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.