Habitat Unit

Lecture Series, WiSe 2023/24
Prof. Anke Hagemann

Global City Local Spaces 

First meeting:
October 24, 12-2pm

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Cities do not develop as planners want: Since the origins of modern planning the discipline struggles to position itself between the paradigm of control and the more messy reality of application. With the critique of modernist planning, new approaches and role definitions have been formulated which expose planning not as an isolated, hermetic discipline, but as a complex, dynamic, multi-disciplinary, situated and mostly open-ended process involving a multitude of voices and actors. 

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This lecture series will focus on different theoretical and analytical approaches to urban settlements, global urbanisation and transformation as well as on the practice of urban planning. It is structured in three blocks, addressing key questions such as: How can one define the urban as a field of inquiry and planning practice in a planetary perspective? How is the knowledge base of planning generated by different disciplines and across geographies of expertise and power? How can one build an understanding of the co-production of urban space as a toolbox for more inclusionary, sustainable and just planning and design strategies?

The principle of making the co-production and the open borders of urban planning knowledge explicit also informs the setup of the lecture series: In order to represent the spectrum of approaches to urban design and research at Habitat Unit, the lecture brings together multiple voices by researchers and practitioners in the fields of planning, architecture, urban studies and sociology. Students are encouraged to develop a (self)critical awareness of the broader context and multidisciplinary field in which planners operate. This should facilitate (not limit) their creative involvement in forging more beautiful, just, and sustainable urban environments.

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Course Information +

Lecture, 3 ECTS
Wahlpflicht WP
MA UD, MA Arch, MA SRP, MA Arch T

Teaching day
Tuesdays, 12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

First meeting
24th of October 2023
Room: A053 (IfA) 

during first lecture

Teaching Staff
Prof. Anke Hagemann


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