URBAN COMMONS: THE NETHERLANDS PERSPECTIVE
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Citizens depend on urban commons for transit, recreation, fitness, mental health and several other aspects. The commons also provide layered ecological services and green infrastructure. The Netherlands hosts several award winning and globally acclaimed urban spaces. Participants will study urban commons across several scales and contexts to understand their social use, ecological contribution and interlinking with infrastructure.Stage 1: CEPT Campus
Orient participants towards the study through samples, explanatory videos and base drawings for each location. Quick sessions to learn following observation techniques:People & usage: people count, activity mapping, sense of place, perceptions of scale, geometry, comfort.Design application: design framework, circulation, connection to context and resilience framework. Stage 2: Site, Visit to the Netherlands will begin with input lectures by a local landscape architect and water expert. Students will be spread across the daily site list for observation in groups. The study group will meet daily to organize and summarize observations in a general discussion. Inferences for each regional location will be developed on working days.Participants can expect to learn typologies of urban commons, their constructs, operations and management as well as user interaction and perceptions. They will get insights into innovative design solutions and their contribution to infrastructure, ecological systems and the social life of the city. Study sites will encompass water resilience, integrated architecture and public spaces, pedestrian infrastructure, multifunctional urban spaces, roof gardens, urban parks, heritage landscapes, land art, suburban districts.Expenses for Students - Local Travel - Rs. 15000/- ; Food & Stay - Rs. 35000/-

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