11th International Model Project Forum

Dedicated to practice-based knowledge-exchange in an academic context, the XI. Model Project Forum presented an array of approaches. Reflecting challenges and solutions of today's urbanist practice, students present the various spatial scales and creative methods they dealt with.

11th International Model Project Forum

As part of the unique academic profile in the interdisciplinary master programme ‘European Urban Studies’ international experts from the institute’s Model Project Partners present and discuss their current projects in research, practice and administration with the ‘young professionals’, the postgraduate students of the programme.

The city as a steadily changing realm is depending from a multitude of factors and stakeholders that urbanists, planners, developers, politicians and last but not least citizens have to deal with. Factors like the demand and intention to create a sustainable environment interfere with society’s current organisation of space, while the ambition to sustain and regenerate urban space may for instance collide with the situation of diminishing population. Interests and actors are manifold as well as the ideas that are finally communicated as a strategy and more concrete as a spatial or architectural design proposal, often linked to a certain image, dedicated to communicate a concept and narrative ‘behind’ the image.


Tagungsort / Veranstalter:

Institut für Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU), Masterprogramm „Europäische Urbanistik“, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 2, 99425 Weimar, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fakultät Architektur.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Nentwig Kontakt: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt MSc, Tel. +49-03643-582651, Philippe.Schmidt@uni-weimar.de Tagungssprache: Englisch, Anmeldung: Iris.Berles@uni-weimar.de


XI.International Model Project Forum ‘European Urban Studies’

Institute for Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar Belvederer Allee 5, Weimar, 16.02. - 18.02.2011

Wednesday 16.02.2011

Welcoming conference outline 

Prof. Dr. Gerd Zimmermann, Rector of the University
Prof. Bernd Rudolf, Dean of the faculty of architecture
Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Institute Director
Philippe Schmidt, Coordinator of the Model Projects


Sustainable Development Strategies in Real Estate Asset Management
Axel Kraus, SEB Investment, Frankfurt

Participatory Processes for Design and Development - an Imperative for Sustainable interventions
Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute, New York City


Thursday 17.02.2011

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

Welcoming conference outline 

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Institute Director

Introduction to the forum

Philippe Schmidt, Conference organizer


SESSION A: Re-Inventing the Neighbourhood

09:20 - 10:20, Moderation Philippe Schmidt

Fabricating urban myths: Cultural revival and urban spatial transformation in Foshan |Grace Fung Yee Yeung

Changing the Image of Mümmelmannsberg: A rotten apple turns green | Miechel De Paep

Transforming with imagination. The urban transformation of Luchtbal, Antwerp | Karin Schwambach


SESSION B: Reading spatial patterns

10:50 - 12:00, Moderation Dr. Bernhard Stratmann

Between mountains and traditions – strategic approaches to the growth of Jena | Juliane Zwinkmann

Interfering in urban morphology. Three Dutch case studies |Vinayagam Natarajan

RE:shaping the city. Catalyzing London through the Waterloo area | Brigitte Hötz


SESSCION C:, Communities – Beyond the prevailing image

13:00 - 14:00 Moderation Dr. Bernhard Stratmann

mediation in Eisleben |Tina Tuchscheerer

Olympia for London, Hyperlympics for Newham and the question of work, live and game |Jennifer Nitschke

The Gelmeroda Project: Beyond the Image of Culture | Leon Alegria-Ortiz



14:20 - 15:20 Moderation Philippe Schmidt

Assessing health boundaries for New York communities | Vasilis Kitsos

Planning in a Sinuously Populated Town | Tania König

Three churches: Energy costs reduction as a catalyst for sustainable neighborhood initiatives  | Volker Katthagen


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

6th Alumni Award European Urban Studies, convened through AFEU e.V.

Lectures by the prize winners
Hannah Hesse, GKV Architects, New York City
Stefan Lazarevski, TAJFA Architects, LLC, Kumanovo

New Ideas for Media Spree. A cooperative project with Model Project Partner Inbo
Philippe Schmidt


Friday 18.02.2011


09:00 - 10:00, Introduction of Project Partners – Large Panel

Comments on the student presentations

Moderation Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig


SESSION A: Understanding urban models

10:30 - 12:00, Moderation Philippe Schmidt

Swimming In Images | Lindsay Webb, PTW Architects, Sydney

Garden City: A changing role model for contemporary urban development |Dr. Matthias Lerm, Dezernat für Stadtentwicklung,Jena

Neighbourhood Development through urban projects |Johan Van Reeth, BUUR Bureau voor urbanisme, Leuven


SESSION B: Strategic development and the urban realm

13:00 - 14:30, Moderation Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig

Project Management - Between Integration + Innovation | Uwe Drost, D&K Drost Consult, Hamburg

Smart strategies in contemporary urban planning |Jeanet van Antwerpen, Inbo, Amsterdam

Visualising and simulating urban activity |Christian Schwander, Space Syntax, London


SESSION C: From neighbourhood to active community

14:50 - 16:20, Moderation Philippe Schmidt

Beyond the images: New tools, strategies and tactics for a changing society | Michael Obrist, feld72, Wien

Changing Urban Images in Saxony-Anhalt – the ‘IBA urban redevelopment’ Strategies of Dessau-Roßlau and Halle Saale |Tore Dobberstein, Complizen Planungsbüro, Berlin

Post-Industrial Cities? | Joan Byron, Pratt Center for Community Development, Brooklyn, New York


Research and Practice in the international context of urbanism

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nentwig, Philippe Schmidt

Further Model Project Partners in the year 2010

Büro für urbane Projecte, Leipzig

P&T International Inc., Hong Kong

Changing Urban Images - PDF Documents

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