Weimar, Germany

City Lab Weimar - Exploring the Everyday

when 8 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

In addition to the class programme, we have prepared a varied social programme for you: Meet participants from all over the world during our gaming night, the international food evening, at a joint free visit to the cinema, on a trip to Berlin or Leipzig or when diving into the vast cultural options that Weimar has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Course leader

Mag. Arch. Lucas Staudinger & Dr. Christian Haid

Target group

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

Course aim

• 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

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• 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
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

500 EUR for students.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• 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