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CITY EXPLORATION OF BORDERS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Learning about different forms of bordering within an urban environment. Becoming sensible to understand the meaning of different visual elements in the streets, from a cultural, aesthetical but also practical point of view. Understanding the very complex meanings and uses of borders in the practice: in urban planning, in social communication, social inclusion and exclusion, aesthetic communication, etc.

KEYWORDS

  • Study tour/city walk

  • discovering the city

  • observation, empathy

  • photo

  • visual reflection

DURATION

2-3 hours depending on the area

SKILLS

  • Orientation in the city

  • observation skills

  • critical thinking

  • understanding of symboles

  • photo and video making

  • digital skills

PREPARATION

  • Knowledge of the area

  • For preparing the walk, a printed map designating some main orientation points and a common meeting place and hour need to be decided and shared with the participants.

  • A hotline (mobile number) provided for supporting participants in case of emergencies.

  • knowledge of photo and video making

TOOLS AND MATERIALS


  • printed map on the area

  • smart phones or cameras for photo and/or video making device with internet access,

  • personal storage device

DESCRIPTION

1. Instructions and Launch of the Walk (Blended Part): - Meet the group at a pre-determined starting point for the walk. - Distribute the maps and provide participants with an explanation of the tasks. - Agree on the place and time for the group to meet after completing the walk.


2. Walk and Photos (Blended Part): - Participants will follow the map and take photos and/or videos of different places and signs of borders in the urban area. - They will also mark the borders on the map and add the photo taken at that location. - If using smartphones, photos will automatically provide location information.


3. Video Storytelling: - Meet the participants and return together to the training room. - Explain the main elements of video making using You Cut or any other video-making application. - Guide them to make short videos showcasing how borders appear in the city by using the photos and short video shots taken during the walk.


4. Presentation and Sharing: - Ask participants to present their videos to each other. - Encourage them to share their stories and experiences during the exercise.