Amal Al BalushiGerman University of Technology in Oman | GUtech · Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design
Amal Al Balushi
Open for collaborating and discussing - Actively working on 2 projects.
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Over the past year I have been researching urban scenarios mainly in Oman with an interest in how locals react to their built spaces. Focusing on the public sphere of the Arabic nation, I wanted to find out how much does the built environment fit to the local ideologies of what is safe or accepted by the society for their women.
December 2021 - present
Ministry of Information sultanate of Oman
- Radio Researcher and Presenter
- I am the host of the morning show "Jumpstart", as well as the weekly show "Headlights". For these shows, other than presenting and disseminating information, I also conduct the background research and interviews needed for the topics discussed.
December 2017 - December 2019
- Research Assistant
- During my time as a research assistant, I helped organise various parts of research projects - from on-site data collection, analysis and overviewing, literature reviews, theoretical backing, and finally writing and reviewing papers. I further contextualised my own bodies of research, particularly in the topics of gender culture and space. Alongside, I helped structure course contents and provided consultation to students in all four years of their bachelors' study; as well as organise events.
Since the 1970’s renaissance of Oman, building typologies and constructions have changed drastically. The once climate-appropriate narrow alleys and mud houses have shifted to vehicle-influenced wide streets and concrete air-conditioned villas; providing a different built environments and urban aesthetics (Heim et al., 2018; Nebel & Richthofen, 201...
In writing this manifesto for a just city, we prelude that cities are not just. But what exactly is meant by that? Cities have always been a reflection, but also a pioneer of social organization. Without denying the negative sides of these organizations, cities in many cultures have in the past produced positive infrastructural and social organiza...
Since rapid growth and car-oriented patterns became a global threat and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) levels are advancing, strategies to redesign the built environment into healthier spaces have gained importance. Walkability plays a central role in this context. However, the literature is dominated by studies from western industrialized countr...
The right to adequate housing is a globally recognized fundamental human right and part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Various activists, academics, and policymakers agree that access to land is a foundation for the realization of the right to housing. However, how to approach this right is highly debated, ultimately producing v...
The exceptional days of ever experiencing different phases of a lockdown, and in which way a pandemic is able to develop and spread amongst our familiar environment - at the same time as all over the world - implies big impacts on our daily habits and personal freedoms. Within this scenario, we began questioning how spaces in our usual routines wer...
Rapid growth coupled with the prevailing land allocation system in Oman led to a shift from compact dwellings typologies to detached single-family houses, arranged in monofunctional zoning systems that exclusively rely on cars. Due to the sprawled transformation, authorities are unable to provide new neighborhoods with basic infrastructure and attr...
In the last four decades, the Arabian Gulf countries experienced exponential growth in population and city sizes. As part of the Omani constitution to cope with the housing needs of its inhabitants, the city of Muscat distributed free Public land. More recently, the rights of women within the territory has evolved to include unrestricted access to...
Countries of the Gulf region experienced a great cultural shift in the four last decades as an effect of the economic growth based on oil export. This Phenomena had an impact on people’s mobility patterns and led to an increase in health problems due to sedentarism, as well as social disaggregation. This paper is based on a comprehensive study of t...
This is part of my master's thesis project, in which I attempt to describe social, cognitive, and spatial transformations to a usually open border in times of restrictions and crises. The end product includes storytelling from stakeholders living in or involved in the border regions and discussions for what new manifestations could be put in place for the next pandemic.