Transformation at the Urban Edge:
Ohio State University
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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We have the unusual opportunity of working electronically with a seminar at the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) during the quarter and then completing our work in the field by visiting Dresden in June and hosting our German colleagues in Columbus in late August. The class will be conducted in English or, when German is necessary, with a translator. As far as I know this kind of exchange in which students, professors and planning professionals from two countries work together electronically and then exchange visits for field work is unique – I know of no other example of this level of cooperation. Take advantage of it!
The course is international in scope and experimental in nature. This requires a high level of maturity, flexibility, dedication to this class, and responsibility from the participants in order to take advantage of opportunities or to work around problems as they arise. This syllabus describes my best estimate of our plans. Please feel free to suggest changes.
One day a week is not enough time for the discussions and material we need to cover, so I have reserved space at the Hocking Hills State Park for a required class retreat from Friday evening through Sunday morning, April 14-16, 2000. Please arrange your schedules to attend the retreat. We will work out details of car pooling and other arrangements in class. The basics of lodging and food will be covered from our course funds.
In addition, I would like to have at least one social gathering at my home during the quarter and we may decide to have some class meetings there as well.
30% - Group Project
20% - Posters
15% - Individual Journal
35% - Participation
In each of these topics the group will address a variety of questions. Some will be about the need (if any) for government action at a variety of levels, the kinds of action needed, the pros and cons of governmental action, and proposals for action within the constraints of the two national systems. You will need to define your topic more clearly and to focus your research. One of the important processes involved is communicating with your partners both in the US and in Germany. The communication process is an important aspect of the group work, so do not look on it as an impediment, or something to be gotten over as quickly as possible – work with it and try to learn from your differences and miscommunications as well as from your similarities and successes.
During the ten-week seminar you will write a background paper on your group project topic for the U.S. and your German colleagues will write one on Germany.
You are required to turn in a one page statement of what you think you will do with your group topic on April 11. On April 25 you must turn in a rough outline including a listing of the resources that you plan to use (this can change and be amended, but it should be in pretty good shape by this point). The due date for your first draft is May 9, 2000. I will return them to you by May 16 and you will rewrite it (into what I will call the “travel draft”) by May 30. Each paper must be presented in both hard copy and electronic form. Before leaving for Germany, you will e-mail your travel draft to your Dresden colleagues with a copy to me as well. Completion of each group paper stage in a timely way with reasonable quality is a requirement of the group assignment and will be factored into the final project grade.
The final paper from each group will be due on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000 (or sooner, but not before the visit of the Dresden class to Columbus). This paper will use the original two background papers (one from the U.S. and one from Germany) as the base, but will continue the discussion, examining various possible solutions to the problems and issues you identified as well as discuss their positive and negative points. I may require another rewrite of this paper, depending on the level of this final draft.
Everyone will be assigned an incomplete until these papers are turned in (electronic and hard copy) and rewritten if requested.
After spring quarter is over, we will travel to Dresden for two weeks of intensive field work. The field work may involve visiting developments; interviewing planning officials, developers, and others; collecting data; doing survey work; . . . . . and lots of other things. Unless you have specifically arranged it with me, I expect you to make the trip with us, and for that two weeks, to remain with the group and undertake all of the activities that our hosts plan for us.
In the second half of August the TUD students will come to Columbus for fieldwork here. I expect that everyone will be able and willing (in fact, eager!) to participate actively for the two weeks they will be here. If you are working, try to arrange your schedules so that you will have time to attend our events (all day every day for two weeks – there will be social events in the evenings too). I will offer CRP 816 in the second term of summer quarter so that you can get course credit for strong participation with the Dresden students’ visit.
Activities during these times are part of the participation grade (see below).For background information on Columbus and Dresden, see:
Ideally, everyone in class will attend all sessions, will travel to Dresden with us, and will be available in August to work with the Dresden students when they come here. The final aspects of the group projects cannot be completed until the Columbus field portion of the class is done – and that will happen in August.
Some examples of the kinds of tasks we’ll need to get done over the course of the seminar include:
Keep track of what you contributions you have made (I may not realize all the things you’ve done or forget in the rush of other things happening) and include the list as a separate page with your journal when you turn it in.
Note that this is the single largest part of your grade.
I am trying to do several things with this assignment:
The journals will be due Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000.
I recommend (you might want to have these at class meetings and, especially, at the retreat):
Laubach and Nivola are required. Downs and Sachs, et. al. are recommended.
Downs, Anthony. 1994. New Visions for Metropolitan America. The Brookings Institution: Washington, D.C.
Laubach, Susan. 1999. Don’t Lose your Memory: Writing the Journey Journal. The Oakleaf Press: Richmond, VA.
Nivola, Pietro S. 1999. Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America. Brookings Institution Press: Washington, D.C.
Sachs, Wolfgang, Reinhard Loske, Manfred Linz, et. al. (translated by Timothy Nevill) 1998. Greening the North: A Post-Industrial Blueprint for Ecology and Equity. Zed Books: London.
We will read a great deal of other material, but it will mainly be from the shelves of our conference/reference room (an office inside room 289 Brown Hall). You can copy whatever you want, but I would prefer that things not leave that room except to be photocopied and returned. That will help protect the resources for other students in this class and for future classes.