10th International Model Project Forum

Whose city? - Participatory Strategies and Current Practices in Urban Studies

The question "Whose city?" repeatedly plays a role when it comes to identifying and including stakeholders while also identifying potentials for urban development. The practice covers a wide range of different approaches and how these are applied by urbanists, architects, geographers and sociologists concerned with the development of the urban strata.

At the international forum, best practice examples ranged from the deconstruction of infrastructure in housing estates from the GDR time, to questions of policy strategies for the management of public goods in Iran. Citizen participation on different scales from block to region were shown for the Amsterdam region, as well as for the Equity Index for Long Island, New York and the influence of participation in the designs for repairing the urban structure of Hannover. Further presentations included Frankfurt airport extension, the redevelopment of an open mining area within IBA 2010, a housing survey for the City of Lovech, Bulgaria, as well as concepts for a touristic BID in Thuringia and the Soziale Stadt programme. Examples of a wide-ranged participation of institutional and private actors in research and model projects on suburbanisation and land consumption were shown within the context of the REFINA programme. Integrative strategies for retail development at HafenCity Hamburg, as well as projects in the context of municipal land use planning and careful urban renewal in Chile or participation in heritage preservation in Los Angeles were further topics of the conference.


Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU) Faculty of Architecture, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Institute’s Director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Nentwig

Conference organizer / Contact

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt MSc, Tel.: +49 (0) 36 43/58 26 51 Philippe.Schmidt@uni-weimar.de

For the celebration of its tenth anniversary, the 10th International Model Project Forum presents current projects in the field of urban and regional development with the goal to discuss tools and planning strategies, as well as policies that span a wide range of different modes of participation in planning.

Invited Model Project Partners

City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Los Angeles
Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening, Amsterdam
DIfU – Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, Berlin
FOCO Consultores, Valparaíso, Chile
gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Hamburg
IHK Industrie- und Handelskammer Südthüringen, Suhl
Inbo, Amsterdam
Inter3, Institute for Resource Management, Berlin
Machleidt und Partner, Berlin
Municipality of Lovech, Bulgaria
Pratt Center for Community Development, Brooklyn, New York
Schettler & Wittenberg Architekten, Weimar
Stadt Arnstadt, Stadtverwaltung Bauamt, Arnstadt
Stadt Jena, Dezernat Stadtentwicklung, Jena
Wallraf und Partner, Stadt- und Regionalforschung Stadtplanung und wohnungswirtschaftliche Beratung, Dessau

X.International Model Project Forum ‘European Urban Studies’

Institute for Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar Belvederer Allee 5, Weimar, 24.02. - 25.02.2010

Wednesday 24.02.2010

Welcoming conference outline 

Prof. Dr. Gerd Zimmermann, Rector of the University

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Institute Director


OPENING LECTURE: WHOSE CITY? Contrasting urban strategies

Creating and adopting plans: community-based strategies in low-income New York | Elena Conte, Pratt Center, Brooklyn, USA
Istanbul in transition: The Fener - Ayvansaray Urban Regeneration Project and the Marmaray Project  | Efe Gönenc, Dogus Construction Co., Istanbul, Turkey


Thursday 25.02.2010

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

08:30 Arrival, registration

09:00 Welcoming

Prof. Bernd Rudolf, Dekan der Fakultät Architektur | Dean of the faculty of architecture
Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Institutsdirektor | Institute Director
Einführung zum Forum | Introduction to the Forum
Philippe Schmidt, Tagungsleitung| Conference organizer


SESSION A: Spaces of post-socialist transformation

09:20 - 10:40, Moderator Dr. Bernd Stratmann, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Lost in transition – challenges of rehabilitating Bulgarian housing estates | Svenja Jäger (Germany)

Participation and reorganization of the Arnstadt Ost residential area | Katrin Ecker (Germany)

Local governance – two approaches to city-management |Hendrik Nolde (Germany)

Initiatives and the cycle of exclusion: reinventing urbanism in Dessau, Germany | Zishan Fuad Choudhury, (Bangladesh)

10:40 Come-together – coffee break


SESSION B: Strategies in urban rehabilitation and development

11:00 - 12:00, Moderator Dr. Harald Kegler, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

REFINA – an integrated and multilevel approach to dealing with land consumption | Tihomir Viderman, (Croatia)

Net-City as a shrinkage-tackling strategy? The practice of Bitterfeld-Wolfen | Vista Goharizadeh (Iran)

Hannover Innenstadt Schöne Stadt – Aktive Stadt | Angelos Loupis (Greece)

12:00 Lunch


SESSION C: Participation in scales – From block to region

13:40 - 15:00, Moderator Philippe Schmidt, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Participation „S,M,L,XL“: four scales in the Dutch urban design practice | Suci Ammalia Rizky (Indonesia)

Mind the gap? The Equity Index as a strategy for equitable development in Long Island, New York | Susan Eipper (Brazil)

Best Practices in Public Participation: An Analysis of the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey | William Howard Magruder (USA)

Current Tendencies in Chilean Urbanism – First steps towards a participatory urban renewal |Michael Schneider (Germany)

15:00 Kaffeepause | Coffee break


SESSION D: Planning processes in the urban ‘enclave’

15:20 - 17:00, Moderator Olaf Pfeifer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Model Enclaves in Amsterdam: Investigations for developing the residential block | Bukola Tijani (Jamaica)

Shopping and the City. Retail development in HafenCity Hamburg | Daniela Schmidt (Germany)

Reading Frankfurt International Airport: From Airport to Airport City | Srikanth Chandrashekar (India)

Privatization of common goods and institutional optimization. A study on the Iranian water sector | Sharareh Ghanavizchian (Iran)


Guided Bauhaus-Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site) starting at IfEU

URBAN NIGHT FLIGHT | Model Project Evening @ IfEU 
“Zweitsemester” students from the Master Programme European Urban Studies are welcoming with International Specialities

Model Project Party & Alumni reception, convened through AFEU e.V.


Friday 26.02.2010


Institute for European Urban Studies,

Introduction of Project Partners – Large Panel Comments on the student presentations

09:00 -10:00, Moderator Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

10:00 Coffee break


SESSION A: Urban Design and Project Development – Strategies in urban development

Presentations by Project Partners – discussion
11:00 - 12:00, Moderator Efe Gönenc, Dogus Construction Co., Istanbul, Turkey

12:00 Lunch

SESSION B: Urban Design and Project Development – Participation or inclusion?

Presentations by Project Partners – discussion 
14:30 -15:30, Moderator Philippe Schmidt, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Research and Practice in the international context of urbanism

Final Statements of Model Project Partners

End of the forum


Alumni-Forum European Urban Studies

15:30 -19:30

Lectures by former IfEU students about their projects in

Research and Practice of Urbanism

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