Phase III: 2015 – 2017

2017 Urban culture, public space and the future – Urban equity and the global agenda

Planning programs, draft plans, and the everyday cultural evidence of future cities and districts seen within projects are investigated, discussed, and placed in relation to models of future academic education. Because when climate change, resource conservation, and migration increasingly shape urban agendas, wide-reaching urban action is needed to develop a cross-border professional ethics. This claim is followed by the call to increase the focus on human rights in the education of planners, builders, and designers. With regard to global political programs with an urban focus, new developments are becoming apparent that stylize public spaces into the central places of global urban coexistence. For the students, such a global framework of thought and action represents a means to come to understand planning and design of public spaces from the perspective of the Global South, for example. Here postcolonial approaches used in planning and design come to fruition. This is about overcoming patterns of intellectual and cultural domination in favor of allowing mutual learning processes to flourish in the spirit of global and local collaboration. Read more.

2016 Urban culture, public space, and the present – Urban solidarity and european crisis

The currently existing everyday and professional cultures of urban experts are related to today’s university education of graduates who work at local and global scale. Approaches to spatial development based on solidarity that take on the everyday cultural dimensions of public life in the city and involve residents and NGOs as everyday experts are currently trendy. At present, however, serious problems like youth unemployment and impoverishment of populations are apparent in public spaces, especially in southern parts of Europe. What approaches based on solidarity, everyday culture and anti-discrimination can currently be reinforced in the planning and design of public spaces (fair sharing). Read more.

2015 Urban culture, public space, and the past – Urban peace and national welfare

Here, evolved everyday culture is set in relation to the professional culture of urban experts and the university training of its time. Various urban and professional historical periods can be addressed with urban peace. During the era of the welfare state, the university education of urban professionals was marked by the institutional relationship of municipalities to states and nations. In terms of methods, the focus is on the one hand turned toward de-escalatatory approaches of inclusive urban planning in historically crisis-ridden cities; on the other hand, the historic urban culture of particularly peaceful cities is considered. Thereby, we seek to understand urban culture and public space as important social fields for establishing and keeping societal piece in the city. Read more.