Urban Africa. Scenario Thinking in the Context of Rapid Urbanization: Tools and Strategies
Urban growth and rural-to-urban migration at a breath-taking speed in sub-Sahara Africa lead to significant transformations at almost every level. The ongoing and expected processes of rapid urbanization force urban designers, urban planners, and architects to apply new methods and planning strategies. Instead of rolling out classic masterplans there is a high need of a critical, discursive and inclusive urban design thinking to implement and manage the processes that will guide the upcoming transformation.
Since urban planning refers to the future, forecasts, projections and trends serve as a basis for designing cities. Strategic planning explores possible future developments by creating visions and formulating objectives under the consideration of complex correlations often of the field of urban design and planning. In order to design strategies for emerging urban centers appropriate methods are needed. Scenario thinking understood as a research method investigates at the beginning of an urban design process possible, desirable, and normative urban futures.
The Spring School » Urban Africa. Scenario Thinking in the Context of Rapid Urbanization: Tools and Strategies « will investigate and apply tools and strategies of scenario thinking in the field of urban design and planning. Students will attend lectures from academics and professionals from different fields such as climate-responsive design, landscape planning, scenario thinking, actor-based design, and modelling, among other, in order to develop their own scenarios in mixed groups with PhD and Master students from Ethiopia and Germany. Visions and scenarios developed in diagrams, maps, plans, and pictures will be presented to and discussed with experts at the end of the spring school. Case studies are emerging towns in Ethiopia.
The international group of students will discover the unique atmosphere of the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, explore the city of Stuttgart, and work in concentrated atmosphere in the lake Constance region.
The Spring School aims to prepare future professionals for the complex tasks in the field of urban design and city planning against the backdrop of rapid urbanization. The latter includes issues such as population growth, equitable distribution of and access to infrastructure and natural resources as well as the mitigation of the impacts of the expected climate change.
Schedule and deadlines:
07 January 2019, 12 PM (noon), CET
Publication of call for applications
28 January 2019
04 February 2019
Selection and notification of successful scholarship recipients
04 February 2019
Application for visa to Germany/travel preparations
22 April 2019
Outbound flight to Germany
23 April 2019
Start of Spring School
03 May 2019
End of Spring School
04 May 2019
Return flight to Ethiopia