Cities are colourful places where diverse people live together. They are social spaces of coming together, they are industrial and economic spaces for work and livelihood; they are spaces for art and culture. They are places of refuge for people with great longing and places for lost dreams. Cities have structure and yet are subject to chaos; they are characterized by strength and resilience and yet are vulnerable to the forces of nature.Cities are our home. They are spaces in which we move mechanically, but which at the same time open up great potential for creative freedom. They are spaces that we use, exploit, appreciate or ignore. Spaces in which we come together with familiar faces and strange figures to exchange ideas, to learn about new perspectives and ways of life, to grow. At the same moment, our cities continue to grow inexorably.
Finding new waysBut how can we make the city's spaces more socially friendly and attractive? How can we come together safely in public places in times of the pandemic? How can we make our cities more climate-friendly and sustainable? What is our vision of a liveable city?
The "Urban Spaces"-Project will revolve around these and many other questions. In lectures, discussions and workshops, participants will interactively learn about the challenges and opportunities of modern urban design and together find solutions for a better way of living together. Topics such as architecture, sustainability, social spaces, public art, photography and much more will be addressed.
- When? From 20.09.2021
- Who? Students in grades 8-12 and undergraduate students
- Where? Online (Zoom)
Our project offers a wide range of different activies. Feel free to browse and join us to be part of Urban Spaces.
© Goethe-Institut What comes to your mind when you think about your own city? Which emotions come up? Which attributes would you link with your city?
As part of the Urban Spaces – Project we are inviting you to participate in a creative video campaign. Please record short videos, not longer than 30 seconds, using the phrase “My City is…” and continuing the sentence in any creative way. The best videos will be used during our events and on our Social Media channels.
- Record a short video of yourself
- A maximum of 30 seconds
- Portrait format
- Continue the sentence "My City is..."
- Use English language
- Upload the video in mp4
- Everyone can participate
Please upload the video here. We are awaiting your creative results with excitement.
Public spaces are the kit of a city. It is where we meet our fellow human beings, where we exchange ideas, where we leave our isolation and transform ourselves from individuals into communities. But how can we make these public spaces fair? How can we create accessibility for all? And what does a safe public space look like in the post-Corona city?
We would like to develop approaches to these questions in a roundtable discussion between three countries: India, Germany and Bangladesh. Three countries whose urban culture seems to differ greatly at first glance. But what commonalities can we find and how can we learn from each other?
Our guests will be Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley from the University of Stuttgart, Brinda Somaya from Mumbai, Prof. Durganand Balsavar from Chennai and Saif Ul Haque from the Bengal Institute of Architecture in Bangladesh. The discussion will be led by Arunava Dasgupta, Head of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Register here for the discussion panel.
What is the potential role and processes for architecture in community building?
Deep in the heart of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the architecture and design studio Paraa. Here, young, ambitious architects and designers are working on their own vision: a commercially sustainable studio that first focuses on the rights and desires of the respective community, examining traditional methods, social and economic conditions before a project can be realized.
Paraa’s approach to design, collaboration and working in different vulnerable urban neighbourhoods in Dhaka will be introduced to us by the director and co-founder of the studio Ruhul Abdin in his lecture.
Please register here for the lecture.
Is there a need for a shared city?
Public spaces are essential for a city. They are the places where we meet our fellow human beings, where we exchange ideas. They are places of entertainment and diversity. Here we meet each other on an equal footing. But what actually characterizes a public space? What are its challenges but also its opportunities? And how can we safely meet other people in public places even in times of pandemic?
This is what Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt from the Bauhaus University in Weimar will present in his lecture "Public Space for all - the need for a shared city".
Please register here for the lecture.
Together with Reuben Abraham, CEO of the IDFC Institute in Mumbai, we want to explore the topic of "cities" and take a look in particular at India, where cities are growing faster and more uncontrollably than in other corners of the world.
Join us and register here.
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