Community Redevelopment in a Regional Context:
More Columbus-Dresden syllabi
Hazel A. Morrow-Jones
Ohio State University
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Introduction | Class Meetings | Group Projects | Books | Grading | Trip Notes
We have the unusual opportunity of working electronically with a seminar at the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) during the quarter, continuing our work in the field by visiting Dresden in June, and then completing our work by hosting our German colleagues in Columbus in August. The class will be conducted in English or, when German is necessary, with a translator.
The course is international in scope and experimental in nature. Consequently all participants need to be as flexible as possible to take advantage of opportunities or to work around problems as they arise. This syllabus describes my best estimate of our situation. Please feel free to suggest changes or other ways of doing things.
The class will meet at least once a week during Spring Quarter. We will meet in Brown Hall 274 at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. We may need to discuss additional class meetings.
At least once during the quarter, I would like to have a social gathering at my home and we may also decide to have some class meetings there. Last year, we discovered that one day a week wasn't really enough time for the discussions and material we wanted to cover. Class meetings will usually involve discussion and short presentations from class members. The discussions will focus on readings, questions, and concerns from class members in either country.Topics:
During the quarter we will examine various redevelopment problems and solutions in the literature about the U.S. We also need to prepare background papers for our German colleagues and make the arrangements for their visit to the U.S. That visit will include fieldwork, so we will set up the field sites and plan each assignment.
During the quarter we will also try to prepare everyone as much as possible for the trip to Dresden. Consequently, class time will also be spent hearing about and discussing Germany and the German planning system (there will also be readings on these topics), as well as familiarizing everyone with Dresden and its surroundings.
Each class member will be part of a cross-national team for a group project. Depending on the size of the two classes, there may be more than one member of each class in each group.
During the first ten weeks (before we travel to Germany) students will read extensively, work with their groups to write background papers, and undertake a variety of small assignments. Some of those assignments will require that the American students get information from their German colleagues and vice versa. The background papers must be ready by the end of spring quarter so that your colleagues can read them before coming to the U.S. (they will send you papers for the same purpose).
W. Dennis Keating and Norman Krumholz (eds).
Peter Medoff and Holly Sklar.
June Manning Thomas.
And others.We will read a great deal of other material, but it will mainly be from the shelves of our conference/reference room (the back office - it is labeled as TUD/OSU Conference room - in Brown 289). 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.
30% Background Paper
15% Posters in Dresden
15% Individual Journal
Group Project Due Dates:
Please note that the summer quarter class, CRP 816 in the second term, is also required. In that class you will participate in the return visit of the German students to the U.S. and in the completion of a final group paper with your German colleagues.
After spring quarter is over, we will travel to Dresden for two weeks of intensive fieldwork. The fieldwork may involve visiting developments; interviewing planning officials, developers, etc.; collecting data; doing survey work . . . and lots of other things.
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 August, the TUD students will come to Columbus for fieldwork here. Part of your work for CRP 816 will include participating actively for those two weeks, so please plan your summer schedules accordingly.For background information on Columbus and Dresden, see:
Some examples of the kinds of tasks we'll need to get done over the course of the seminar include:
Keep track of what contributions you have made (I may not realize all the things you've done or forget in the rush of other things going on) and include the list as a separate page with your journal when you turn it in.
Everyone in class will keep a journal. The document may include text, photos, drawings, and materials you pick up on trips, and so on. I suggest that you keep the journal very honestly and completely for yourself, and then edit it if you feel the need for more privacy before you hand it in. At different times in the quarter, I will give you lists of questions I'd like you to think about and answer in your journal - this may be especially useful for the video conferencing events. I am trying to do several things with this assignment:
The journals will be due August 24, 2001.