What does "alternative model" mean?
It is a strategic proposal on how innovative high-quality housing projects could be implemented given the restrictions and particularities of post-socialist context.
We set it as a goal to challenge the participants to research local framework conditions in-depth, to critically evaluate Western models, and to find alternative solutions that emerge "from the ground".
Why did you choose these sub-themes — governance, ownership, polycentricity, and collaboration? How are they connected?
The sub-themes are the necessary interdependent concepts to be considered in order to design long-term housing strategies, which provide not only affordability, but also inclusiveness, diversity, and sustainability.
For example, there is a properly designed model of ownership that provides affordable housing, where the agents have their roles and responsibilities assigned. However, if the governance framework is not in place, it still will fall apart. Or, if the collaboration between public and private institutions is not properly working, legal frameworks could be worked around.
By splitting the general theme into these four sub-themes, each group can go much deeper in their own topic and develop stronger proposals, which will complement each other.
What will the participants learn to become better urban planners in the Central and Eastern Europe context?
We will teach participants to work through the stages of a policy proposal and design strategy development. It starts with critical thinking: going above and beyond to analyze and compare the cities' contexts; not taking "best practices" for granted, but learning to rethink them; being capable to extract the knowledge from experts, mentors, partners and transforming it into research questions, hypothesis, and strategic design solutions.
Furthermore, they will learn to work multiscalar — to connect the policy with the built environment of different scales, and in multidisciplinary teams, yet achieving coherent strategic design.
Throughout the process, they will be provided with the tools and continuous feedback from the mentors who are the leading specialists at every phase, as well as with the inputs from the acknowledged experts.