Temporary Land Use: Evolving Practices & Processes



Chang, Robin (EPK)
Seminar | 2 SWS | English

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Tuesdays 14:15 15:45  GB I/ 301 09.10.2018 01.02.2019

Low-risk, incremental, short-term, inexpensive, urban intervention and potentially long-term improvement: not quite a slogan, but convincing catchphrases for which temporary use (TU) is now known. The rise of attention to small-scale, urban practices at the street and site scale are, compared to traditional and bureaucratic planning practices, easier means to “more substantial investments” and greater “larger scale efforts”. But how do temporary measure build or improve upon existing practices and processes? And what are the factors that drive and impede the ephemeral approach to urban regeneration? In this course students will be encouraged to build upon their existing knowledge of planning practices and processes and break down the stakeholders, instruments involved in temporary land use initiatives as illustrated below. The examination of current (and local) case studies will help students to apply their learning and contribute to practical projects.

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Course Objectives

By the end of the seminar, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the origins and development of temporary land use as a concept and planning approach.
  2. Characterise and define elements that facilitate practices and processes of temporary land use.
  3. Critically reflect on the challenges and opportunities of implementing temporary land use.

Office Hours:

Office hours are available for students who need further clarification of concepts presented in the seminar, or have made solid attempts on the homework assignment and require further assistance. Students are highly encouraged to rework misunderstood problems with other peers then discuss them with a TA or professor during office hours. Student visits mean we don’t get so lonely during office hours! Please check the lecturer’s homepage for updated office hours.

Active & Constructive Participation


  1. Summaries Presentations

Summaries are to be  presentated on assigned readings relating to a specific seminar topic. In addition to presenting content in the readings, the presentation should include some initial analysis or critiques. The individual insights will be shared during the presentation or as post-presentation discussion questions.


 Reading Reflections

  1. Individual Written Reflection

To prepare for the reading summaries, all students are required to write and submit a one-paragraph reflection of all assigned readings. Reflections should be submitted by the 12.00 pm the day before the seminar and could include consideration of questions such as, but not limited to: What was the most surprising element in this reading? How did the reading add to my learning? From what position is the author writing and why? Can I use any of the insights in my own life?


 Class Discussion & Debate

Seminars do not function without active dialogue that forwards thematic development. Critical thinking reflecting realities and pragmatic potentialities root dialogue and debate about the readings in this course. It is understood that this class is conducted in a language that may not be the native spoken language. Therefore students are encouraged to clarify language uncertainties and follow up on their own presumptions so that they understand the literature and class discussion.


Evaluation & Grading:

All students participating in this seminar will be provided with a graded evaluation. Included in this evaluation is a minimum 80% attendance rate and “active and constructive participation” in the seminar. The latter includes three components:

  • One oral presentation of a reading summary
  • Constructive contribution to seminar discussions and regular reflections
  • One final report or alternative assignment, and presentation thereof, relating their TLU learnings to the local Dortmund context

The final assignment must demonstrate good academic writing with no plagiarism. For details and clarification on what good academic writing entails please look into online and printed resources listed in the Writing Tips folder on the Moodle platform. Details regarding the parameters of the final assignment will be developed and confirmed by the all seminar participants during the semester. Students are also highly encouraged to discuss and develop the paper’s topic with course lecturers during the semester prior to submission.