Workshops and Projects » Urban Intersections Curitiba



14 Jun 2010 - 18 Jun 2010
Köln International School of Design (KISD)
Universidade Federal do Paranܡ (UFPR)

This five-day-workshop in Curitiba is led by Jessica Stihl, designer and lecturer of Köln International School of Design (KISD).

The project is about understanding complex situations in urban space by finding simple relationships at the streetlevel, according to the topic »Mobility«. Analyzing micro-events at a local level is the key to designing the future of a complex (mega)city.

As Lucius Burkardt pointed out, »Design is invisible«. We have to look beyond the visible, unveil and understand the patterns (Christopher Alexander) and come up with ideas of the social qualities in the design of urban space.  

We approach the topic by investigating the context of the micro-events, trying to find parts of organisational systems (time tables, ticket machines etc.) and analysing their relations and meanings.

The teams will research with the focus on »Urban Intersection«: In which way are encounters in traffic (non-motorized-vehicles, pedestriants, public transport, cars etc.) affected by apparent and invisible rules? How do people communicate when they intersect? Which services and products are involved? 

They work with a set of research and analysis tools and explore the city of Curitiba. The transformation of the research results will be integrated and made accessible. 

At the same time Prof. Philipp Heidkamp of KISD works with a second team on the same topic in Cologne, Germany. Both teams will collaborate and exchange via this platform – an open discourse will be initiated. Exchange means using the cultural differences to de-code the layers and meanings we do not see in our culture - as they are habits of everyday actions thus making us "blind" to look beyond the surface.

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Parking a bike in Curitiba

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Well, that was our starting point. But several researches that we made while we were focused on this topic revealed some quite interesting and different aspects of Curitiba.

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Inside the tube: behavioural events at a bus stop

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