In collaboration with TU Berlin, Senior Lecturer Katrin Bohn will be teaching a four week long summer course to be held in Berlin as part of the TU Berlin Summer University. With a focus on urban space, this summer course explores how food in all its aspects from producing to marketing to selling to composting can become a better integrated part of our cities and of urban design. Urban agriculture projects in Berlin will serve as live examples to be studied and as sites for practical growing/building experience.
The course is suitable for participants who want to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in urban food growing and the design of food-productive urban space. It might of particular benefit to participants from architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning and product design backgrounds who have an interest in the subject area.
Focus of the course are the effects and consequences that our current (and future) way of feeding cities has on the shape, use and quality of urban space. When exploring this, we especially look at urban food production and work with Berlin as our case study.
Employing methods of design research, we will carry out our investigations in an academic environment that allows theoretical and practice-based exploration of the subject as well as interdisciplinary collaboration between students of urban design, urban planning, product design, architecture, civil engineering and landscape architecture. As this subject area can be approached from a variety of angles, the course also welcomes further particular interests and experiences the prospective students may bring.
Urban agriculture projects in Berlin will serve as live examples to be studied and as sites for practical growing/building experience. Students will have the opportunity to get to know some Berlin-based food-growing projects in greater detail by being engaged in research, gardening and/or building activities that will be jointly planned and carried out by the students and the project’s participants. Co-design and co-building methods will guide our work.
The course will run from 11th June to 5 July 2018 and is accredited by the Technical University of Berlin (5 ECTS points). It is taught in English and open to students from around the world. More details can be found here:
Registration is online via the “Register” button on the Summer University website (see link above) or by copying this link into your browser: http://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/summer_university/register/