Iden­ti­fying and Over­co­ming the Urban Divides
Politechnika Gdańska
Prof. Dr. Piotr Lorens
Prof. Dr. Izabela Mironowicz
Katedra Urbanistyki i Planowania Regionalnego

The course has been desi­gned to make students aware of the urban divides which appear in diffe­rent contexts within contem­porary cities and of the ways of dealing with them, using instru­ments origi­na­ting from archi­tec­ture, urban design and plan­ning. The issues studied during the course have become a part of the diploma course at the Course of Archi­tec­ture, Master’s level studies. Based on the general outline of the issues (as provided by TU Berlin) as well as analysis of the contem­porary urban plan­ning docu­ments (like i.e Euro­pean Urban Agenda and / or Leipzig Charter each of the students is supposed to select his/​her own case study and define the “urban divide” problem asso­ciated with this topic. On that basis a short project is to be deve­loped, inclu­ding the following elements:

  • selec­tion, descrip­tion and justi­fi­ca­tion of the “border­city case study” – with the strong prefe­rence towards the cases asso­ciated with student’s diploma works;
  • defi­ni­tion of the “urban divide” asso­ciated with the selected case study – and reflec­tion on the nature and problems asso­ciated with this “border­city issue”; these “urban divides” may be asso­ciated with both physical, envi­ron­mental, social and / or economic aspects of the parti­cular urban setting;
  • sugges­tion how these “border­city issues” can be dealt with – meaning how the problems may be solved and “urban divides” may be over­come; at this stage refe­rences to other cases / projects are welcome;
  • concept/​proposal of the solu­tion for the selected site / issue – in a form of clear concept / idea / stra­tegy that can be employed in the parti­cular setting;
  • arran­ging the archi­tec­tural / urban layout, being the trans­la­tion of the solu­tion iden­ti­fied into the possible spatial inter­ven­ti­onon the selected site.