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Engaged Urban Pedagogy

Participatory Practices in Planning and Place-Making

Distributed for UCL Press

Engaged Urban Pedagogy

Participatory Practices in Planning and Place-Making

A practical handbook for teaching about the built environment.
Engaged Urban Pedagogy presents a participatory approach to teaching about the built environment by exploring twelve examples of real-world engagement in urban planning involving people within, and beyond, the university. Starting with curriculum review, course content is analyzed in light of urban pasts, race, queer identity, lived experiences, and the concerns of urban professionals. Case studies then shift to focus on techniques for participatory critical pedagogy, including expanding the classroom with links to live place-making processes, connections made through digital co-design exercises, and student-led podcasting assignments. Finally, the book turns to activities beyond formal university teaching, such as those where school-age children learn about their own participation in urban processes together alongside university students and researchers. Drawing on foundational works of critical pedagogy, the contributors present a distinctly urban praxis that will help those in universities respond to the built environment challenges of today.

276 pages | 19 halftones | 6.125 x 9.1875

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Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

Notes on contributors

Foreword by Hedley Roberts


Introduction: Sensing place, a moment to reflect

Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon

Section 1: Case studies of place-making

1. Eastern Angles: A sense of place on stage

Ivan Cutting

2. Lesson drawing and community engagement: The experience of Take A Part in Plymouth

Kim Wide and Rory Shand

3. Raising the Barr

Sanna Wicks

4. Interview with E17 Art Trail directors Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire

Alexis Weedon

Section 2: Models and methods for developing place-making through the arts

5. A model for university–town partnership in the arts: TestBeds

Emma-Rose Payne and Alexis Weedon

6. The Beam archive, Wakefield

Kerry Harker

7. This Is Not My House: Notes on film-making, photography and my father

David Jackson

8. Notions of place in relation to freelance arts careers: A study into the work of independent dancers

Rachel Farrer and Imogen Aujla

Section 3: Multidisciplinary approaches to place and contested identities

9. Performing places: Carnival, culture and the performance of contested national identities

Jonathan Croose

10. A sense of place: From experience to language, from the Polish traveller through a Spanish saint to an adaptation of a Zimbabwean play

Agnieszka Piotrowska

11. The EU migrant: Britain’s sense of place in English newspaper journalism

Paul Rowinski

12. Rethinking the photographic studio as a politicised space

Caroline Molloy

13. Creative routine and dichotomies of space

Philip Mile

14. Doing things differently: Contested identity across Manchester’s arts culture quarters

Peter Atkinson

15. First, second and third: Exploring Soja’s Thirdspace theory in relation to everyday arts and culture for young people

Steph Meskell-Brocken

16. A sense of play: (Re)animating place through recreational distance running

Kieran Holland

17. Shiftless Shuffle from Luton: An interview with Perry Louis

Jane Carr

Afterword by Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon


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