Urban boundaries: mapping spaces in-between

Wahlmodul M.A. Arch und M. Sc. Urb.

Wintersemester 2017-18

Boundaries signify a transition between territories. During this transition spaces at boundaries are ambiguous with regard to what territory do they belong, accessibility, identity of the people present, behavioral patterns, etc. Boundaries are both here and there, both dividing and connecting, both barriers and bridges. A variety of encounters may occur due to this double-folded ambiguity and bring up new meanings to urban life. This seminar will study the boundaries of different contemporarily built residential neighborhoods in Munich and analyze the dynamic social-spatial processes that shape the perception as well as interactions on these boundaries. Experts involved in the projects are invited to share their insightful knowledge and experiences at the seminar. Exemplary cases from Beijing and other cities are offered as theoretical and methodological input, as well as inspiration for new perspectives and comparisons. The seminar is suitable for students who want to develop understandings of urban residential neighborhoods, especially their boundaries, and expand qualitative survey skills as well as mapping methods. They will work empirically and reflect on: -How are boundaries formed, perceived and transformed in an urban neighborhood? The task for each student is to discover and survey in depth one type of boundary in a selected neighborhood and communicate about the findings, through which he/she will learn to formalize concepts and findings into unique maps fitting to the context step by step. Depending on the number of students, up to twelve neighborhoods (see appendix) will be analyzed. The students are expected to produce survey reports in groups of two.