»City Lab Weimar - Exploring the Everyday«


Alternative city experience – rediscovering urban landscapes

In this two-week intensive course you will learn to rediscover the city as an urban landscape and to experience, understand and re-imagine it in an innovative way with perspectives from a wide range of disciplines – be it architecture, urbanism, sociology and more.

The city as a classroom

In the City Lab Weimar, we methodically return to the origins of tourism: travelling to explore, strolling to learn. Weimar's most famous citizen, Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe, has shown us how: on his extensive travels through Europe, he tried to explore cities and thus broaden his horizons instead of just remaining in the role of a spectator. In this interdisciplinary course, we will do the same: we will actively explore the urban landscape, track down the unknown and turn Weimar's urban space into our classroom.

The example of Weimar: Change your view on urban structures!


The city of Weimar is characterised by its history, its cultural significance and its diverse architectural levels. But is Weimar really the city described in travel brochures and tourist guides? From alternative perspectives, we focus on urban phenomena off the beaten track and look at what we as urban designers and urbanists can learn from these phenomena.

Same paths – different experiences

In this course, you will learn and apply experimental methods of exploration and documentation to discover and visualize everyday experiences in peripheral, everyday and underrepresented urban landscapes in Weimar. Periphery means not only the edges of the city, but also places and spaces off the usual tourist tracks. Using practical techniques such as active walking with the help of flaneurie (see W. Benjamin), strollology (see L. Burgkhardt) and dérive (see The Situationists), we will track down the seemingly banal and everyday of urban live together.

The goal: exciting, innovative approaches to urban space – and an alternative city guide

At the end of the course, you will be able to approach urban space in new, different ways and to analyse and communicate urban situations with an innovative, interdisciplinary view. In addition, the tangible result of the City Lab Weimar will be a group exhibition and a compendium of alternative city guides for undiscovered everyday urban spaces.

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«
ONLY COMPLETE AND CORRECTLY NAMED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!

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. 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you next year. Registration and application for our summer courses will be possible as of January 2021 at the latest. If you have questions, always feel very welcome to contact us at any time!
With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.