Phase III – 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: what are the pressing socio-political issues relating to urbanization, how should they be responded to in public space, and which current issues in urban practice are oriented toward academic education? 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 includes principles of fair construction, planning, and design that are increasingly relevant as the local sites of action being studied are increasingly “globalized”. This trend follows 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, such as that at UN-Habitat, 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. The most urgent issues of global urbanization are discussed from different cultural, ethnic, and humanitarian perspectives in the context of public spaces in cities across five continents. The subject of these considerations is the development and intensification of a Fair Building / Fair Planning approach corresponding to the UN Convention on Human Rights.