Urban Design in Contemporary European Cities

Urban Design in Contemporary European Cities

Facing the Impact of the Second World War: Urban Design in Contemporary European Cities.

An international urban design workshop coordinated by Cracow University of Technology in cooperation with partner universities – Delft Technical University, HAWK Hildesheim – University of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as HTW Dresden University of Applied Sciences. A teaching programme with scientific research application, it was conducted in the years 2009 – 2014 as an LLP Erasmus Intensive Programme.

The workshop featured cities which were particularly affected by the events of the Second World War, including: Oświęcim (2009), Rotterdam (2011) and Dresden (2012). A total number of 124 students participated in the programme, and they were from: Poland, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey as well as from South Korea, Singapore, China and Iran. The value of the EU LLP Erasmus funding was 99,452 euros. The programme also received funding from the participating universities and local governments. The EU grant for the programme was obtained, and the whole project was coordinated, by the team of prof. Krzysztof Bieda and dr. Kinga Racoń-Leja (general coordinator of the programme).

The CUT Faculty of Architecture was also represented by: Anna Palej – doctor habilitatus, associate professor at CUT, dr. Bartłomiej Homiński and M. Palej, M.Arch. The jury of the final competition organised within the programme included: Anna Franta – doctor habilitatus, associate professor at CUT and dr. Bogusław Podhalański, whereas Krystyna Paprzyca, doctor habilitatus, associate professor at CUT, and dr. Jacek Czubiński collaborated in the works of the jury. Professors Marc Schoonderbeek, Micha de Haas and Eelco Dekker represented TU Delft in the programme, HAWK Hildesheim was represented by prof. Michael Sprysch, arch. Thomas Kauertz and prof. Michael Wagner while HTW Dresden had its representatives in prof. Angela Mensing-de Jong and prof. Cornelius Scherzer.

The project external experts included inter alia: prof. dr. Niels Gutschow, M.J. Aarts – the architect of the City of Rotterdam, prof. Michiel Redijk, Marc Veldman – OMA ; 2012 Architects, Paul Meurs / SteenhuisMeurs; Finbarr McComb / Stereo Architects; Koos Bosma / CLUE; Arie Lengkeek / Air foundation; Jeroen de Willingen / De Zwarte Hond/ Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, dr. Barbara Engel – the architect of the City of Dresden, prof. Mathias Neutzner and prof. dr. Niels-Christian Fritsche (TU Dresden), prof. Thomas Knerer and prof. dr. Günther Bahre – Dean of HAWK Hildesheim, prof. Martin Tumm and prof. dr. Christoph Gerlah (HAWK Hildesheim).

The two-week workshop for students of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture was conducted in the form of a multi-disciplinary course. Students worked in teams of 6-7, and the working methods were based on detailed analysis of the relevant cities with the application of modern instruments, including the so-called urban mapping. In the second week of the workshop attention was focused on developing complex urban strategies, which were then presented by students and open to public debate. The work was continued within the framework of the German Gregorius  Agricola Scholarship in Dresden, and subsequently as diploma projects co-supervised by HTW Dresden (prof. A. Mensing-de Jong and prof. C. Scherzer) and FA CUT (prof. K. Bieda and dr. K. Racoń-Leja as a co-supervisor). In the years 2010 – 2014, 9 students of FA CUT successfully defended their diplomas within the programme.

The programme has won widespread recognition and appreciation, e.g. it was presented at the international conference organised by DAAD and the DG of Education and Culture Mobility and Innovation in the European Context in Bonn in 2011 as an example of the so-called best practice of projects implemented in Poland. A significant achievement of the programme is also the fact that in 2014 the German DAAD included it in its extensive publication Innovativ, Intensiv, Interdisciplinär, der Baitrag von Sommerschulen zur ERASMUS-Mobilität in Europa 2007-13. Here again we were an exception – as ours was the only programme coordinated by a Polish university.


In 2014, the competition was nominated for a prize in the prestigious competition Eduinspirations organised by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System as one of the four projects realised by an institution of higher education within the Erasmus programme. The project was most appreciated for its promotion and information dissemination as well as its continuation in the form of spin-off workshops organised in cooperation with HAWK Hildesheim (Wrocław 2012, Goerlitz/Zgorzelec 2013, Zakopane 2014) and with HTW Dresden, TU Delft, TU Chalmers-Goetteborg and University of Gent (Schierke 2013, Halle-Neustadt 2014).


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publication date: 11-02-2015    edit: 11-02-2015


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