. Rapid urbanisation: the transformation of the desert in Oman. Topos, the International Review of Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design, 93, 96–101. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010637913 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2015). Oman’s Urban Turn. In ETH Studio Basel (Ed.), Muscat and Oman - engineered land, a territorial research. ETH-Zürich. http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010335395 Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2014). Vanishing Omani Landscapes. Topos, the International Review of Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design. http://www.toposmagazine.com/vanishing-omani-landscapes/ Cite
von Richthofen, A. (2014). Oman - das Gegen-Dubai? Baumeister, 14, 82–89. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010637947 Cite Download
Gharibi, H. A. (2014). Urban Growth from Patchwork to Sustainability. Case Study: Muscat [Dissertation]. Cite Download
Nebel, S. (2014). Tourism and Urbanization in Oman: Sustainable and Socially Inclusive? In S. Wippel, K. Bromber, C. Steiner, & B. Krawietz (Eds.), Under construction: logics of urbanism in the Gulf Region. Ashgate. Cite
Nebel, S., & von Richthofen, A. (2014). Towards Sustainable Urbanization Patterns in Oman (Final Report CBS-ORG-09-001). The Research Council Oman. Cite
Soloman, S. (2013). Good Governance and Sustainability in Residential Land Administration in Muscat, Oman [Master]. TU Berlin. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A., & Scholz, W. (2013). Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS) with focus on urbanisation. Supreme Committee of Planning. Cite
Abdelaal, S. M. (2013). Rural urban linkages for a Sustainable Oman: The Case study of transformation in Fanja. TU Berlin. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A. (2011). Space and Politics of Urbanization in Muscat Capital Area. Politics and Space. http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/architecture-political/docs/vonrichthofen.pdf Cite
van Esch, E. J. (2011). Students’ stories: Omani students in Muscat about their home, family and aspirations [Master]. Utrecht University. Cite Download
von Richthofen, A., Gronning, O., Baumeister, J., Gaube, H., Aziz, H., & Bontenbal, M. (2010). Consultant to Norplan Oman for the Mutrah Re-Development and Master-Planning. Cite
Al Gharibi, H. (2010). Planning for the post oil city, case study: Batinah Region, Oman. Cite

TRIALOG 114: Oman – Rapid Urbanisation
From the editorial: „Over the past four decades, a continuous process of urbanisation has been fostered by socio-economic transformation, dynamic population growth, and an increase of the foreign workforce. The authors of this issue are all scholars who have worked in and on Oman as university teachers and researchers. They touch upon the speci c social, economic, and environmental topics of urbanisation in the country, as well as upon planning and urban design related aspects, focusing for the most part on the Muscat capital area. Typical cases studies from smaller, southern and northern towns of the country complement the current urban development trends portrayed in this TRIALOG issue.“

The issue can be purchased here TRIALOG – A Journal for planning and building in a global context

Additional Resources

De Siqueira, G., & Al Balushi, A. (2020). Co-designing the pedestrian revolution in Muscat. City, Territory and Architecture, 7(1), 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40410-020-00119-6 Cite
Nasiri, N. A., Al-Awadhi, T., Hereher, M., Ahsan, R., & AlRubkhi, A. G. (2020). Changing Urban Ecology a Challenge for Coastal Urban Resilience: A Study on Muscat. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 11(1), 10–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/0975425320906307 Cite
Mansour, S., Al-Belushi, M., & Al-Awadhi, T. (2020). Monitoring land use and land cover changes in the mountainous cities of Oman using GIS and CA-Markov modelling techniques. Land Use Policy, 91, 104414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104414 Cite
Mabry, R., Al Siyabi, H., Kannan, M., & Al Siyabi, A. (2019). Physical activity and the built environment: perceptions of policy-makers in Oman. Health Promotion International. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daz066 Cite
Mishra, A. (2019). Places in the Making - Abu Dhabi’s Evolving Public Realm in the Context of Place-Branding. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339871 Cite
Barau, A. (2019). The Changed City of Mecca: Understanding its Transition to Deep Globalisation. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339873 Cite
Eggeling, K. (2019). ‘If you build it, they will come?’ – Future oriented sense-making and the politics of urban space in Qatar. In V. Cummings, A. von Richthofen, & Z. Babar (Eds.), Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Research Collection. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000339870 Cite
Kirk, M. (2016, May 1). Experimenting with Public Transportation in Muscat. The Atlantic - Citylab. http://www.citylab.com Cite
el-Aswad, el-S. (2016). Social and Spatial Organization Patterns in the Traditional House: A Case Study of Al Ain, a City in the UAE. In Y. Elsheshtawy (Ed.), Transformations: The Emirati National House (pp. 190–203). Cite
Alawadi, K. (2016). The Evolving Landscape of Dubai’s National Housing Neighborhoods. In Y. Elsheshtawy (Ed.), Transformations: The Emirati National House (pp. 116–143). Cite
Bani Hashim, A. R. (2016). The History of Planning Residential Neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi: 1961 - 1990. In Y. Elsheshtawy (Ed.), Transformations: The Emirati National House (pp. 48–77). Cite
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Wippel, S. (2016). Salalah Globalized: Developing, Fragmenting, and Marketing a ‘Secondary City’ at Spatio-Temporal Interfaces. In G. Katodrytis & S. Syed (Eds.), Gulf Cities as Interfaces. Gulf Research Center. Cite
Baumeister, J., & Ottmann, D. (2016). URBAN:ORGAN – Models for Gulf Cities as Integrated Ecological Systems. In G. Katodrytis & S. Syed (Eds.), Gulf Cities as Interfaces. Gulf Research Center. Cite
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Wippel, S. (Ed.). (2013). Regionalizing Oman: political, economic and social dynamics. Springer. Cite
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Belgacem, M. (2013). Is Littoralization Reconfiguring the Omani Territory? In Regionalizing Oman political, economic and social dynamics. Springer Science+Business Media. http://site.ebrary.com/id/10747146 Cite
Mokhtar, B. (2011). Marché foncier et espace social à Mascate, Oman. Cybergeo. https://doi.org/10.4000/cybergeo.23832 Cite
Charabi, Y., & Bakhit, A. (2011). Assessment of the canopy urban heat island of a coastal arid tropical city: The case of Muscat, Oman. Atmospheric Research, 101(1–2), 215–227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.02.010 Cite
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