Tensions and Nego­tia­tions Occur­ring around Borders
Universitatea Ion Mincu
lect.dr.arh. Vera Marin
Assoc.Prof.PhD. Arch. Claudiu Runceanu
Facultatea de Urbanism

The main objec­tives of this course are to encou­rage inte­rest and form abili­ties for applied rese­arch in urban design but also to be actively involved in events that are rele­vant to the profes­sional field of urban design and plan­ning. Thus, the methods are comple­men­ting the usual ones because there are no lectures or studio acti­vi­ties, but the course is orga­nized as a compe­ti­tion with a call for presen­ta­tions or posters (on given templates) and also, the students are to parti­ci­pate in various confe­rences, work­shops, or work as volun­teers in orga­ni­zing events in order to collect points that are reco­gnized as the 2 ECTS for this disci­pline (based on a set of rules for recognition).

For the current academic year, the call laun­ched in the begin­ning of the semester included the topic of Border­line City next to the Compact City and Equipped City ones. The students were invited to choose one of these three topics and write a short resume (maximum 500 words) on a subject connected to that topic, prac­ti­cing the formu­la­tion of applied rese­arch ques­tions, iden­ti­fying solid refe­rences, but also propo­sing a case-study to be analyzed as well as one or two profes­sio­nals to be inter­viewed. It can be indi­vi­dual work or in teams of two students and the coope­ra­tion with students from other univer­si­ties is strongly encou­raged. After selec­tion of resumes and a written feed-back on it, as well as recom­men­da­tions on profes­sio­nals who would be of help and willing to give an inter­view, students were invited to develop the presentation/​poster. They will be presented on 21st of February in a confe­rence like event (commu­ni­ca­tions session).

The topic of Border­line City was presented to the students on the basis of the Young Profes­sio­nals Shape the Future and the emphasis was placed not on the scale of physical reali­ties connected to the concept of limit/​border, but on the tensions and the needed nego­tia­tions occur­ring around borders. Also, there is a very good match between the pedago­gical objec­tives of this course that is meant to insure corre­la­tions among already acquired compe­tences in the previous 3 years of Bachelor studies and the topic of Border­line City that requires approa­ches from diffe­rent disciplines.