Interim findings are discussed and shared through workshops, symposia, conferences and round tables.
A workshop held in October 2010 at GUtech on „field work methods“ in cooperation with TU Berlin and Sultan Qaboos University took the format of a research charrette. Empirical data has been mapped and processed during the 10 days workshop.
A workshop held in July 2011 at GUtech on „participatory planning methods“ introduced undergraduate students from GUtech to decision making and public participation processes in Case Study Area A — Al Khoudh. Students worked with school kids to find out about their perception and vision on future living environments.
A workshop held in April 2012 at GUtech on „GIS application for urban analysis“ introduced GUtech students to geo-information systems. Based on satellite imagery, students produced maps analysing the road network, as well as the chronologic development, typological distribution of houses in Case Study Area A — Al Khoudh.
A workshop held in June 2012 at GUtech on „review of physical planning standards“ compared building guidelines and recommendations in neighboring GCC countries focussing on criteria for the development of sustainable neighborhoods in Oman. Guidelines from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain have been critically reviewed and compared to Omani standards, including guidelines issued by Muscat Municipality, The Supreme Committee of Town Plannung, the Ministry of Housing, as well as guidelines for the development of Integrated Tourism Projects.