Urban Design and Culture

6 11 2010

Its been 5 weeks into the course and the impact of a diverse international backdrop to the course is so evident. In any of the modules its so interesting to know the perceptions and interpretations of ‘Urban’ and ‘space’ amongst all of us.

The key point is that we all come from countries that are on various scales of understanding and implementing Urban Design, that the interpretations on the projects and it understanding is ‘interestingly’ brilliant. Its has a lot of influence from the cultural backdrop we all come from, and according to me this is where the real learning is.

This cultural mix is what is worth learning and experiencing.




One response

6 01 2011

I think this is an interesting post. I was surprised to find just how many international students were enrolled on the MAUD. I previously studied planning at the University, and it is fair to say that there were nowhere near as many international students on the course. I feel that the mix of students has provided for an interesting first term, albeit after many original communication problems!
The Urban Design Seminars with Ali Mandipour were particularly interesting in this respect, as many students chose to use case studies from their home country. It was fascinating to learn about other cities across the globe through power point presentations, but even more interesting to hear about people’s personal experiences, ideals and opinions. I t was strange to hear about countries which do not really have planning systems and interesting to listen to people’s differing views on globalisation; people from particular areas of the world seemed to have less of a problem with it than European students. I found this interesting as maybe it is a reflection of the fact that developing countries have developed so fast that inhabitants almost take for granted the fast paced, consumerist world in which they live. Whereas in Britain we seem to have greater regard for human scale developments and intimate spaces. Maybe this is just a representation of the series of recurrent trends and ideologies that we go through. Europe post war sought for higher, denser, more modern cities, but now we seem to be yearning for the local and the intimate. Maybe this trend is something which will occur in the close future in other newly developing regions of the world.

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