Urban Exchange Studio ‘08

Middle East Technical University, Turkey ■■■ The University of Adelaide, Australia

Urbanity, Culture, and the Placing of Difference

30 June – 27 July 2008




The ordinary practitioners of the city live “down below,” below the thresholds at which visibility begins. They walk—an elementary form of this experience of the city; they are walkers, Wandersmänner, whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban “text” they write without being able to read it. These practitioners make use of spaces that cannot be seen; their knowledge of them is as blind as that of lovers in each other’s arm.

Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 93.



Urban Exchange Studio (UES) 08 is a course organised by Middle East Technical University (METU)  and the University of Adelaide. The course aims to focus on the connection between place and difference, to raise students’ sensitivity to spatial and social difference in their experience and design of constructed environments, and to explore new modes of educational and professional practice. UES ‘08 will bring city planning, architecture and landscape architecture students from METU together with architecture and landscape architecture students from the University of Adelaide. It focuses on urban matters, taking holistic approach to dealing with the urban environment that involves design practices in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.



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