»City Lab Weimar - Exploring the Everyday«

Explore, Experiment and Communicate


In the City Lab Weimar course, we methodically return to the origins of tourism – when travelling meant walking, exploring and learning. Weimar's most famous citizen, Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe, has shown this in his extensive journeys through Europe – the "Grand Tour" or "educational journey". Rather than remaining in the role of the mere outside spectator, he tried to truly get to know distant places and thereby broadened his own horizons. The City Lab Weimar is an interdisciplinary course that seeks out the unknown and turns Weimar into a classroom.

The city as a classroom – learning from the unknown

The city of Weimar is characterised by its history, its cultural significance and its diverse architectural styles. Every year, more than 700,000 tourists visit the city. The tourism industry creates expectations and desires in visitors' minds before they even arrive. But is Weimar really the city that is described in travel brochures and tourist guidebooks? Are there alternative perspectives and urban phenomena that are off the beaten track, from which we can learn as urban designers and urbanists?

Even if we walk on the same path, we all experience the city differently

This course in urbanism uses experimental exploration and documentation methods to fathom and shed light on mundane experiences in peripheral, everyday and under-represented urban landscapes in Weimar. Periphery not only refers to the edges of the city, but also those spaces and places that are usually off the beaten track. We will seek out the seemingly banal and mundane places (see A. Simone 2010) and explore the scenery and conditions of the city through methods of active walking with the help of flaneurie (see W. Benjamin), strollology (see L. Burgkhardt) and dérive (the Situationists).

A compendium of alternative city experiences

We invite students to become practical explorers, to travel the city in unexpected ways – in groups and on their own – to document, reflect and convey their experiences. The result of the City Lab Weimar is a compendium of alternative city guidebooks for undiscovered everyday spaces. A group exhibition with the documentation of the results will encapsulate the alternative views.


Learning objectives
  • discuss urban phenomena on a hands-on empirical and theoretical level
  • develop and apply methods for urban investigations and ethnographic explorations
  • dive into the multifacetted quality of public space in general and Weimars urban landscape in particular
  • practice and improve your visual documentation skills, such as drawing, sketching, mapping

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

The course is suitable for BA/MA and PhD students with a background in architecture, urban planning, sociology, political science or a similar field.

Mag. Arch. Lukas Staudinger | www.poligonal.de

As architect, urbanist and curator Lukas has gained hands-on experience and has worked as a university lecturer for many years. His thematic focus is on historic and contemporary housing, post-war urbanism, architectural heritage, and urban everyday life. Lukas is also a trainer for team building techniques and mediation processes.

Dr. Christian Haid | www.poligonal.de

As Urbanist, Architect and Researcher, Christian has experience in academic education and research in city planning, urban design, architecture, urban sociology, and urban management. His thematic focus is on urban theory, critical urban research, informal urbanism, everyday urban practices, as well as process-oriented city planning. Christian is Senior Researcher at the Habitat Unit and lecturer at the Urban Management Masters Programme of the Technical University Berlin.

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae | max. two pages
  • English language certificate | at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation | Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio | Present three different public spaces and their urban qualities (method of presentation is freely selectable)

Please note the following Points

  • Send us the documents as one PDF file of max. 5 MB
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected to participate in this course. 

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar


Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

»City Lab Weimar - Exploring the Everyday«

02 - 14 August 2020
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

700 EUR regular fee
500 EUR reduced fee
300 EUR BUW fee

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We are monitoring the situation with regard to the coronavirus very closely. Currently, the Bauhaus Summer School in August is not yet directly affected and, according to the current status, will take place as planned. Of course, we are constantly keeping up to date with the latest developments and will thoroughly evaluate and react to any changes that might occur. As soon as the assessment of the situation should change, we will post new information here on our website.