In this module, the International Model Project Forum is prepared in different steps. The seminar’s goal is to exchange about and learn from different projects in the field of urban practice where third semester students have been involved during their Model Project semester in the winter semester 2018/19. The seminar challenges students to contextualise the own individual practical work and research experience into a broader context of reflective urban practice and research. This allows participants to deepen the understanding between practice and theory, to contribute real-world-experience in a reflective way and to develop a own set of interdisciplinary approaches within their individual professional role. The seminar also prepares students to hold a lecture dedicated to the International Model Project Forum, which closes as a highlight of the academic training. For this public academic event International Model Project Partners are invited to the forum as senior experts and critiques to the student presentations.
Course structure and requirements
The seminar mainly consist of three phases and is accompanied through a virtual class-room, including a guided course with specific due dates, individual and groupwise online-consultations, life-meetings of the entire group and P2P-meetings as well as video-based presentation-coaching through Adobe Connect.
Course requirements include a final presentation, an interim report and a final report (25-30 pages) which is handed in online and as a printed version. After final rehearsals the module closes with the 19th International “Model Project Forum” (end of April 2019), requiring students attendance in Weimar or any selected place where the forum tales place. The forum fosters a critical but practice -related discussion among students and model project partners who are attending as guest critiques.
In this module students develop an in-depth understanding and exchange about professional fields dedicated to integrated urban development in an international context. Participants reflect the self-positioning and self-understanding of their professional role in the sense of ‘Reflective Practice’ related to urban strategies and interdisciplinary planning approaches. The final goals is to focus individual experiences about ‘Good Practice’ through adequate professional project-based training and praxis reflection.
Participation is mandatory for third semester students in Integrated Urban Development and Design – Reflective Urban Practice (IUDD-RUP).
Class based on continuous and active participation.