On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, from 8.45 – 10.30, the second event in introducing Complex cities graduations takes place in BK-CZ B. This event will be attended by all graduation students and around 10 mentors from the Randstad Research Group. The event will take the form of a workshop during which Complex cities graduations will be discussed.

One aim of the workshop is to advise students on appropriate analytical knowledge, the societal relevance of their project (the norms and values that may matter therein) and the institutional context they are operating in. Its main aim is to illustrate and discuss differences among graduation projects: the weight they place on these issues, how issues are related and what the roles of planning, research and design are in graduation projects therefore (for inspiration, see  here).

Students are shaping the discussion. They will first reflect on a set of initial questions: What kind of region/city do you investigate? What perception of the built environment do you pursue? What kind of norms and values drive your project? Why is it important and urgent? And: How do you want to engage? Who are you as an author of your project and who is your audience?

From answers to these initial questions we will deduct common fields of interests and group students/mentors accordingly. During a set of group sessions students will have the opportunity to discuss their input with mentors who share their interests.  During a final plenary discussion we will discuss the role of knowledge, values and norms and actors/institutions in graduations.

Student’s input: Identifying common fields of interest

  • 8.45 – 9.00:    Introduction to the Complex cities workshop (Verena Balz, mentors).
  • 9.00 – 9.10:    Student’s input: An inventory of keywords.
  • 9.10 – 9.30:    Identifying fields of interest.

Group sessions: Discussing fields of interest

  • 9.30 – 9.45:    Group session 1: Advise on knowledge, relevance and the institutional setting.
  • 9.45 – 10.00:  Group session 2: Advise on knowledge, relevance and the institutional setting.
  • (10.00 – 10.15: Group session 3: Advise on knowledge, relevance and the institutional setting.)

Plenary discussion: Relating knowledge, values/norms and institutional settings

  • 10.15 – 10.30: Discussing differences among graduation projects: What is in the lead? Analytical knowledge? An urgent problem? A (planning) approach? How are issues related? What is the role of design, research and planning in graduation projects?

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