Teaching Urban and Regional Planning
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Teaching Urban and Regional Planning

Innovative Pedagogies in Practice

Edited by Andrea I. Frank and Artur da Rosa Pires

This innovative book makes the case for training future planners in new and creative ways as coordinators, enablers and facilitators. An international range of teaching case studies offer distinctive ideas for the future of planning education along with practical tips to assist in adapting pedagogical approaches to various institutional settings. Unique contributions from educational scholars contextualise the emergent planning education approaches in contemporary pedagogical debates.
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Chapter 9: Urban design studio as a critical learning space within the architecture curriculum: the evolving pedagogical approach to PROJECTO 5

Teresa Calix

Abstract

This contribution describes an evolving educational framework to establish a critical learning space to enable future architects to engage in spatial (urban) planning in the context of Portuguese contemporary society. Projecto 5 is a final year design studio in the University of Porto’s Integrated Master’s in Architecture. It is a long-established course, with its origins dating back to the late 1990s, and aims to provide planning education within the scope of an architecture programme. As such it links architectural design and urbanism through the provision of a broader and more comprehensive understanding of urban reality and change. After setting out the foundational and guiding educational principles of the course, the current educational framework is introduced. This framework accommodates recently introduced changes in both content and pedagogical practices as a response to an evolving historical context. Throughout the two decades long life-span of Projecto 5, major changes took place in Portuguese society and in the dominant (national) perceptions of the role of planning, as well as in the relevant institutional framework. Coupled with the recognition of a more complex landscape of architectural and planning approaches and broader educational requirements, the new framework seeks to enable students to develop their own research and communication processes, preparing them for the development of both, strategies for the present and future needs of society, and actions better suited to intervene in urban space.

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