17th International Model Project Forum

Reflective Practice in Urban Studies

XVII. International Model Project Forum ‘European Urban Studies’

6. – 7. April 2017



Thursday, 6. April 2017


9:00 Welcoming & conference outline

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Director of International Master Programmes ‘European Urban Studies’ and ‘Advanced Urbanism’

Philippe Schmidt, Forum Organizer

9:20 Opening Lecture

The way from Weimar to Hamburg
Xin Lu, ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG, Hamburg


Presentations of Model Projects by students – each followed by a short discussion

SESSION A) 10:00 – 11:00

Moderation: Philippe Schmidt, Institute for European Urban Studies

10:00 Dialogic planning for an integrated urban development: case of urban redevelopment project “Conversion in Heidelberg”
Ashwin Vellore Srinivasan (India)

10:20 Redevelopment of the Inner City: Outcomes of the program “Städtebaulicher Denkmalschutz” in the inner city of Leipzig
Nicole Marra Nunes (Brazil)

10:40 Adapting social housing to local environments: modelling urban growth in the desert region of Tarapacá, Chile.
Alberto Villa del Campo (Spain)

11:00 – 11:20 Short Break

SESSION B) 11:20 – 12:20

11:20 The City in Balance: Urban solutions to manage the demographic growth of the city of Amsterdam
Princesse Samba Makondele (Democratic Republic of Congo)

11:40 New infrastructural connections as pillars for urban redevelopment and revival:The case of Northern Amsterdam
Birute Kulviciute (Lithuania)

12:00 City Development in the middle east. The concept of sustainability and it contradictions. Space syntax approach
Maria Victoria Behler (Argentina)

12:30 Lunch Break (Mensa)

SESSION C) 13:30 – 14:30

Moderation: Dr. Bernhard Stratmann, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

13:30 Every Arrival City needs Informal Urbanism
Dilan A. Erkisi (Germany)

13:50 #RezoGowanus - Challenges of rezoning former industrial-area Gowanus, NYC
Frederic Schneider (Germany)

14:10 Context and time in urban planning: The challenge of a connection between different stages of development and its ambitions
Klára Mitlenerová (Czech Republic)

14:30 Coffee Break


SESSION D) 15:00 – 16:00

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Institute for European Urban Studies

15:00 Central Geelong spatial modelling, a scientific approach on urbanism
Jose Luis Krug (Portugal)

15:20 Hamburg Mesterkamp, from bus deposit to space for living and sharing
Giorgia Di Giorgi (Italy)

15:40 Bonding the city and Mercedes-Benz. Mobility HUB in Sindelfingen
Nigora Ishandzhanova (Tajikistan)

16:00 Short Break


SESSION E) 16:20 – 17:20

16:20 Sport Urbanism- relation between sport infrastructure and urban design of a city
Nikita Verma (India)

16:40 Social and Environmental Aspects of the Wuhan Sport Center
Burcu Cimenoglu (Turkey)

17:00 Urban Activation from retail perspective
Shimin Huang (China)

17:20 End of Sessions Day 1

17:30 – 18:30 Guided Bauhaus-Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site) starting at IfEU

19:30 – 23:00 URBAN NIGHT FLIGHT

Model Project Party with International Buffet prepared by 1st semester students
sponsored by AFEU e.V. (Alumni and Friends of European Urban Studies e.V.)



Friday, 7. April 2017

Location: Institute for European Urban Studies Belvederer Allee 5, 99425 Weimar

09:00 Welcoming

Continuation of Model Project Presentations by students – each followed by a short discussion


SESSION F) 9:10 – 10:10

Moderation: Philippe Schmidt, Institute for European Urban Studies

9:10 Urban revitalisation through public participation
Korbinian Kroiss (Germany)

9:30 Condensing of participation. Structure as a tool to facilitate a time limited participatory process
Katharina von Hartmann (Germany)

9:50 “Deine Geest”: Co-creating Public Space
Aglaja Bitzinger (Austria)

10:10 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Lectures by Model Project Partners

10:30 Developing Amsterdam Waterfront
Toine van Goethem, City of Amsterdam Department of Physical Planning and

11:00 Buildings – stages of urban life
Ralf Sieber, gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Berlin

11:30 Coproduction and city transformation
Susan Eipper, metris architekten und stadtplaner, Heidelberg

12:00 Lunch Break

13:30 Finding the best solution by asking the right questions
Christina Kragl, nonconform, Wien

14:00 Neighborhood Planning for Justice and Resiliency in Gowanus
Sydney Céspedes, Pratt Center for Community Development, Brooklyn

14:30 Coffee Break

15.00 – 16.00 Panel Discussion with Model Project Partners Studying and practicing in the field of urbanism and urban research

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig and Philippe Schmidt

16:00 Closing remarks and end of Forum