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Task forces combine an academic and practical training in urban design with the development of realistic proposals for improving a site, neighbourhood or city.
Staff and student team members will come from a range of backgrounds, ages and, normally, countries.
The programme begins with academic input and skills training and then moves into engaging with the community and producing urban design proposals (see sample format ).
Task forces are likely to be organised by academic institutions in partnership with local agencies.
top: El Cerrito, California, USA, 1998, Richard Ivey.
Middle and bottom: Viterbo, Italy, 1994, Richard Ivey.
Finding out local views on the city.
Task force members prepare proposals in a temporary locally-based studio.
Task force members explain their proposals to local politicians at the final presentation.
- Plan at least one year in advance in order to have time to secure support from all relevant local organisations and make the necessary logistical arrangements.
- Cost dependent on numbers involved. Main costs: travel; accommodation; staff time; presentation materials. Cost for a 4-week event likely to be around US$130,000. Contributors: host city, student members, academic institutions. Scope also for sponsorship and international exchange funding.
- Building a skill base
Seminars, practical experience and visits for the team designed to develop skills in:
- observational drawing and painting
- urban analysis
- local building crafts
- measuring buildings
- team working
- participatory design
Developing urban design proposals for small sites. These may be of real practical value but are primarily designed to develop skills in urban design, presentation and team working. (1 week)
Public lectures, meetings or workshops with various interest groups, action planning event (eg Community planning forum). (3 days)
Developing urban design proposals. (2 weeks)
Exhibition and public presentation of proposals with newsletter. (1 day)
Publication of book or report of proposals. (6 months)
Ideal numbers: 20 - 30 students, 10 tutors
Running time: 36 weeks
Recruiting team members.
'The task force is valuable because when people come from outside they have a special vision, with a certain objectivity, and they see things we don't see. That vision is very very good for developing new approaches.'
'Before the Task Force, all discussion about the future of the city what should happen, when and where took place in small rooms with one or two people. Now everyone is discussing it.'
'It was an absolutely exceptional experience. We were exposed to so many inspiring people and it was very intensive. It had a great influence on my life.'