Rapid Planning (RP) - Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental an Resource Mangagement for Highly Dynamic Metropolises. Teilprojekt 3: Stadtplanung und Capacity Building

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The Rapid Planning (RP) Project is an action oriented research project that has been developed

under the umbrella of the Future Megacities Research Program of the German Federal Ministry

for Education and Research (BMBF). RP seeks to develop a rapid trans-sectoral urban planning

methodology with a focus on urban basic services infrastructure, specifically targeting supply

and disposal infrastructure. The service sectors covered by the project include energy, water,

waste water, solid waste, and urban agriculture.

The research work will be based on practical experiences in the case cities of Kigali (Rwanda),

Da Nang (Vietnam) und Assiut (Egypt) and will be directly put into action. The field missions in

2012 have established a solid basis for cooperation with stakeholders in city administration,

regional governments, universities and other partners in the three cities. Together with UNHabitat

the transfer into practice and the transferability of solutions will be tested.

The goals of RP are to be achieved within the timeframe of five years by means of a logical

framework featuring 15 work packages (WP):

• The objective of WP 0 is to coordinate the whole RP project activities of all partners,

stakeholders and committees.

• In WP 1 the basic framework data and qualitative information in the case cities will be collected

(such as physical, human and geographic data and information as well information

about the supply and disposal infrastructure).

• WP 2 is an extrapolation of megacity-specific developed spatial urban and regional structure

patterns, focusing on the processing of primary base information by remotely sensed


• In WP 3, specific data will be collected for the infrastructure sectors water, waste water,

energy, solid waste, and urban agriculture/ food systems. Within these sectors the data

will be collected on household, commercial, industrial and public level.

• In WP 4, the tool of material flow analysis (MFA) will be used for a comprehensive analysis

of material (and energy) flows in the case cities, quantifying and assessing matter,

substances, mass flows and processes.

• A workable methodology for trans-sectoral planning will be developed in WP 5, transferring

the methodology into different components applicable for trans-sectoral supply and

disposal infrastructure planning, focusing on modular thematic knowledge blocks and

technical tools for rapid application.

• A participative process with the relevant stakeholders of the case cities scenarios for rapid

urban infrastructure planning will be developed in WP 6.

• WP 7 is designed to integrate the RP approach into spatial planning and urban development

procedures, identify the existing urban planning and urban development framework

of the case cities to assist in the smooth integration of trans-sectoral specific and spatially

explicit support.

• The aim of WP 8 is to facilitate the adaptation of the RP approach into municipal administrative

structures in the case cities and to address the economic effects.

• Stakeholder participation enhancement and change management is the goal of WP 9,

supporting the case cities to implement RP strategies with a thorough analysis of the city

organisational structures and stakeholder relations.

• RP “entry projects” covering aspects of the trans-sectoral approach that can be quickly initiated

in case cities are the key activity in WP 10 to involve local stakeholders from city

government, agencies, research organisations, and the private sector in the case cities

and the RP team.

• In WP 11, capacity building materials for administrations, academia, schools and the public

will be developed.

• A transferability and feedback loop will be provided in WP 12 to determine the transferability

of the RP project methodology to other cities; feedback towards the RP project will alMAIN




low methodological adjustments and strengthen the output products developed through

the project.

• WP 13 consists of the compilation of the RP guideline in which output, results, experiences,

know-how, and solutions of the RP project will be filed and edited and made available

on the RP internet platform.

• WP 14 will ensure the dissemination and valorisation of the results of the project by publishing

in distinguished national/ international journals, present papers at national/ international

meetings and the RP internet portal.

The following results of the project are expected:

1. A trans-sectoral planning tool Rapid Planning is realised in case cities and ready for application

in other cities,

2. a change of thinking and acting with view on trans-sectoral resource efficient planning in

city administrations has been initiated,

3. a thorough capacity building concept has been established,

4. the transferability is checked and a feed-back loop installed, and

5. basic framework data has been established to provide basis for methodology development.

On-going internal review, external feedback from the case cities and practical application of the

results in entry projects will ensure that the available resources are efficiently us

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