LAB of Inclusive Urbanism as a Format to Educate Urban Designers

Authors

  • Angela Mensing-de Jong Faculty of Architecture | Technical University of Dresden
  • Kinga Racon-Leja Faculty of Architecture | Cracow University of Technology CUT
  • Jana Zdrahálová Faculty of Architecture | Czech Technical University Prague

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DOI:

10.7480/rius.6.98

Keywords:

Inclusive Urbanism LAB, didactic format, strategic approach development, local stakeholders’ platform, urban education exchange, mapping presentation methods

Abstract

In this paper we discuss the didactic method known as the LAB, a short intensive programme in urban design developed in the years 2009-2019 by various Faculties of Architecture including the Technical University of Dresden, the Cracow University of Technology and the Czech Technical University in Prague.

The main aim of this contribution is to introduce the LAB format in urban design education, stressing its innovative and inclusive aspects. The LAB includes the formulation of a spatial strategy based on the existing urban identity as well as socioeconomic and demographic conditions of a location; it brings a unique set of participants, collaborators and stakeholders to a site, which is indispensable for an inclusive approach. The LAB provides a valuable format in addition to standard studio projects in urban design education.

The preparatory phase involves an analysis of the case study, conducted remotely using geo-data portals and with information provided by the local administration. To foster inclusiveness in this analytical phase, it is necessary to take account of pre-studies as well as particular on-site experience complemented by the knowledge and expertise of local government, NGOs and local residents. In the LAB, approx. 35 to 60 students consider complex historical, political, natural and cultural conditions, placing these in the context of the current spatial and social situation of the city. The added value is also the possibility of exchanging ideas, working methods and individual mapping skills by participants from various universities, countries and curricula (such as architecture, urban design, spatial planning and landscape architecture). Furthermore, the LAB serves as a useful platform for open discussion between local stakeholders and representatives of the administration. It supports objective debate, free of potentially conflicting political and financial considerations.

How to Cite

Mensing-de Jong, A., Racon-Leja, K., & Zdrahálová, J. (2020). LAB of Inclusive Urbanism as a Format to Educate Urban Designers. Research in Urbanism Series, 6, 151-170. https://doi.org/10.7480/rius.6.98

Published

2020-09-11

Author Biographies

Angela Mensing-de Jong, Faculty of Architecture | Technical University of Dresden

Became professor for design and urban design at HTW Dresden in 2000. In September 2018 she changed to Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) as Chair of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture. 

Kinga Racon-Leja, Faculty of Architecture | Cracow University of Technology CUT

Associate professor and team research leader at the Institute of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and deputy dean for education at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology (Poland). 

Jana Zdrahálová, Faculty of Architecture | Czech Technical University Prague

Senior lecturer at the Department of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic). She is a member of the European Network for Housing Research and the coordinator of the program committee of the “Residential Buildings and Architectural Design” working group.

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