UX-TOOLKIT FOR HUMAN-ORIENTED URBAN DESIGN

Summer school organized by Minsk Urban Platform.Версия страницы на русском


1-10 July 2019, Minsk.


The Summer School is a ten-day educational event for young professionals in the fields of architecture, transport, sociology, as well as for representatives of NGOs and people involved in urban design.

Nowadays urban spaces are often designed without focusing on the needs, problems and practices of the end users. Those who want to take care of the citizens are left to deal with models untested in the local context. Human Centered Design, an integrated development methodology is increasingly often used to solve these problems. The main principles of HCD are sensitivity to the needs of future users, the search for weak points and multiple revision of the original idea. The success of a product within HCD framework is assessed by how much it is demanded by users, whether it meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Process

With support of tutors and experts from Minsk UX-community, 20 participants will immerse for ten days into research and projecting for three typical spaces: a courtyard, an inter-courtyard space and a street.

Participants will go through all the stages of the HCD process and develop projects that will be opened up for public discussion at the end of the school.

Cases

As the cases, three typical urban spaces were selected: a residential courtyard, an inter-courtyard space and a residential street in one of the most controversial areas of Minsk — Kamennaya Gorka (“Stoned Hill”).

«Каменные джунгли», «панельное гетто» — как только не называют эту относительно новую часть города. Но в районе по-прежнему живут люди, они пользуются этими пространствами каждый день и по-своему их любят. И мы постараемся сделать так, чтобы район полюбил их в ответ.

A detailed plan for this new large residential area in the west of Minsk began to be developed in the early 2000s. Initial plan was to build more individual houses with spacious courtyard territories, but then the new General Plan envisioned the change in density, and the area became a springboard for the state program of the social housing construction. Now Kamennaya Gorka is one of the most densely populated areas of the city.

We focus on the spaces along the Nemanskaya street. They have a rather favorable location in 10 minutes walk from metro station. The territory is well landscaped, the courtyards have huge playgrounds. The neighborhood is formed by “quarter planning”, which is unusual for Minsk. But is it enough to create a comfortable, high-quality living environment? Which role do other qualities and elements of courtyards and street territories play?

Equipped with UX-design toolkit, the groups will develop unique solutions for each of the spaces, while testing the general mechanism of working with the territories, which can later be used for work with similar urban spaces.