Course contents *
An intensive placemaking studio introducing students to the European and Global context, specifically, European countries in economic and political transition and Developing countries in transformation; Focusing again on the public realm but this time with attention to the socio-spatial perspective of public realm under urban renewal, spatial transformation, or -and landscape transmutations. The modules (4 and 5) will provide the basis for the content that is needed to accomplish this studio. Students work again collaboratively to produce a project that is either design based, or in the form of a strategic proposal for a specific urban development project on the neighborhood or city district level. The settings for the studio case might range from European Global cities like London, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Moscow to International Global ones such as Caracas, Lagos, Mumbai, Detroit, Shanghai, Tokyo and others. The work will be based on a conrete case study and work at the site including a urban design charrette workshop on the reordering of public life through interventions. During this workshop, students will participate in workshops, city tours, site visits, and public lectures. This studio, the project and the workshop aim to investigate the complex intersection of the cityscape, social life, human behavior, intervention approaches and different hierarchies of governance through the prism of realities on site. Placemaking is in the heart of the studio, very much related to local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.