This international Planning Studio aims to debate on the implementation of current planning projects in Medellin, Colombia, specifically examining the Green Metropolitan Belt proposal. It proposes to build up models for alternative intervention in the urban fringe involving community actors as crucial planning partners. Main partners are National University of Colombia-Medellin, Columbia University, International University of Catalunya and the Planning and Management Council of Commune 8 (CPG).
"The boundary is not a
spatial fact with sociological consequences, but a sociological fact that forms
itself spatially." (Georg Simmel, 1997: 142)
This workshop provides a platform for
conducting pedagogical proposals that, in turn, serve to address the needs of
communities and develop technical skills in students. By delving into a real,
local problem we hope to generate a place for reflection on the complex
socio-spatial issues facing interdisciplinary planning exercises, and explore
the ethical and professional responsibilities that arise when interacting with
partners. The role of the workshop in the master’s program is to create an academic
work that poses the unique challenges of real-world interdisciplinary planning projects.
The workshop is an educational experiment that is part of a collaborative
initiative with the Master of Urban Planning at Columbia University - New York
and a Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Housing
International University of Catalonia - Barcelona.
This exercise develops the curriculum in
core subjects of the respective Masters programs; for this first version of the
joint workshop, the focus will be the improvement and regularization of
informal settlements in the border. General objective of the workshop:
Produce a critical debate
on the border intervention strategies through the expansion, discussion and
review of related theoretical and applied strategies staged in other contexts.
In addition, we seek to build a consensus among community, institutional and
academic actors in order to produce a model of intervention in the urban edge. Agenda: