Alain Thierstein and Manfred Walser
Lukas Gilliard, Nadia Alaily-Mattar and Alain Thierstein
This contribution presents the pedagogy of the first-year design studio of the interdisciplinary master programme in Urbanism, Landscape and City at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The programme is designed for early career professionals with a first academic degree in an urban development related discipline. The programme’s pedagogy is based on the assumption that the competencies for steering urban development are distributed among various disciplines, thus calling for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. So far, tendencies for specialisation and academic compartmentalization challenge the adoption of such approaches, which would require new tools and methods to engage design-based disciplines with the social and economic sciences and the humanities. The need to develop new pedagogies in this area is urgent. The pedagogy presented in this chapter combines trend analyses with methods of data analysis and design that are spatially oriented. This combination allows a discursive process-oriented planning approach that enables students from various disciplines to work collaboratively. This is a particularly pressing task in the context of contemporary conditions of urbanism, which undermine the effectiveness of the established instruments of urban planning thus threatening spatial planning with political insignificance.