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Teaching Day UA - 2 Dezembro 2015

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Interação com a comunidade - Paulo Silva (DCSPT)

  1. 1. Teaching spatial planning with municipalities Paulo Silva paulosilva@ua.pt Departamento de Ciências Sociais, Políticas e do Território, Universidade de Aveiro
  2. 2. Introduction Challenges faced by spatial planning (Silva, Farrall, 2016) A main reason to “submerge” students in more professional contexts
  3. 3. The Context – spatial planning in the UA: • 1st Portuguese institution to launch a BsC on regional and urban planning (PRU) program (1983) | 1st Portuguese school to become a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP); • Minor on Spatial Planning and Urbanism / 1st cycle of Public Administration | Master program of Regional and Urban Planning • Focus on governance, collaborative rationale, multi- level approaches
  4. 4. The Context – spatial planning in Esmoriz and Ovar Esmoriz: • Needing a planning approach (2nd city of Ovar, close to Porto metropolitan area and NUTII Norte) • Aiming for partnership with the university of Aveiro. Municipality of Ovar: • Providing institutional and logistic support
  5. 5. The process involving Around 45 UA students from 2 yrs x 2 cycles 4 universities including teachers, guests and students (Aveiro, Lisboa, Porto, Gdansk) 1 municipality (Ovar) 3 parishes (Esmoriz, Cortegaça, Maceda)
  6. 6. • Visit to the site with local authorities (Esmoriz). • Local authorities’ talk with the students (Aveiro). • Talks with planners from the municipality of Ovar (Esmoriz). • Public presentation (Esmoriz); • Seminars with municipality of Espinho planner and prof. Fatima Alves from UA (Aveiro); • Exhibition of works during the Esmoriz Urbanism Meeting (Esmoriz); 2013 / 2014, 2nd semester
  7. 7. 2014 / 2015, 1st semester • Studio works extended to 3 parishes – Esmoriz, Cortegaça and Maceda - involving 2 PRU master program curricular units - Urban Forms (1st year), Urban Regeneration Policies (2nd year) • Students from 1st cycle of Public Administration / Minor of Spatial Planning and Urbanism produced models from urban spaces of Esmoriz (curricular unit of Representations of Space).
  8. 8. 2014 / 2015, 2nd semester • Urban Planning (PRU) studio works were extended to three parishes of Ovar – Esmoriz, Cortegaça and Maceda. • Urban Design studio works focused on specific areas of Esmoriz (BsC Public Administration, minor of Spatial Planning and Urbanism). • Joint visits to Esmoriz were organized. • Master students prepared session to 1st cycle students on Esmoriz urban structures.
  9. 9. • An international workshop took place during the 1st week of June. • Results were presented at the 2nd Esmoriz urbanism meeting (12.06.2015). 2014 / 2015, 2nd semester (cont.)
  10. 10. 2013/14 2014/2015 1st semester 2nd semester 1st semester 2nd semester UA & municipality of Ovar / parish of Esmoriz Getting together Experimenting Moderate public exposure Exploring in new curricular units Re-formulating previous experiences Enhancing public exposure Regional and Urban Planning MSc program Oct. - 1st contact between Esmoriz local authorities and MPRU Esmoriz as case study for Urban Planning studio classes Studio work extended to Cortegaça and Maceda Public Administration BSc program | Spatial Planning and Urbanism minor Esmoriz as a basis for Spatial Representations studio classes Esmoriz as case study for Urban Design studio classes The Process (looking back)
  11. 11. The Outcomes for the students: A better understanding of public institutions’ expectations and urban agents’ dynamics; A more “down to earth” approach; An interaction of students and urban agents in a not totally exposed context.
  12. 12. The Outcomes for local authorities: It allows external insights; It gives space to experimentation; It eases public interaction mixing more formal and more informal contexts; Helps to improve communication channels with local communities.
  13. 13. And some risks Of over-using the same case study | territory Of missing the balance between theory and practice (from too “academic” to too “professional”)
  14. 14. Final Ideas Dare to improvise if that means to grasp the opportunity; To be flexible and adapt methods to students needs; To give importance to public exposure, fieldtrips, agents’ interaction; To not over do it! An alternative to students without the “traditional” architectural skills.
  15. 15. References SILVA, P., (2014), «Teaching urban form in public administration context: aims and challenges», in OLIVEIRA, V., PINHO, P., BATISTA, L., PATATAS, T. (eds.), Our common future in urban morphology, FEUP, Porto, p. 394 SILVA, P., FARRALL, H., (2016), «Lessons from informal settlements: a ‘peripheral’ problem with self-organising solutions», in DE ROO, G., ZHANG, S. (eds.), Town Planning Review, special issue Self-Organization and Spatial Planning, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool
  16. 16. Obrigado!

Teaching Day UA - 2 Dezembro 2015

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