] BRIDGES [ Brussels Masterclass

Links: TISS 280.428pdf.

UE Exercise / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 4.0

Aim of course

***The excursion focuses on a concept of student self-organization and will be supported by Elina Kränzle and Sabine Knierbein***

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space invites 5 students to participate in this year’s Brussels Masterclass ] BRIDGES [ jointly organized by ULB Faculté d’Architecture, Laboratory on Urbanism, Infrastructure and Ecologies (Louise) http://archi.ulb.ac.be/ and VUB, Cosmopolis research centre, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (STeR) www.cosmopolis.be.

Research by design is increasingly important in both academic and practicing environment. Because of the increasingly complex spatial challenges, various scenarios need to be checked through design research to lead through iterative processes to a project definition, development, partnership and concrete design. The discipline of research by design bridges the gap between academic knowledge and policy making. The design and research policies can be powered with visions that are open to debate.

Subject of course

The topic of this masterclass is embedded in the general theme of the progressively more densely populated city, which has to cope with the needs of new housing and working spaces. Nevertheless, the theme of the Masterclass focuses on fractures and disconnections. In Brussels a number of large fractures exist in different forms: they are often infrastructures that not only separate two shores of one another but entire neighbourhoods, or overlooked connections between densely used urban places that require necessary interventions linking important economic areas, social facilities and various infrastructures.

The necessary connections can be more than a connection from A to B, but a full-fledged sociospatial intervention that can construct or re-construct the sense of an urban place stitching neighbourhoods, bringing dialogue, opening to discussions and social engagement. In Brussels only few connections are real public spaces. Most of the bridges over the canal in the centre are unattractive, dominated by traffic and often without inviting facilities. The Pentagon also seems completely separated from the first crown by the gates, tunnels, bridges and complex intersections. Therefore there¿s a need for making new connections in Brussels.

Additional Information

Duration of the course: 02.-13. November 2015

accompanied by Elina Kränzle: 2nd to 6th November, final feedback by Sabine Knierbein: 13th November

Accomodation and lunches will be provided, transport is to be paid by the students (flights from Bratislava are available from ca. 50€ both ways).

Registration modalities

Please send your letter of motivation (English, one page) until September 30th 2015 to elina.kraenzle@skuor.tuwien.ac.at and info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at.