Germany, Weimar

Community Engagement in Architecture and Urbanism

when 18 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

This course will introduce urban planners, designers, and architects to the process of community engagement, and methods for building consensus for a design vision for an urban development site.

Projects proposed within the public realm of our cities always require open discourse, consent, and team work to be successful in the long term, whether the project is an entire city district, a site, a plaza, or a public art piece. As architects, planners, and designers we cannot only be preoccupied with design; we also must listen to clients, stakeholders, city government, and the community, and effectively communicate with all of them. Part of our role is to take on social responsibility for shaping the future of our cities.

This ’hands-on’ course explores communication processes and methods for the development and representation of design ideas in a democratic context.

The course will be organized in the following phases:

Analysis:
In the first phase, you will work on an analysis of the project site during a site visit and documentation of site conditions through media tools of your choice (e.g. video, audio, photography, drawing etc.). You will then conduct research on relevant planning regulations, previous planning processes, stakeholder interests, citizen groups, organizations, and the city’s objectives. Part of the analysis phase will be a discussion of your individual experience in your country of origin with public participation and planning processes and the identification of relevant stakeholders and their interests, and how these experiences may compare to other countries.

Participation strategy:
Following the analysis phase, you and your student team will develop a participation strategy, and decide on an appropriate method or medium to allow for inclusionary outreach. Goal is to reach as many impacted community members as possible and to actively engage them into the discussion about the proposed project, e.g. through interactive public events, interaction on site, online media platforms, or solicitation of video or photo submissions.

In two workshops, you and your team will present respective interim results. Together, we will evaluate your presentations and approaches, and guide you towards the completion of a final product or presentation.

Course leader

Heidi Sokolowsky & Maren Moegel

Target group

This course is directed to students of all levels in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Filmmaking, Multimedia or Graphic and Environmental Design.

Course aim

In this course you will be introduced to tools and methods for decision-making processes, which may assist you in becoming a versatile and effective partner in urban planning projects and processes, whether you are an urbanist, designer or communications expert.

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