The Future of Places Lab

Meg Walker (New York, USA), DAAD-Gastdozentur „Placemaking“
an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar im WiSe 2019/20

Freitag, 24.01.2020 | 09:00 - 16:00 | Oberlichtsaal SYMPOSIUM Revitalizing Cities Through Placemaking

Download Programm.

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos und erfordert vor der Veranstaltung keine Registrierung.
The symposium is free of charge and requires no pre-registration

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival, Check-in and Coffee
Oberlichtsaal 213, Main Building of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Opening
Prof. Jürgen Ruth, Director, for experimental architecture (ifex),
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Nentwig, Director, Integrated Urban Development and Design (IUDD),
Meg Walker, Project for Public Spaces (PPS), DAAD-Guest Professor “Placemaking”

09:45 - 10:45

Session I: Placemaking for Social Change
Moderation Meg Walker
SPEAKER 1 Lisbeth Iversen, Senior Advisor, Arendal Municipality, Norway
TITLE Holistic planning, integrity and proximity in sustainable development of places and urban Areas
SPEAKER 2 Eva van Breugel, Humankind, Rotterdam
TITLE A Child-Friendly Vision as an Inclusive Vision for our Cities

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Placemaking at Zschochernplatz in Gera
Students´ Presentation, Placemaking Lab, Winter Semester 2019, IUDD Program

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30

Session II: Reviving Neigbourhoods through Retail & Commercial Districts
Moderation Philippe Schmidt
SPEAKER 1 Valentin Hadelich, Head of Department Urban Planning and Pascal Leber, Food Service Development Manager, ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG, Hamburg
TITLE Place Making: From Your Space to my Place
SPEAKER 2 Stefanie Raab, Coopolis GmbH, Planungsbüro für Kooperative Stadtentwicklung, Berlin
TITLE Temporary use as a strategy for revitalizing abandoned Areas

14:30 - 14:45Coffee Break
14:45 - 15:45

Session III: DIY Urbanism and Grassroots Initiatives
Moderation Anthea Swart
SPEAKER 1 Sebastian Beck, vhw - Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e.V., Berlin
TITLE Placemaking – the new deal of city making?
SPEAKER 2 Hanna Schwarz and Guntram Münster, Fußgängerlobby geht-doch.Wien, Vienna
TITLE You never walk alone!

15:45 - 16:00

Wrap-up of the Symposium by Meg Walker
Closing remarks by Philippe Schmidt

Followed by a "Bauhaus-Walk"

& Vernissage: Opening of Bauhaus.Pop-Up Space, Markstraße 16,



Meg Walker (Project for Public Spaces PPS and Pratt Institute) appointed at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as DAAD Guest Lecturer* for „Placemaking“ in the master programme Integrated Urban Development and Design for winter term 2019/20

Meg Walker, of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) New York City, who teaches as Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (New York, USA), will be the DAAD-Guest Lecturer* for „Placemaking“ at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the coming winter semester 2019/20. The lectureship has been initiated and will be hosted through the master programme Integrated Urban Development and Design (IUDD).

She will teach  a „Future of Places Lab“, a hands-on, studio-type project for the revitalization of a public space in cooperation with a German city, which will be offered as part of the curriculum of the Integrated Urban Development and Design module. In addition, a seminar on the History and Theory of Placemaking and a Placemaking Symposium will be part of the lectureship. 

As a prologue to the XIX. Model Project Forum, on 30. April 2019 current IUDD students already participated in a Placemaking-Workshop with Meg Walker and her colleague Priti Patel, both from Project for Public Spaces. 

We welcome our guest lecturer and we are happy to offer new approaches to spatial analysis and strategies for creating future-oriented urban space  to our IUDD students. New students will have the opportunity to learn exciting and pathbreaking concepts for the transformation and activation of public spaces! 

Municipalities interested in participating in the Lab or the symposium are asked to contact us:
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt M. Sc., Research Associate and Academic Coordinator of IUDD, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. Tel: +49 (0) 36 43/58 27 72, E-Mail:[at]

Images below: 
Placemaking Workshop with Meg Walker and Priti Patel from Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and Pratt Institute Brooklyn (USA) and IUDD students at green:house, 30. April 2019

* Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD