Goodbye Urban Spaces Class Fall 2015 and Welcome Placemaking Class Spring 2016!

Tomorrow will be the first day of class for the students of the renamed ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities (former ESUS 310: Urban Spaces: Rebuilding Community in Perugia) and we are very happy to welcome them in Perugia and to discover theBorgo 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 thankonce again Umbra’s Urban Spaces Fall 2015 term students, who have worked hard through the past semester to create a project for a shared place on the Terrace of Via del Cortone.

SuprimaBhele, Liliana Bravo, Stephanie Buffa, Marc Capparelli, KirbyChallman, MassimilianoGiannangeli, EsperanzaHincapié, Brenna Huether, DemianaKhoury, James Rotondo and Rachel Tassinariwith the help of the residents and of the Prof. Raymond Lorenzo and Arch. Viviana Lorenzo, andthe collaboration of the Association of Borgo Bello, studied various place-making methods and explored the neighborhood and became involved in the community in order to understand how to meet the local needs and desires for a common area designed for relaxation and socialization.

At the end of the term, students met one last time with those in the community who are sponsoring the project, including theSindaco(Mayor of Perugia) who shook the hand of each student and thanked them for their contributions. The project was then celebrated with live music and “bruschetta” cooked over a fire on the Terrace of Via del Cortone. Here are some pictures of the event.

Now that last semester’s students are all back home, it is up to Placemaking Spring 2016 class to pick up their legacy and turn this project into something real!

Just like last term, the students of Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities will keep a blog-journal focusing on assigned reflections about the themes discussed in class, presented in the readings, and as related to each student’s field experiences.

The journals will help consolidate the students’ 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 24h before class.

In these short posts students should express their impressions and reflectionsabout the readings and also provide a significant photo image of their experience. Questions or curiosities can also be included.

Each post should be 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 (pictures of children are forbidden unless framed from the rear).

Students shall place their posts under the category “Class Journal” and enter mandatory tags indicating Semester and Journal n° (e.g.: Spring 2016, Journal 1) and may also enter other relevant tags (max 3 more).

Take your time to explore the blog and to read about Fall 2014 students’ project for the Terrace of Via del Cortone in Borgo Bello and their experience collaborating with the community. The journey is about to begin…

A Note to Fall 2015 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 will still be able to write posts to be published by the administrator. Plus we invite all of you to click the“follow” button and receive notifications of new posts by email. Stay up-to-date with the future of Borgo Bello!

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