Mapping Urban Resilience –
A summer school in Lusaka, Zambia

SI-IUSD, Fak. 1, Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley, Shaharin Annisa, Ute Vees

Sommersemester 2023

The summer school “Mapping Urban Resilience” which took place in Lusaka, Zambia was organized by the Department of International Urbanism of University of Stuttgart in cooperation with the Centre for Urban Research and Planning at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Zambia Institute of Planners (ZIP). The summer school which was held from the 31st of July until the 13th of August was supported by DAAD and Stuttgarter ChangeLabs.

Students worked in interdisciplinary and multinational teams from UNZA and University of Stuttgart and focused on relevant themes related to community resilience. Community resilience is of upmost importance as informal settlements as Kanyama face a multitude of socio-economic as well as ecological challenges. The most pressing according to residents are the effects of the yearly rainy season and related flooding events. The workshop included lectures and group work at UNZA as well asworkshops and interviews with local residents and representatives of the ward development committee as well as data collection on site and data analysis. The first findings of the workshops were presented by the students and teaching team at the 8th National Planning Conference of Zambia held from 9 to 11th of August in Livingstone, Zambia. Based on the theme the summer school has investigated, further opportunities for collaboration has opened up. Students at the University of Stuttgart will use the first findings as a base and continue to work on studio projects and a seminar. For the bachelor students, the studio ‘resilient urban transformations’ and for the master students the studio ‘community resilience in informal Lusaka’ is offered for the winter semester of 2023-2024. 

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