On Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8.45-10.45, Room BG.West.290, the second session of the series Key methodologies of Planning Complex Cities graduations will take place. Planning Complex Cities graduations are engaged with spatial development in various parts of the world. A critical condition of graduations is in the acquisition of data and information about often distant cases. Against this background, this workshop intends to assist students in the preparation of this acquisition, in particular via field work. The session will be led by Verena Balz and involve former Planning Complex Cities students as advisors. The below listed questions will be discussed.


  • 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, …

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