Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development

URBAN_MANAGUA to listen to

Listen to project coordinator Andreas Hofer, Roland Krebs and Eva Händler. They were invited to the radio show "Welt im Ohr" to talk about current developments in spatial planning in Managua/ Nicaragua, as well as possibilities and challenges. In German only!

Foro Centroamericano de Estudios Integrados de Desarrollo Urbano

The urban_managua project closes with the Foro Centroamericano de Estudios Integrados de Desarrollo Urbano which takes place from 23 to 25 September 2014 at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua. More information


In the frame of the Foro Centroamericano de Estudios Integrados de Desarrollo Urbano 6 researchers present their results of the urbanistXCHANGE. This exchange programme took place in May/June 2014 and allowed Nicaraguan researchers to learn from their South American colleagues. More information

URBAN_MANAGUA article in

Find here the article written by the Austrian project team partners, which briefly presents the project. Read about the background of, the need for, the idea behind the URBAN_MANAGUA project in Nicaragua, as well as about science's role in urban spatial planning. In German only.

International Symposium "Conflict and Convergence" at the University of Maryland

The project team barely got some rest after the symposium in Nicaragua and is on the run again.
In October 2013 Roland Krebs and Andreas Hofer from the Vienna University of Technology, will be presenting the urban_managua project at the symposium "Conflict and Convergence" at the University of Maryland.
Read more.

Simposio Internacional en Estudios de Desarrolo Urbano Integrado

Follow the project's facebook site in order to find numerous pictures of the International Symposium on Integrated Urban Development Studies.

Movie "La Candelaria Suena"

The film shows sequences of everyday life in "La Candelaria" commented by its inhabitants.
Basically, the movie reflects on life in the barrio and as well as claims and visions for the future.

The film premiere is on Wednesday 25th September at 17:30 at UCA campus;

Exhibition "La Candelaria - Barrio progreso. Propuestas del Urban Design Laboratory, Urban Managua 2013".

Research results about a possible future with a locally acceptable development of the urban district "La Candelaria" in the center of Managua will be shown at this exhibition.
They were developed in the past academic year by the students of the Vienna University of Technology and the Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, in collaboration with residents of La Candelaria.
The exhibition
opens on Wednesday, 25 September at 18:30 at UCA campus;

International Symposium / Call now open

Conference Time Schedule

The International Symposium on Integrated Urban Development Studies gives the opportunity to share ‘best-practice’ experiences from all over Latin America regarding the improvement of urban conditions for Spontaneous Human Settlements. The Symposium will take place at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua/ Nicaragua, in the period 25 to 27 of September 2013.

For more information please click here (in Spanish only).

Urban Managua project at work

Interested to learn more about the cooperation of the Austrian and the Nicaraguan partners and the interaction between students and local communities? Watch it

Participation in the "I'm a City Changer" Campaign

I'm a City Changer is a worldwide campaign with the aim of sensitizing and creating awareness among citizens on urban issues to achieve better cities promoted by UN-Habitat. Read more

Local newspaper reports....

Find here a local Nicaraguan newspaper's report about the project (only in Spanish).

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Use social media to stay tuned with the latest developments of the project.

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Kick-off meeting in Nicaragua

In November 2012 the project consortium met for a 5-day workshop at the Universidad Centroamericana. More to be found here

Academic Partnership in Integrated Urban Development Studies – an interdisciplinary approach for the sustainable development of spontaneous human settlements in the central urban area of Managua | urban_managua

Project Coordinator:

Coordinating Institution:

Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua

Partner Institution:
Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos (Dieter STADLER, MSc.), Vienna University of Technology (Univ.-Prof. Andreas HOFER, Roland KREBS, MSc.)

Partner Country: Nicaragua

Project Duration: 1 October 2012 – 30 September 2014

Enumeration of results - final report

Urban Managua Blog

Abstract:The project urban_managua (UM) aims to introduce creative urban development tools and innovative methodologies in urban studies in the curriculum of architecture and related disciplines (urban sociology, history, etc.) at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). A main objective is the integration of academic, practical and socio-cultural approaches and the response to the  needs/demands for improved living conditions in spontaneous human  settlements (SHS) in the central urban area of Managua/Nicaragua.

Over a two-year period, the project has three interrelated specific objectives: Firstly, UM aims to strengthen educational and applied research skills in the academic curriculum of urban planners and researchers through an interdisciplinary partnership between the UCA, IEI, UT Vienna and other primary stakeholders in this field. Integrated Urban Development Studies (IUDS) will be introduced and institutionalized in UCA’s urban studies discipline and will allow for an integral and interdisciplinary urban planning approach that is  demand/needs‐driven and community-based. A second objective is to foster a permanent South-South dialogue between academics and practitioners to strengthen the relation and cooperation between urban planning academics (“know why”) and practitioners (“know how”) on a national and regional (i.e. Central- and South American)  level. Therefore national and international professionals act as guest lecturers in classes and give expert critiques on practical works. Thirdly, the project will also contribute to improving the local livelihood conditions of the families of Barrio La Candelaria, an informal settlement in the mere centre of Managua where the student workshop and accompanying academic research will take place throughout the project. Important is a Participatory Development Approach (PDA) on a local level throughout the project, which implements cultural activities to promote the local community’s inclusion in the planning and research processes, thereby  strengthening their sense of project ownership.

The aim is therefore not only a theoretical one but also a specific contribution to poverty alleviation. Through improving Nicaragua’s higher education and academic research system we aim to make a major contribution to efficient implementation of the urban development strategies and programmes aimed at reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs.

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