Humpty dumpty dilemma 2013


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This is a presentation prepared for the Methodology Course of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The idea is to explain why knowledge needs to be communicated across disciplines and communities of practice using the story of Humpty Dumpty and his conversation with Alice in Through the Looking Glass (by Lewis Carroll), as an illustration.

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Humpty dumpty dilemma 2013

  1. 1. The Humpty Dumpty Dilemma Challenge(the(future
  2. 2. Or ‘Why we need to integrate knowledge across different communities of practice’
  3. 3. Prepared by Roberto Rocco Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft
  4. 4. For the course Ar2U090 ‘Methodology for Urbanism’ Master 2 in Urbanism, TU Delft by Roberto Rocco and Egbert Stolk within the Grassroots Project of TU Delft
  5. 5. But what is ‘Urbanism’?
  6. 6. URBANISM Challenge(the(future
  7. 7. ...Analysis, critical understanding, planning and design of human life over a territory
  8. 8. area
  9. 9. neighbourhood
  10. 10. city
  11. 11. metropolitan area
  12. 12. region But what is ‘Urbanism’?
  13. 13. country
  14. 14. Urbanism? AR2U090 Methodology for Urbanism *Logics of Enquiry In this exercise, you will need to ‘locate’ yourself inthe hypothetical triangle that composes URBANISM at TU Delft. According to your previous education and aspirations for the future, where would you be? Mark a cross inside the triangle and write your name and country of origin near that cross. Would you add another element to this geometrical form? Is it a polygon? A square? What other categories would you add, if any? Design U Human Sciences Physical Sciences
  15. 15. logics of enquiry questions methods
  16. 16. Logics of enquiry View of the Dutch landscape near Rotterdam Photo by Roberto Rocco
  17. 17. Urbanisation with water in the Netherlands (Delft) Photo by Roberto Rocco
  18. 18. Idiosyncrasy
  19. 19. Scope
  20. 20. Dynamic nature of urban studies
  21. 21. Snow Cover and Sea Surface Temperatures With an albedo of up to 80 percent or more, snow-covered terrain reflects most of the earth’s incoming solar radiation back into space, cooling the lower atmosphere. When snow cover melts, the albedo drops suddenly to less than about 30 percent, allowing the ground to absorb more solar radiation, heating the earth's surface and lower atmosphere. Climate change Credit: NASA
  22. 22. Mapping coupled to GIS and rendering Source: ESRI:
  23. 23. Participatory planning and design the RedeCataSampa Ecosystem: groups working on their stakeholders maps. Photo by Patricia Molina Costa
  24. 24. Mindmap produced by TU Delft Urbanism students: Di Fang, Lynn van Calmhout & Wen Wen Sun
  25. 25. Evolving paradigms
  26. 26. We are real TU Delft Urbanism students from all over the world! Evolving paradigms Internationalisation
  27. 27. Idiosyncrasy Scope Dynamic nature of urban studies Internationalization
  28. 28. Questions Answers Methods Discourse
  29. 29. OTB Chair: Urban an Regional Development Sect ion :S Prof. Wil Zonneveld pa tia l OTB Chair: Neighbourhood Change and Housing Chair: Cultural History & Design Prof. Maarten van Ham Pl Prof. Eric Luiten Prof. Vincent Nadin ng & gy Chair: Design & Politics Chair: Landscape Architecture Stra te Prof. Dirk Sijmons Prof. Wouter Vanstiphout esi gn D Section: Urban Chair: Urban Design Prof. Han Meyer Urba n Chair: Environmental Technology Prof. Henco Bekkering Chair: The Why Factory Prof. Arjan van Timmeren Section: Envi ron m Prof. Winy Maas an ds cape L Chair: Theory & Methods Section: en t al y g Tec hno lo URBANISM @ TU DELFT rganisational Tree of the Department of Urbanism, TU Delft, jan 2013 by Roberto Rocco a nn i Chair: Spatial Planning & Strategy
  30. 30. Worldviews
  31. 31. Answers Methods Research Questions Worldviews
  32. 32. governance of the city region? how do we use the how to develop the city region? city region? Methods Verena Olgu Qu Lei These are real TU Delft Urbanism teachers and researchers what is the
  33. 33. Disciplines Communities Methods
  34. 34. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king’s horses And all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again
  35. 35. I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’
  36. 36. Of course you don't! _till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!
  37. 37. But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'!
  38. 38. When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.
  39. 39. The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.
  40. 40. The question is, which is to be master— that's all!
  41. 41. When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less. “Glory”
  42. 42. If I validate my own meanings, if I decide that my words mean what I want them to mean, regardless of what other people think, then I am always right!
  43. 43. But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'!
  44. 44. If I have seen further, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants (Sir Isaac Newton)
  45. 45. Knowledge must be articulated and communicated across communities of practice to be validated, used and integrated by new knowledge.
  46. 46. Thanks for listening and watching! Should you have any doubts, please contact Roberto Rocco at Challenge(the(future
  47. 47. This presentation has been realized with funds from the Grassroots project of the TU Delft with the help of Erna Kotkamp and Ruud van Zijl Challenge(the(future
  48. 48. Disclaimer: Google Earth and NASA photographs are used in this presentation under the ‘fair use’ license agreement . This presentation is exclusively for educational purposes. We also follow Google directives on imagery use: “ In all online video cases, you must show attribution to both Google and our data providers on-screen at the time the content is shown. You may not move the attribution to the end credits or fade it out after a few seconds. We cannot grant an exception to this requirement under any circumstance”.