Welcome Spring 2019 Class!
Today it will be your first class of ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities and we are very happy to welcome you in Perugia and to discover the Borgo Bello district and the C.A.R.O. Vicolo Project!
Before we introduce you the blog instrument and how it works, we would like to say goodbye and thanks once again to Umbra’s Placemaking Spring 2018 term students – Tania, Rachel, Shelby, Cameron, Makenzie, Brandon, Amy, Tara, Christina and Claire – who have worked really hard through the past semester to make the Terrace of Via del Cortone a shared place!
Last semester was dedicated to improve the use of the Terrace with the community support, through ongoing observation and study of the Terrace (uses and abuses, environmental conditions, evaluations by stakeholders, etc.) and of the people of Borgo Bello, creating new signage, a book exchange spot and buiding some new furniture to make the Terrace of Via del Cortone a place for more beauty, fun and events!
Our class work was celebrated with live music, a foto exhibit dedicated to explore the Humans of Borgo Bello project, and an amazing puppet show on the Terrace to entertain the children of the neighorhood, all designed and performed in Italian by the Placemaking students.
Now it is time for Placemaking Spring 2019 class to pick up the legacy and to continue improve Borgo Bello’s neighborhood and the C.A.R.O. Vicolo Project.
This semester our collaborative work with the students and Faculty of the nearby School of Agriculture DSA3 of the University of Perugia, will be intensified. We plan to design and build proto-types of street furniture and decorative-green elements, together with Professor David Grohmann, which will be inserted in the surroundings of the School’s amazing context, the beautiful medieval Benedictine abbey of San Pietro, and evaluated for future utilization in other city locations.
Just like last term, the students of Placemaking will keep running the blog-journal “Placemaking in Perugia” (which you are looking at right now) focusing on assigned reflections about the themes discussed in class, presented in the readings, and as related to each student’s experiences.
Keeping a (weekly) journal will help you consolidate your understanding of the course activities and theory, and offer an opportunity to explore connections between in-class and experiential learning.
Weekly based Journal entries are mandatory and expected to be submitted at least 12H before class.
In these short posts students shall express their impressions and reflections about the readings and also provide one significant photo image of their experience. Questions, issues, curiosities … all can be included!
Each post should be long a maximum of 500 words, display a title that includes the name of the author (e.g. My first walk around Borgo Bello by Viviana Lorenzo) and one significant picture (note: pictures of children are forbidden unless framed from the rear).
Students shall place their posts under the category “Class Journal” and enter mandatory tags such as Semester and Journal # (e.g.: Spring 2018, Journal 1) and may also enter other relevant tags (max 3).
Take your time to explore the blog and to read about former students’ project for the Terrace of Via del Cortone in Borgo Bello and about their experience collaborating with the community.
So once again, the journey is about to begin…
A Note to Spring 2018 Students: from this moment former students’ blog role will change by “author” to “contributor”. This means you won’t be able anymore to publish directly on the blog, but you will still be able to write posts to be published by the administrator, if you wish.
We invite all of you to click the“follow the Blog button” (in the column on the right) and receive notifications of new posts by email!
Stay up-to-date with the future of Borgo Bello and Perugia!