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.