This course aims to do researches about "Urban Public Space" with practical exercises and theorical reflection on "Planning in Global South". This course is open for students from all disciplinary background represented at the university (social-scientists, engineers, artists, etc.) that were in their study time never (or not regularly) confronted with urban design tools and would like to learn basics (scale, design, principles). There is also a critical reflection about Urban Design as a tool of power and societal change.
Livable, quality urban public spaces are the most important needs of today's cities. In order to create quality and livable urban spaces, it is important to reveal what the city-public space-human interaction is and what affects it. After all, it is important for a citizen to be aware of the urban spaces that we use a lot in our daily life and to know what opportunities offered to us in these spaces make our lives better. This complexity of urban approaches will be broken down through an interactive learning environment in this course.
In the first part of the seminar, every course is divided in two parts: concepts like “urban design elements that shape the space”, “city-public space-human interaction” are presented and discussed with students. Secondly, students are asked to do practical work. For example, a “mental map” study covering the city center of Weimar will be conducted with the students participating in the course. It will be an interactive study that includes your observations about the city. At the end of the seminar, students will be asked to choose an urban square in Weimar. Students will evaluate this square as a citizen within the framework of the concepts we will talk about, and then prepare a presentation. These presentations will enable us to gain different perspectives and different experiences.
In the 2nd part of the Urban Design seminar course, there will be a focus of critical discussion on urban design and urban life in the Global South.
In this stage of the course, the urban structuring of informal settlements in Latin America will initially be addressed, based on examples in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Then, we will carry out a critical analysis of the urbanization projects of these settlements, implemented by the State, from the 1980s onwards, focusing on the urban design solutions proposed for these communities.
Continuing this approach to social housing in Latin America, we will discuss the production of housing complexes, promoted by the State, at different times in the second half of the 20th century. Based on experiences carried out in Brazil, Venezuela and Chile, we will analyze the social and economic impacts of this modernist housing production and the response of the families that went to live in these houses - most of them originating from slums that were eliminated in large urban centers.
Finally, we will discuss new alternatives for the construction of social housing, which proposes participation in the design of future residents, the use of sustainable materials and new energy sources, analyzing Brazilian experiences as a priority. The classes will be expositive, foreseeing the exhibition of works by the students, elaborated from material - texts and projects - made available throughout the course.
The course is conducted as a students' "Bauhaus.Module" by Malike Orhan (stud. PhD AU). The mentorship lies with Professor Dr. Frank Eckardt (AU).
The teacher team is composed from:
- Melike Orhan: an engaged guest scientist and architect from Turkey with teaching and research experiences
- Gerônimo Leitao, an architect and professor in Brasil, that will be guest teacher in the course.
Melike Orhan will provide the courses in the first part of the semester (October-December) with regular short submissions and feedbacks. Gerônimo Leitao will teach in the second part (January-February) and will offer to write an essay, if students need a grade.
The course is conducted as a students’ ”Bauhaus.Module” and open to all Master students of the faculties of Architecture and Urbanism, Civil Engineering, Art and Design, and Media. Before registering, please consult your academic advisor and clarify whether this course can be credited to your curriculum. If required, you can conclude a learning agreement before the start of the course.