Planning Complex Cities graduations are engaged with spatial development in various parts of the world; their focus is on the Global South, China, and European regions. A critical condition of graduations is in the acquisition of data and information about often distant cases. This upcoming session of the workshop series Key methodology of Planning Complex Cities graduations is dedicated to assisting students in the preparation of this acquisition, in particular via field work. Many students seek to visit the areas of their attention, during self-organized excursions. The session will help them to plan visits in both conceptual and practical terms. Questions that will be discussed during the session are listed below:

  • Pre-conditions of field work: What data and information are available, prior to field work? How can this data and information be accessed? And how does this prior knowledge determine field work?
  • Preparation of field work/academic standards: How should field work be prepared, so it meets academic standards? What kind of data and information do you need to obtain? How (by which methods) do you plan to obtain data and information?
  • Preparation of field work/practical issues: How should field work be prepared, so it meets practical requirements (e.g. funding, local contacts / counterparts, accommodation)?
  • Field work/practical issues: Do’s and do not do’s during field work, safety issues, ethics, the role of culture, …  

The session will be attended by former and current Planning Complex Cities students who have undertaken field work recently. As experienced peers they will play a central part as advisories. We would like to thank them very much for their attendance in advance!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
8.45-10.45, Room 01.West.620
Key methodology of Planning Complex Cities graduations: Field work

8.45 – 9.00 Field work as a research approach
By Arie Romein
9.00 – 9.15 – Q&A

Discussion groups
9.30 – 10.45
Imagining (European) Regions
By Verena Balz, Esmee Stalenberg, and Anne Marije Bodde

Inclusive Cities of the Global South
By Arie Romein, Mona zum Felde, Beke Hörmann, Carolina Eboli, and Chris Bartman (optional)

Transforming Chinese Cities
By Lei QU


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