URA Consortium Workshop Berlin #7 (via Zoom)
On 15th of July 2020, the URA German consortium members met on Zoom, primarily to discuss key conceptual notions within the urban-rural interface discourse, as well the Raumbild approach. In addition, the team discussed the progress on data collection and management.
The meeting started with a literature review by Xiaoxue Gao (Habitat Unit, TU Berlin) on urban-rural interface discourses, raising key questions relating to the interdisciplinary development of the URA project: how can we integrate the disparate research disciplines into the project’s conceptual development? how might the local context inform our conceptual framework and approaches? The discussion addressed various competing and complementary terms within the discourse such as ‘urban-rural assembly’ and ‘integrated urban-rural development’, and their varying purposes such as facilitating analysis, guiding practise, or responding to political discourses.
Following this, Hannes Langguth (Habitat Unit, TU Berlin) gave a presentation on the genealogy of the Raumbild approach in the context of Germany, raising discussions regarding how to adapt such ideas and tools into the local cultural and institutional frameworks of Huangyan-Taizhou, particularly in terms of the challenges for public participation. Maria Frölich-Kulik (Bauhaus Universität Weimar) then presented the team’s collaborative mapping outcomes, demonstrating how they may be applied through the Raumbild.
During the final session on data management, Till Fügener (IOER Dresden) and Lukas Utzig (CCST, TU Berlin) elaborated on the team’s current data sets in terms of storage, structure, and processing within QGIS, while Xiaoxue Gao described the current status of the overall data inventory.