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 16: A student workshop on tactical urbanism: one day to change the 100th year neighbourhood?

Duygu Cihanger Ribeiro

Abstract

This contribution presents and critically reviews an innovative workshop that introduces urban planning students to the emerging concept of ‘tactical urbanism’. The workshop “Neighborhood Atelier” was realized in Ankara, Turkey, organized by the Chamber of City Planners with academic contributions from universities, and the support of the “100th Year Neighborhood Initiative”. The four-day workshop aimed to engage students in a more independent, hands-on and interactive learning process that differs from conventional lectures and studios. A total of twenty urban planning students from eleven different universities participated. They worked in four groups. Each group pursued their own (tactical) design ideas and implemented their project on the final day of the workshop while working in close contact with the residents. Besides unveiling new possibilities of teaching urbanism, especially within the context of Turkey, this educational experience was deemed creative, innovative and attractive in the words of a participant. The experience raises some interesting questions, in respect to a) new ways of doing urban planning, and b) the implications for planning education in light of changing perspectives on the future of cities, the nature of planning, the role of planners and of the agents of change.

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