Freie Wahl

Dozent: Gast­pro­fessor Arun Jain

Modul: Freie Wahl M12
Umfang: 2 SWS / 3 ECTS
Veran­stal­tungstyp: SE

1. Termin: Mi. 21.10.2015
mitt­wochs 15.00 – 17.00h
Raum: B 224

There are many ways to define urban resi­li­ency. For the purposes of this seminar class, we use it as the basis for the stra­te­gies cities may deploy to respond and recover from shocks to their systems and networks, thereby provi­ding some degree of immu­nity and the ability to cope.

Although rural to urban migra­tion is as old as cities them­selves, periodic shocks such as war, famine, extreme economic distress, and climate shifts stress even the best managed urban sett­le­ments and regions. Curr­ently we see mass migra­tions from war zones in the Middle East. In a rapidly chan­ging world due in part to a casca­ding mix of envi­ron­mental and human condi­tions, it is reason­able to assume mass migra­tions and related dislo­ca­tions are likely to increase in frequency and magnitude.

How should cities, regions, and their socie­ties cope with the sudden rush of people? What is urban resi­li­ency in the face of sudden and dramatic change? How should or could cities (re)structure them­selves to accom­mo­date unex­pected pres­sures? How can tech­no­logy help in the crea­tion of suppor­tive infra­st­ruc­ture? Are there ways to realign current social systems, econo­mies, and the produc­tive patterns of cities to accom­mo­date such pres­sures? Finally, are there urban form and spatial approa­ches that would help?

This seminar class will be a shared disco­very into the above concerns. Students will do exten­sive reading, parti­ci­pate in active class discus­sions, and present the results of their personal inqui­ries in an inter­ac­tive format.


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