Engaged Urban Pedagogy

Participatory practices in planning and place-making

Edited by Lucy Natarajan and Michael Short


Engaged Urban Pedagogy presents a participatory approach to teaching built environment subjects by exploring 12 examples of real-world engagement in urban planning involving people within and beyond the university. Starting with curriculum review, course content is analysed in light of urban pasts, race, queer identity, lived experiences and concerns of urban professionals. Case studies then shift to focus on techniques for participatory critical pedagogy, including expanding the ‘classroom’ with links to live place-making processes, connections made through digital co-design exercises and student-led podcasting assignments. Finally, the book turns to activities beyond formal university teaching, such as where school-age children learn about their own participation in urban processes alongside university students and researchers. The last cases show how academics have enabled co-production in local urban developments, trained community co-researchers and acted as part of a city-to-city learning network. Throughout the book, editorial commentary highlights how these activities are a critical source of support for higher education.

Together, the 12 examples demonstrate the power and range of an engaged urban pedagogy. They are written by academics, university students and those working in urban planning and place-making. Drawing on foundational works of critical pedagogy, they present a distinctly urban praxis that will help those in universities respond to the built environment challenges of today.

Lucy Natarajan is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Michael Short is Associate Professor (Teaching) of City Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

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1 Towards an engaged urban pedagogy
Lucy Natarajan and Michael Short

Section I: Reviewing curricula

2 Race and space: a pedagogic intervention
Yasminah Beebeejaun and Catalina Ortiz

3 Queering the built environment curriculum
Celine Lessard, Renée Etokakpan, Juliana Martins, Corin Menuge, Jordan Rowe, Ramandeep Shergill, Michael Short

4 Co-designing educational assessments with students and external partners
Gemma Moore and Maria Xypaki

5 Engaged pedagogy, informality and collaborative governance in South Africa
Stuart Paul Denoon-Stevens, Lauren Andres, Martin Lewis, Lorena Melgaço, Verna Nel and Elsona van Huyssteen

Section II: Providing teaching

6 Planning imaginations and the pedagogic value of external guest speakers
Lucy Natarajan and Mike Raco

7 Co-Producing planning? Neighbourhood planning as the context for participative pedagogy
Elena Besussi and Sue Brownill

8 Podcasting and Collaborative Learning Practices in place-making studies
Silvia Gullino, Simeon Shtebunaev and Elodie Wakerley

9 Adapting the Civic Design Method to digital learning and collaboration with communities
Pablo Sendra and Domenico Di Siena

Section III: Embedding practices

10 Co-production and the pedagogy of exchange: lessons ‎‎from community research training ‏in Birmingham
Sara Hassan and Liam O’Farrell

11 Role play activities: a methodology for transformative participation
Teresa Strachan

12 City-to-city learning as impulse for engaged urban pedagogy
Raphael Sedlitzky and Fernando Santomauro

13 Building together and co-building the city: do it yourself!
Dominique Lancrenon, Stephan Hauser, Patrick Le Bellec and Melia Delplanque


14 Critical pedagogy with urban participation
Lucy Natarajan and Michael Short


Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

290 Pages

ISBN: 9781800081246

Publication: July 06, 2023

Series: Engaging Communities in City-making

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