The MasterClass is a two-week process of pedagogical and scientific experimentation, including fieldwork, workshops as well as three public events: evening lectures and a conference day. Focused on urban situations taken from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) program for 2014-2020, this collective work will lead to a set of detailed practical propositions, put together in a publication.
50 people from the New School (NYC, USA), Sheffield University (UK), IUAV (Venice, Italie), 4Cities Master Programme, UCL and ULB (Belgium) will gather to address the issues of urban inclusion and the questions they raise for urban design(ers).
During these two weeks, we tryed to elaborate this notion of urban inclusion, both as a theoretical concept and as a design practice. When it comes to design so-called ‘inclusive’ spaces, we have to understand precisely what are these social qualities that urban environments should provide to their users or inhabitants. Accessibility, equity, freedom, comfort, protection: these are some of interrelated dimensions that make the hospitality of urban spaces and that need to be taken into account in the design practice.
These concepts of inclusion and hospitality have been at the heart of three public events related to the MasterClass: 2 evening lectures (24th and 31st January 2017) and a conference day (27th January 2017)
We would like to thank all the participants (students, Master tutors, professors, researchers and the Metrolab.brussels team) for the great experience! A video will be available soon in this page.